Something to lose sleep over

Edit: Unfortunately, the images originally included in this post are gone, because of hosting problems in late 2009. My apologies.

It’s been a long time since I lost sleep to a game, and I’m almost ashamed that it’s something so simple that cost me an hour’s rest last night. Gridwars 2, a clone of the Geometry Wars sequel for the XBox 360, stole that time from me.

Not that I’m complaining. I don’t game as much as I used to — I admit that, but with the corollary that I’m glad for the fact. I get a lot more done these days, and I’m learning a lot more than when I spent hours staring down KotOR2.

But this one had me hooked from the instant I started it up. I played Geometry Wars 2 at a friends house a few months ago, but didn’t think to chase down a Linux clone — shame on me, because this one’s worth it.

Game play is very close to the original, for what I remember. I prefer mouse control over the XBox controllers, and the buttons are easy to manage. It’s almost too easy, really: I got well over 650,000 points before I died the first time last night. And that was about 30 minutes of play, too.

This one will need accelerated graphics, and to be honest, my 1Ghz machine is grinding a bit when the battles get frenzied. You’ll want something with a little muscle in the video department, before you try it out.

I downloaded this from the page, and I’ll have to get to work on a Crux port for it; I want to slim down my machine before I get serious. :twisted:

But I suppose I should close with a warning — don’t start it up before a job interview or a wedding rehearsal or the first day of school. You’ll be late, I can guarantee it. :D

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4 Responses to “Something to lose sleep over”

  1. 1 zmjjmz 2008/06/25 at 10:10 AM

    Great. I’ll never sleep again. I was lucky it crashed.

  2. 2 dunc 2008/06/26 at 12:11 AM

    Scottish games guru Stuart Campbell reckoned it was actually better than the real Geometry Wars. (A few good tips there, incidentally.)

    PS. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping your comments use html tags…

  3. 3 MONODA 2008/06/27 at 5:50 PM

    It’s ok, I guess… I remember playing a similar game on windows, but it was closed source and had to pay for it. The problem I see with grid wars is that sometimes an attacker is still present on the field yet the ship wont shoot at it, instead it shoots at the walls. This happens a lot and get pretty annoying.

  4. 4 chris4585 2008/07/03 at 6:58 AM

    This is highly addictive! my highest score is so far 262,177 with 7mins and 37seconds

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