Game Sheet: Alien Arena 2008
(from the original archive of "The Linux Game Tome")


This game combines some of the very best aspects of such games as Quake III and Unreal Tournament and wraps them up with a retro alien theme, while adding tons of original ideas to make the game quite unique.

The goal of Alien Arena was to create the perfect marriage between Quake and Unreal Tournament, between retro sci-fi and futuristic tech, and between casual gamer and advanced expert, and wrap it up in a package with quality that could rival that of commercial games. The game has a weapon set that is unique and fun, and deviates a bit away from the standard Q3 or UT2k4 weapons. Gameplay can be altered easily in the menu by choosing between the various game types, such as Deathmatch, Team Core Assault, All Out Assault, Capture the Flag, Duel, and Cattle Prod. Users can also apply a number of different mutators to the game rules as well, creating some pretty interesting scenarios.

Using the CRX engine, which is based on the Id GPL source code, Alien Arena includes modern effects such as real time per-pixel lighting and shadows, lensflares, light blooms, reflective water, textured particles, stainmaps, 32 bit color, shaders, fog, weather effects, and much more. The engine has been optimized with each release, and will run very nicely even on older hardware.

Author: IrritantCompany: COR Entertainment, LLC
Version: 7.51Category: Action
License: freeCost:
Votes: 2      Vote->      Rank: 5 / 5        N.A.
Source? Yes     Sound? YesXWindow (X11)? Yes     Console? Yes
3D Accelleration? Yes     Multiplayer? YesPlay Online? Yes     Submitter: Irritant
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Last updated: 2011-08-22 19:02:16


Date: 2008-03-07 20:14:14     User: anonymous     Subject: Love the game, but...
For some reason the game draws semi-transparently over my desktop, so I can still see my desktop through the game. I love the game, but it's hardly playable w/o some kind of tweaking.
Date: 2008-03-07 20:23:12     User: tuppe666     Subject: I Love this game...but
Does it really warrant an entry on the Linux Game Tome *every* year.
Date: 2008-03-07 20:59:13     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: Love the game, but...
I don't think we have seen that behavior before. More info would be appreciated. There's a bug report section in the forum at the website.
Date: 2008-03-07 21:34:53     User: Irritant     Subject: Re: I Love this game...but
Well the reason for it is, because the game changes similar to the way the UT series has in regards to it's year-marked versions. If someone wants to remove the older versions, I'm fine with that.
Date: 2008-03-07 21:44:53     User: nath     Subject: Re: I Love this game...but
But is it the same engine? Or does that change as well?
Date: 2008-03-07 23:04:02     User: anonymous     Subject: .deb?
Is there a debian binary for this? I can't find it on any repos.
Date: 2008-03-08 00:24:20     User: draeath     Subject: Re: I Love this game...but
Really now. Look at the last one. Look at this one. How could you even think it was the same engine?
Date: 2008-03-08 00:38:48     User: sago008     Subject: Alien Arena 2008
This game has improved dramatically since I first tried it.

In the old days the effect was overused and the interface a mess. Now the interface works and the maps seems real nice.
There are a few minor issues like the ending is rather sudden after the last kill/destruction/capture but that is really to push it.

Good game
Date: 2008-03-08 02:09:22     User: Irritant     Subject: Re: I Love this game...but
Yeah then engine is the same in name only, signifigant changes between the 2006, 2007, and 2008 versions.
Date: 2008-03-08 03:34:40     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: Love the game, but...
I've seen something like this with gridwars while compiz is activated.
Date: 2008-03-08 06:25:29     User: Irritant     Subject: Alien Arena 2008
I am sorry for the cheesey car commercial description, I was rushing all around when I submitted this and just copied something off of the website - I've submitted a change that shortens and tones it down a notch or two :P
Date: 2008-03-08 10:55:04     User: Krovogad     Subject: Re: Love the game, but...
Just set the plain white picture for desktop and use it as background. Whoila! =)
Date: 2008-03-08 13:20:15     User: gnalle     Subject: Re: .deb?
I think that there is an alien arena-package in Debian unstable
Date: 2008-10-25 08:52:47     User: Draconishinobi     Subject: Very nice
The engine is much improved, and there are lots of weapons and game modes and powerups. The engine is very high quality, efficient, and can probably be used to make other cool games. Only problem is it does get boring after a while.
Date: 2009-06-22 10:04:29     User: Nomax     Subject: Alien Arena 2009
Description should be changed to Alien Arena 2009. This new version is really awesome with many new maps and new features like taunts, shock wave effect for explosions, new HUD, ... The game also looks nicer and faster. If you like FPS, try it. You'll love it!
Date: 2010-07-29 23:05:07     User: michaelvoliveira     Subject: Alien Arena 2008
Not yet portable Depends a lot of Linux only functions, like mremap or route_page, beyond GLX ones.. It's better use OpenGL standard ones...