Great visuals that fly, even through Wine! - Here to looking forward to the native Linux version!
Great visuals that fly, even through Wine! - Here to looking forward to the native Linux version!

Without going completely off topic from the start, I have to say I was reluctant to sign up to Twitter, I thought it another trendy gimmick that was the sole remit of those trendy, texting obsessed mobile phone users who have about as much tech experience as a goldfish.  I was wrong, when I signed up, I expected to see a plethora of comments such as “Hiya babe, you seen Sarahs new hair style?” what I found is whilst those users do exist, there are also thousands of professionals who are experts in their fields posting opinion and interesting links.  I also found Twitter great for little snippets of news hot of the press, and its with great pleasure I can bring you this article because of it.

Caster is an indi game developed by Elecorn, and older players may instantly be put in mind of Space Harrier when they fire it up.  Thats not to say this game is an on the rails shooter like the former, its a free roaming 3d blaster with clean, colourful visuals a thumping retro demoscene type sound track, and a whole lot of fun!

In the Elecorns words:

Dash across Scenic Locations destroying bug like creatures called the Flanx using 6 Unique Attacks that include Massive Terrain Deformation and High Speed Barrages of Energy Blasts!

Caster is an episodic game that presents an intense 3rd person action shooter experience with pulse pounding music that will keep you wanting more! And more you will have with all new episodes for FREE. That’s right, buy the game once and get all additional episodes absolutely free!”

So why is this appearing on OpenBytes? Because, over on the Phoronix forums , its been revealed that its being ported to Linux.  (Its currently available in a Windows and Mac flavour)

3192136327_5cc756c70dFor the purposes of this review/article I am running Caster through Wine which I can report works flawlessly and at a blistering speed, so it adds kudos to the developers thats they would take time to make a native Linux version instead of simply directing people in the direction of Wine.

So whats my opinion of the game?  Great!  There are numerous attacks, super jumps and sprinting that need to be employed as you power your way around the levels.  Playing the free demo, my only issue now is do I wait for the native Linux version, or do I just purchase the Windows one which plays problem free through Wine?

Although Openbytes supports FOSS, I believe this title is relevant here purely because it shows the type of creativity and talent in the world.  It represents everything that is good about the independant small computing firm and shows that for the end user these software houses add to the worth of having many developers for the PC platform.  Get the demo and then buy the game! Support this product!

Visit the official website here: http://www.elecorn.com/caster3d/

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