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Platform(s): Sun SPARC/Sparcstation/Ultrasparc

Genre: Platform/Arcade

Estimated year of release: 1994-1997

Graphics/art style: Window application started from within the Sun SPARC UNIX window manager

Notable characters: Many men appearing on platform level. The men looked somewhat like military and the platform level looked like an industrial environment or a military base, with grey steel constructions.

Notable gameplay mechanics: It displayed a platform arcade style with many men who looked the same

Other details: I think is was a free or shareware game from MIT. It reminded me of the game named Green Beret but it wasn't Green Beret.

Screenshot of Green Beret

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    What did those many men do? Who or what did the player control? My first thought was Lemmings (but that was not available for Unix) or a Lemmings clone (but Pingus only came out in 1998). Jul 15, 2023 at 7:48
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    industrial environment or a military base, with steel constructions - Are you thinking of Syndicate? However, I am not aware that it was released for SPARC. That has many men dressed the same. I wouldn't describe it as a platform game though. Jul 16, 2023 at 6:45
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    @Greenonline That looks similar, but the Syndicate view is from an angle or isometric, while the view I saw with the game I'm looking for has been a straight classic 2D platform view similar view to the first level of Donkey Kong or Lode Runner, with grey platforms in this case. Jul 16, 2023 at 7:21
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    @Kingsley I wish it was that easy. In fact the game was installed in the computer lab at my university so it could be an idea to trace it from people who'd been there at that time Jul 17, 2023 at 6:59
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    Similarity to Green Beret is a better clue arcade-history.com/images/game/1014_1.png Jul 17, 2023 at 7:06

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The description sounds a lot like XEvil.

Screenshot of XEvil

It is available as a Debian package (and in Ubuntu as well), and the copyright years are given as 1994–2000, so the time period fits. The game is released under the GNU GPL (v1+, later v2+), and the official website used to offer binaries for SunOS and for Solaris. All in all, this seems like it.

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    That's it! I've been actively trying to identify it for years. Jul 23, 2023 at 17:56

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