Group DescriptionIn the Oxyd series of games the player controls a rolling ball and has to touch stones with the same symbols to lock them. A physical simulation allows magnets, gravitation and other effects affecting the ball movement. Cooperated multi-player is an essential feature of the games, networking options were included starting with Oxyd and used throughout the series.
The predecessor of the Oxyd games, Esprit, was released as retail game by Application Systems Heidelberg. After that game the series was renamed to Oxyd, released under the Dongleware label, with a shareware concept: the game could be copied without permission, allowing it to be shared over PD libraries. But to enjoy the overall game, codes were required for later levels, which had to be purchased in form of a instruction manual book.
Like the release form, the target audience was not primarily core players: the games were intended more for casual players and serious computer users wanting some games on their machine, e.g. some of the earlier titles (like Esprit, Oxyd or Oxyd 2) were running on the Atari ST monochrome monitor, which was widespread used by people using their home computers for work, or are compatible with the professional workstation models like the Atari TT.
Screenshot from Oxyd 2
Screenshot from Oxyd Extra
Screenshot from Oxyd magnum!
Screenshot from Oxyd