January 05, 2005 -- Eugene, OR - GarageGames today announced that Zap! a team-based internet arcade action multiplayer game is now available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux by direct download from the www.zapthegame.com web site.
Zap! is a fast-paced 2D vector graphics multiplayer team based action strategy game with the accessible controls of classic arcade games blended with cutting-edge multiplayer technology and gameplay. Zap! includes a mix of team and individual game types, including Capture the Flag, Zone Control, Retrieve and Soccer, Rabbit and Flag Hunters. Zap supports customizable player ship loadouts, in-game communication, team voice chat, and internet high score rankings for registered players.
"With Zap!, I really wanted to bring the 'zen' of retro 80's arcade action gameplay to today's internet multiplayer gamer," explained Mark Frohnmayer, Zap! lead developer and lead software architect on Sierra's Starsiege: Tribes and Tribes 2 titles. He continued, "I wanted to make and play a game that is easy for new players to learn, but still has the depth to allow the development of intricate tactical strategies. Zap! also has the finest multiplayer network code of any game I've worked on to date."
"Zap! embodies the GarageGames philosophy of game design," said GarageGames president Jeff Tunnell. He explained, "we iteratively fine-tuned the core gameplay until we knew it was a blast, and then built the game around it. Zap!'s economy of design and elegant simplicity prove that a game doesn't have to have hundreds of man-years of content to be original and extremely fun."
Zap! won the IndieGamesCon '04 Player's Choice awards for Best Overall Game and Best Multiplayer Game. The Zap! demo is less than one megabyte and can be downloaded at www.zapthegame.com for OSX, Linux and Windows. Zap! is available for $19.95 at www.garagegames.com/zap
Zap! is a multiplayer game of action and strategy. In Zap!, the goal of the game varies from level to level with different game types. A level editor is also included for players to build new levels for each game type. Player's ships can be configured with a variety of power-ups and weapon loadouts. Zap! was originally conceived as a demonstration game for the Torque Network Library, the most advanced multiplayer netcode available. Zap! utilizes the GarageGames Community Server technology to list games and report internet high scores. Strategies, universal high scores and event listings can be found at www.zapthegame.com
GarageGames mission is to change the way games are made and played. GarageGames provides the technology, community and market to empower game makers to build commercial quality multiplatform games. Known for bringing the Torque Game Engine to independent developers for $100, GarageGames is located in Eugene, Oregon and on the web at www.garagegames.com and is the presenter of the annual IndieGamesCon.