Archive entry by Ste Pickford on Tue, 21 Apr 2009
Subject: Naked War PC
This is a little promo / poster image I did for Naked War, showing all the different versions of the male units, on the blue team (there are female versions of each unit, as well as red team and green team costume variants, and so far un-released monkey versions too!).
The game is based around a squad of four soldiers, each of whom start at the rank of Private (the second image along). You can promote each unit during the game, when you find the right item, and they move up one rank, becoming stronger and getting an increase in movement range with each promotion.
If any member of your squad 'dies' (they take enough damage that their health bar hits zero), instead of being out of the game, they are 'demobbed', and they lose all rank and uniform (hence the Naked of the title), and all access to military hardware and weapons.
(We just wanted to copy that trick from Ghosts 'n' Goblins where the knight loses his armour and has to run around in his underpants for a while).
They remain in play, unlike, say, chess, where pieces are removed from the board, but as civilians they have no weapon and no ammo, and can't actually attack the opposing team, but they can get in the way a bit and collect pick up items.
They can also be promoted back up to the rank of Private, at which point they get their uniform and gun back, and can join in the game again.
This is one of the mechanics we came up with to stop this two-player game from every getting overbalanced or un-winnable, and therefore boring for one of the two players. You're never outnumbered for long, even if you appear to be losing, and it's always possible to get back into a seemingly hopeless game, and emerge victorious.
If you haven't already, you should play it!
» Download and play for free from the Naked War website