Abandonware. Heard of it? It's software property that's been discontinued by the company that created it, or for which copyright ownership is unclear for some reason. Usually this is because the project fell into development hell and nobody wants to touch it because it is such a mess. Often ownership rights actually do exist but most of those owners don't care enough to act on them, hence the term: abandonware.
Today I want to bring your attention to a particular piece of abandonware, a PC game from the late 90s known as SKRAP, created by Neuronware Entertainment.
Only two things were ever created for this game: a demo and a single full page ad in PC Gamer magazine.
The setting: A post-industrial wasteland.
|The factory looks sorta like this, the Sandcrawler of the Jawas.|
On the other hand, there's a zeppelin that circles every level with a trailing advertisement like the Goodyear blimp. If you shot it down at the right time, the blimp would descend and explode on the base serving as a substitute fuel truck! It was a gamble, though. If you spent too much time running around the level looking for the dirigible the enemy tanks and helos would smash through your own waves of vehicles and shoot up your factory base. Unfortunately, the factory's armor is not impervious to their tank and copter fire. Also they like to send out fuel trucks with every wave so you have to be careful about that.
I liked it. To this day, I still think about it sometimes. It's like that fad-based fast food sandwich that got discontinued years ago. It may not have been the best, but there isn't and has never been anything quite like it since.
By the way, that fileplanet link should work. As for being able to play the