You grip the pistol between your sweaty fingers and wait anxiously for your enemy to turn the corner. There he is! Soon the whole area is full of light, blood and the smell of death. This is Tapan Kaikki ('I will kill you all' in Finnish), a top-down shooter action game with many great features.
The most noticeable of all is the graphics. Most freeware DOS games usually lack quality in the graphics, but have excellent (and unique) gameplay. Tapan Kaikki is the opposite: Simple gameplay of dodging bullets with the strafe buttons and slamming sweaty fingers on the CTRL key, but quite nice graphics. Pick up an Auto-grenadier and fire it a few times, but try to keep your jaw shut. Footprints from walking in the sand is a nice effect, as are the blood splatters on the ground when you're injured. One unique feature similar to BMF is the Fog of War, adding realism. The weapons, you might be asking? Sadly, scarce and unoriginal: the shotgun, the pistol, land-mines, grenade-launchers, rocket-launchers, etc. (get the flamethrower, it's one of the best I've seen!)
Multiplayer, multiplayer, multiplayer! I am on a never-ending quest for games utilizing great multiplayer features, and this game is high on my list. Call up a friend and play some shoulder-punching split-screen deathmatch or co-operative. But if your friend lives in Brazil, host a network game using a IPX-to-TCP/IP program such as Kali, Microsoft Gaming Zone (ZoneLAN-IPX) or Kahn. One feature I have to complain about is that network games do not have co-operative support, only deathmatch. But hey, all co-operative games end up deathmatches anyways, right? Of course, those people who live in a cave with no friends yearn for single-player games. Tapan Kaikki's single-player mode is not for those who love deep story-lines, interactive dialogues and quests but for those who lust for action and plenty of killing. You enter a somewhat small level with a certain, known, number of enemies and you must kill them all to pass to the next level. Before the level begins you buy some extra ammo and maybe pick up your first uzi at the guns shop.
The last great feature is the level editor! It's simple to use, and with all the game features available, this level editor is awesome. It's really fun to make a level and play it against your friends: you know where everything is, so you can roast them like rats in a campfire!
To wrap it all up, Tapan Kaikki is a great game worth the small download. You don't see many freeware game like this today. Great multiplayer, action-filled single player and a built-in level editor make this game one-of-a-kind. Two thumbs up, way up!
Note: the series made it all the way to a fourth installment, which was made for Windows XP and very similar to the third one (The Ultimate Tapan Kaikki), which in turn runs inside DOS. Take your pick...Reviewed by: CannibalBob