The Universal

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The Universal is a free, massively-multiplayer online game set in a virtual 3d universe of worlds owned and run by other players. Created by Games For May, an independent team of volunteers from the games industry, The Universal brings a totally unique approach to the popular massively-multiplayer gaming genre.

The Universal is completely free to play, unlike other titles that charge players to maintain their alternative virtual lives, said Mitchell Goodwin, creator and lead programmer. What's more, The Universal gives players a unique chance to participate in game design and development without needing any programming knowledge. Other games let you customise your character: we offer the potential for players to own and customise an entire world in the game universe.

The Universal
will run on a low-spec Windows PC with a fast dial-up or (preferably) a broadband Internet connection. To get started, players just need to download the client software by following the download tab above.

Endlessly varied free gaming:
when you first play the game, you start in space in a single star system, with a range of worlds to visit and explore. By playing on worlds you can earn galactic credits which you can use to improve your space vehicle, fly to new star systems and…well, that depends on what you find when you get there. Each world can be a totally different experience: some are cool, some are weird, some are easy, some are dangerous, and some are just daft places to sit and chat to your mates while you watch monkeys playing in the sun. If you don't like what you see on one planet, you can just launch your spaceship and play somewhere else.

In-depth economy:
trading is an important part of many worlds. Players start with a set amount of cash (Sheckles and Denari, the standard units of planetary currency in the game) and can trade in almost anything to build up their business empire. Players can also use cash to upgrade their vehicles, buy handy goodies like radars and jetpacks and add weapons and ammo to their characters.

Free-form combat:
worlds in The Universal can include land, sea and air combat as well as "robocrow" fighting - fast-paced, top-down arcade style shoot-em-up action. Combat can be first-person or third-person, with a wide range of camera settings, and with Deathmatch (over minutes, hours, days or even weeks), Capture the Flag, King of the Hill and other modes, there are loads of game styles to keep bloodthirsty players happy.

Racing:
racing games feature on many worlds as players compete to get anything from an F1 car to a tractor through the checkpoints, either against other players or against the clock, with prizes for winning races and getting the best lap times.

Bizarre subgames:
there's nothing quite like Hornball. With two goals, two teams and a large bouncing ball, players have to use the horns on their vehicles to honk the ball into the net to score points. If you haven't seen six tractors vying for position to honk it in from twenty yards, you simply haven't lived. But that's nothing compared to Ultrakricket. Forget the familiar thwack of leather on willow - in The Universal, you get the not-so-familiar thwack of grenade on druid, and the occasional massive explosion when the ball goes off.

Going down the pub:
every gamer needs a break from time-to-time, and many worlds in The Universal include a pub that sells virtual beer and provides a range of familiar distractions: arcades, quiz machines, chess and pool, with more being added all the time.

Chat and music:
The Universal includes a built-in chat client and music player for .mp3, .wav and .ogg files, and allows world owners to stream radio channels to the players on their world. There's no need to run additional chat and music software - you can do it all from within game, or just minimise the game to a window (or the Windows taskbar) and use it as dedicated chat and music player software.

Be the mad creator:
not only do you get the run of an entire virtual universe, but it's possible to own your own planet and customise it almost any way you like. Each world in the universe is owned and run by other players, which means every world you visit is like a 3d equivalent of a website, blog and multimedia gallery, all rolled up into a big game-shaped ball. World owners get the immense kudos of controlling the destiny of players on an entire virtual planet, and get to exercise their powers of game design without programming experience or knowledge of 3d modelling and game artwork. Almost everything on a world can be controlled through simple settings, from the strength of gravity to the effects of starvation, from tax bands to the colour of the sky.

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i check it out right now if it wont beany good i will start my monk career and become a eunuck and a prostututeplease join me aswell if you have sameexperiences with this game

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I havent palyd this for very long but what little i did i realize quickly that this game controls is suxthey are not even counter-intuitive they just suxoraside from that i was really getting into this game until i landed my spaceshit on some planet and then couldnt figure out how to get back of of therso i just ran arouns teh town lepping over buildings i climbed the tallst one and tried to end myslefAt the end of the day the game is free so no whinning from me... but so are nextdoorniki thumbnails and tonight i am going with niki instead of Universal

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my name is screetch. i am going to play this game for zackster morriss. i will see if it's good. zackster is with kelly kapowski right now. so he cant play it. screeetch is out of here. time to go play the game. byes

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im way too old to understand most of the comments here :] but just to reply about the 'game controls sux' bit - I agree many of the setups arent great, but what you should remember is that the control method is done by the person who runs the world, and each world is different. So just because the controls suck on one planet doesnt mean its the same everywhere.A big part of the idea of the game is that you explore the galaxy and hopefully you find somewhere where the gameplay and controls are exactly the right sorta thing for you.

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im way too old and out of touch to understand most of the comments here ;] - but just to reply about the 'game controls sux' bit - I agree many of the setups arent great, but what you should remember is that the control method is done by the person who runs the world, and each world is different. So just because the controls suck on one planet doesnt mean its the same everywhere.A big part of the idea of the game is that you explore the galaxy and hopefully you find somewhere where the gameplay and controls are exactly the right sorta thing for you.

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Mit you were so tasty tomorrow. Thanx to Santa Claus!Oh, about the game? It's definately unplayable and I have dsl.But nevertheless a nice idea.Vote for despotism, homo marriage and more caviar & chips!

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Hello. My name is TheCaptain. Allow me to provide a quick comment on this game that does not invlove the word "sux" or any other word with an unneccesary x. I have yet to play the game, but it looks very good. From what I can tell based on other people's comments, as soon as I get it installed and am actually able to get it to run without crashing and I find a planet where I not only like what is there but also like the controls I will very much enjoy this game. That is not to say I will be staying at one place, the point does seem to be to explore the universe. By the way, I really don't give a f**k about how the character on the screen looks so screw you VVS, graphics aren't everything so if the overall look is pulled off I think it could be a very good game. Also on that, I'm willing to bet the two dimensional characters (if that is how there are judging from the images) could make the game run faster. A lot of full 3D games have the problem of running into large groups of people, which causes a lot of lag, but with 2D characters that will be less of a problem.

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That was pretty good. Like real-time Age of Empires except you play as one of the villagers. I especially liked how you had factories building things that you could actually use. Flying around in a biplane was fun =P. After figuring out what to do it was pretty fun, although I was really bad and kept crashing my plane/getting killed. Overall it was great and it could easily get better with newer versions. The solitary character to play as was pretty annoying though. You'd think they would have made more than the one model. Also, the lag was pretty bad and when I tried to land on the second planet I saw, the game crashed. But there really weren't any other big problems. It could be considered too slow though since it takes so long to make each vehicle and whatnot. Also, the battle I was in didn't have many people there to play so the war was me on one team with another noob and two slightly larger teams of people who knew how to play. Yeah, they kicked our asses.

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its a good game but it is NOT really a mmorpg, its just a bunch of games and instead of getting a server list u fly around in space and land on planets (which are the servers)

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Hi,Iv played this game abit, nice thing is u can do pretty much anything, build an empire to make cash, or just fly round blow up ppl.As for jesus,u would of loved the tractors :-). Def worth playing

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Tried this game, and i must say, what a pice of crap! tried like 500 000 diffrent nicks and it still saying "nickname is taken by another player" jesus... my rating: -10

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an excellent game.too bad all the people who had trouble with it here don't know how to post questions in the games HELP FORUM. but oh well. stupid people is what The Universal doesen't need, that what RuneScape is for.

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great li'l game, and its free!whether you're looking for strategy/economy/battle or spacetrade (and space piracy promised soon), there's plenty for anyone to get to grips with.Highly addictive too!

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Great game.Been playing for ages now, gave up stupid hacker games like counter strike for this.As for all those who dont think its great just remember the current version is 0.48. how many other games were this good in their beta stages? i bet some of you couldn't even go back to cs 1.0 with saying that its s**t so stuff you!

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Definitely worth trying. If you don't like one world's games, you can try another one. There are many different worlds and a galaxy wide trading game with piracy and bounty hunting over top of it all. A+

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Half-Life 2 get's boring as do other games, this one is constantly getting new features so there are many things to do. Other games just realease patches to fix the damn bugs... So far I haven't found any bugs in this game.

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Nice little game that has many things to do....Once you get used to it it is highly addicting. Download it from the Universal website...the download button is out of date.

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