"The Cursed" is a very unique free realtime-strategy game based on the Spring engine. The game is about bones, undead, demons, space marines and magic settled in a futuristic environment. It is a fresh mixture of gameplay elements from many popular RTS games.

The game features two unique races: The Cursed - a faction combining undead and demonic creatures and the Imperial Guards - human forces with high-tech weapons and incredible firepower. Many units in game have unique abilities, like burrowing, rocket jumping, teleporting, transmutation and aura casting. You will experience a war that is fought with tanks, guns, space crafts, bone dragons, priest, demons, werewolf and angels. And last but not least, your heroes can turn the tide of war easily.


For Linux & Mac users and everyone unwilling to wait for a new installer version: you have to install the game manually (as I don't have any idea about creating Linux or Mac installation files). First you need to install the Spring Engine manually and then put the game content into the Spring\games directory. You'll also have to install maps manually.

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It has been a long time since the last update. Actually I was waiting for the next stable and fully working Spring engine release. I skipped Spring 93.0-94.0 for several different reasons/issues and thus it took some time. Spring 95.0 looks stable and offers tons of bug fixes and new features. Besides making The Cursed ready for the new engine version, lots of things were changed and added to the game.

The game´s economy was drastically changed, as it felt a little “broken” before. The most important thing is, that units do not need energy as upkeep anymore. To compensate for the free energy amount, metal extractors need more power to run. Newly built metal extractors will take some time to reach the maximum extraction speed (progressive mining). Moreover, storage buildings were added to increase your metal and energy capacity.

As a second major change, the cursed faction was strengthened. The shade hero unit has a circle attack now, that hits all nearby enemies. Some units and buildings take more damage. The obelisks have a bigger building range. Burrowed units can not be seen anymore if you walk close to them. … and … and …

Of course, also lots of polishing was done – just check the latest installer.Especially enjoy the new undead marines!

New The Cursed (including heroes and a new engine) version is out!

New The Cursed (including heroes and a new engine) version is out!

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"The Cursed" is a very unique FREE realtime-strategy game based on the Spring engine (Windows & Linux). The game is about bones, undead, demons, space...

Heroes

Heroes

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A brand new hero system will be included in the next "The Cursed" release putting the Sarge and the Shade into action.

The Cursed 1.17 released

The Cursed 1.17 released

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A new version of the game is available. Go get the game content file - I'll release a full installer within the next few days.

The Cursed 1.15 released!

The Cursed 1.15 released!

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"The Cursed" is a very unique FREE realtime-strategy game based on the Spring engine (Windows & Linux). The game is about bones, undead, demons, space...

The Cursed Full Installer V 1.402 (Windows)

The Cursed Full Installer V 1.402 (Windows)

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"The Cursed" is a very unique free realtime-strategy game based on the Spring engine. The game is about bones, undead, demons, space marines and magic...

The Cursed Full Installer V 1.283 (Windows)

The Cursed Full Installer V 1.283 (Windows)

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"The Cursed" is a very unique free realtime-strategy game based on the Spring engine. The game is about bones, undead, demons, space marines and magic...

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Yeeyoh
Yeeyoh

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really dislike the use of an upside down pentagram as as a front image/icon for the game, if not for that, would have downloaded it right away.

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azaremoth Creator
azaremoth

I changed the icon but I don't see why someone should have any strong feelings about symbols in games. The Cursed contains pure fictional artwork without any real religious or occult statements. A pentagram (you can find some more in game btw.) just fits perfectly to the undead/demonic scenery. I would have used purple flower-symbols if Eliphas Lévi had introduced these as occult symbols that attract sinister forces.

Interestingly I was rather expecting opinions about the usage of real religious symbols like the Christian cross for the priests and paladins. ;)

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FlySpyGuy
FlySpyGuy

I would only have a problem with the Christian Cross if it was upside down...Another symbol of evil. Again, it's your choice what you put in your games, but it's my choice (and people like me) whether or not we play it...

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Ninva
Ninva

St. Peter died on an upside down cross.

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azaremoth Creator
azaremoth

The used symbols in the game represent "evil" and "good". The pentagram is a strong symbol for evil and as the undead are also commonly seen as evil the pentagram fits perfectly imho. The same thing is true for the use of black and dark colors for the cursed units.
It is very interesting so see how some people react on a symbol that is more then over-stressed in many films and games though. Not to forget the Gothic and Metal bands and fans…

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Yeeyoh
Yeeyoh

Hey,
Didn't mean to make such a big deal of it, just offering my opinion and I would have deleted my comment if that was possible.
Believe it or not the pentagram, upside down or not is a "real" religious symbol and I guess that's were my beef comes from when I see it in games, and I see it quite a bit, this was the first time I ever commented on it and like I said, I'd delete that comment if I could.
Okay.... on another note... I tried your game and liked it quite a bit... very impressive for such a small download.. 2 things....
1. I could not get any of the other camera angles (besides default) to work.
2. The mouse (pointer) control is quite loose.. I think that is a product of the engine and not your game in particular though.
Also the frame rate I was getting is quite low considering what's on screen and that I'm using a HD4890 with 2GB s.
A actually liked the game a fair bit and will be quite interested to see how far you (guys?) go with it. I got used to zooming right out playing supreme commander so it's nice to see that is some other games. Anyway thanks for the game, I'd delete my other comment if I could, and yeah the pentagram is actually a real religious symbol to some people.
:) :) :) :) :)

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FlySpyGuy
FlySpyGuy

I wouldn't have liked the pentagram either, I'm glad I didn't see it. Pentagrams are from pagan worship, usually used in witchcraft, it is a 'real' religion, and it is usually associated with evil. Most people of the Christian faith, Catholic faith, Jewish faith, or Muslim faith would dislike or react badly to it upside down or not. I am not saying you shouldn't do it, I am just saying, don't be surprised if people like me don't play your game because it has a symbol that we feel is evil in it.

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lexyz123
lexyz123

Oh i just cant believe some ppl still believe the pentagram represents evil!!!, the pentagram its a simbol used in christian religion, its the most imprtant symbol for the wiccans, it can also mean the 5 elements!!!!... but no matter what i say u christians allways see everything non-christias as something "evil", just pathethic...

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azaremoth Creator
azaremoth

I think it all started with Eliphas Lévi and his book about occultism (without having read it I would call it "bellestristic" from today's point of view). In this book the upside-down pentagram is described as a sign of the devil. In the "old times" the pentagram was always seen as a symbol that protects from demons and sinister forces. That is also true for the upside-down pentagram (the "Drudenfuß"). It was used as a protection against drudes (special demons in the German folklore). People who see a strong sign of evil in the pentagramm just didn't make the effort to educate themselves enough.

The use in my game was not influenced by any real historic/cultural facts about that symbol. The use of it was inspired by other movies and games. Thus there is no religious declaration intended.

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Otter.
Otter.

Uhh, come on now, that is ridiculous.
And you don't buy Heineken beer because it has a red star and thus commie?
It's just a game, it won't kill you. I used to be religious and even back then I didn't give a damn about pentagrams and goats.

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Yeeyoh
Yeeyoh

Wow, man,
Upside down pentagram compared to the red star on an Heineken bottle, with such a tight simile like that you must be a writer... (sarc.)
In some religions and/ or spiritual practices this symbols have very Strong meanings, I just think it's an drag to run into.

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feillyne StaffSubscriber
feillyne

These are just symbols, and if you are the one that sees them, they can have neither importance nor meaning to you. Also, sigils bind only those who blindly create them.

The so-called upside down pentagram is just a symbol of matter over mind, materialism/physical over altruism/spiritual, and the "normal" pentagram - of mind over matter.

And no, these symbols aren't "evil" or "good" themselves.

It's how you react to them that can be harmful or helpful towards others. Some men seeing a naked woman will ignore her or treat her as if she was dressed (will think nothing of it) or try to put some clothes on her, while others could only stare lustfully at her.

So see? The reaction to the situation counts, not the situation itself.

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FlySpyGuy
FlySpyGuy

All things in perspective, I agree in most cases. In the case of God however, God exists outside of relativity. God isn't relative. You can believe what you want, I am not trying to force you to be Christian, just stating that he had a reason to be upset by that symbol.

What I believe, is that the pentagram is just a symbol and has no power, and like you said, is essentially just a red star on a bottle cap, but the thing is, it does represent evil, (like you said, red star, communism), and to some people, that's going to bother them. You think nearly half as many people would drink Heinekin if it was a swastica instead of a red star?

Edit: Someone else said the communism bit, sorry. Replied to the wrong person...lol

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reece44
reece44

It keeps crashing on me...

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azaremoth Creator
azaremoth

I actually shouldn't crash. Can You give me a short summary of what you did to start the game (what lobby options you used) and send me the file called "infolog.txt" from to game directory to azaremoth@web.de please. I'll see if I can find the bug then =)

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GeneralKong
GeneralKong

im encountering the same problem

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azaremoth Creator
azaremoth

GeneralKong showed that there is a probleme with the AI "AAI" causing the game to crash. I recomment to use another AI like "Shard" if problemes occur. Moreover check that you are in the Skirmish game mode - the "Sandbox" and "Feature placer" modes (these are for testing and map developement) will probably cause problemes with the skirmish AIs.

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