Star-Twine is a real-time space strategy game with a simple premise: Blow up your enemy base before it blows up your base. Your battlefield is made up of a series of intertwining energy vines that combine to create different arenas with every match. On these vines, you build structures to
The gameplay focuses on positioning and timing rather than the micromanaging found in most real-time strategy games. At the beginning of each match, you're given 150 points and one energy node to produce income. You can choose any style of gameplay, but Star-Twine discourages you from staying in one place by making the AI fire missile launchers instantly that destroy your base or by placing turrets right by your energy nodes that destroy those quickly. So, positioning and timing really come into effect because you must spread your base and attack from all sides; your enemy will usually focus on the newest built structure. However you play it, each match will deliver a challenging experience.
The demo offers a tutorial mode and easy skirmish mode that gives you a taste of what Star-Twine is all about, but for $9.99, you can pick up the full version that includes more skirmish modes, online multiplayer, and more. I found myself addicted to the demo and wanted more of a challenge, so I decided to pick up the full version, which definitely gives you tougher and more aggressive AI. You can find this demo and more like it at the GameSpot Downloads Page.