|21 ноября 2016 г.
|Back To Basics Gaming
- OS: Windows Xp, Vista, 7, 8/8.1
- Processor: 2.0 Ghz
- Memory: 2 GB RAM
- Graphics: 128mb Video Memory, capable of OpenGL 2.0+ support
- Storage: 150 MB available space
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It’s the flu season and you’re stuck at home feeling sick. Or maybe you are just bored but still want to do some good in this world. Now you can headbutt viruses, bacteria and other germs into oblivion, and look damn cool while doing it!
Take control of a determined White Blood Cell on a quest for self discovery, vengeance, punishment and annihilation of all evil germs who would dare infiltrate an unsuspecting and innocent human body in this unique and organic experience.
Battle evil germs by slamming into them, using your Powerbutt ability to further enhance the damage and pain inflicted.
If you are feeling particularly chaotic, you may even resort to the Blast ability, which will push back all nearby germs and debris (which can effectively be used as projectiles and another way of causing great suffering to the malevolent germs). Although the Blast won’t be super effective until upgraded, it will eventually prove to be quite an effective instrument of destruction if used correctly.
There are upgrades! Precisely, there are 8 branches of upgrades for your valiant White Blood Cell:Speed
– More speed equals more potential damage and less chance of enemies evading your wrath!Damage
– More pain!Ability Cooldown
– Use those powers more frequently!Powerbutt Strength
– Nothing better than surprising your enemies with a magnificient headbutt!Blast Radius
– Improve the area of effect of your Blast!Blast Power
– Cause more chaos in the bloody battlefield!Health
– Be able to survive more damage!Health Regeneration
– The longer you live the more you will be able to keep kicking!
Each upgrade branch has two unique perks, which are unlocked on level 5 of their respective branch, and only one perk per branch can be active at once. Each perk gives your cell a unique visual attachment, which in turn makes you even more stylish, as well as more powerful!
The more you play, the stronger you’ll get, but beware, enemies get stronger as well! The more you play a single game (until you die), more powerful enemies will spawn. So do not be afraid of dying, because each time you will rise again harder and stronger.
Germ Wars Official Soundtrack:https://soundcloud.com/user-708772547/sets/germ-wars-soundtrack
Credits for several sound effects: Pigment Ajans I Stock Footage on Youtube
Reviews about the game
This "game" much like anything published by Back To Basics is an unplayable mess that paved it's way to Steam through Greenlight spam-train tactics. Avoid this "game" and "publisher" like a germ-ridden plague. Edit: Okay, okay. I told myself I'd say something good about the game, at least one. So the music is pretty cool, I guess.
[b]Briefly: [i]Germ Wars[/i] is a casual action game about being a white cell and killing bacteria and viruses by smashing into them.[/b] The prospect of being the defender of your body against bacterial or viral invaders as a game is a sweet concept, used in such obscurities as [i]Body Voyager[/i] (I'll be surprised if you've even heard of it) and of course the indie tower defense [i]Defend Your Life[/i]. [i]Germ Wars[/i] offers an action arena version, with no educational twists or even a storyline or lore at all. Which works just fine for a game like this. [h1]"Scientists have decided that headbutting viruses is the second most effective way of preventing infections."[/h1] I love the above quote from the game. It is also highly relevant to the gameplay. Playing as the white blood cell, your job is to kill all the germs you can find, either bashing them with yourself or by blasting something else (like red blood cells or other germs) into them. Simple and effective. Likewise, the germs harm you by bumping into you. There are six enemy types: from viruses that seek and harass the white blood cell, to colorful bacteria whose abilities vary by their hue. Fast bacteria, exploding bacteria, hindering or poisoning bacteria, all the basic types are there. And the bacteria can grow, divide and thus multiply. [h1]"Hear the lamentation of the microbiologists"[/h1] Another silly quote from the tips. By the way, aren't you supposed to consume the germs instead of bashing them? At first bashing and killing germs is very slow and ineffective. An upgrade system to the rescue! Killing germs you get "points", that can be used to upgrade white blood cell's speed, damage, health, blasting power etc. With each five or ten (i.e. max) upgrades to the same property, you gain special powers. These upgrades transform the game and let you progress further (i.e. kill more germs before you die). Unfortunately the start is extremely slow, and it was grindy to get points for upgrades, since killing even a single germ is tedious without upgrades. The game gets incredibly more fast-paced and consequently better as you progress in the upgrade paths, evolving as you try different things. Typically one game lasts a few minutes at the time. For example, doing kill combos grants you more points and thus faster upgrades, and fights like that are more exciting and satisfying. The white blood cell has two special abilities: a powerbutt (a fast tackle) and a blast that, well, blasts around enemies, red blood cells etc. for remote damage. Your playstyle will change drastically when unlocking new upgrades and making these skills more powerful. [h1]Under the skin: technical aspects[/h1] The graphics, the interface of darkish red and purple flesh certainly doesn't look inviting or appetising. However, gameplay is quite fun and controls with keyboard work perfectly. They also implemented native controller support, though I didn't try that. There are three cool songs that fit the casual action theme nicely, and you can switch between them in the menu. The game is not without faults though. The worst is the peculiar way to calculate damage to the player. While bumping into enemies does damage, the player is usually also damaged as a result as the received damage depends "only on the speed of the enemy". Sometimes you receive a tiny bit of damage and other times you may receive over half of your full, maximally upgraded health of damage by just bumping and blasting a germ away. Therefore, especially in the late game it's necessary to avoid contact altogether as enemies are moving faster, stagnating the action into managing health, dodging rampant viruses, and blasting occasionally in the hopes of injuring something. I also ran into a bug that occurs because of my 1920x1080 (16:9) resolution: when fully zoomed out, enemies and objects on the outskirts of the screen will not be drawn. The developers are great though, as they have kindly promised to address this in a future patch. I'll update this once that happens. [h1]Conclusions[/h1] For an extremely inexpensive game, I think there is more than enough content for my buck: I played [i]Germ Wars[/i] for over 10 hours before collecting all achievements, and even if you don't care about those, it took me 8 hours to max my upgrades. The start surely is slow but after that the game becomes fairly addictive: I thought I'd play it in short bursts but instead I usually ended up spending an hour or two in a row bashing viruses. So yeah, get it for a few hours of casual fun!
Germ wars, although not the most technically impressive indy game is built on a solid foundation and good mechanics. I was pleasantly surprised when I started playing this great first entry. Fun, fast paced, a good progression and a good flow, looking forward to what the dev has to offer in the future
On the surface, this game is rather unlike the others the developers offer on Steam (Prison Chainball Massacre and FEMINAZI: The Triggering are the others). However, since the whole of the gameplay is centered around actually throwing yourself over and over again into your opponents I'm not certain that there's a whole lot of difference beyond the surface level. As far as I can see in the play and design of the game, they weren't actively trying to offend anyone with this (other than immune systems?), which is perhaps something they should consider returning to as developers. It's a bit of a shame that the game is boring and nothing is explained, because there could have been a neat little game here. You might try it out on a massive sale, but for me it isn't even worth the 50 cents I paid for it. Also, anyone who tries to play with a keyboard should note that one of the attacks (not that I ever saw it do much) is not assigned to any key at all by default.
Germ Wars: Proving that terrible games are like viruses on Steam. Not even worth $0.99.