Review: SuperTux 0.1.3 - 29/09/2008 by Andrew
SuperTux is a Super Mario Bros clone, and it's a very good one. All the old Super Mario traits are there though with a few spins to keep the copy write police at bay. You play as a penguin (read: Mario), initially small though finding and grabbing an egg (read: mushroom) you'll grow. Finding a flower (read: same deal as Mario) you'll be able to throw fireballs at your enemies, though only two on the screen at any one time. The rest is a simple matter of traversing the map safely, shooting any enemies that get in your way. All the same Super Mario tricks apply, hidden blocks, destroyable crates, ability to run over small gaps by holding 'run' and magic stars providing temporary invincibility.
There's 26 'main world' levels as well as two bonus islands to test out your skills. The enemies are the standard fair, each being slightly different and I'm sure one look at them and you'll know which Mario monsters are related. You can even pick up the Mr. Ice Block after a stomping in a similar way to Mario's tortoise shell.
Looking at the version number and assuming that this game is only just playable would be a very wrong conclusion. The game is complete and even includes a level editor (though the usage of the level editor takes some getting used to). Version 0.1.3 is available in the Hardy Heron repositories, though the latest version that's about to land is 0.3.1 (available in Mandriva 2009 and Ubuntu 2008.10 and also in other recently released distributions) and has four new levels, 800x600 resolution and other improvements.
Download it, it's well worth a few hours of your time.
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