UK shareware game maker
has released a network update to its arcade-style game Airburst. The new version enables players on LANs or the Internet to go head to head, and has been released as a public beta version.
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In Airburst, players occupy hovering platforms floating high above the ground, surrounded by delicate balloons. Using your own “bat,” you bounce projectiles that rebound off the edges of the screen to pop your opponent’s balloons while protecting your own.
The new network-enabled public beta version of Airburst supports online play via
GameSmith, the online gaming service from Freeverse Software. When you play via GameSmith, your ranking is stored online as well.
Airburst Network is offered as a free upgrade for registered Airburst users. The full game costs US$9.95 to register.
In related news, Strange Flavour has released Airburst 1.051, an updated version of the original Airburst that sports better support for Mac OS X and wide-screen Macs. It also has improved documentation. You can download Airburst 1.051 from
Macgamefiles.com. The update includes the network beta.