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pax_britannicaPax Britannica it’s a One-button real-time strategy that puts you in control of a deep-sea “factory ship” that is immediately under attack. One button gives you the power to deploy an attack force of your own: Try to destroy your enemies before they destroy you.

The game can be played with one player versus the computer, or choose the best option and play it with 3 friends head-to-head.
It’s an open source game, developed with Lua and it’s fun with highly atmospheric sounds and music.


Installation

it’s possible to download the game directly from the official page as a binary in a .tar.gz file or take the source package and compile it.

In alternative for Ubuntu, you can use the getdeb-games PPA

To setup the GetDeb Games repositories for Ubutnu 11.04:

wget -q -O - http://archive.getdeb.net/getdeb-archive.key | sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu natty-getdeb games" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list'

Note: On my Xubuntu 11.04 i’ve at the moment a problem in running it, i got a segmentation fault. While it is working on other Linux (gentoo).

Gameplay

Simply press ‘A’ on the title screen to join the game. Other players can join as long as the 5-second countdown doesn’t run out. The ‘a’, ‘f’, ‘h’ and ‘l’
keys are mapped to players 1-4.

Holding down the button spins the needle on the radial menu in the middle of the player’s factory ship. The needle will only travel as far as the player’s current resources allow. Resources (gold? seaweed? who knows!) accumulate over time.

Releasing the button creates a ship that corresponds to the quadrant that the needle is pointing at.

1 : FIGHTER Small, fast and cheap. Great at chasing down Bombers.
2 : BOMBER Shoots slow projectiles that do massive damage!
3 : FRIGATE A great hulk of a ship that fires volleys of heat-seeking torpedoes.
4 : UPGRADE Improve your factory ship to accumulate resources more quickly.

That’s all you must know of this funny and small game, find out some friends and play it !



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