Hubschrauber is now available for download!
Hubschrauber is a small game I wrote where you can fly a helicopter (in german: Hubschrauber) around a landscape. I started working on it about two weeks ago. Please notice that this is not a finished, full game by any means. I just offer it for download now to see how well it works on other computers than mine, and how I should best calibrate the controls.
The helicopter is tuned to fly in an arcade style, not very realistic. To change any settings, open the menu by pressing ESC.
An especially important setting is the Difficulty setting. It varies a factor that directly affects the handling. The lower it is, the easier it is to get the helicopter flying at all, but for faster speeds or to get yourself out of tight corners better, you’d want a higher setting. For beginners, I’d recommend to start with 30-40%, while pros (including those who have experience with helicopters from other games) can and should go up to 100%, because everything below is, well, for n00bs.
To uninstall, just delete the folder or, for Mac OS X, the application. The Mac version saves all preferences in “~/Library/Preferences/de.ferroequinologist.hubschrauber.plist”, while the Windows version writes everything to the registry under “HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareFerroequinologistHubschrauber”.
- “Enhanced grass” neither works on Nvidia cards (that was expected and will be corrected) nor at all on Windows (that was a surprise). Both will be fixed eventually.
- The default controls suck.
- The Windows version has some trouble displaying the names of Joystick axis or keyboard keys.
- The programs have no Icons (except for the default Icons, you know).
- The helicopter looks like shit, because I made it myself. I’m gonna get a new one or improve this one, but for now, I just wanted to get the game out. Fly in first person mode.
- The game is boring because all you can do is fly around with a helicopter.
- The helicopter starts in mid-air and will immediately start to fall down. This does not give you much time to start flying.
- The game takes longer to load than necessary.
- The rotors don’t rotate.
- Most menu items of the Mac version do nothing interesting at all. They are default points from an SDL template that I did not bother to remove.
Questions, suggestions, bug reports and anything else please in the comments, or contact me in any other way you like.
Written on September 23rd, 2006 at 06:53 pm