Debian Games Project
Summary
Shoot 'em up
Debian's shoot 'em up games

This metapackage will install mainly shoot 'em up games also known as shmup or STG and some closely related shooter games. Shmups are a subgenre of the shooter genre of video games. They often involve a spacecraft or aircraft shooting large numbers of enemies while dodging their attacks.

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Debian Games Shoot 'em up packages

Official Debian packages with high relevance

Alienblaster
Classic 2D shoot 'em up
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Your mission is simple: Stop the invasion of the aliens and blast them!

Alien Blaster is a classic 2D shoot 'em up featuring lots of different weapons, special items, aliens to blast and a big bad boss.

It supports both a single player mode and a cooperative two player mode for two persons playing on one computer.

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Balder2d
A 2D shooter in zero gravity
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In Balder2D, players control small probes which shoot tiny projectiles with which they try to destroy each other. It features a 2D overhead view of the playing field. Probes may be human or computer controlled.

A probe can perform the following actions:

  • rotate
  • fire projectiles
  • "stick" to a wall
  • push off of a wall

Players may rotate their probes while in flight, but the only way to change the direction or speed of flight is by firing projectiles (which gives a small kick in the opposite direction) or by running into walls or other probes.

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Chromium-bsu
fast paced, arcade-style, scrolling space shooter
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Chromium is a top down fast paced high action scrolling space shooter.

In this game you are the captain of the cargo ship Chromium B.S.U. and are responsible for delivering supplies to the troops on the front line. Your ship has a small fleet of robotic fighters which you control from the relative safety of the Chromium vessel.

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Criticalmass
Shoot-em-up a la galaxian
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criticalmass, aka critter, is a shoot-'em-up in the style of Galaxian with very colorful and smooth graphics (provided that you have 3d acceleration)

Note: criticalmass uses OpenGL, and will probably not run well if you do not have a 3d accelerator which is supported by X.

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Dangen
shoot 'em up game where accurate shooting matters
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dangen is a shoot 'em up game that attach importance to accuracy of shooting. With the combination of the cursor key and the shot button, you can shoot at your side or even at your back. Get the bonus point by hitting the enemy without a miss. You can choose stages of different difficulty.

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Defendguin
defender clone with penguins
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"Defendguin" is based loosely on William's classic arcade game, "Defender." Some recognizable stars in the realm of modern operating systems should be fairly obvious.

A certain monopoly-owning bad guy has been cloned hundreds of times by an unknown alien race. They are now attacking earth, kidnapping little penguinoids and converting them into mutants. Helping them on their way are some other nasty alien ships, of which there are plenty...

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Dodgindiamond2
Little shoot-'em-up arcade game for one or two players
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This aims to be an old school arcade game with low resolution graphics, top-down scrolling action, energy based gameplay, and different weapons with several levels of power.

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Excellent-bifurcation
abstract vertical shooter with two sides to play on
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Excellent Bifurcation is a vertical shooter in which you have two sides available to play on. Its graphics try to mimic the colours, sounds and feeling of the 8-bit games.

In the game, you drive two ships at the same time, on two sides of the screen. The game play is very unique and fun. It might be quite a brain bender anyway.

Excellent Bifurcation was Linley Henzel's entry in the AutoFire 2007 Shooter Competition, and finished in 2nd place.

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Freedroid
Clone of Paradroid - a strategic shoot-em up
Maintainer: Yann Dirson
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You must clear a spaceship from all droids. To achieve this your device will need to take control of more powerful droids, more able to confront the most powerful ones. But you'll also need to manage your energy, as you won't be able to control any droid for an indefinite time, and even your own device has a limited lifetime.

Note that this package is different from the freedroidrpg game, developed by the same team, and also available in Debian.

Funnyboat
side scrolling arcade shooter game on a steamboat
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Trip on the Funny Boat is a side scrolling arcade shooter game on a steamboat equipped with a cannon and the ability to jump. The player will need to take advantage of waves to defeat the enemies and dodge hazards.

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Geki2
Xenon-like vertical shoot'em-up
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Geki 2 is a vertical shoot'em-up game similar to classic arcade games such as Xenon, Target Renegade or Gunhed. It features six levels and two different weapons.

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Geki3
R-Type-like horizontal shoot'em-up
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Geki 3 is a horizontal shoot'em-up game similar to classic arcade games such as R-Type or Zero "All Your Base Are Belong To Us" Wing. It features four levels and various weapons.

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Gunroar
360-degree gunboat shooter
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Gunroar is an excellent shooter in which the game environment turns to be the sea and your spaceship an armed boat. The player moves around in a level generated randomly, and containing enemy islands, turrets and enemy boats) and that never ends. Each enemy killed increments your points according to the time it took you to destroy it and its size.

Gunroar is another gem among many by Kenta Cho.

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Ii-esu
shooter game
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Your ship is surrounded by two circles. You shoot in the direction of your mouse points, and you move if the mouse pointer is outside the inner circle.

The original name of the game is ES, which is pronounced ii-esu in Japanese.

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Ketm
old school 2D-scrolling shooter
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Ketm is a hicolor/hiresolution classical game that has similarities with Raptor, Tyrian and Galaga. You are a spacepilot controlling your secret prototype ship. At regular interval's you get attacked by the bad guys. You have a mission to clean this sector from them (i.e. Kill Everything That Moves). Be sure to pick up some weapon and ship upgrades on the way.

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Kraptor
Classic shoot 'em up scroller game
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Kraptor is a classic shoot 'em up scroller game, where you must fight against tons of bad dudes. The game offers high speed action, with massive destruction and lots of fun. Kraptor features a powerful engine for 2D shooter scroller games.

After years of oppression, the slaved people of the world have raised against their masters. You, a mercenary pilot, have been contacted by the popular rebellion to fight against the forces of oppression. In the morning you jump into your cockpit and start up the engines. It's time to get airborne and start the attack. Get ready to defeat the scum hired by the masters. Fighting for freedom is the only way, you're on a mission, don't defraud us...

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Maelstrom
Arcade-style game resembling Asteroids
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This is a port of the high-resolution "asteroids" style arcade game written by Andrew Welch for the Macintosh.

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Marsshooter
ridiculous space shooter governed by the laws of gravity
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M.A.R.S is a two-dimensional space shooter game with excellent 2D-graphics, a stunning amount of particles and shader support. It offers single- and multiplayer gameplay, many impressive weapons and specials and customizable ships.

In the year 3547 civilizations across the galaxy have settled their own planets, living in peace and harmony with its environment. But outside the placid habitats, the GREAT WAR is raging. As a famous fighter on your way to never ending honor and prosperity, you have to protect your planet from the imminent doom of your jealous neighbours!

Mu-cade
physics centipede invasion, smashup waggly shmup
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Mu-cade is another shoot-em-up game by Kenta Cho. In this game Kenta has introduced physics into his formula of hardcore shooting games. Similar in some ways to Asteroids and Nibbles, the playing area is a rectangular arena in which vessel-snakes have only one idea at the head: expelling the others into the vacuum. You incarnate one of them, and you'll quickly realize the subtlety of the goal: your tail lengthens as you destroy your enemies.

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Noiz2sa
abstract arcade shooter
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A classical vertical arcade shooter with an abstract theme and matching electronic music

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Open-invaders
Space Invaders clone
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Space Invaders is one of the earliest arcade shoot 'em up games. The player can move horizontally across the bottom of the screen and must shoot at an incoming wave of aliens before they reach the bottom.

Open Invaders is a clone of the legendary 70's classic, but with completely new graphics, several bonus levels, etc.

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Overgod
bi-directional scrolling arcade game
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Overgod is an arcade game with bi-directional scrolling where you need to destroy all enemies in an area in a given time. The game is a mix of the classic arcade games Asteroids and Thrust with a lot of additional features.

Overgod can also be played in two-player duel or cooperative modes, or in a special "Time Attack" version where enemies endlessly appear.

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Parsec47
retromodern hispeed shmup
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PARSEC47 is a retromodern hi-speed shoot 'em up where you get to defeat retro enemies modernly. The player must destroy enemies while avoiding their projectiles and collecting green clusters of boxes for points.

PARSEC47 is another gem among many by Kenta Cho.

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Piu-piu
Horizontal scroller game in bash for cli.
Maintainer: Ivan Marov
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This is an Old School horizontal scroller 'Shoot Them All' game in bash. With multiplayer mode. You have to defeat 100 aliens to fight with Boss. Netcat is used for client-server exchange in multiplayer mode. So netcat have to be installed on system if you wish to play with friend. And terminals on both hosts have to be with equal dimensions.

Powermanga
vertical shoot 'em up with colourful 3D graphics
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Powermanga is a shoot 'em up with 60 different enemies, 40 meteors, numerous weapons, many end of level baddies, spaceship power-ups and lots of other surprises.

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Projectl
sword action shooting
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The sword mechanics are everything in this game. Your sword rotates away from the direction your ship moves, and in doing so slices through the various enemies.

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Rafkill
vertical shoot'em-up similar to Raptor: Call of the Shadows
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Rafkill is a clone of Raptor: Call of the Shadows, a classic shoot'em-up game.

You have a bird's eye view of the playing field, which is an alien world, and your job is to destroy the enemies that are flying towards you shooting bullets. The score lets you buy life, shield, better weapons or even new spaceships.

Rafkill features three spaceships, more than twenty weapons, colourful graphics with transparency effects, music and sound.

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Rockdodger
Fly through an asteroid field avoiding rocks and greeblies
Maintainer: Martin A. Godisch
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Rock Dodger is a horizontal scrolling action game where you have to navigate your spaceship through a stream of rocks flying in from the right. Your only help is a laser to destroy rocks and a limited amount of shield. This game had once upon in time the 4th place in NoStarch game contest.

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Rrootage
arcade-style space shooting game
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rRootage is an arcade-style vertical shooting game, with music to match. Avoid the barrage of bullets and destroy the enemy's battle ship with your laser. rRootage has 40 levels, each playable in four different modes.

rRootage was created by Kenta Cho.

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Sopwith
port of the 1980's side-scrolling WWI dogfighting game
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This is an updated version of the 1980's game developed by David L. Clark of BMB Compuscience Canada. It has been adapted to run under *nix using the SDL toolkit. Poor graphics, stupid AI, and horrible sound await you. The gameplay is simple, addictive, and fun. A `side-scroller', you pilot your biplane across a static field, destroying enemy encampments and planes.

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Starfighter
2D scrolling shooter game
Maintainer: Guus Sliepen
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After decades of war one company, who had gained powerful supplying both sides with weaponry, steps forwards and crushes both warring factions in one swift movement. Using far superior weaponry and AI craft, the company was completely unstoppable and now no one can stand in their way. Thousands began to perish under the iron fist of the company. The people cried out for a saviour, for someone to light this dark hour... and someone did.

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  • 26 missions over 4 star systems
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  • A Variety of Missions (Protect, Destroy, etc)
  • Boss battles
Tatan
pointing STG shooter game
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Tatan is a shooter game with simplified controls: use the mouse to aim and shoot, and the space bar to toggle your position. You have to collect the yellow stars (or shoot the white ones circumscribed in spheres) for power-ups.

The game is played in some sort of quantum universe, and you are either positioned on the left or the right.

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Tenmado
hard-core shoot 'em up game in blue-or-red world
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tenmado is a vertically scrolling, late 1990s style (that is, a massive number of enemy shots against a smaller-than-it-looks spaceship) shoot 'em up game. A very accurate collision detection makes it a game of dexterity. If something looks like a triangle, it is a triangle, not a rectangle of similar size.

However, surviving is only 20% of the game. The main feature of tenmado is the "color chain bonus". You can get a very big score (about 100 times bigger than a normal enemy-destruction point) by destroying enemies of the same color successively. It is easy or difficult depending on how greedy you are.

Titanion
strike down super high-velocity swooping insects
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Titanion is an abstract shooter game. While you fire with one button, the other one acts as a tractor ray to attract the enemies and take them to the combat line. The game in itself is quite simple, but with such graphics and playability that it's worth a try.

Titanion is another gem among many by Kenta Cho.

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Torus-trooper
speeding ship sailing through barrage
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Torus Trooper is a fast-paced abstract scrolling shooter game. It features 3D graphics and a style similar to that of games such as Tempest.

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Transcend
retro-style, abstract 2D shooter
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Transcend can best be described as retro-style, abstract 2-D shooter. The graphics are geometrical, and the pace is sometimes frenzied.

Two features set Transcend apart from other games. First, its dynamic graphical engine, which can smoothly morph from one complex shape to another, produces striking displays. Combining these dynamic shapes with subtle randomizations makes each play through a Transcend level visually different from the last. The second novel feature is Transcend's musical power-up system. As you play through a level, you are simultaneously assembling an abstract visual collage and arranging a unique piece of music. Transcend merges video games with pure art---it can be viewed either as a game or as a multimedia sculpture.

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Triplane
side-scrolling dogfighting game
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Triplane Classic is a side-scrolling dogfighting game featuring solo missions and multiplayer mode with up to four players. It is a port of the original Triplane Turmoil game for DOS and aims to match the original game exactly so that high scores remain comparable to the original.

Tumiki-fighters
sticky 2D shooter
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Tumiki Fighters brings a different twist to the side-scrolling shooter genre. With simple 3D graphics, the player has to control a ship and shoot down the enemies. The player can swoop in and attach the wreckage to its own hull for bonus points and protection from enemy attacks. .

Tumiki Fighters is another gem among many by Kenta Cho.

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Val-and-rick
shooter game
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Val & Rick is probably the precursor to Gunroar, featuring similar controls but in a different environment. Only 2D sprites and backgrounds are used in what seems like a tribute to Xevious and Star Soldier.

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Viruskiller
Game about viruses invading your computer
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Your computer has been invaded! Dozens of little viruses are pouring in via security holes in Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft MSN Messenger and Microsoft Recycle Bin! Using your trusty mouse you must shoot the buggers before they can destroy your files! Some will steal them from their home directories and take them back to their security hole. Others will just eat them right there on the spot! See how long you and your computer can survive the onslaught!

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Wing
Galaga-like arcade game
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WING is a galaga knock-off arcade game. It features high quality pre-rendered graphics, dynamically generated stars in background, single player game against computer controlled opponents, 6 levels of play, digital sound effects, digital music streams, and a high score list.

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Wordwarvi
retro-styled side-scrolling shoot'em up arcade game
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Word War vi is your basic side-scrolling shoot 'em up '80s style arcade game. You pilot your "vi"per craft through core memory, rescuing lost .swp files, avoiding OS defenses, and wiping out those memory hogging emacs processes.

Includes support for joysticks with force-feedback.

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Xgalaga
X version of the famous Galaga game
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A clone of the classic game Galaga for the X Window System. Xgalaga is a space-invader like game with additional features to produce a more interesting game.

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Xgalaga++
classic single screen vertical shooter, inspired by xgalaga
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XGalaga++ is a classic vertical scrolling shoot'em up. It requires no X Window extension and its window is freely resizable. It is inspired by XGalaga, but rewritten from scratch, except for the graphics.

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Xinv3d
3D space invaders for X
Maintainer: Chris Butler
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XInvaders 3D is a 3D vector-based space-invaders clone for the X Window System.

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Xsoldier
shoot 'em up game with the "not shooting" bonus
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You control a space ship in a vertically scrolling window and shoot enemies. If you kill the boss enemy which appears at the end of each stage, or if you can survive till the boss enemy gets bored with you and escapes, you can go to the next stage.

xsoldier has a unique feature --- the "not shooting" bonus. You can get a pretty good score by not pressing the shoot button. After all, if the game is a simple kill-everything and shooting is always a good thing, why do you have to press a shoot button? You can play xsoldier as a simple kill-everything (and it is the best way to survive), but if you care your score, you need to kill all enemies with a minimum number of bullets.

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Barrage
Rather destructive action game
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Barrage is a rather destructive action game that puts you on a shooting range with the objective to hit as many dummy targets as possible within 3 minutes. You control a gun which may either fire small or large grenades at dummy soldiers, jeeps and tanks. The gameplay is simple but it is not that easy to get high scores.

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Gravitywars
clone of Gravity Force
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Gravity Wars is inspired by Gravity Force, one of the greatest games for the Amiga. This version is a little different, with a much higher resolution, and better graphics.

The aim of the game is to guide a spaceship using only thrust and orientation to the exit, fighting against gravity and inertia. It includes some new features like water, exploding doors, bonus objects, fans (ie. wind), and some other special effects like exploding bullets and splashing water.

Gravity Wars is no longer maintained upstream and this Debian package should be considered the current upstream version.

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Supertransball2
Thrust type of game
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Super Transball 2 is a game which was inspired by ZARA THRUSTA for the Amiga 500. In each level the goal is to find the SPHERE, to capture it and to carry it to the upper part of the level. The main challenge is the gravity that attracts your ship which makes it inevitable to control the ship's thrust. Many other obstacles like cannons, tanks, doors or lasers will also try to make your journey difficult and don't be wasteful with your thrusters and weapons or you will run out of fuel in no time.

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