Windows - 2002
Description of Beam Breakers
If you haven't played Beam Breakers or want to try this action video game, download it now for free! Published in 2002 by JoWooD Productions Software AG, Beam Breakers (aka Бимеры) was an above-average sci-fi / futuristic title in its time.
How to play Beam Breakers Windows
- Mount .iso and install. Beware of directories with special characters, this may or may not break the game.
- Copy Beambreakers.exe from the No-CD folder into installation directory and overwrite original .exe
- Modify the config.ini in the Configs folder to suit your resolution. Experiment with it, but the game was designed for 4:3 and generally seems to work in 16:9. You may have to play with the "AspectRatio=0.60" value. How this value works exactly, is unclear.
- Copy config.ini into installation directory and overwrite.
- Right click on Beambreakers.exe and click "Properties"
- Go to the "Compatability" tab
- Enable "Run this program in compatability mode for:" and select "Windows XP (Service Pack 2)" from the dropdown.
- Click OK
I think the settings in config.ini are as high as you can get them, but the graphics settings menu in-game seems unresponsive and doesn't change things.
The game crashes every single time when you alt + tab out of it, beware of this issue. Apart from a couple of visual issues here and there, it runs fine otherwise.
Comments and reviews
Oldschool Racer 2021-07-20 0 point
Nice racer with (for the time) quite stunning visuals and an interesting setting. Sadly they didn't do anything with it: no story, lore, character development and so on and so forth. Very shallow- and empty-feeling. All you get is in the manual, that's it. Difficulty and pacing in this title are also all over the place. Some missions are extremely hard to impossible (including the very first chapter, potentially turning players away), others a complete cakewalk without breaking a sweat. Furthermore, there aren't enough of them and variety is lacking, making things a little too repetitive.
Other not-so-great aspects: voice acting, low-quality sound effects, recycled tracks (gang races vs. championship mode), lots of vehicles yet only a few viable ones with a need for crucial (of not mandatory) upgrades, super annoying cop AI if you're stuck in a slower car, etc...
The championship mode is more enjoyable. The hover cars control and flow quite nicely even with a keyboard once you get over the rather steep learning curve at the start. The AI's an obvious cheating bastard on occasion, but it's a manageable challenge with clean flying and making use of all the power-ups. Well, except for that one stage where they put you in a completely outclassed vehicle (Class 4 vs. 5)...
Worth a try if you like old arcade racers, but don't expect too much. Shame though, could have been so much more with a little better polish.
PS: The ISO doesn't contain any of the CD audio tracks. From what I remember, it was a somewhat generic if inoffensive bland of techno and electronic rock.
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