Neil Thapen - Game projects

Games

Venus Patrol

Download v1.1 (alternate) (another alternate)

(Edit the file settings.txt to change resolution and switch to fullscreen)

A NEW WORLD ENTERS THE JET AGE
Fly Meteors and Vampires above the sulphur clouds of Venus

MARVELS OF BRITISH ENGINEERING
Control fully physically modelled aircraft using only the mouse

RED TERROR IN THE SKIES
Develop your dogfighting skills to hold back the communists

Videos: Meteors vs Sukhois, Convoy raid

- "... a remarkable hybrid of simplicity and complexity, a challenging and technical plane game hidden behind accessible controls and dreamy visuals." - Alec Meer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun

- An inspiration for Brandon Boyer's Venus Patrol

2011
Tools used: D, Code::Blocks, Open Dynamics Engine, SDL, OpenGL, OpenAL, GLSL, Wings 3D, GIMP, Audacity

S.T.A.C.K.E.R.

Download (alternate)
Low graphics version (alternate)

Three years ago, in 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant scattered deadly radiation across Europe. 100000 people were hastily evacuated and a Zone of Alienation created around Chernobyl.

Soon stories began to leak out of the Zone - of mutated animals and men, of the earth and sky twisting into weird shapes, and of alien objects with wonderful powers that would drop out of thin air. For these, people would pay well. So scavengers were drawn to the Zone. Men drifted there from across the USSR, to make a living gathering what they could from this lonely, hostile new world. These men became known as "Stackers".

Features

- "...it’s a quiet joy to see how all these mechanics of a more traditional shooter are worked into Tetris ... pretty funny and terribly well executed" - Kieron Gillen, Rock, Paper, Shotgun

- Interview on 1UP

Made for the TIGSource Bootleg Demakes Competition, 2008
Tools used: Game Maker, GraphicsGale, Audacity, Windows sound recorder

The Clatter of the Keys

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"Boston, Nov. 1928 — IDEA — to use Dr Freud's method of free-association to explore what lurks in my unconscious mind. Surely this must be a lucrative source of material for stories of the weird and strange. I will allow myself until midnight."

Features

- "...Typing of the Dead was one of the silliest but most addicting games on the Dreamcast. Tasked with eliminating zombies as they approach, you have to type out the word or phrase above their head to shoot them. What happens when you take that concept and mix it with Space Invaders and Lovecraft?" - James Murff, Big Download

- One of 1UP's 101 Free Games for 2009

Made for the TIGSource Commonplace Book Competition, 2008
Tools used: Game Maker, GraphicsGale, GIMP, Audacity

Swift Swurd

Download (Windows .exe and Python 2.7 source)
(The 7DRL version is here)

A small, swashbuckling roguelike. Collect three pieces of treasure to complete the game.

Unco lichts aboot the auld castle. Stories in toun of reivers and treisur.
Wi yer swurd and pistols, ye gang tae hae a leuk.

Made for the 7 Day Roguelike Challenge, 2013
Tools used: Python, libtcod

Storm over the Desert

Made with unsilentwill (art) and Javet (music).

Download Play Online (takes a while to load)

Guide your squadron of tanks to defeat the evil armies of Satan Hosain (uses the cursor keys, X and C). A remake of a game from the Action 52 collection for the NES.

- Freeware Game Pick, IndieGames.com

Made for the Action 52 Owns project, 2010
Tools used: AS3, Flixel, FlashDevelop, GraphicsGale, Audacity

Mods

Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Homepage

A graphics mod for Paradox Interactive's grand strategy game Europa Universalis III.

- "... a great improvement over the original map because in a game that is so dependent on an historical feel, the Paradox designed map seemed a little out of place." - Troy Goodfellow, Flash of Steel

2007
Tools used: HLSL, GIMP

Almost games

Doodal

Play online (flash)

A freehand fractal doodling program.

2013
Tools used: AS3, FlashDevelop, Pixel Bender

Venus Patrol

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A prototype for a third person, mouse-controlled flight sim.

It's 1960, and a squadron of the Royal Interplanetary Air Force has been stationed at New Adelaide in the Venus mandate, to show the flag, keep an eye on the natives and protect refinery workers from the oversized wildlife.

No women, shameful food — but amazing opportunities for a spot of shikar!

Made for the TIGSource Cockpit Competition, 2009
Tools used: Python, NetBeans, pyglet, NumPy, Open Dynamics Engine, OpenGL, Wings 3D, GIMP, Audacity

gluten-free

Play online (graphics may be squashed)

A tiny thing in Flash about mixing. The remains of an idea for a game about making bread.

Made for the TIGSource Adult/Educational Competition, 2009
Tools used: Actionscript 3, FlashDevelop, GraphicsGale

Jam games

(Typically made in three hours; sometimes finished later.)

The Baron's Volcano Party

Dance the conga and avoid furniture. Made with Terry Cavanagh, increpare and Kekskiller, on the themes “centipede”, “voodoo”, “herrensuppe” and “speed.”

Play online

BIGJAM, July 2009

The White Game

Stack up coloured blocks. Disjoint colours overlap. Overlap red, green and blue to make a white block, clearing the line. For the theme "game inspired by an album cover".

Play online

BIGJAM, August 2011

MSLCMD

A version of missile command, made with Stormcloud, for the theme "Sega Dreamcast VMU specs". That is, 48 x 32 resolution, with two colours. Cursor keys move, space fires.

Play online

TIGJam UK, June 2010

Raindrops

Try to avoid the depressing rain. For the theme "Delicious Suicide".

Play online (press space to start)

BIGJAM, August 2011

Chaos Pendulum

Two player, made with increpare.

On increpare's site

BIGJAM, July 2009

Fast Noodle

Not a finished game, but the mechanic could be interesting. Press down to suck up noodles, left and right to move, and use the mouse to rotate noodles with the chopsticks. Made for the theme “Chinese fast food.”

Download

BIGJAM, July 2009

Sound sound

Clap in rythm to destroy the approaching shapes. Made with increpare, on the theme “audio only”.

On increpare's site

TIGJam UK, January 2010

Lightbulb

Press space to turn the light on and off, to lure the moths out of the window. Made for the theme “lightbulb”.

Download

TIGJam UK, January 2010

My work website: http://www.math.cas.cz/~thapen/