Crates and Barrels is a single-player "minigame" mod for Half-Life 2. It is a unique mod for several reasons, most notably for what it is not: it isn't a shooter (first or third person) - it isn't an RPG, strategy, or adventure game - and it doesn't use the Source game engine. What it is, though, is a collection of mini-games which use the Half-Life 2 characters, objects, and textures in several simple and classic video games that are intended for a few moments of comic relief. Written entirely in Visual Basic 2008 and using Managed DirectX 1.1, it is a first for Half-Life 2 mods. You will need Half-Life 2 installed in order to play this mod, as all game content is loaded as needed during gameplay from the Half-Life 2 GCF files.

Report article RSS Feed Crates and Barrels: First Beta released today

The first public Beta of the mod is now available for download. Visit the Downloads tab on the mod profile to access it.

Posted by Peppyfool on Mar 21st, 2009

Well, here it is - the first release of another one of my mods. Unlike with my prior mods Todesangst and T2DEF, though, I have the opportunity to release a Beta version and get feedback from players to improve it. My prior two mods were single player story-based mods so once you had played through them, there was little desire to play them again.

Anyway, this Beta contains the six games I mentioned in my last news update. They are all fully functional and I am not aware of any serious deficiencies in the mod. Nevertheless, there will probably be problems and bugs, so please visit the forum link above and post feedback on anything you find wrong (or find right, for that matter, too).

Download now from ModDB and watch a video of 1 of the 6 games below:

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MrTambourineMan Mar 21 2009, 4:14pm says:

Haha, that's interesting :)

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Armageddon104 Mar 21 2009, 4:24pm says:

Awesome :D

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FJS Mar 21 2009, 4:52pm says:

Interesting indeed =)
I should give it a try

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Varsity Mar 21 2009, 4:54pm says:

DirectX 1.1, really? :p

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Lt.SnoWolf Mar 21 2009, 5:46pm says:

No download. D:

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[Night_Stalker] Mar 21 2009, 6:01pm says:

Yo where's the link?

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Bird_of_Prey Mar 21 2009, 7:02pm says:

This is just too crazy to pass up. Link please!

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INtense! Mar 21 2009, 7:06pm replied:

oops, download is up now:

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Frozencloud Mar 22 2009, 1:15am says:

Wow! This is unique! :)

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SinKing Mar 22 2009, 6:24am says:

Heh! What the hell is that? Looks like Space invaders with a new ruleset. No idea what was happening in the vid, but it was funny, to say the least.

I thought this was gonna be another version of Suicide Survival, but no - Source modders actually have better ideas than repeating themselves.

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Arxae Mar 22 2009, 8:16am says:

rofl nice :p
it think its managed dx 10.1 or so tough :p dx1.1 is a bit old xD

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Peppyfool Author
Peppyfool Mar 22 2009, 12:45pm replied:

It doesn't use the Source engine at all (see header at the top of this page). It uses a custom game engine that uses Managed DirectX 1.1, which is a Managed code wrapper for DirectX 9.0c.

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Kamikazi[Uk] Mar 22 2009, 8:49am says:

lol wtf.... This is the strangest mod i ever seen for source engine congrats lol. great work on it anyway atleast trying some unquie :P.

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Metalspy Mar 22 2009, 11:01am says:

Err, lol? ^^
I don't understand how this game works, but it looks funny..

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SandeR2 Mar 26 2009, 11:26am says:

omg HL arcade! :D

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saivert Mar 30 2009, 9:05pm says:

Doesn't work on Vista 64-bit with Service Pack 2 and .NET Framework 3.5 installed (also 2.0).
Which version of .NET is this targeted against? Why doesn't it work for me?

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Peppyfool Mar 31 2009, 10:44pm replied:

Sorry, but it doesn't run on Vista64 yet. I didn't have that OS available to try out before the first Beta release.

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RancidRandy May 31 2010, 3:07pm says:

So you are the author of Todesangst? That's cool, I really liked that mod. I'm glad to see you're still in business! ;P

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RancidRandy Jun 1 2010, 4:13am says:

When I try opening the game (WinXP Home, SP3) it gives me a weird error message right when the splash opens up.
Perhaps needs a new version of Visual Basic?

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