Author Topic: Bloboats is a boat racing game in which you must reach the goal VERY Fast  (Read 1698 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Software Santa

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 4281
  • OS:
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Mac OS X 10.6
  • Browser:
  • Firefox 24.0 Firefox 24.0
Bloboats is a boat racing game in which you must reach the goal VERY Fast

Bloboats is a neat physics game by Markus “MakeGh” Kettunen. He entered the game into the Assembly ’06 Game Development Competition.  The competition has some other great-looking titles, so be sure to check out the other entires.  I found Bloboats wholly enjoyable, even if it is a little sparse on polish.  The readme.txt describes the game as:

 >Bloboats is a boat racing game in which the objective is to reach the goal as fast as possible, at least faster than your friend does. Perhaps the poor ship, MS Enterprise, is always in distress, or something.

  Fun with Buoyancy

The physics modeling in Bloboats is rather straightforward. There isn’t a sophisticated fluid dynamics system at work or anything along those lines.  When particles of your boat are underwater, they’re pushed upwards.  Gravity and collisions work as you would expect.  Your boat’s engine only provides thrust when it’s submerged.
Despite these simple mechanics, I found Bloboats a lot of fun to play.  The mechanic had a nice toy feeling to it, and was decently controllable.  It took a few minutes to learn how to keep the boat horizontal, but after that things were smooth sailing.  The undulating waterline is a neat concept, although overall I think the game doesn’t live up to the potential of its design.
 More Content Needed

Primarily, Bloboats needs more content in the way of coherent level design.  The game has a fair amount of levels (17), but they’re relatively homogenous.  I really would have liked to see the level design take on a more experimental edge, with very strongly themed levels.  It’s hard to push this too far.  Even gimmicky is better than repetitive.
There’s plenty of head room left to take a play mechanic like this to completely embellish it:  weapons, enemy boats, power-ups, submarines, you name it.

Bloboats Screenshot Screenshot of Physics Games
 (Bloboats Game Screenshots)

It’s Free!

Still, Bloboats provides a great amount of fun for a great price:  completely and absolutely free.  It’s a great example of an unexplored

physics mechanic, and there’s even a hidden Bloboats Invaders game to boot.
Download Bloboats Game (8.2 MB) [mirror]


This Site was Opened on January 1st, 2007

Welcome Visitor:

Spam Harvester Protection Network
provided by Unspam