Who We Are
UGENE is an open-source project hosted on SourceForge. It's being developed by students and alumni of Concordia University, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It's not that we would exclude anyone not from Concordia, it just happens that we all went to the same university and thus know each other and want to work together.
What UGENE Is
UGENE is a parent project dedicated to the creation of fun, original games. We want our games to be very accessible to the world at large. As a result, we're aiming to produce games compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and possibly other operating systems. In addition, our games have low system requirements, so you shouldn't need a powerful computer to play them either. Our games are currently only in English, and we can translate them to French or Spanish if there's demand, but for any other language translations we would need the community's help.
UGENE used to be a game engine project, but mistakes and boredom put an end to that. In order to improve our level of motivation, we decided to change strategy and start making games instead of engines. Making games is much more fun.
What UGENE Offers
UGENE offers the world at large free, fun, and original games engineered with all of the quality we can muster. What more could any gamer ask for? Thanks to UGENE, soon you won't even need to go play outside anymore. You can even quit your day job and help us make more games!
Right now our product catalog includes two games:
- Squee is a totally new board game invented by two members of our team. It chronicles the journey of 2 to 6 university students as they perform research and attempt to pass their classes. What makes these students different from any other? They come from a planet called E, have incredibly advanced technology, and perform their research on alien planets! The game will offer Internet multi-player support and it will run on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Squee is currently under development.
- Five Thousand is a version of the French dice game originating from the frozen wastes of Northern Quebec, Canada. It was invented by people that enjoy gathering into small groups and drinking alcohol to keep away the cold (or so we assume). While the original French game of the same name is publicly known, this is the first time the Quebec version has been published, as far as we know. This version is much more fun--the gameplay is quick, intense and deceptively sophisticated. Unfortunately, this game was our first software engineering attempt and it only runs on Windows. When we get the chance in the future, we will probably rebuild this project to be cross-platform and playable over the Internet. Five Thousand is not currently under development.
You may enjoy any of our games by downloading them for free!
What Makes UGENE Unique
- Many open-source games are copies of pre-existing, well-known games. UGENE's games are very original and never-before-seen.
- UGENE's developers are well-trained and try to use today's software engineering best practices as much as possible. While this doesn't make their work perfect, it does mean that you can expect fewer bugs and problems than the norm.
- Unlike many games you can download from the Internet, UGENE's games are free.