Old Owl Games, a group of three developers who have worked on games including “Titan Quest, Rockband 2, Rockband: Beatles, Dawn of War: Soulstorm, and Reckoning: Kingdoms of Amalur” have announced a free play day for their in-development game, Kingdom Commander. Kingdom Commander is a turn-based strategy game, presently in pre-alpha, based on 2002′s Moonbase Commander (a game where you controlled a central hub and had to launch additional buildings out from that hub to expand your area and attack your enemies). Attacking your enemies, as shown in an early development video, appears to have some things in common with the Worms franchise as well, if you are more familiar with that than Moonbase Commander. You attack by setting the angle of your gun and selecting what type of attack you are performing and then using a power meter that you have to stop at the appropriate range to hit your opponent’s structures. That may be applicable to Moonbase Commander as well, but I missed out on it pretty much completely (I remember seeing the box on the store shelf, but that’s about it), but clearly the Kingdom Commander team is passionate about trying to bring the heart of that game back. What little I’ve seen of Kingdom Commander looks very promising, indeed, but we’ll get a glimpse of how promising things are (right now, I mean it is in pre-alpha, so it has a long way to go yet) this Sunday, August 12, 2012. For that day only, Old Owl Games will be doing a Kingdom Commander free play day, where you can go to the official Kingdom Commander site, download the pre-Alpha and give it a spin. This, of course, has the benefit of letting us all try the game out while giving Old Owl some increased buzz for its game, as well as a larger pool of testers to find bugs more efficiently. Man, that’s a win for everyone. In any case, you can check out Kingdom Commander on the official web site or on IndieDB.
Did anyone play Moonbase Commander? What are your memories? What are your thoughts on how Kingdom Commander looks to be shaping up? Talk about it below!
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