Kernel Panic is essentially a sublimated RTS. The resource management has been taken away completly: all mobiles units and buildings can be constructed for free. The learning of complex tech tree has been cut out drasticly: there are only 10 units per side, including factories and walls. The hours long struggle so typical of TA/SupCom/Spring have been shrunk dramatically: A typical Kernel Panic game will last no longer than 10mins. Even the eye dazzling graphics every other mod strive for have been swapped for old school vectorial look, somewhat reminscent of Tron or Darwinia.

With the removal of economy management, of offense/defense balance, all that remains is pure strategy and tactics: Performing a ten seconds retreat to gather your troops, choosing between staying battling units, or charging through to hit the enemy to the heart, spreading your forces to scout and skirmish everywhere around the map, or concentrating them into an unstoppable tide, taking the left, right, or middle route,.... Yes, in every RTS, you will have to make such choice, but much too often they are diluted into long and boring building up phase, repeating learnt by heart build order, building in masses only the one best unit and throw it by pack of 20 to the enemy via the direct route, ....

In other real time strategy games, newcomers are slaughtered under five minutes by Koreans who know every little idiosyncrasy of every of the myriads units. To the contrary, Kernel Panic has such a short learning curve, that it takes about half of game to learn all there is to know about Kernel Panic. It is not unusual for people who have never played Kernel Panic to reach the top players in their first or second game, as only raw skills matter in Kernel Panic.

In short, Kernel Panic is pure, unadulatered RTS fun, with all the boring bits removed, distilled to fast intense action.

Keywords about Kernel Panic:
- Streamlined
- Fast Paced
- No resources. (All constructions are free)
- Short game (like, 5-10 mins)
- Extremely few and archetypal units.
- Short learning curve.
- Gameplay feels a bit like Z, the 1996's Bitmap Brother hit.
- No building up, to teching up, no porcing up. Pure unadultered action!

Note: this moddb page having a very low activity, you might want to check:
- Kernel Panic page on SpringRTS.com wiki
- Kernel Panic subforum in SpringRTS.com forum

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Kernel Panic 4.4 Installer 28

Kernel Panic 4.4 Installer 28

Jan 19, 2012 Full Version 0 comments

Complete Win32 Installer 28 of Kernel Panic 4.4 with Spring 85.0

Kernel Panic 4.2 Installer 26

Kernel Panic 4.2 Installer 26

May 18, 2011 Full Version 1 comment

Complete Win32 Installer 26 of Kernel Panic 4.2 with Spring 0.82.7.1

Kernel Panic 4.1 Installer

Kernel Panic 4.1 Installer

Jun 25, 2009 Full Version 0 comments

Complete Win32 Installer 23 of Kernel Panic 4.1 with Spring 0.82.5.1

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argenis2
argenis2 Jun 13 2009, 8:17pm says:

how do i change factions???

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kburts
kburts Jun 1 2009, 8:44pm says:

yo, you should update the download spring's up at .79.1 now...

and is there a .sd7/.sdz of this? becsaue it is currently un-linux compatable

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zwzsg
zwzsg Jun 4 2009, 7:06pm replied:

Yes, and yes.
Jobjol.nl -> Complete Installer
Jobjol.nl -> Zipped Mod, Maps, and Launcher
Jobjol.nl -> Just the mod .sd7

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Rigelblast
Rigelblast Apr 8 2009, 5:54pm says:

Kernel Panic is a very good RTS. It's easy to learn and it won't take too long to play a game. The theme (computers/sci-fi) is also original and the graphics and sounds fit perfectly into it. Kernel Panic is fun to play, too.

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masternerdguy
masternerdguy Apr 8 2009, 12:28pm says:

"In other RTS, newcomers are slaughtered in 5mins by Koreans who know every little idiosyncrasy of every of the myriads units."

Best quote ever :)

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Herr_Alien
Herr_Alien Mar 15 2009, 2:40am says:

I like the idea of pointers being able to do a lot of damage :)

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Lt.SnoWolf
Lt.SnoWolf Mar 13 2009, 9:09pm says:

Really fun! Give it a try!

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HeavyLancer
HeavyLancer Mar 13 2009, 1:39am says:

It's great that Spring games and mods are being advertised on ModDB, keep up the good work zwzsg!

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Robots!
Robots! Mar 12 2009, 10:10pm says:

spring.

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neddiedrow
neddiedrow May 14 2010, 5:01pm replied:

Aaaand?

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