Bitfighter Publisher's description
Bitfighter is a free multi-player 2-D space combat game with Robotron-like controls.
Bitfighter is a free multi-player 2-D space combat game with Robotron-like controls. It's a team-based strategy game featuring retro vector graphics and customizable ships. It's fast, fun, and frenetic.
We've posted a second alpha release of Bitfighter 011 now available (sorry, it's Windows only, but should compile on Linux or OS X).
Most of the updates since the first alpha release are related to improvements in the robot programming, done with the Lua scripting language. Expect more improvements and progress in the near future.
An improved (but still rough) documentation page has been set up in the Wiki if you want to get some idea where things are going. We've added more code samples and examples. If you are interested in helping design the robot interface, please contact us.
What's New in This Release:Headline Changes:
В· New game type: Core
В· Weapon and module changes and upgrades
В· Better voice chat for all platforms
В· Screen shots fixed
В· Soccer pick-up dropped and soccer ball inertia added
В· Added Core game type. Destroy enemy cores to win. Core health can be set in the editor.
В· Added loadout presets. Players can save loadouts with Ctrl-1/2/3 and load them with Alt-1/2/3. Loadouts are saved via INI and can be viewed with the /showpresets command.
В· Upgraded Sensor increases passive viewing range and allows spybug placement without using a weapon slot. Spybugs are now placed with double-click
В· Added spawn shield. Protects newly spawned players for several seconds until they move, activate a module, or fire a weapon
В· Energy recharge rate increases while idle and doubles while idle in a loadout zone. Hostile loadout zones drain energy.
В· Removed soccer ball pick-up. The ball is now вЂњheavierвЂќ, and other objects, like TestItems, are heavier as well.
В· Triples consume about 20% less energy than in the 015 series
В· Bouncers are more effective against the Armor module
В· Loadouts no longer carry over from level to level -- now you start a new level with the default loadout
В· Added top scores in single-team games like Rabbit and Bitmatch to lower right corner
В· Player ratings are determined by kill/death ratio. If you die more, your rating is negative
В· Forcefield engineer abuse has been greatly reduced. Note: Original forcefield behavior can be accessed through 'EngineerUnrestricted' instead of 'Engineer' in Specials
В· Team bitmatch suicides no longer hurt team score
В· Teleporting onto a loadout zone triggers loadout change, just like flying onto one
В· Added music sub-system. Plays Ogg Vorbis music files. You can test it by placing files in the 'music' sub-directory
В· Fixed screenshots; now use PNG format
В· 64-bit Intel Mac build available now
В· Fixed voice chat for all operating systems, with improved quality
В· Reduced leave/join spamming in lobby
В· Allow /mute in server lobby
В· Fixed some game lobby bugs with leaving/joining being out of sync
В· Added scoreboard marks for admins (@) and level changers (+)
В· Joystick profiles are now kept in a separate INI, joystick_presets.ini, that can be adjusted and added to for your joystick
В· Smaller text should look crisper throughout the game
В· Line smoothing is now officially part of the game
В· Removed -jsave and -jplay cmd line options. It's been ages since they worked, and it's unlikely they ever will
В· -help cmd line option now displays meaningful help
В· Added engineer to help screen
В· Added Bitfighter icon for the taskbar
В· Diagnostics work a little better and will not show joystick info if none is attached
В· Allow for more than 32 different types of game objects for future expansion
В· Reduced CPU usage on diagnostics screen
В· Reduced CPU usage for overlapping asteroids
В· Migrated from GLUT to the SDL framework. This brings several improvements like faster rendering on Mac and nicer Input programming.
В· Fixed message rendering problem with disabled loadout indicators
В· Multi-line chat is now indented to prevent spoofing
В· Prevent impersonations with spaces in a username
В· Added mouse wheel zooming in the editor
В· Implemented 2-tier snapping in editor -- hold space to disable grid snap, but still snap to wall corners and other items; hold shift-space to completely disable snapping
В· Added plugin system for the editor -- users can write scripts to generate items in the editor and bind them to hot keys. Includes simple curve generation tool as a sample.
В· Added editor option to disallow robots
В· Added 'tab' filename completion in editor levelname entry screen
В· Added mouse wheel scrolling for existing level names on levelname entry screen
В· Removed dedicated wall-editing mode (Ctrl-A)
В· Game statistics not recorded when testing a level from the editor
В· Added /leveldir admin command to change folder where levels are read. Change affects current session only, and will not be saved in the INI.
В· Added /ban and /banip for persistent server ban lists.
В· Added /resetscore command
В· Added /shuffle command for admins
В· Removed optional hostAddr cmd line parameter for -dedicated . Specify host address (only rarely needed) with the existing -hostAddr option
В· Removed -server cmd line parameter; not sure it really ever worked at all
В· Incorrect admin and levelchange password entries are now logged in server log
В· Fixed rare crash with bot zone generation
В· Console command history now working in a sane manner
Bots & Scripting:
В· Robots are smarter with forcefields
В· Robot team messages now only go to the team
В· Robots only spawn if a valid script is detected
В· Removed deprecated getMove() method -- if your bot still relies on this, it will no longer work
В· Migrated onTick() to a standard event -- this will let bots unsubscribe to onTick events if they like (bot start out subscribed to onTick by default). See wiki for how to use this to make the bot sleep for a time.
В· Added nexusOpened and nexusClosed events. See wiki for details.
В· Lua added copyMoveFromObject, Lua getCurrLoadout and getReqLoadout can now be used for ships
В· LUA scripts print to the OGLconsole
System Requirements:No special requirements.
Program Release Status: Minor Update
Program Install Support: Install and Uninstall