Saturday, 26 February 2011
This is a guest post from our friends at playWISE.Independent studio Projector Games is developing “FortressCraft” for the Xbox Live Indie Games platform, but the game looks like something we’ve seen before. But if you can’t play “Minecraft” on your computer — or if you just want to get that “Minecraft” experience on a console — then perhaps “FortressCraft” is for you.
To be fair, “FortressCraft” isn’t exactly like “Minecraft.” For starters, the game is being released in episodes. In a post on the “Minecraft” forums, a Projector representative outlined the developers prospective timeline:
“So Chapter 1 is basically Minecraft’s Creative, Chapter 2 adds in crafting, Chapter 3 adds in life, Chapter 4 adds in machinery, Chapter 5 adds in Minions, Chapter 6 adds in PvP, Chapter 7 adds in Fortress Assault mode… (or whatever).”
“FortressCraft” does up the ante in the graphics department as well. Bookshelf blocks, for example, look like they have actual books in them. Water also has a much more realistic appearance, complete with waves and reflections.
Beyond those differences, though, “FortressCraft” appears to be nothing short of a direct clone of “Minecraft.” They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but one has to wonder if this crosses the line from imitation into, well, trying to make a buck off someone else’s successful game.
Check out the video below, and then be the judge: is “FortressCraft” awesome or anger-inducing?