Bolo3D is a program for the PowerPC macintoshes that let you play Bolo in 3D. Bolo is a tank game written by Stuart Cheshire. Its main claim to fame is that it works really well over a network, including the Internet.
Originally when we did this, we planned on updating Bolo3D every time Bolo got updated. Right after we did this, Stuart Cheshire stopped updating Bolo (and sold the rights to a third party). Since then Bolo3D has just kind of languished.
But peole keep downloading it and playing it, so what the hey!
Bolo3D 0.5 is a very early release of that program. This release only works with Bolo 0.99.7. When 0.99.8 is finished by Stuart, a new Bolo3D will come out that fix some of the problems. In the meantime, you can still play a pretty fun game of 3D tank command.
Much thanks to Bill Haller for providing some interesting textures.
Joesph Lo of IBL fame has put together some screenshots of Bolo3D on the Internet Bolo League website. Cool!
For those of you who have Bolo3D 0.4, you probably want to know what the differences between it and 0.5 are. Well, here they are:
If you have problems with 0.5, then go back to 0.4. I changed the drawing routines in 0.5, and they don't work on all macs. I'd fix it and move to Apple's Game Sprocket stuff, but since Stuart isn't updating Bolo, why bother?
Download Bolo3D 0.4
To use bolo3D, start a bolo game, then run bolo3D on the same machine.
Bolo3D will come up and present a dialog that lets you choose between the available tanks on your machine.
Choose one, and go. You should be able to use the same keys as your regular bolo configuration.
You will be able to do everything you can do in 2D Bolo except control the builder. You have three ways around this:
The T at the top of the screen is your crosshair. It changes to red when you have a pillbox lined up, and in range. This actually makes it easier to shoot pillboxes in 3D then in "Classic" bolo.
If you have problems with 0.5, then go back to 0.4. I changed the drawing routines in 0.5, and they don't work on all macs. I'd fix it, but since Stuart isn't updating Bolo, why bother?
Download Bolo3D 0.4