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Discussion: Apocalypse Orienteering: Teaser Trailer

in: Orienteering; General

Oct 9, 2020 12:08 AM # 
Evan R:

I've been working on a free retro-styled orienteering game, which takes the idea of catching features and makes it both substantially less useful and substantially more fun by combining orienteering with fast paced FPS combat. If you've ever felt like your orienteering games were too educational and didn't have enough zombies, carnage, and low quality 25 year old graphics, then you might enjoy this game! It will explore what happens when your local orienteering championships are rudely interrupted by a nuclear meltdown, mutating common microorganisms into a zombie creating super-virus. You'll explore the remains of the event's courses on you way to kill the final boss: The zombified event director himself.

The game is not ready for release yet, as while much of it is finished there are still many maps to design and courses to set. The final version will be sure to feature:
-- 10+ unique orienteering themed weapons
-- A wide range of interesting maps
-- 5 different levels of course difficulty
-- A full scoring system, including time bonuses and penalties
-- A variety of enemies and environmental hazards
-- The ability to create, edit, and share your own maps and courses
-- possible multiplayer support (team mode and competition mode)
-- And much more!

This game (as you likely can tell) is not particularly deep, instructive, or serious, but will hopefully be balanced, fun, and present an actual challenge: Can you complete the courses in time, all while fighting off hordes of si-wielding undead?

I hope you enjoy this trailer as much as I enjoyed making it!
Oct 9, 2020 1:03 AM # 
That's hilarious! Nice work :)
Oct 9, 2020 1:39 AM # 
For those of us who grew up with Doom, Duke Nukem, and Wolfenstein... this is epic XD
Oct 9, 2020 4:12 AM # 
10+ unique orienteering themed weapons

SI tasers?
Oct 9, 2020 5:22 AM # 
Shoe spikes, ninja star compass and sharp map edge (causing paper cuts) come to mind. Map bags for suffocation?
Oct 9, 2020 6:00 AM # 
I'm glad I've been holding out on getting a new sportident - the extra features on the new series look awesome!
Oct 9, 2020 10:24 AM # 
Way too much time on your hands. Don't we all have that?
Time to get the current Apocalypse over with so we can enjoy orienteering in more convectional ways.
But thanks for posting. It is a fun watch. Now if only I could take down some of those M65+ hotshots with my new SI I'd be a very happy guy.
But seriously has anyone ever tried to adapt orienteering into laser tag or paintball?
Oct 9, 2020 1:58 PM # 
Multiplatform (linux and mac os) as well I hope. This looks awesome!
Oct 9, 2020 4:39 PM # 
Looks like the dude obliterated an AttackPoint Troll on that first level!
Oct 14, 2020 6:18 PM # 
Evan R:
Thanks for the replies everyone, I'm glad you liked it! To answer your question MCrone, it runs on the open source GZDOOM engine so I can distribute it for Windows, Mac, and Ubuntu, and if anyone wanted to run it on a different linux distro they could compile it themselves as well!
Oct 20, 2020 8:52 PM # 
Terje Mathisen:
I helped optimize the original Quake asm code (my name is in the manual), so I would really appreciate a retro 3D O game. :-)
Oct 23, 2020 4:00 AM # 
Haha - love the description
Oct 23, 2020 11:10 PM # 
Evan R:
Terje Mathisen: That's really cool! Were you working with Carmack at the time?
Oct 24, 2020 7:17 AM # 
Excellent insanity!
Oct 24, 2020 8:06 AM # 
Terje Mathisen:
I spent a few hours with Carmack when visiting, a really nice and scarily smart guy, but my asm work was with my old friend Mike Abrash who tripled the speed of Carmack's code using assembler. That was the part I helped optimize, after I had been offered the position as network programmer but realized that a game company job in Dallas would be totally incompatible with a Norwegian family life, including an engineer wife who also wanted to work.
Nov 4, 2020 4:38 AM # 
Evan R:
Terje Mathisen: sorry for the late reply, I've been a bit busy with school
That's so neat, it must be crazy knowing you had a part in something so influential!
Dec 1, 2020 1:03 AM # 
Pink Socks:
I'm not a gamer, so I don't really know why I was reading this article. But I'll ask anyway.

Has anyone played Firewatch? The Ringer ranked it the 11th best video game of the last generation of PlayStation and XBOX consoles.

The reason I ask is because the article writes this: Firewatch is a gorgeous game...that emphasizes the majesty of the forest and the uncertainty of the protagonist’s journey. It offers no on-screen map overlay, instead requiring the player to navigate the great outdoors using an old-fashioned map and a trusty compass. You’re in a constant state of discovery...

Seems like most of the games I'm familiar with have the usual map overlay making the navigation rather trivial. Firewatch seems decidedly different.
Dec 1, 2020 11:06 AM # 
Firewatch definitely has some resemblance to real orienteering but the exception is that you cannot roam completely free across the map. There are some invisible barriers and stuff. I thoroughly enjoyed the game and it definitely helps being an orienteer if you want to complete the game quickly.
Dec 2, 2020 5:09 PM # 
It also has the option to turn off the location dot on the map so you have to relocate as well as navigate. I've also heard of people playing it together where one person navigates and the other uses the controller.

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