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A prototype of Swarm Racer 3000 is now available to all Lexaloffle customers! Log in and check your My Games page to get download links for Mac, Linux or Windows. If you need to activate purchases from the Humble Store, see this thread.

I prototyped Swarm Racer 3000 in 2009 for the Tokyo Game Show, and I'm releasing this brushed up version of that so that it doesn't gather dust for too long. I'm hoping to do 1.0 at the end of the year, after Voxatron's engine and arcade mode is finished. It won't be a massive game -- around 40 tracks, a simple designer and some guest composer's music would round it off nicely I think.

This preview version has 8 tracks and the trophy system of the original Swarm Racer (which is offline right now -- I need to update the builds). I haven't put an online score system in yet, as I'm working on a better system that Voxatron will also use. If you want to get competative, feel free to post your times here!

I'm not sure if I'll keep lasers and the fairy character, but left them in to play around with. I also left in some debug keys -- F & N for fast forward and slow motion, and PAGEUP, PAGEDOWN move the camera (try zooming in and watch the renderer fail beautifully)

More screens:

P#7015 2013-01-05 21:25


Looking great so far, just as engaging as the original, and I can't wait for the completed product. I see the time awards are still just as impossible as in the original game as well. =]

P#7020 2013-01-08 15:03


Fun game. But USC complains about the .deb (Ubuntu 12.10 64bit):

The package is of bad quality

The installation of a package which violates the quality standards isn't allowed. This could cause serious problems on your computer. Please contact the person or organisation who provided this package file and include the details beneath.

Lintian check results for /tmp/swarm-racer-3000_0.0.1_amd64.deb:
E: swarm-racer-3000: control-file-has-bad-permissions postinst 0775 != 0755
E: swarm-racer-3000: control-file-has-bad-permissions postrm 0775 != 0755
E: swarm-racer-3000: control-file-has-bad-permissions prerm 0775 != 0755

P#7062 2013-01-25 03:45


Can i turn down the resolution somehow? The game lags a lot on my enormous monitor.

P#7089 2013-02-28 22:32


For now you can set the resolution in config.txt (~/Library/Application Support/Swarm Racer 3000/config.txt for OSX, [home]/Roaming/Swarm Racer 3000/config.txt or the install directory for Windows). But I'll add a resolution menu option in the next update.

P#7091 2013-03-02 16:10

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