Archive for July, 2010

Project: Fractalus

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

I’ve been working on this project for a while, and I now feel that it’s nearly ready to be publicly released, so I’m announcing it first before I put together the release.

Destroying a Jaggi encampment

Fractalus is a remake of the classic game “Rescue on Fractalus”, developed by Lucasfilm Games (now LucasArts) in 1984 and released on Atari, Commodore 64 and other platforms.

My intent is to keep the remake as faithful to the original as possible, so although I’ve had some ideas of my own on extending the game play beyond what the original provided, I’ve not implemented them. In the future I’ll probably implement these ideas as alternative game modes, while keeping a classic mode option available.

Sunset on Fractalus

I began this project after spending a lot of time looking at other retro remake games and having fun playing them. I remembered playing Rescue on Fractalus when I was young, and wondered if anyone had made a remake of it. After extensive searching, I couldn’t find anyone that had even attempted a remake, so I decided to do it myself.

The result is quite playable, and I’ve often found myself spending a little bit too much playing the game when I’m supposed to be working on it 🙂

Read more on the project page. I’ll release an alpha build soon, just a few more modifications need to be done before I’ll consider it ready.