Released: 21 April 2001
License: GNU GPL
Developer : Gavin Camp
Scorched 3D incorporates lively, fully destructible 3D landscapes that include animated jets, naval vessels, water and even birds, with detailed tanks and projectiles and stunning visual effects. A simple turn-based artillery game and also a real-time strategy game in which players can counter each others’ weapons with other creative accessories, shields and tactics. Test your skill in timing, aiming and judgement of distance, move around on the landscape, or outsmart your opponent economically. Learning how to play is easy, just point the turret, adjust power and trajectory, select a weapon – and shoot! Manage your inventory of weapons with the prize money you win during each round of combat. Learn the basic controls using the tutorial mode, or set up your own game by customising dozens of economy and environmental conditions to your liking, or simply play online immediately at one of the various public servers.
You can play with up to twenty-four other players at a time, mixing computer players with humans on both randomly generated landscapes and user-designed maps. Scorched 3D comes bundled with Apocalypse mod, which offers enhanced levels of weaponry. Join an active online community of players making models, maps and mods for the game. Scorched3D is totally free to play and is available for Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems. Gameplay is simplistic in nature, yet requires skill, tactics, and practice to master. Scorched 3D challenges players to destroy enemy tanks using a vast arsenal of weapon systems, defense systems, gadgets, and maneuvers.
At the beginning of each round, AI and player controlled tanks are randomly situated on a fully deform-able 3D landscape. Players then launch weapons at enemy tanks by gradually adjusting their tank’s angle, rotation, and power. They may also equip shields and use defensive gadgets or countermeasures based on their current landscape position. To win, a player must kill a majority of the enemy tanks by the end of 10 rounds and have the highest score. Extra score and rewards are given for surviving the end of a round.
Another important element of gameplay, is the dynamic economy. Players may earn cash each round by damaging or killing enemy tanks and structures. The player can then use their funds to buy advanced special weapons, gadgets, defenses and fuels before the next round. Every shield and weapon is unique, and each has a variety of different strengths and weaknesses. Players can influence the economy by purchasing weapons and upgrades. The economy is designed to fluctuate based on player buying patterns.
The default mode stays true to the original gameplay formula of Scorched Earth. Nearly all classic weapons make a new 3D debut, and include:
- The devastating and colorful Funky Bomb
- The ultra destructive Death’s Head
- Land hugging explosive Rollers
- Dirt destroying Missiles
- Tank incinerating Napalm
- Nuclear Weapons
- Mountain piercing Lasers
- Multiple warhead MIRVs
Defense is also important on the battlefield:
- Batteries allow a player to repair their damaged tank.
- Shields protect a player’s tank from being damaged or destroyed. Magnetic shields and Force Shields repel and reflect incoming enemy weapons.
- Parachutes prevent damage from falling (when dirt is blasted out from under a tank).
- Fuel allows a player to move their tank across the 3D landscape, and is used to avoid incoming enemy weapons, attack an enemy position, scramble to cover, or to gain a more advantageous firing position.
Minimum System Requirements:
Processor: 1.5 GHz single core CPU
Memory: 512 MB of RAM
Graphics: 128 VRAM