Friday, March 25, 2011

Freebie Flashback Friday - Scorched Earth

You're hunkered down in a nuked-out crater, hoping your enemies don't have any napalm. A variable wind besets your best attempts at ballistic bombardment and your shield is failing. What to do? What to do.

You admire the jagged landscape while evaluating your options. You could MIRV the guy on the ridge over there, or even better, if you place your shot right, you might be able to Death's Head your way straight to victory. Assuming you don't frag yourself in the process. Decisions, decisions. Welcome to Scorched Earth, my friend.

Destructible terrain. An expansive weapons catalog. Multiplayer action. Scorched Earth brought it all to the table back in 1991. You've seen this game before, and you'll see it again: it's the tried-and-true artillery game. Angry Birds is similar in many ways: choose your angle, set the power of your shot, and pull the trigger. Simple, right?

Scorched Earth was one of the first artillery games that I ever really enjoyed because it is chock full of offensive and defensive options. This makes Scorched Earth one of the deepest and most complex artillery games I have ever played. Now it's abandonware, and you can get it free here.

BTW, if you like Scorched Earth, I highly recommend Worms: Armageddon.

Know any other great artillery games? Sound off in the comments!

--Demo Gamer

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