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SpaceArena is now Artificial Life – Cells

I have renamed SpaceArena to Artificial Life – Cells and entirely changed the game play from.

Singleplayer mode is now a solely test of your focus and reaction. You control a blue fish shaped cell that has to evade the red cells. If you collide with them you will die immediately. A collision with the side of the screen doesn’t do any damage and you simply bounce off. Every few seconds a food object is dropped in the game. The more you can gather the more points you will receive. The right mouse button will start a charge attack that will push everything away and make you immune for a few seconds.

Multiplayer is the same as Singleplayer but other players that play at the same time may randomly join your game. You can decide yourself if you want to tolerate them or better get rid of them using your charge attack. ūüėČ

Main improvements to the last version aren’t actually any gameplay changes but the following technical improvements:

  • graphics changed
  • physics is now 100%¬†stable and deterministic
  • a new lag compensation algorithm keeps all non player controlled¬†objects¬†in sync even if you have a bad connection
  • server api included
    • multiplayer users¬†will now automatically join each others games
    • the server tries to find the best game to join with the best latency
    • the game will show you the top10 reported by the server + your own rank
    • the game asks you a name used to show in the top10

The next update will add the artificial life to the multiplayer mode. The AI will be ranked like other players and join your multiplayer games. It is based on a neural evolution algorithm and is bred not programmed! I am also working on another kind of AI/AL that will not simply play the game but instead learn to mimic your own gameplay! More on that later.

first working version is ready!!!

The page is now filled and my¬†first version of Space Arena is online. Just click on Space Arena Alpha and try it. The ranking page isn’t ready yet; in order to publish the points you earned¬†in the game feel free to leave a¬†comment with a screenshot! Also we have to rename the game so any ideas are welcome!

Next update:

I will include the first boss within the next few days and get the ranking page ready. Hope I get some people to test it till then.

For Science!