HarshGame (DOS)

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Refusing to give up gracefully, with Terra a mere cherished memory among glowing particles of radioactive space dust, the pilot of the lone remaining Starfleet gunstar vows to go out in a blaze of glory, reducing as many Kreel Deck fighters to galactic debris as possible.

Or, otherwise put, another game in which a solitary human-controlled spaceship fights overwhelming alien, computer-controlled forces in space combat. The player pilots the U.S.S. ButtKicker, a VF-1 "Valkyrie", fully equipped with HarshCannon, HarshNukes and a HarshShield -- not as exciting an array of (harsh)armaments as it may sound, amounting to a single gun and the ability to sustain several hits before dying.

The interstellar dogfights take place on a flat 2D field a la Spacewar!, abstracting the third dimension right out of things. Enemy fighters can be monitored on a radar screen of sorts until they are sufficiently near to engage in close-range combat. In the interests of survival, the player is recommended to maneuvre such as to engage only one opponent at a time, to which end the ship is capable of thrusting forward and backward as well as more fine-grained turns. The U.S.S. ButtKicker has a finite amount of shields and energy, but the latter can be diverted to replenish the former as the player takes combat damage... energy then slowly accumulating again for later further shield supplementation.

There is no happy ending to this game -- every time a Kreel is destroyed, a new one WORPs in to replace it. The goal is quite simply to take out as many of them with you as you can.

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HarshGame DOS Familiarizing the player with the available equipment
HarshGame DOS Well, two can play at that game.  Now I'm shooting at him!
HarshGame DOS And, oh gosh... one of us just died.
HarshGame DOS He's shooting at me!

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Pseudo_Intellectual (47942) added HarshGame (DOS) on Jan 22, 2008