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Friday, February 16, 2007

Conquer Antarctica - Multiplayer

Conquer Antarctica is a game of domination. Players start with 2 or 3 penguins and take turns firing showballs, granades or rockets at their opponent's penguins. The first player to wipe out the opponents army in this best of 3 games match wins the game... or more appropriately, conquers Antarctica.

This is actual a modification of an existing game of the same name. The original game is a single player game and it also featured a two-player mode.

Modifying a single player game into a multiplayer game can be quite difficult and tricky especially if you were not the developer of the original game. I think that is one of the major issues with having more than one developer working on a particular project. Programming style vary from developer to developer in terms of variable naming, methods and layout to name a few. So if no proper documentation exists for a previous project, the next developer handling the game will definitely run into problems.

During the course of modification I had to do a number of tweaks and tests due to unfamiliarity with the developer's style, so unfortunately some bugs may appear every now and then. The limited time frame given to convert the game into multiplayer added more problems since a more efficient way of doings things had to be by-passed just to meet the deadline.

Another obstacle in creating multiplayer games is trying to effectively solve the problems in regards to connection problems. A sudden lag in internet connection may cause these type of games to "malfunction" which results in a mismatch(?). Players who experience lag will have no choice but to restart the game or reload it. I know that this problem is not really a problem because there are ways around it. But as I said, if you don't have the time... then you have no choice but to deal with it.

Conquer Antarctica so far has seen more than 2 Million players from all over the world. Do you want to be the one to conquer antarctica? Play the game exclusively at or simply click on the game link located on the sidebar games section.

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