After an extensive beta period where the game moved from a download to a browser-based Unity experience, the 3D platform adventure game Atmosphir is open and ready for everyone! Fueled by user-created content, Atmosphir allows anyone to craft custom levels using a simple, thorough, and surprisingly fun editor.
The goal of Atmosphir? Run around and have fun! Each level has its own set of objectives, story (if it has a story at all), enemies, landscape features, and so on. Maybe all you need to do is run to the other side of a platform before time runs out. Maybe you need to find a certain item, defeat some enemies, or reach the checkpoint flag. Maybe you'll take part in an epic journey that spans several chapters. The objectives are entirely up to the level designer, all you have to do is hop in and have a good time.
Items, enemies and equipment add a "game" feeling to Atmosphir, and if used correctly, they can make exploration all the more entertaining. Some common items include speed and jump boosters which increase your movement speed and jump height respectively or health items to keep you alive and kickin'. You'll also find more intriguing power-ups like the comet that allows you to fly for a short period of time. Combat is also a part of the experience, so be prepared to take some swings at enemies from time to time.
Creating your own content is just as much a part of Atmosphir as playing the game is. Using a simple point and click interface, you can place, move, color and shape your stage using everything you would normally see in the game. Raise and lower your build level to craft vertical stages, hollow out caves to create secret passageways, set level goals, music, time limits, power-ups, and so on. It's your canvas, and the more you play around with level design, the better your creations will become and the more the community will appreciate your work.
And there's multiplayer! Many levels feature either cooperative or competitive multiplayer modes, allowing you to hop in and play with random Atmosphir folks or some of your friends. You can either join existing sessions or create your own, the choice is yours.
Analysis: The strength of Atmosphir is in its community, and even throughout the game's beta phases users weren't afraid to flex their imaginations. At the time of writing there are over 50,000 custom levels created by the players, ranging from simple one-trick stages to serious adventures to just-for-fun stages. There's no shortage of cool stuff to find, and you can filter levels by rating and difficulty to find something suitable for your mood.
Behind the scenes, Atmosphir is run on Atmos, an in-game currency used for purchasing clothes, weapons, masks, hairstyles, facial features, and other items to customize your avatar. Most of these are purely cosmetic, but several will alter your character's attack power/speed or allow you to defend yourself. Spending money is entirely optional for the game, and even if you never drop an atmo you still have access to all the levels, the editor, and character customization tools the game has to offer.
Update: Unfortunately, Atmosphir is no longer available to play.
The down side? There really isn't one. Aside from the occasional stink bomb of a level (the map designer's fault, not Atmosphir's), you'll find very few problems with the game. The occasional camera hiccup or a minor hit detection snafu are the only things you'll run into while playing, and that says a lot for a game that lets anyone create levels. Some days the servers are slower than others, creating awkward lag when you switch menu screens or try to change levels. Otherwise, your only limitation is your imagination.
Atmosphir is doing great things for community driven games and 3D browser-based platformers. It's come a long way since its initial inception, adding lots of nice features and upgrading itself with each iteration. With a strong player community and a creative, active development team, the experience is getting nothing but better as time passes!
Update: This game is no longer available. Previously tagged as: 3d, browser, community, creativity, free, game, leveleditor, mac, multiplayer, platform, rating-g, unity, windows