Impulse Thanksgiving Sale: It’s Arm vs Core Again
Glowing green nanoparticles spilled from my Commander’s nanolathe on his arm and finished filling out a radar tower. Behind him a robot lab was assembling artillery robots. Red dots sprang into view on the mini-map, a line of three fast-moving blips coming in from the north.
I turned the Commander’s Optimus Prime-style robotic frame around to face a single-file line of armed dune buggy scouts. I punched “D” on the keyboard, and clicked on the first car. With a bang the commander unleashed a proton-torpedo like shell which plowed in a straight line along the ground disintegrating the incoming vehicles. Now to build a light laser tower for them to run into next time the AI tries that little stunt again.
Sweet moments like this are icing on the cake for Chris Taylor’s classic RTS game that put his name on the game development map, Total Annihilation. Until November 30th it’s half off, just $5 for the game bundled with both of its expansions as part of the Impulse Thanksgiving Sale. It’s been patched up to run on modern Windows machines, thanks to Atari, the final resting place of the Cavedog IP.
This game has it all: the ability to give even factories direction on where new units will move to, unit order queues, patrol routes that work differently based on the unit type — construction units will repair injured bots or structures they patrol past, for example — and a variety of air, land, and even water units were offered. The biggest thing that hooked me all those years ago was the simplicity of its economy — it’s all about metal and energy here — but it doesn’t hurt that the game avoids squishy organic units like zerg aliens and those icky humans. To cap it off I like that the Commander is the alpha and the omega. He can build a base up from nothing but he can also fight in a pinch. Give him a big stockpile of energy and he can turn that nanolathe into a disintegrator gun to level just about anything in a pinch.
What else is on tap from Impulse during this sale? Tropico 3 for $7.49; Sword of the Stars for half off; Galactic Civilizations I Ultimate Edition for 99 cents; a STALKER bundle for ten bucks — these are just a sample of the long list of items. The sale ends November 30th, so don’t wait too long to pick up something you might have missed.Tags: Impulse, PC, Total Annihilation, windows