Tagged: Aquaria

Aquaria is the last game from the Humble Indie Bundle project to free it’s sources, the other games being Lugaru, Penumbra Overture and Gish.
Now we need to wait and see (or better yet, do something like code) what comes out of it.
While the sources of those games are free, the content (art and music) is not, therefore you have to buy those games in order to make use of the modified source code, but if you donated to the Humble Indie Bundle – you have no problems.

As with other games Ryan Gordon worked hard to polish and release the source code to the public.

Aquaria goes open source!
By David on June 3rd, 2010
Aquaria has gone open source under the GPL! Now all four of the games that pledged to open in the Humble Indie Bundle are officially open source — the others are Lugaru, Gish, and Penumbra Overture. I am especially excited about the modding possibilities for Aquaria because of its excellent level editing tools. Here’s a video showing an early version of the editor:

I show off their editor more in the beginning of the Aquaria Design Tour

This kind of freeform layer-based manipulation is the basis for most modern 2D games, so it’s important to have good tools. Having access to a user-friendly editor like this could be a big head start both for Aquaria modifications and for separate total conversion projects.

I would like to thank the developers of Aquaria, Gish, and Penumbra for releasing the source code to their awesome games, as well as Ryan Gordon for handling all of the logistics and details to make it actually happen. There have already been a lot of work done on the games, and we are going to be highlighting some of the coolest patches from the early contributors over the next few weeks — and hopefully more as they come!

Details from Ryan Gordon
Aquaria is now open source, rounding out the Humble Indie Bundle! If you want to explore this codebase, here’s what you need to know:

Getting the source:
You can grab the source from the Mercurial repository here:
http://hg.icculus.org/icculus/aquaria/
Everything you need to know about Mercurial can be learned from Joel Spolsky’s tutorial at http://hginit.com/ … it’s a fast read, and funny, too.
While many Mercurial and git clones will likely pop up, this repository will be updated with good patches, changes, fixes, and improvements from the community.

Getting the game data:
The game data is not shipping with the source code. Please buy a copy of the game (your copy from the Humble Indie Bundle will work just fine).

The code:
…this is almost the exact code that shipped for the Mac OS X version in the Humble Indie Bundle, with the (disabled anyhow) Steamworks and DRM code stripped out. The Linux version was built from a slightly older version of this code, but this code still builds on Linux. This hasn’t been tested on Windows, and Ryan likely broke it in (hopefully) small ways. There’s little doubt that any issues will be corrected within a few hours, though.

Mailing list:
There’s a mailing list that can be used for discussion of the Aquaria source code. You can subscribe and read list archives here:
http://icculus.org/mailman/listinfo/aquaria

Things worth doing right away:

  • Make the game 64-bit clean. It’s mostly there, but there are some pointers cast to ints and passed around in Lua that have proven difficult to track down. The initial code release needs to be built as 32-bit to work.
  • Improve the achievement code. Ryan added a quick-and-dirty thing to replace Steamworks. Make this a full part of the in-game UI.
  • Fix that bug that’s been bothering you.
  • Clean out some source files that aren’t actually used any more.
  • Build a mod.
  • Add some cool shaders and effects.
  • Render real 3D meshes for some of the characters.
  • Fix the “Li’s twin” bug: (bug 4495).

Links
Aquaria Goes Open Source ! – The Original Post
Aquaria
Ryan Gordon
Aquaria Source Code
Aquaria Mailing List
Humble Indie Bundle

The Humble Indie Bundle ! Pay What You Want !

Wolfiregames the developers of the Lugaru that are currently working on Overgrowth have posted about The Humble Indie Bundle – Pay What You Want Program !
Five games in the price that you decide !

All games support GNU/Linux and there is even a real time statistics about each platform contribution !
So don’t be shy to contribute more then the minimum, think about the indies and the charities !
Prove once again that GNU/Linux Users Pay and Buy More !

If you bought those games already, you can give them to your friends and family as a gift !

Please be aware that The Humble Indie Bundle will only last for 7 days, so don’t wait for too long !

Frictional Games reports that everybody that gets the bundle are also able to buy the remaining Penumbra games (Black Plague and Requiem) with a 75% discount (for only $5 that is)!

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Basically we’re taking 5 classic indie games: World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru HD and Penumbra Overture and bundling them in a pay-what-you-want sale. Please remember though, we’re just humble indie developers and the more you contribute, the easier it will be for us to make awesome games in the future.

Cross-Platform: PC, Mac and Linux
You’ve heard us mention how important it is to support Mac and Linux in addition to Windows, and for this promotion we didn’t want to leave anyone out (we owe special thanks to the amazing Ryan Gordon for helping make this possible).

No DRM
We already echoed the philosophy which should be common knowledge among mainstream developers about why DRM doesn’t make sense. As our thanks for your participation in this humble bundle, your user-experience will not be inhibited by any DRM.

No Corporate Middle Man
Please know that there is no distributor acting as a middle man for this promotion and taking a cut of the proceeds. Your contributions will go directly to support the developers and charities (minus payment processor fees).

Buying The Bundle Helps Charity
By default two charities, Child’s Play and the Electronic Frontier Foundation share an equal part of the bundle proceeds with the five games. However, you can also customize how your donation will be split in step 3.

So Please Help Us Spread The Word!
We are really excited to see how this turns out. We don’t have a marketing budget so please tell your friends about the bundle. Tweets and Facebook shares are greatly appreciated.

We also want to thank the other indie developers for being bold enough to partake in this exciting experiment with us. Aright, enough reading, GO VISIT THE SITE!

Links
Wolfiregames
The Humble Indie Bundle
Lugaru
World of Goo
Aquaria
Gish
Penumbra Overture

Child’s Play
The Electronic Frontier Foundation

Max Zettlmeissl just sent me those wonderful news from Ryan Gordon aka Icculus about the open beta release of Aquaria which I wrote about earlier :

“Aquaria, the indie hit from game makers Bit Blot is now available for Linux as an open beta.

This build features the full game, and is playable until mid-January.

Bug reports can be sent to i.o’s Bugzilla and the discussion list is here.

So go grab the Linux installer and have fun!

–icculus. “

The installer could be obtained from this link :

http://icculus.org/aquaria/aquaria-beta-installer.run

Links :
Aquaria Post At LGN
icculus post
Aquaria official website
bit-blot

Aquaria is an Underwater Fantasy adventure game by the indie company bit-blot.
A Windows versions was already done and they are now working on the GNU/Linux client that will be released soon.

An Underwater Fantasy World to Explore
A massive ocean world, teeming with life and filled with ancient secrets. Join Naija, a lone underwater dweller in search of her family, as she explores the depths of Aquaria. She’ll travel from hidden caves, shrouded in darkness, to beautiful, sunlit oases, all lovingly handcrafted by its two creators.
Naija’s story, narrated fully with voice overs, will become yours, as you join her on this magnificent adventure.

Magic and Combat at a Mouse-Click
Naija has the gift of the Verse. By singing songs, she can weave this force to change the waters around her. With each song Naija learns comes new abilities. With powerful songs, Naija is able to change form, giving players many options as to how to play the game.
And with Aquaria’s intuitive mouse-only control system, it’s as easy to make Naija swim gracefully through the waters as it is to have her sing, cast spells, and engage in combat with the numerous dangerous creatures that inhabit Aquaria’s waters.
The Xbox 360 controller and FPS style mouse / keyboard controls are also supported.

Create Your Own Worlds
The full version of Aquaria includes the level editor and modding tools which we used to develop the game. Easy to pick up and learn, you’ll be able to make your own worlds, and even add your own graphics and music. The powerful Aquaria level editor allows you to test your creations while you play the game!

World
The world of Aquaria hides the secrets of creation within its depths. The currents that buffet the many diverse plants and animals that live there also carry with them stories of long lost civilizations; of love and war, change and loss.
From lush, green kelp forests to dark caves, exploring will be no easy task. But the splendor of the undersea world awaits Naija… and you.
Crystalline Blue
The glassy waters of the open sea let you peer far into the distance, and fish and other creatures play beneath the wide canopies of giant, undersea mushrooms.
Here, ruins serve as a clue to Aquaria’s long past. Will they lead Naija to the truth?
The Natural World
The kelp forest teems with life. As light from above pours across the multitudes of strange plants and animals that live here, one cannot help but marvel at the dynamic landscape.
But beware, its beauty belies the inherent danger inside. Careful not to lose your way.
Darkness
As you swim deeper, to where sight cannot reach, the Abyss begins to swallow you whole. The deeper waters of Aquaria have spawned legends of frightening monstrosities that lurk where few things can survive. Are they true?
???
What lies beyond? Are there areas deeper than the Abyss? Or as we swim ever upward, can we find the source of the light?
Only those with great fortitude will come to know and understand the mysteries of Aquaria.

Screenshots :

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Links
Aquaria
Media
FAQ
Bit-Blot