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Darwinia and Multiwinia source code released ... for a price

Developer Introversion Software got a lot of attention with their releases of the strategy-sim games Darwinia and its multiplayer-based companion game Multiwinia. Now the developer is giving anyone a chance to play with the source code behind both titles but there is a pretty big catch involved.

The source code for both games has been released on Introversion's web site but unlike other developers who have done similar things for free Introversion is charging to download its code. You can get the source code for $45 via Introversion's online store.The codes come with passwords to Introversion's development forums where people can chat with others on how to modify the game's programming.

[Via Blue's News]

Subversion demo shown; secrets revealed

Introversion Software was one of the first small innovative indie game development teams to emerge in the new digital download era. Games like Uplink, Defcon, and Darwinia showed a preference for simple graphics but terrific gameplay. For some time the company has been working on their next big project called Subversion. Now Rock Paper Shotgun reports on a brief gameplay demo of the title that was shown at a BAFTA event in London.

While the dev team said the demo is very early, the report describes the game as using a procedural system to generate a virtual city. Then the action shift to one floor in one building in the city where the objective is to take out a server room. From what is described, Subversion seems to be about spies, infiltration and sabotage. The game is still a long way off (indeed the developer hints that a proper demo for the game is still a year away) but it certainly seems to fit in what Introversion has done in the past.

New Year's Eve Steam sales hit the net [Update]

If you want to celebrate the end of 2009 by playing a classic or new PC game, the folks at Valve have a selection of games on their Steam service that have had their prices cut for one day only. The games include the recent PC port of Street Fighter IV which can be yours for $9.99 for the next 23 hours.

Other games on sale include Half-Life Source for just $2.49, Shattered Horizon for $4.99, the Multiwinia and Darwinia bundle for a mere $2.99, Crysis Maximum Edition (with Crysis and Crysis Warhead) for $13.59 and Medieval II: Total War for just $4.99. Remember, Steam still has a ton of games and game bundles on sale that will stay that way until January 5.

Update: The web site has apparently changed the sale prices since this post was released. We have changed the prices accordingly.

Big Download's 2009 Budget Multiplayer Game Holiday Guide

Yesterday, we listed our picks for some great multiplayer games to play over the holidays. However, the thing about PC games is that you usually need an individual copy for each computer to play. It gets really expensive to shell out $40-50 per game to give as gifts. It can also be difficult to convince friends and family to buy those games for themselves.

Big Download knows your pain, and we've got you covered. Here are our top picks for multiplayer games that cost $20 or less, but provide plenty of fun for the holiday season. Some of these games might go on sale in the next few weeks for even more savings. Now you can spend less time worrying about what you can afford and more time planning that gaming get together.

Click on the image above to continue reading Big Download's 2009 PC Gamer Single Player Game Holiday Gift Guide.

Introversion Software looks back at difficult 2008

UK-based Introversion Software had had a number of major successes for a small indie developer, releasing acclaimed PC games like Darwinia and Defcon. However the year 2008 did not turn out the way the company thought it would. In a rather extensive three part article on the company's blog site, Introversion's Chris Delay goes into detail on what went wrong in 2008.

In summary, Introversion had a number of projects either be delayed or fall by the wayside in 2008, including a planned DS port of Defcon, a game called Chronometer for the UK-based TV network Channel 4 and Darwinia +, a still-unreleased merger of Darwinia and Multiwinia for Xbox Live Arcade. Even the release of Multiwinia for the PC this year generated poor sales.

In the end, Delay states, "By all accounts, 2008 was a disastrous year for Introversion, characterised by an incredibly positive start and a noticeable increase in ambition, but not a single genuine success throughout the whole year." The good news? Introversion managed to stay alive and kept everyone on the team employed even though it had to cut costs considerably to do so. Delay also stated that the beginning of 2009 has seen "alternative funding through grant schemes". Their main project now is to finish Darwinia + and while Delay admits "This is not a situation we would ever deliberately put ourselves in – all eggs in one Microsoft shaped basket," he adds that "the first time in a long while, I'm feeling confident."

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Valve's weekend deal is all about the indies

Valve's co-founder Gabe Newell said this week during the DICE Summit that their regular Steam weekend deals help to boost revenues for those titles, sometimes in massive amounts This weekend Valve has decided to put not one but five games on sale in one big game pack with a price that is certain to

The five titles are all from indie developers including Multiwinia, Eets, I-Fluid, Trials 2, and Graviton 2. For this weekend only you can download and purchase all five games in one bundle for just $9.99. That's over 75 percent off their normal $44.95 price if each game were bought separately. If you ever wanted to try a game that's outside the mainsteam this is the perfect opportunity.

Indie Showcase: Best Indie Games of 2008

Welcome to the Indie Showcase, a semi-regular column on Big Download that takes a look at games we haven't covered on the site that we really think you should play.

Wow. 2008 sure was a whirlwind year for independent games on PC and console alike. Games like World of Goo, Braid, and Everyday Shooter have defied our expectations and brought forth a sort of indie gaming renaissance. So let's take a look back at all those indie games released or significantly updated in 2008. There's a lot that can be learned from the independent and the auteur, after all. These games will be in no particular order, because I don't want to taint this list with trying to name a best, second best, and so on. They are all great games.

Click on the image above to continue reading about the best indie games of 2008

Feature: 15 Indie Games for the Holidays

So you are looking for a new experience in gaming. But the mainstream market is getting you down with its high price tags and extensive DRM. But there's a lot of great games out there that you can get cheap. The indie market is strong, and some of the best games around can be found for half the price of the price of more mainstream games like Dead Rising or Fallout 3. They've also got far less rigorous specs than their mainstream counterparts, which is also a welcome change of pace. We've got a list of some of the best indie games money can buy, ranging from the puzzle extravaganza World of Goo to the clever and addicting Armageddon Empires. So indulge in the little guy this holiday season. You won't be disappointed with the results you get.

Click on the image above to continue reading Big Download's 2008 PC Game Holiday Gift Guide

Steam offers new weekend sales for Multiwinia and The Ship

Valve's Steam service has announced its regular weekend sales reductions and this week we have a couple of deals to let you know about. The first is for Multiwinia which just had a new demo released. The Introversion Software multiplayer strategy game is now available on Steam permanently for just $9.99. This weekend only, you can also get the first game in the series, Darwinia, for free with any Mutiwinia purchase.

The other weekend sale is for The Ship, the innovative first person action game from developer Outerlight. The game just got a major content update via Steam that adds a new map, new gameplay modes, new player characters and more. For this weekend only you can download and purchase The Ship for just $4.99, a 75 percent savings.

And just as an aside, Steam has added quite a few small and indie based games to their service this week including Spectraball, Galactic Bowling, Space Trader: Merchant Marine and Baseball Mogul 2009.

Download: Updated Multiwinia: Survival of the Flattest Demo

Introversion, developers of the award-winning independent game Darwinia, released brand-new updates to the Multiwinia demo. This time, the demo makes up for what it lacked the first time around - namely multiplayer. Players will be able to battle it out against one another using the new demo and can even join games hosted by fully paid versions over LAN. Game modes include King of the Hill, Capture the Statue and Rocket Riot. Rocket Riot was previously only available in the full version of the game. Installing and running the demo will automatically update it to the latest version. Internet connection is required for update.

Purchasing an authentication key unlocks the demo into the full version of the game.

Download Multiwinia: Survival of the Flattest Demo (48.9 MB)
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Read the review for Multiwinia: Survival of the Flattest

Gallery: Multiwinia


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