Giants Of Steel Ulrich Haar / DIGITAL Nightmares 1996

This is a fun 3D giant robot action game from a small Germany-based developer who released the game into the public domain after selling it for a number of months as shareware. Although the player does take command of a Mech, this game is more akin to an arcade shoot'em up that to a real Mech simulation since there appears to be no support for giving commands to other allied mechs (or the existence of other allied mechs for that matter). The game uses a 3D engine which allows looking in all directions and uses simple shading to render the objects (no texture mapping or lighting effects). The game offers two modes of play, "1 Player" mode in which the player has to complete missions and is pitted against the computer, and a one on one "2 Player" mode. In this (the second) mode the screen is divided in half and the speed of the game drops dramatically. The difficulty is not too high but it is easy to get in a crossfire between a mech, a helicopter and a patrol boat, overheat and get blown to pieces if not careful. It is also quite fun if you're not a graphics freak and can cope with the relatively dull scenery. There are a variety of enemies to combat, tanks, helicopters, boats and Mechs among others, the enemy Mechs being the only real threat.
Full Demo 1.1MB (uploaded by Internet Archive Software Collection)

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