Playing World War II Game, TripleA, on Linux

Triple A

Triple A

I think most of us ever played a board game, such as chess, ludo, othello, or the famous one, monopoly. You, together with your friends played together on a one board game. Board games are fun, really fun, I think. From the game you will be able to know your friends character, and improve the bond between you.

Ok, that’s enough for philosophy thing. There is one board game that I and my friends like a lot, Axis and Allies. This board game is about world war II. It’s a strategy game, similar to Risk, if you ever heard about it. But, its much more complicated than Risk. The game starts with the world has been divided into 5 big warring countries (Russia, German, UK, Japan, and US), plus neutral countries. Those countries are divided into 2 sides, Axis and Allies. Every player will play one country, and the game will start in sequence. I admittedly, the game is extremely complicated, interesting, challenging, and also, addictive. We could play this game for hours. Sometimes it took half-a-day, if there is a dead-lock. Actually, that’s the down-side. We need to spare a half-day to play this game, and the problem is, not every one has the same schedule.

Axis And Allies

Axis And Allies

Recently I found a PC version of Axis and Allies. It’s called TripleA. The scenario in the game is not exactly the same with the original board game Axis and Allies. It has been modified to be more regions to conquer, more unit to command, and more rules. So, it’s more complex that the original. But, it’s still fun, though. :) The game is developed using Java. So, it would work with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. Another good thing about the game is the game can be played by one person only that controls one country, so the other countries will be controlled by artificial intelligence (AI). And the best part is it’s free.

In order to start playing is very easy. Download the game from TripleA official website, and then extract it. The extracted folder is the game, which ready to play. Go to the folder, and then change the triplea_unix.sh into an executable file, then run it:

chmod u+x triplea_unix.sh
./triplea_unix.sh

Or, if you are using Nautilus, right-click on triplea_unix.sh, click on Permissions tab, and then tick Allow executing file as a program. Doube-click on the file, and then click on Run in Terminal.

triplea_unix.sh Properties

triplea_unix.sh Properties

The main menu of the game will be shown like below.

TripleA MainMenu

TripleA MainMenu

TripleA-Select a Game

TripleA-Select a Game

You can play local game (hot-seat), PBEM (by email), network game, and connect to lobby server. In order to connect to the lobby server, you have to register to, so called, TripleA War Club. Personally I only play local game option only. So, I can’t comment for other game options. Before the game start, you can select which game you want to play. There are 4 games:

  • Big World : 1942 (World War II)
  • Capture The Flag (Ludo-like)
  • Great War (World War I)
  • Minimap (Simple map game)

Ok then, enough talking. Be started and conquer the world. May the force be with you.

Note: There is another alternative to this game. It’s a web based game that only support PBEM (by email). Visit the website.

Hope you enjoy it.

Play Angry Bird on Chrome Browser … and much more !

I think Angry Bird is the most famous game in the mobile application world. A puzzle game that allow a player to sling birds into a bunch of pigs. It’s very addictive game!!

AngryBirds

At the beginning it was only available on iPhone. Then, it was made available on Android Market. At this point, I can see that everyone is playing Angry Birds everywhere, on trains, on buses, even at bus stops. It’s amazing. Knowing this, Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds, developed the game as a PC version. Too bad, the game only can run under Windows.

But wait!!  Today I found that I can play Angry Birds on Chrome Web Browser! Yes, you are not dreaming!  Playing the game ON Chrome Web Browser. What you need to do is just go to http://chrome.google.com/webstore and then find the Angry Birds, and then install it. As easy as that. The requirement? You just need to install Chrome Web Browser. The advantage of playing this on Chrome that you don’t need to bother about the operating system. You can play it on Linux and Windows, even Mac. The downside is currently the game only can be installed on Chrome.

The Chrome Web Store has not only games, it almost has everything that people needs for daily use. The web store was launched somewhere in May 2010 (read this). I’m sure the web store will be the base for Chromebook that will be launched on 15 June 2011 (read this).  Samsung and Acer have been known to release Chromebook.  Hurry and put your order NOW!!