Unclaimed World

Unclaimed Word

Unclaimed Word is a very challenging planet colonization game, similar to the movie Avatar, where mankind must learn to survive on an alien world.

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Unclaimed World lets players experience what it might be like to be forced to survive in an alien ecosystem beyond our solar system. Because of a futuristic catastrophic asteroid strike in the Atlantic Ocean causing the loss of millions of people, nations throughout the world have united in their decision to create a backup of humanity on an extra-solar planet called Tau Ceti. In 2129, the starship Exigence leaves Earth along with you as leader of space pioneering colonists who must enter the state of hibernation for the century-long one-way space journey towards a potentially sustainable new homeland in Tau Ceti.

Your goal as space pioneer is to survive, until hopefully rescued, on the extraterrestrial planet you have crash-landed on, while facing many life-threatening challenges, including attacks from alien creatures. Your survival will depend on your resourcefulness and willingness to educate yourself about your unknown challenging alien environment. Your goal will be to plan and manage a human settlement in an alien world. You must manage a community of space pioneers in this realistic, science-fiction setting chosen as mankind’s first interstellar colonization attempt. Colonists have become scattered throughout this unknown planet with minimal supplies and technology. The lives of the space pioneers will depend on your strategic planning. Your primary mission goal has now become: to survive in a completely unknown alien ecosystem, and then, secondary: to rebuild a human civilization in this hostile environment.

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A group of specialists are awakened from deep hibernation to prepare for an exploration mission before the main landing operation. The initial exploration is an important introductory attempt to avert the risk of catastrophe from unknown dangers on the planet’s surface. There can be no return because all landing vehicles were one-way capsules since it is impossible to get back into orbit. 6 teams consisting of 60 scientists and security experts in total left the ship over a 1-month period.

Exploratory Investigation Goals consisted of: natural resources’ evaluations; soil, air and water examinations for toxins; assessment of dangers from indigenous alien life-forms both from the microscopic level and up; risk and strategy assessment for defending against threats in the environment; as well as the selection of the final landing site for the establishment of the main colony. You will share information acquired from the exploration expeditions, such as: diverse life-forms, microorganism threats, benign weather, natural resources and the most suitable locations for landing and settlement. After the exploration, you will be in charge of waking up the remaining colonists for boarding of 2 heavy drop ships and evacuation of Exigence.

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You will experience a major catastrophe when alien species surround the spacecraft, crippling it and wiping out the local wildlife ecosystem. Your goal will now become a life-or-death survival challenge whereby your problem-solving and managerial resourcefulness skills will be constantly tested. Many emergency decisions will have to be made.

At this point the player of Unclaimed World takes on the “mission” challenge of trying to survive the members of his/her disaster-stricken expedition in this alien ecosystem. Tutorials will guide you throughout your ordeals. In order to survive, you must assume numerous tasks and optionscomprised of challenges under categories, such as: Scout; Attack/Hunt; Gather/Forage; Salvage; Produce Items; Cook; Degradation; and Construct Buildings.

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Other Challenging Issues, such as: weather, exhaustion, injuries and disease will also be encountered. You will face these challenges in both Day and Night Cycles, whereby survivors sleep in shifts so that someone is always on watch-alert.

You will use the Pioneer Planning Unit to manage the group’s decision-making, since the settlers do not engage in a command-chain managerial system, but rather a democratic voting mechanism which is utilized for mitigating disagreements.

Players will see if they can face the challenges of trying to make do with what they have brought, what they can find, and what they can adapt on this new challenging alien ecosystem, while simultaneously using your knowledge of the environment, survival techniques and problem-solving skills in order to hold you over until you are rescued and are able to rejoin the other space colonist pioneer settlers. See if you are up to the daunting challenge.

Defile of Eden 2

Defile of Eden 2 is a rare and unique environmental simulation game from Sanguinelabs that was created from 100% hand-drawn graphics.

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Defile of Eden 2 – World in Chaos is a follow up game by Sanguine Laboratories, focusing on pollution this action packed cross platform multiplayer game is a thrill ride from start to finish. Single player has been included with offline bot opponents adding to the large amount of detail and work that has gone into this game. The developers have created their own tools specially designed for animation and map editing. At first glance this game looks very unique, once you have accustomed yourself to the unique art style you will discover a vast amount of features, some great humour and the ability to play against or alongside friends across LAN and Internet, making this a great game to play.

The core action pits two teams of players against each other in a battle to take control of Eden. The current objective is very straight forward involving the destruction of either teams’ base; it’s the interplay between the six playable classes that makes things so varied and interesting. The speedy scout like characters with their unique screen interactions, along with medium and heavy supporting classes, all with unique weapons, attributes, and abilities that complement each other and clash in a myriad of ways. Encounters can vary widely depending on the match type and the makeup of each team, this unpredictability along with future classes and game types already on the horizon, is crucial to any games’ long-standing appeal.

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There are interesting map visuals giving Eden a more serene or defiled look depending on which team is in the lead, with each team having a scout like character that has the ability to obscure the opposing teams vision similar to the Mario Kart screen interactions approach, which is a nice touch. This alongside healing and support classes adds to the obvious strategic team play required to defeat the opposing team.

All in all this game has had a large amount of thought and development time put in to it, all of the assets including all the menus and maps have been completely hand drawn which must have taken some time. This looks like a game that is looking for a social following, with the developers already planning many more game types, maps, characters and there is even potential for user driven content with the release of their map editor. The developers have even created various character twitter feeds and begun a cartoon strip which has some valued humour about it.

Check out the playable demo at http://www.sanguinelabs.co.uk/doe2

Game Review Provided By Daniel Lyle

Reach for the Sun

Reach for the Sun is a plant growing simulation game that hones your resource management skills and increases your botany knowledge.

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Reach for the Sun is a plant growing simulation game that has the player acquire a “green thumb” and hone their resource management skills and increase botany knowledge. Your mission is to make your plant bear fruit so that it can produce seeds to facilitate continuation of the growth process.

Players will start off by growing a plant across a season while attempting to make as many seeds as possible before winter sets in. You will begin with a few sees unlocking the easiest plant, the sunflower, then as you proceed in the plant growing simulation game you will be unlocking more complex plants and be purchasing some upgrades to make your gardening task easier.

You will learn about photosynthesis, plant anatomy, the role of male and female components in pollination, and the importance of growth resources.

 

Tutorials – Informative tutorials are offered to increase your gardening knowledge.

Resource Management – Players will carefully gather and manage 3 essential key resources to create plants and fruits: water, nutrients and starch. Every new extension to the plant – roots, leaves, fruit, pollen, requires resources. The more resources you have the more fruitful your plant can become. Collecting starch and growing your plant requires an investment. However, in the plant growing simulation game your resource pool expands the more plants you have.

Resource Indicators – The screen will show you how much you have left of the 3 resources. To acquire more, your plant parts flash on the screen indicating that you can harvest a resource. The plant parts will flash indicating that you can harvest a resource.

Roots – produce absorb water and nutrients and transfer them to the leaves

Leaves – Plants produce starch through the process of photosynthesis (the process – in the presence of chlorophyll – by which plant convert energy from the sun into chemical energy used to fuel plant organisms) to facilitate the growth process. Roots and Leaves generate more resources in the plant growing simulation game.

Flowers – produce seeds which are used as a currency in the plant growing simulation game to unlock new types of plants, and enable you to make improvements to your garden, such as plant fertilizer, watering cans, and praying mantis insects to prevent pests

Hazards and Threats – Bugs and plant blight have to be eliminated for healthy plant growth to occur.

Now that you have your own “green thumb”, you can take what you have learned in this plant growing simulation game to grow your own plants.

WolfQuest

WolfQuest is a 3D wildlife simulation game that teaches you about gray wolves in Yellowstone National Park.

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In this exciting and educational 3D wildlife simulation game with superb graphics (which you can customize based upon your computer performance), you will become a gray wolf gaining first-hand experience of the life-cycle of the gray wolves in Yellowstone National Park. Gray wolves had historically endured a negative view and had been a persecuted and controversial predator culled by biased humans. Changing values and endangered species legislation resulted in efforts to preserve large predators, including the gray wolf, which were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park in the mid 1990’s in a successful attempt to restore the endangered animal species.

Players will become familiar with Yellowstone National Park by undertaking wolf missions throughout the game, selecting options and choosing graphics, including the choice of single or multiplayer. You will create a wolf, selecting male/female, customizing its color; determine its strength stamina and speed. Throughout the game, you will acquire skill points for hunting animals, marking your territory and accomplishing missions. Games may be saved and you have opportunities to try again. You will learn about your wolf predators: rival wolves, grizzly bears, coyotes and birds.

You will encounter showdowns of dominance in attempting to introduce yourself to other wolves prior to finding a future mate. Your first step in the fall season on the slopes of Yellowstone’s Amethyst Mountain is finding a mate while simultaneously finding food for your survival. Utilizing the map view will have you seeing other wolf territories and locations to hunt for elk, while on the lookout for grizzly bears, other rival wolves and coyotes. Elks and hares will sustain your strength on your mission. The scent key will help you locate wolf packs by tracking; the stamina bar assists you in gauging your stamina. The health level indicates your hunger state and the extent of injuries sustained. The compass guides you in the direction of food and other wolves.

You engage in many life-cycle missions in Yellowstone National Park including:

Find a Female – which culminates in completing the Amethyst Mountain mission quest where you get to learn about wolf pack survival and your responsibility for survival of the genetic code which as a wolf, is your life’s quest.

Find a Den – in the Lamar River, Slough Creek or Bison Park areas of Yellowstone, has you aware of your need to be close to food while remaining away from the danger of Yellowstone gray wolf rival packs and other predators.

Mark Your Territory – shows you the importance of scent defence for the wolf which must urinate in its buffer zone between the den and rival wolves, marking its territory from predator threats by urinating and howling throughout. You use your keyboard letters to mark territory leaving scent marks preventing rival wolf packs from threatening your family.

You’ve Got Pups! – You start your family. You learn the gestation period of gray wolves, and early post-birth developmental facts. You will get to name pups if you accumulate enough experience points. You can later change names in the Pack Stats panel.

Train Your Pups – finds you challenged to keep the pups from wandering too far, picking them up and bringing strays back to the den, and increasing the affinity closeness level of your family pack, while reinforcing the pups’ awareness of staying close to home. You and/or you mate will feed your pups by mostly eating food and regurgitating it for them until they are weaned. You must also protect them from predators, especially grizzly bears who see them as easy meals. Manipulate your keyboard to pick up pups. The Pack Affinity Meter shows how well pups stay near the den. You must constantly mark your territory to keep predators and rivals at bay. Your mission is completed when you have taught your pups to stay nearby to keep safe.

Defend Your Pups – while you continue to go about your efforts in your mission of chasing away grizzlies, and killing coyotes, constantly marking your territory while training and feeding your pups. The Food For Pups meter gauges food consumption.

Grow Your Pups – finds you journeying across a valley to a new home – a “rendezvous site” where you will spend the summer once your pups reach the target weight of 15 pounds and are able to leave the original den site. You must track their weight on the Pack Stats popup which you access from the Map key or Game options.

In The Final Journey, – the pups are now big enough to leave the den, so it is time to leave the den site and journey across a valley to your summer rendezvous. Since crossing rivers is dangerous and can be hazardous for pups that have stayed close to the den site, you must undertake the mission of keeping the pups alive on this journey. If you attempt to carry them while swimming across the creek they will likely drown, so you are challenged to have to find shallow stretches to wade as pups wait to be carried across.

You will be provided the option of a Bonus Level where you have the option of jumping a protective fence and entering a farmer’s field enclosing calves, if you determine that elk are too hard to find. Bear in mind that this choice is dangerous and even life-threatening if the farmer goes after you with a gun. Cows can send a warning alarm to the farmers alerting them of your presence and threat to their livestock.

You are congratulated when you arrive at the ‘rendezvous site’ where you’ll be spending the summer at your hillside home, hunting insects, mice and bird nestlings. Come fall, the pups will be big and strong enough to hunt elk with you, and in the spring you’ll find yourself making a new litter of pups. This year’s pups will help you and your mate to raise the newborns. The first pups will be spending another year together with you before leaving the family in search of mates and the life-cycle will repeat itself again for a new generation.

When you have completed the WolfQuest game you have the option of reloading a saved game back at your den, or staring a new one. You also have an opportunity of learning more about wolves. Through the game, you will gain an appreciation of the wolves of Yellowstone National Park, which not so long ago used to be a threatened endangered species.

Mission Migration

Learn about birds that migrate and how human activity such as using pesticides affects them.

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Mission: Migration exposes the threats of negative human activity on the migration of birds, while also stressing the impact of positive environmental choices on successful bird migration.

Players are challenged to accept the mission of assisting a flock of birds in completing its seasonal migration through bird migration routes, which is facilitated by the flock’s search of food, water, shelter and space. You will help the flock navigate the challenges of their bird migration by being on the outlook for environmental habitat hazards, while avoiding thunderstorms and aircraft dangers. You will learn about natural and manmade hazards. Players need to be efficient by flapping the wings at the right time, while taking advantage of the jet stream to conserve energy with the goal of reaching the finish line fast.

You get to choose from four birds: Robin; Common Yellowthroat; Red-tailed Hawk, and Great Egret, and learn about their habitat, food and migration reasons. Each species has a special set of skills, and will have advantages and disadvantages when flying.

Players have to guide a flock of birds through three separate stages: rural farm areas: Farmland Flyover; suburban towns: Suburban Stopover and inner city: City Search. At the end of each level, you will need to quickly find an adequate place for your birds to rest in their bird migration route, while watching out for various health risks: such as poison and pesticides. You will acquire various facts on the different items throughout the game, and learn how humans play a significant role, both positive and negative, on the health and well-being of birds throughout the game categorized under the headings: Health Risks and Health Power-ups.

At the conclusion of Mission: Migration, players are congratulated for helping the flock finish its bird migrations. Here you get to see the birds successfully build nests and find mates. The game reinforces the role that humans play in the lives of birds and players gain an appreciation of their dependence on us for keeping backyards, schoolyards and neighborhoods safe, clean, healthy and inviting habitats for birds as well as other vulnerable and threatened forms of wildlife.

Seagull Strikes Back

Take a few craps on several politicians in the funny overfishing game.

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Do you feel that the politicians are listening to us? Maybe you have felt to need just to crap on them from time to time. Well here’s your chance! Play The Seagull Strikes Back where you get to drop your ‘craps’ on politicians. This game is about an angry seagull losing its food resource from overfishing, whereby it plans its revenge by engaging in a crap storm. Use your “left”, “right”, and “space” bars to engage your enemies, the “politicians” without striking the anglers, which will cost you points. Strike the “poop” buoy, and receive 2 more poops. Use your resources wisely, because you cannot take these ‘craps’ forever.

Build a Prairie

Build a Prairie. The tall grass prairie restoration game for learning about prairie ecosystems.

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Although 98% of North America’s original tall grass prairie has been destroyed, in this game you get a chance at environmental restoration. You get to rebuild either a tall grass or short grass prairie ecosystem.

There are several stages in the game in which you either build a tall grass, or short grass prairie. In the first stage you have to choose four out of six of the best grasses you want to integrate in the prairie, but you have to be careful because two of them you don’t want in the prairie. In the second stage you get to plant forbs which are broad-leafed herbs other than grasses. You then have to select the best four out of six birds to go along with your prairie restoration. Once you have selected grasses, forbs, and birds for your prairie ecosystem, you then have another three categories of species to choose from. Click on any species along the way, and learn about its ecology, and interaction with a prairie ecosystem.