Computer games have been popular globally for a very long time. In the United States of America alone, it is considered an industry worth over 25 billion dollars. This basically means that this industry is responsible for making some of the new millionaires and billionaires in America. These are mostly individuals who are skilled in technology development.
Keeping this in mind, this article is targeted for the young and budding developers. You probably want to get into game development but you do not know where to begin. Well! We have some good news for you. We are going to analyze a couple of open source games that student developers can access and use to hone their game development skill.
Basically, an open source game is a game in which its source code is freely available for other developers to study and modify. In most cases, their original developers leave them open so that the rest of the gaming community can provide feedback, provide suggestions forimprovements in graphics and other features.
Here, we explore open source games that have used a variety of programming languages that will provide a good opportunity for a student project.
The 2048 sliding block game
The Armagetron Advanced game
The Armagetron Advanced game is based on the movie “Tron” which is a classic. It is basically a 3D version of the original Tron game albeit open source. This particular game runs on a number of operating systems including Windows, Linux, OpenBSD, OS X, and AmigaOS 4. So far this game supports a couple of game play options but as your student project, there is plenty of room to add your touch to it or analyze it and offer some feedback to the development team.
The Enigma game
Enigma falls under the category of puzzle games. Players consider it a fairly simple game to play and just like the 2048game it is very difficult to win it. This game makes for an interesting student project as it has over 25000 levels for you to make improvements on. The Enigma game runs on all the popular operating systems such as Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
The GNU Chess game
GNU Chess is basically a backend platform for several chess games. These include games like XBoard and glChess. With GNU, a player can also access a game component of it as a standalone platform and this is the reason why it makes a good student project for budding developers.
If you are a student or a budding developer looking to hone your programming skill, these are the open source games you should check out.