Most computer users do know Counterstrike even though they may have never played it. You side either with the anti-terror unit or the terrorists and try to beat the other team by completing an objective or eliminating all other players.
Counterstrike 2D is a freeware conversion of this popular game. The interface looks and feels like the real thing, you may configure your keys and choose to play against bots or on the Internet against human players on maps with similar objectives as in the 3D Internet shooter.
The game has a size of only about 6 megabytes, should download fast. There are even additional maps that you can install for a greater variety in gameplay.
You buy weapons, ammunition and grenades at the start of every round like in the real game. After that you head out to complete your objective which could mean to plant a bomb (terrorists) or rescue hostages (anti-terror).
The game is fast paced and lots of fun, especially when you join the Internet servers to play against other human players. You will get some beatings at the beginning until you get the hang of the game.
Existing Counter-Strike players may require some time of adjustment as it is quite the change from playing a 3D shooter to a 2D top down shooter. Still, if you have played any top down shooter in the past you should be golden.
Counterstrike 2D is available for all recent versions of Microsoft Windows, Linux or Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher.
Update: Newer versions of the game introduce additional modes, including a zombie mode, deathmatch or construction mode which add to the variety of the game. You can even use the console and commands to buy faster or perform other actions like in the real CS game.
The developers have added a variety of new items and weapons to the game, including mines, special grenades like molotov coctails and a bunch of close combat weapons like a wrench or machete.
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