Too busy to make up a proper title

Four days without internet. I hate my ISP. Seriously, fuck those guys. Let the word be known, T-Online licks balls. But on with the topic:
I’m writing this during a semi-interactive cutscene in the Red Letter Day chapter of HL2. Which I am semi-playing because I just got the Orange Box on the 360. UK-Import, uncut. Hell yes. So, a somewhat… divided review.

Oh, wait. Let me just plug in that thing… then flip that switch… ah, there we go.

 

The Orange Box

I have not played all games yet (and only finished Portal), but as I already have all the games on PC, let me recollect:

Half-Life 2

Great shooter, impressive graphics even for being no less than seven years of age. Superb.

Rating: Recommended!
If you haven’t played it (and let’s face it, you have), buy it right now.

Half-Life 2: Episode 1

In my opinion not quite as good as HL2 and rather short (due to it’s episodic nature), but still enjoyable.

Rating: Recommended!
Worthy successor to HL2.

Half-Life 2: Episode 2

Certainly better than Episode 1, shows what the Orange Box – engine is capable of. These exploding houses look just stunning. The very last fight in the game was incredibly annoying, though.

Rating: Recommended!
Surpasses the already “recommended” Episode 1 in many ways.

Portal

Though it was originally but an extra thrown in the box just for the hell of it, it was incredibly successful – and rightfully so. This 3D puzzle jump and run with portals is just awesome and it was the first of the games that I played after I installed the Box.

Rating: Recommended!
Even if you have played it already (and you have), go and play it again. Seriously.

Team Fortress 2

The mutliplayer portion of the Orange Box. In many aspects a clone of Team Fortress Classic, TF2 sports awesome comic-ish graphics and a lot of humour in it’s design and sound. I suck at it, though, probably even more on the console. Needs field testing. After HL2.

Rating: Recommended!
Team Fortress Classic was already highly addictive and TF2 is even more so. I never played online much, but not a single game had me play more than TF2.

Overall:

A great box of games and for 18,99€, in other words less than four bucks per game, a hell of a bargain as well. For comparison: For TF2 alone I paid more back in the day.

Rating: Highly Recommended!
Something that should be found in everybody’s collection, in all honesty.

Okay, that’s the reviews for now. A little short, I know, but I want to get back to playing so that is all you gonna get. Suck it.

Sotomatipa

A name that makes little sense – unless you know what it means. Stands for “Something To Make Time Pass”, and it was originally conceived over a cup of Coke Zero in the middle of the night. Fifteen hours later I released the first version and about a week later (because four days of these seven were internetless) another one, the one I present you right here, right now. And damn I can type fast. Tested it once, around four hundred keystrokes a minute, with correcting errors. What the hell?

It’s admittedly a very simple game. What you do is… click. These green buttons slowly descend. After a while, they turn yellow. These yellow ones do not travel at all. Another while later, they turn red. The red buttons then make their way back up. Don’t let them! If they reach the top beam, the game is over! So what to do to stop them? Drop boxes on them. Yellow boxes on yellow ones and you may guess what to drop on the red fellas. Don’t drop anything on the green guys, that costs points.

Scoring

Dropping a box of either colour costs one point. Don’t worry about getting into the negative range at the beginning, that is normal.

Hitting a green button costs another point, so do not drop anything on a green button!
If a yellow or red button is hit with a box of the corresponding colour, you get two points (after doing a little math, that is +1 point overall)
Hitting a red button with a yellow box gets you a single point (thus you’re even, that’s because a button can turn red after dropping the box)
Hitting a yellow button with a red box… gets you nothing. Why did you do that?
Hitting a yellow button that is all the way at the bottom gets you a whopping five points.
Every 20 seconds, the level rises. This has an impact on the speed of the red buttons and the frequency of color changes. It also gets you points. If up to that point no red box has appeared, you get 10*Level points, otherwise just 10.

Controls

Left Mouse Button – Drop a Yellow Box
Right Mouse Button – Drop A Red Box
Ctrl – Show source of displayed line
F12 – Take Screenshot
Esc – End Game

Download (1,2 MB, .ZIP)

Have fun with it. And I can assure you, it is virus-free because this particular file has never once seen a Windows environment. Thanks for your patience.

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  1. The mutliplayer portion of the Orange Box. In many aspects a clone of Team Fortress Classic,

    It’s a sequel, what’d you expect?

      • Althir
      • June 1st, 2011

      My point is that it is yet too much like TFC. I regard CSS as a CS 1.6 clone as well, for that matter.

      • Does TFC have hats? NO!

        PS: Sorry for being so absent, life is really hectic right now. Got sick recently, got tests to do in one week and exams to do in one month, and I’m very behind in my studies.

    • Althir
    • June 6th, 2011

    Mythos :

    Does TFC have hats? NO!

    PS: Sorry for being so absent, life is really hectic right now. Got sick recently, got tests to do in one week and exams to do in one month, and I’m very behind in my studies.

    Though shall be forgiven for thy absence.

    No, TFC has no hats. Hats are not part of the gameplay, though. Also, far as I know TF2 on Xbox has no hats either. My point is that they copied almost every aspect of the gameplay and even the maps. TF2 is not a sequel, it’s more of an update, Team Fortress 2.0 if you will.

    • Althir :

      TF2 is not a sequel, it’s more of an update, Team Fortress 2.0 if you will.

      It’S called Team Fortress 2 for a reason.

        • Althir
        • June 7th, 2011

        Are you deliberately missing my point? The ‘2’ implies it is a sequel, just like Half-Life 2 or Portal 2. It is the name, not the version number.

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