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In an attempt to keep our ADD at bay, game developers are looking for new ways to raise, and hold the gamer’s attention.

Apart from begetting new genres, like the Wii’s casual gaming experience, we’re seeing combinations of old genres. Examples are all but common nowadays; FPS with RPG, Hack ‘n Slash with MMO.

Last week, thanks to an Adblock Plus meltdown, I learned about Battleswarm. A an online war strategy game that not only proved the joy of in-browser advertising, but has created a daring and exciting new gaming genre.

Battleswarm: Field of Honor

With Battleswarm: Field of Honor, Reality Gap goes boldly where no developers have threaded before. Instead of adding role playing aspects to ‘just another game’, Reality Gap wholly mixes two dominant gaming genres. Battleswarm is what you get when Massive Multiplayer Shooters and Real Time Strategy collide.

Imagine the thrill of blasting bullets at an intelligent horde. A hive entity set out to crush you. On the other side, imagine putting your strategical inferiority to the test, by marching out against numerous sentient enemies. You have the high ground and the multitude, they have independence and superior weaponry. It’s a battle between genres.

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FPS/TPS – Rambo Gone Wild

If you’ve got a preference for raw adrenaline and a rain of bullets, you should join the human side. With heavy armor and futuristic weaponry, you’ll find yourself residing somewhere in between Unreal Tournament and Gears of War. When facing a strong enemy, team play is as important as character level.

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A soldier’s life is simple. Blast those bugs back to hell. A filled clip is your philosophy, and with the numbers of ’em, you better make good use of it.

You start off with a simple gun, but don’t become too attached to it. Before long, you’ll be able to heavily expand your arsenal. The game offers chip slots – upgrade possibilities for both your skills and weaponry – and character leveling.

RTS – For We Are Many

Gamers who prefer the high ground, a complete overview and the cunning of real time online war strategy games need to join the bugs. Even with a legion of bugs at your disposal, you’ll still need tactics over numbers to take down those barbarian gunners.

Apart from directing the battlefield, you’ll need to build and enhance hives, begetting bigger numbers and better skills. Like the humans, bugs can level up and gain precious items in battle.

(People who’ve read Ender’s Game will soon notice the similarities – bugs vs. buggers)

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There are several game types, including hive-defence and capture the flag. At the time being, the balance often tilts towards the FPS/TPS side. Winning with strategy is not a small challenge, but certainly a worthy and enjoyable one.

Playtime vs. Micro Transactions

No matter what games, there are always bills to be paid. Most free games tend to make use of a micro-transaction system, as does Battleswarm. Items – chips and weapons – can be traded in-between battles for virtual gold. This in-game currency can either be gained through game-play, or traded with real-life money. This gives an advantage to people willing to spend money – but luckily does not exclude the all-free gamer.

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In short, Battleswarm deploys an excitingly simple, yet daring new concept. It’s a clash of raw action and cunning strategy. Oh, and it’s free. Challenging gameplay and nice grafics for a price of zero. Nothing much of a story, but that’s no biggy.

Have you played the game yet? Tell us what you think!

  1. The Geek
    January 30, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    the compatibility is a big plus, being out there for all the OS's is cool, and it looks like a really fun game!

  2. RougeCrown
    December 28, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Idea totally borrowed from Savage and Savage II? the game has been around for quite a while now.

    • Vadim P.
      December 29, 2009 at 6:47 am

      Yeah. Plus, that game runs on Windows/Mac/Linux.

  3. Martin
    December 28, 2009 at 8:43 am

    "With Battleswarm: Field of Honor, Reality Gap goes boldly where no developers have threaded before. "

    O rly? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battlezone_(1998_video_game)

  4. Charax
    December 28, 2009 at 2:20 am

    Do you have to pick your side on account creation or can you switch? I'm a fan of both RTS and FPS games and would quite like to play both sides.

  5. Pedro
    December 27, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    seemed cool, went to the site, made an account and everything only to discover that its windows only, oh well, just wsh it would of told me earlier

    • Simon Slangen
      December 27, 2009 at 2:57 pm

      I've recently switched to an Intel Mac, but got a Win 7 partition on the ready for games and software testing.

      Game developers don't much tend to notice Linux and Mac. Until the market recalibrates, we shouldn't put our hopes up. Only time will tell.

  6. greyfell
    December 27, 2009 at 11:10 am

    let's just hope it doesn't suffer from the affliction plaguing most other online pc games these days: unpopulated servers.

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