Gnome Attacks


Gnome Attacks is a Gnome 2 game where you bomb cities into oblivion in order to make a flat surface for your rapidly-losing-height spaceship to land. It is extremely accessible since you can control it "simply using one finger."

The current release allows you to flatten London's most famous landmarks!


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Getting Started


There is an RPM for Gnome Attacks available. Please let me know if you have problems as it's the first RPM I've ever built. It was built under Red Hat Linux 9 on an Intel Pentium 4 machine.

How to play:

Compiling from source


FreeBSD users can install Gnome Attacks by downloading a package from or by running, as root:

# cd /usr/ports/games/gnomeattacks
# make install

Many thanks to Adam Weinberger for making this port and being so generally nice about the game!

Create your own levels!

You can easily create your own levels for Gnome Attacks, allowing you to bomb anything you like.

To test out your ideas make a directory in your home directory called ".gnomeattacks". Make another directory under that one and give it a name for your level set (e.g. "AndysLevels"). Inside this new directory create files called "level_1_fg.png", "level_1_bg.jpg" and similarly for other levels (you can use any ordinary file type e.g. jpg, gif, png) These provide the foreground and background images for your levels. If you want to you can make a text file called e.g. "level_1_heights.txt" in the same directory which is a list of numbers for how high the buildings should be. Examples of how to do it are in "/usr/local/share/pixmaps/gnomeattacks/London/" after you've installed Gnome Attacks.

When you have created your level set its name should appear in the "Levels" menu on the title screen of gnomeattacks. Email if you have problems.

Please do send in new sets of levels and I will make them available for download from here. Make sure you have copyright on any images you send to me.


Gnome Attacks is written by the Andy Balaam (copyright 2003), but contributions by others are welcome. You can contact Andy Balaam at the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics (CCNR), University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, UK.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This licence is contained in the file COPYING

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 US

Recent Gnome Attacks

Gnome Attacks the game appears to have spawned a global following, with many diverse groups of people taking action in response.

A recent literal attack of gnomes has confused posh folk in Brattleby. This appears to be the start of a dangerous anarchist interpretation of the Gnome Attacks phenomenon which cannot be condoned by anyone.

The household name band "Bahamut" have released a truly legendary track called "Gnome Attack" in support of the cause. Negotiations to make this song the theme to Gnome Attacks (no matter what level of quality the song turns out to exhibit) will of course commence as soon as the global anti-Gnome Attacks conspiracy has released the band from wherever they are being kept. The only remaining evidence of their existence is this page. How long will that last before it, too, is "disappeared"? We will not forget you, Bahamut.

If you observe any Gnome Attacks relevant activity please do get in touch as we believe it is crucial that the movement is documented for posterity.