Besiege

Besiege Machine of Mass Destruction!

Besiege is just awesome. It’s hard to downplay that. You get blocks, you get weapons, you put the weapons on the blocks and then plow headlong into danger. What could be more fun that that?!

So here is a machine I’m quite proud of. Not because it looks cool or has some sort of innovative design. Or because it will perform some task that will make your jaw drop and look upon me with envy. It has none of those things. What it does have are spinning blades of death! Four of them! I take them and charge right into the middle of the crowd and let the carnage fly!

The body count goes through the roof in a matter of seconds. In fact, this is the fastest I’ve ever cleared a level and my machine is still in one piece at the end, not the usual broken mess of parts.

I get no points for style, but I should get a little something for the effort and the method!

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Besiege update and behind the wheel of the War Machine

image Exciting news! Besiege has been updated with new blocks that includes Balloons, Poles and Sliders. Not only that, the Mac and Linux versions are now available on Steam. That’s great to hear as we need more games that are cross platform!

I didn’t get a chance to play with the new toys as I was too busy causing havoc and destruction behind the wheel of the War Machine. In case you didn’t know, it’s one of the many cool machines people have built for Besiege. You can check out videos of it in action on YouTube and you can see how it’s built in the forums. You can also download the completed machine if you want to take it for a spin.

Following the tutorial, I built the main body of the rig. I wanted to see how it was done and it’s a fantastic design. It’s so simple, yet elegant and sturdy. It doesn’t use the wood blocks, but instead relies on Suspension and Ballast to connect the major pieces. I had no idea you could connect the pieces like that.

I can also see why the War Machine is able to go over such diverse terrain. The main suspension gives the body plenty of give and flex and now I see how the wheels at the top front and bottom back work. Those extra wheels give it the ability to grip and push as it climbs. It’s pretty damn awesome!

But it’s a wee bit hard to control. I’m sure it works better in the hands of a professional, but I got a little aggressive with my driving and ripped it to shreds more than once. I think I’m a bit heavy handed as I more than once blew myself to smithereens using the full vehicle. Those bombs get angry with my sudden stops and violent starts!

If you haven’t seen the War Machine in action you should definitely check it out. And I would highly recommend heading over to the Steam forum and at least building the body on your own. It’s a fascinating design and there is so much to learn by looking at the work of others.

It’s a crazy machine to drive that’s for sure. Those poor sheep…

Besiege War Machine on YouTube
Steam Guide and Download

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Besiege has been completed! Let the real building of mechanized death machines begin!

Let it be known that I’ve completed Besiege! I’ve knocked down the houses, smashed the fortresses, crushed the houses, bashed the soldiers and set fire to the sheep! And not necessarily in that order! I’ve done it all! And I’ve done it with some of the most POS machines you’ve ever seen! It’s amazing some of them even stayed together let alone accomplished the task at hand. An 8 year old with a blindfold and broken tinker toys could build something better! But that proves you don’t have to be a mechanical genius to enjoy and be victorious at Besiege. Clearly, I’m no mechanical genius or genius of any other kind.

Once again, this game is utterly awesome. It is so much fun to play. And now that I’ve bungled my way through the 15 levels, I can’t wait to go back and do them all over again using bigger and better (relatively speaking) machines. I feel like the first 15 levels were just an exciting and hilarious tutorial. Now that I understand a few game mechanics (relatively speaking) I’m ready to make something awesome that can attack the buildings, conquer the terrain and terrorize the citizenry (relatively speaking).

Ok, I’d just be happy to make something that didn’t fall apart as soon as a sheep ran into it. One day I will make a catapult that actually hits it’s target and it will be glorious!

By the way, being completed is a relative term. I’ve yet to make anything that flies. I’ve yet to make vehicle that has steering worth a damn. I’ve yet to make a vehicle that can be used on more than one level. I’ve yet to make a vehicle that more than one moving part. I’ve yet to make a vehicle that anyone would say looks even remotely cool. Back to the lab, there’s work to be done!

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A closer look at Besiege! Plus video!

So I’ve had Besiege for a few days and it is absolutely awesome! It may be Early Access, but it works so well and already has so much to offer and so many things to play around with! Not only is this one of the best sub $10 games I’ve ever bought, it is well on it’s way to becoming one of my favorite games of all time. I can’t wait for the rest of the content to be added to see what these guys come up with. But even with the single "world" there are dozens of challenges to complete not to mention the sandbox. Just because you finish a level doesn’t mean you can’t go back and build an even bigger, better machine that handles the tasks better or faster. I’m telling you, there is almost endless fun in mowing down foot soldiers and archers.

For example, just because you knock down a tower or wall with a catapult, doesn’t mean you won’t feel compelled to go back and try again with different weapons or even a different machine. Perhaps an air strike against that tower is in order on the second run. Perhaps a "helicopter" that rains down bombs from above would be a better way to destroy it. It’s quickly becoming "the sky’s the limit" with this game.

Besiege has three main ways of playing. You can be presented with a simple challenge of defeating all the infantry or dispatching all the sheep on a level. Second, you may be asked to perform a simple task like move wood or iron from one spot to another. Third, the goal can be to destroy a house, tower, wall or other structure.

How you accomplish these tasks is entirely up to you. There is no predetermined way to win. Complete the goal by any means necessary. If you want to run all the soldiers over, that’s perfectly fine. If you want to go at them with spikes and spinning blades, that’s fine to. Think flamer throwers will finish off the job, get to it!

You are presented with a fantastic interface that seems to take a lot of cues from the excellent interface you see in Banished. From there you pick the building blocks of your creation. You get wooden blocks, braces, wheels, hinges, springs, grabbers, couplers, pistons, cogs, wings and propellers. And trust me, you can build damn near anything from just that list. Once built, it’s time to load it down with weapons which includes bombs, fireballs, spikes, blades, circular saws, cannons and boulders. Just like Minecraft, it’s an endless Lego set of destruction.

For an Early Access game and one that shows the revision as 0.002, this game is amazing! It works so well and plays so smoothly. And just because there is "limited content" doesn’t mean you’re actually limited in what you can make. The building mechanics are excellent so you can build just about anything you can dream up. As it stands right now, there are hours and hours worth of entertainment to be had with this game. Even when you get something right, you just feel compelled to keep trying and making new things. And even when things go wrong, the results are usually so amazingly funny or unexpected that you can’t help but laugh and still have a great time learning from your mistakes. This game is a pure joy to play.

The graphics are well done and amusing. The detail of the machine is very good. For the most part the physics work as expected. There are a couple of amusing quirks here and there, but considering this is alpha, it’s incredibly solid.

If you don’t have a copy, you really should jump over to Steam and pick it up. If you have a Mac or Linux machine, head over to the main site and pick up a copy for your OS.

Like so many other great games, it takes only a couple minutes to learn, but years to master.

Besiege on Steam
Besiege from the official site

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Besiege – medieval siege engines to lay waste to immense fortresses and peaceful hamlets

image So I found this on Steam last night and jumped at the chance to get a copy. Seriously, who doesn’t want to build siege weapons and lay waste to buildings and troops? You had me at medieval siege engine.

(As an aside, the Ballista, Trebuchet, and Siege Engine were my favorite parts of Age of Empires)

Besiege is a physics based building game in which you construct medieval siege engines and lay waste to immense fortresses and peaceful hamlets. Build a machine which can crush windmills, wipe out battalions of brave soldiers and transport valuable resources, defending your creation against cannons, archers and whatever else the desperate enemies have at their disposal.

I was only able to give this a quick once over, but it was wickedly good fun. As stated, the goal is make siege weapons to take out troops and towers. The first couple of levels are simply driving your machine into a building and knocking it over. Anyone can drive in a straight line and hit a target right? However, you will quickly have to master steering and other mechanics as things get complicated. And let’s not forget there are plenty of sheep barring your way. Silly little animals seem to find themselves under my wheels far too often.

The third level was quite a feat as I tried to steer between land mines and not only did I blow my siege engine all to hell, I set both the forest and the sheep on fire, but who knows in which order. I just remember the sheep running and trees catching on fire behind them.

I clearly need more time with this game, but so far it’s most impressive. The graphics are simple, but they look good. The siege engine is easy to construct but hard to master. You get wood blocks for the frame, wheels, cogs, pistons, steering, suspension, armor, and plenty of weapons such as spiked balls and flamethrowers. From this toolbox, it’s time to get creative and build some weapons of medieval destruction.

Besiege is Early Access so don’t expect a complete game with hundreds of levels. The first "map" is done and it looks pretty good. I’m sure the lads at Spiderling Studios are back in the lab dreaming up all sorts of new levels and dastardly puzzles as we speak. The core of the game is looking really good so I’m sure a lot more content will be coming soon.

And since it’s only $7, I could hardly say no. I’m looking forward to seeing what else these guys come up with. Check it out and have some fun!

Besiege on Steam Early Access

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