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BZFlag is a team play, online, capture-the-flag Tank Battle for Win, Mac X, and LINUX

What is BZFlag:

BZFlag is a free multiplayer multiplatform 3D tank battle game. The name stands for Battle Zone capture Flag. It runs on Irix, Linux, *BSD, Windows, Mac OS X and other platforms. It's one of the most popular games ever on Silicon Graphics machines.

Playing BZFlag

Once the user has joined the game they will be able to enjoy the gameplay that has made BZFlag one of the most popular open source games in history.


The basic controls for the game are rather simple.

By default the mouse is used for movement. Moving the mouse up and down will move the tank forwards and backwards, while moving the mouse left and right will cause the tank to turn in that direction. Returning the mouse to the center of the screen will cause the tank to stop moving.

The left mouse button is used to fire the tank's weapon.

Optionally the keyboard can be used. The arrow keys control movement in the same way as the mouse, and the space bar is used to fire the weapon.

Some servers offer a feature that allows tanks to jump. The tab key is used to start a small jump into the air. When jumping a tank normally can not change it's speed or direction until it lands. Depending on the map, it may be possible for tanks to jump and land on various world objects and continue to fight.


BZFlag is a team game, and has various objectives depending on the game type.

The default game type is Free For All, commonly abbreviated as FFA. This mode is similar to a team death match in other first person shooting type games. The objective is to destroy as many tanks as possible on other teams, while minimizing your own losses. Tanks are destroyed by being shot, in most cases one shot is all it takes to kill an enemy tank.

Capture the Flag is another common game type. It's objective is to pick up the flag from an oposing team and return it to your base. Tanks are destroyed the same way as in FFA games.

The least common type of game is Rabbit Hunt. In this game mode, one user is a white-colored rabbit tank, and everyone else is a orange-colored hunter tank. The hunter tank(s) must chase and kill the rabbit tank. The hunter tank which kills the rabbit tank then becomes the rabbit tank.
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