Overgod

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.4
out of 13 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    Not available
  • Total Downloads:
    8,915
  • Date Added:
    January 25, 2006
  • File Size:
    1.95MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP

Editors' Review

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Despite a hokey backstory and less than impressive visuals, the gameplay of this quality freeware game will quickly attract those predisposed toward retro top-down shooters. Taking the basic foundation of Asteroids, Overgod ups the ante with eight spaceships, 100 enemies, and power-ups that include a variety of interesting secondary weapons and boosts. In keeping with the retro theme, the controls are sluggish and the graphics are understated. The game definitely has a style of its own, and a variety of unlockable modes, plus Time Attack and two-player options ramp up the replayability factor.

In-game action consists of thrusting, turning, braking, and firing primary and seconday weapons, the latter of which are offered as power-ups and have cool names like Claws of Hunger and Eye of Desolation. The idea is to destroy all of your essential enemies before the Eyes of the Watchful Ones awake and start blasting you to pieces. Essential enemies are marked on your HUD with large yellow dots, while minor enemies are small and orange. The electric Eyes are a nice timer touch, and the enemy variation also offers another level of complexity.

Stability issues arose when quitting a game in progress--the application froze and required a forced quit. Aside from that annoyance, the game installs quickly and runs smoothly. The music isn't too annoying, which is always a bonus, and all of the volume and game controls are easily customized. Overgod moves a bit too slowly and looks pixelated when compared to 3D games, but the unique gameplay and freeware status help it easily earn a high rating.

 
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  • 5 stars

    "This is the best game in its genre."

    December 09, 2009   |   By smileydragon678

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    Pros

    This is a carefully constructed, beautifully balanced game. If you can overcome the initial learning curve, you will find it a varied and highly rewarding experience. Success requires careful planning and adaptability, but it's always FUN!

    Cons

    The very steep learning curve makes it inaccessible to impatient players. In Time Attack mode, the difficulty beyond 20 minutes does not increase quickly enough, and it is possible to go on forever.

    Summary

    This game has provided me with hundreds of hours of enjoyment over the course of several years. This would not be possible for an easier game. The difficulty is set for someone who has played 100 - 1,000+ games, so if you feel a bit lost at first, don't worry. There is beauty and depth in here if you have the time and patience to appreciate it.
    A high degree of randomness provide a varied playing experience. No two games progress in precisely the same manner, although some general patterns are observed.
    When you have won and tired of the primary game mode, there is Time Attack, and several challenge mode variations. It is the Time Attack mode which has kept me going for all these years. It is continuous and potentially endless - and, as I have recently discovered, the game sort of flounders after 25 minutes or so, and after that you can stay consistently ahead of the clock. So it is necessary, I think, to make an Extended Time Attack mode for those who have broken the game in this way. Don't worry about that if you're just trying it for the first time - you've got a bit of work to do before you can survive 5 minutes in any mode. :)

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  • 4 stars

    "Professional, good-looking, but slow... and you're just gonna die."

    March 11, 2006   |   By mahzkrieg

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    1. Overgod looks, feels, and is well put together. Sweet particle effects. Just clean graphics all together. It all matches and all achieves the retro but technical look as though you're computer just got infected five times and you have to go in and play Norton. Even the GUI is fitting, good looking, and gets the job done.

    2. Variation of ships. There are 8 ships, each with a special element. Some examples are a shorter cooldown on secondary fire, slow regeneration, primary fire shoots backwards too with each shot, and more. Nice assortment. None too overpowering. The **** I had the most success with was either the one with stronger lasers or the short secondary cooldown. I thought the regenerating health one would be good, as you can fly around and keep out of trouble and let your hull integrity improve, but the time it takes to heal enough to just be able to stand up against one more shot isn't worth the time you just expired.

    3. Powerups. Over the course of the game, enemies random drop colored powerups, which change from color to color as they sit around. Different colors provide different upgrades, like thruster or primary fire enhancement. The second kind of powerup gives your a secondary fire. However, you can only utilize one secondary weapon at a time, and running over another will replace the one you previously had. The secondary weapons in the game are actually useful, fun to use, and the game extends its particle and neon glow effects into them.

    Overall, the game is simply hindered by its difficulty, as your demise is usually going to be of something that moves two times faster than you and homes in on you. The whole level. Overgod is tied-together visually, and doesn't have any quirky problems. I just wish level 6 wasn't my max on the highscores list.

    Cons

    1. The game is just too difficult. Overgod would have been much more appealing if after 10 games, the average level you got snuffed out by a flying box was greater than level 4.

    The biggest reason for this is the controls. You can move forward, turn left and right, and press down to break. You cannot move backwards or strafe around. The ships of Overgod must also have missed out on the acceleration when God was passing that out. When anything kills you by simply being faster or more agile than you, it's extremely frustrating and feels like it was out of your control.

    Another towel in the stack of difficulty is the accuracy of the enemy. There's lasers and green crap coming right at you from across the level like it calculated your position 10 seconds in advance.

    Some enemies just need to drop the ********. This one guy just floats around and lets go red flares that just track you down the rest of the level, negating the use of your brakes all together. Yess. Less movement options!

    Sometimes you'll be cruising your slow ass around, and BAM. A huge boss fabricates from the empty matter before you. On level 1. Come on.

    When you're facing your enemy and he shoots at you, what are you going to do? Oh yeah. You can't do anything.

    You have 3 lives. During my playtime (over 20 games), I never got another life. Cool.

    There's a time limit. In Overgod, you have seconds to complete each level. When the time runs out, turret things appear and **** electricity bolts at you. You were already being trailed by a dozen projectiles when the time ran out, killing crap you didn't need to kill, and letting mine man infest the playing field with green plastiques, so odds are, you're ******.

    The worst enemy has to be the mine layer so far. This guy randomly spits out small green mines at a quite rapid rate. The mines repel you when they explode, conveniently into other mines and/or six enemies. When you kill a mine layer, he explodes and drops more mines.

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  • 1 stars

    "Dont waste ur time"

    March 04, 2006   |   By Dread7x

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    well.....nothing at all

    Cons

    2d graphics and repetative. This game was made to entertain three year olds. And I apologize to all 3 year olds for that...

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  • 3 stars

    "Retro and good for a laugh"

    February 04, 2006   |   By cowudders14

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Will keep you amused for about 10 mins - When you want to "just have a game" before going to bed, and want to feel like you are in the 70s again, it's superb!

    Uses very little sysytem resources.

    Cons

    Not something you'd spend hours playing. Sluggish.

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  • 1 stars

    "Slow gameplay, poor looks. Less than 5 minutes fun."

    February 01, 2006   |   By kipper_308

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Small download. Easy install and uninstall (just unzip the file / delete the folder).

    Cons

    Poor graphics and very slow gameplay. Controls feel clunky. No real fun to be had.

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  • 5 stars

    "I like it"

    February 01, 2006   |   By mariocf

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Is nothing wrong

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  • 1 stars

    "bad bad dad bad"

    January 31, 2006   |   By prafulbhogal

    Version: Not Found

    Cons

    this game is bad

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  • 3 stars

    "Blue screens make me angry"

    January 31, 2006   |   By TravisMC

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Seemed like a neat game complex with different ship types visuals and sounds aren't up to par with todays games but a revamped asteroids, how could I resist?

    Cons

    Soon as I chose my ship it blue screened and restarted.

    I'll give it a 3 though since I did just put some new memory in and have had some off problems..

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  • 1 stars

    "(Scratches Head)"

    January 31, 2006   |   By bettele

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Don't know yet

    Cons

    I could not get the game to start

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  • 3 stars

    "Decent arcade shooter"

    January 28, 2006   |   By Tsumetai

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    The ships may move slow at first, but the action can get quite intense. If you enjoy retro-looking, somewhat simple, arcade shooters, you'll probably enjoy this game. It reminds me of the old space combat (spacewar?) game.

    It's free and has low system requirements.

    Overall, I had fun with it and will definitely play it again.

    Cons

    The color palette for the second level makes things hard to see. (somewhat minor)

    The left-right setting on the speakers are backwards by default. (minor)

    The sound effects are a little loud compared to standard system sounds, so I had to turn the game volume settings down to 20. (minor)

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    General
    Publisher Linley Henzell
    Publisher web site http://users.olis.net.au/zel/
    Release Date January 25, 2006
    Date Added January 25, 2006
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    Category Games
    Subcategory Arcade Games
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows, Windows 98, Windows 2000
    Additional Requirements Windows 95+, 300MHz CPU
    Download Information
    File Size 1.95MB
    File Name overgod10.zip
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 8,915
    Downloads Last Week 3
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    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free
     
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