KarBOOM is a fast-paced local multiplayer car-combat game for Windows, Linux and Mac. Knock other players out the ring, chase the flag, play kar football, and bet on how long you can survive with everyone hunting you! Play in teams or every kar for itself!

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Outbid and out-manoeuvre other kars in "Gamble" in the updated demo for Windows, Mac & Linux.

Posted by JibbSmart on Sep 20th, 2013

What's the gist?

Outbid and out-manoeuvre other kars in Gamble, a new gamemode in the latest demo available for Windows, Mac & Linux. Get the demo on Desura to keep things simple - update the demo more easily as I add features more features in preparation for the full October 29 release.

What's Gamble?

One lone kar against everyone else over several rounds. If the lone kar can survive against everyone else for the given time limit, they get a whole bunch of points. If they can't survive that long, they lose those points. First to reach the score target wins.

Gamble mode

Here's the "gamble" part - you have to bid against other players to be the lone kar. Think you can survive 10 seconds on your own with everyone else trying to knock you out? Bid 10 seconds and, if no one outbids you, you'll get the opportunity to win or lose 10 points. Is someone else a few points away from winning the game? Keep outbidding them until they've committed to a time you don't think they'll survive - though they might just "pass" that round and leave you with a gamble you can't win.

The demo version requires at least two human players to play gamble. The bots just aren't smart enough at this stage to bid or play defensively.

What about the browser demo?

The browser-demo is now on KarBOOM.net to keep things simple. Just go to KarBOOM.net and, if you have the Unity web-player plugin, click "click to play" to give the demo a go right in your browser.

Tell me about the development of KarBOOM

Funny you should say that! Jose Cardoso and I discussed the challenges of KarBOOM's development, its target audience, and its future (along with that of PC gaming in general) in an in-depth article on BeefJack.com.

Stay on top of the latest news about KarBOOM's development and give me feedback as you test the demos here on IndieDB, or on Twitter.

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TKAzA Staff
TKAzA Sep 21 2013 says:

Its fun! Great work!

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belva1234 Sep 21 2013 says:

nice game just to know what network solution did u use for make the game

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JibbSmart Author
JibbSmart Sep 21 2013 replied:

Thanks :)

No network solution has been used. My reasons are explained to an extent in the BeefJack.com article linked near the end of the news post, but the short version is that a few techniques were tried and tested, but none met the needs of a fast-paced game that relies so heavily on physics and last-fraction-of-a-second reactions under common play conditions.

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supragamer Sep 21 2013 says:

Great progress.
I also were stucked with 3D Game studio and followed your game in showcase, it was a big mistake indeed for me to not leave that super old engine sooner lol
The engine is dead actually, and all it's users saying Unity is bad or complex etc ... well that sad, caus they miss a great engine that is always evolving a lot and would speed up a lot their work with great editor and features.

Will you evolve your game to simple race tracks or traps/bonus ?

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JibbSmart Author
JibbSmart Sep 21 2013 replied:

Another GS user! I must say, there's a lot about GS I liked, but its Windows-only limitation is a deal-breaker for me.

Race mode is a popular request. Time doesn't permit me to add that before KarBOOM's October 29 release, but (no promises) I would like to explore adding race tracks and a race mode in a post-release update.

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