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Archive For October, 2005

Dumb: The Game

October 28, 2005 8:17 AM | Tim W.

Finally, a game by Hamumu that isn't dumb! Technically speaking, some puzzle-solving skills are required to play this one. I wasn't really implying that Hamumu's games are dumb. They're absolutely brilliant.

Anyway, Dumb: The Game is a collection of puzzles that you can solve online. A little like those IQ tests that everyone has done before. You get to boast your puzzle-solving abilities (or lack of it) by having your Dumbness Quotient (DQ) posted on the World Rankings page.

Name: Dumb: The Game
Developer: Hamumu
Category: Puzzle
Type: Flash
Size: 1MB

Clannada

October 27, 2005 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Clannada is another shooter from Japan that showcases great 2D graphics and excellent controls, although the selection of enemies are a bit weird.

In the game, you get to shoot at birthday hats, slime, playing cards and cookies to name a few. Blobs from the Puyo Puyo series also make special guest appearances.

The option can be locked into certain shooting positions around your character by holding down the primary shot button. You can concentrate your firepower on one focal point for those sticky boss battles or spread your firepower to cover a larger area and take on more of the generic hostile units.

Demo features two levels only. Direct download link here.

Name: Clannada
Developer: Tenkuu
Category: Shooter
Type: Demo
Size: 20MB

Hisho Ayu

October 27, 2005 7:50 AM | Tim W.

Hisyo Ayu is the prequel to Clannada, a shooter with oversized everyday items as your adversaries. Take on all sorts of sundry goods such as clocks, trees, swords, jars with mysterious contents, ducks, panda bears, cute furry creatures and more.

Controls are limited to directional keys, primary and secondary shot buttons. Smartbombs can be replenished by collecting hyper items dropped by vanquished enemies. When used, it clears bullets from a certain section of the playing area and doubles your firepower damage for a short while.

Bullets come thick and fast, especially near the end of the second stage. There's not much dodging that can be done, but fortunately hyper items are readily available in abundance. The first boss is a generic green frog, and the second one is probably the biggest bun I've seen in a shmup.

Plays a lot like a Psikyo shooter. Demo features two levels only. Direct download link here and here.

Name: Hisyo Ayu
Developer: Tenkuu
Category: Shooter
Type: Demo
Size: 10MB

AirRade Air

October 26, 2005 8:06 AM | Tim W.

AirRade Air is a shooter from Japan that features extremely cute sprites for enemies and lots of eggs. Seems to be a lot of secret characters in this title.

One level demo only.

Name: AirRade Air
Developer: Studio Siesta
Category: Shooter
Type: Demo
Size: 50MB

Alien Shooter

October 26, 2005 8:03 AM | Tim W.

Alien Shooter is a great action game by Sigma Team in which your mission to infiltrate a base overtaken by alien hordes.

The fear of being overwhelmed by unrelenting assailants is recreated faithfully here. Stock up on your firepower at the beginning of each level, as shortage of ammunition will happen frequently should you venture ahead unprepared.

Name: Alien Shooter
Developer: Sigma Team
Category: Action
Type: Demo
Size: 5MB

Ambush in Sector 9

October 25, 2005 8:07 AM | Tim W.

Ambush in Sector 9 is another Robotron clone by Chris Roper, but this time the story is set in space. Some additional features include collectible power-ups and an online high score table that you can submit a record of your best effort to.

Name: Ambush in Sector 9
Developer: Chris Roper
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

Ameoba

October 24, 2005 8:10 AM | Tim W.

Ameoba is a nice variation of the popular Snake mini-game that can be played on any Flash-enabled browser. You control said ameoba using the arrow keys, collecting glucose cells and avoiding green-colored viruses.

There's plenty of other classic remakes on the site as well.

Name: Ameoba
Developer: Terry Paton
Category: Action
Type: Flash
Size: 1MB

Soll Dega

October 23, 2005 8:55 AM | Tim W.

Soll Dega is a decent shooter from Japan that uses sprites similar to those found back in the days when 8-bit consoles were popular.

It plays well although the game may not attract many fans of the genre due to the popularity of manic shmups lately.

Quite finicky when it comes to installation. When running the executable, you have to choose a location for the files to be copied.

Download link is at the bottom of the page.

Name: Soll Dega
Developer: Weva
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 3MB

Arena Runner

October 23, 2005 8:45 AM | Tim W.

In Arena Runner, your task is to activate all the circles in each level to advance to the next. Turrets will attempt to shoot you down while you navigate your way through some devious traps and contraptions.

Name: Arena Runner
Developer: Jimbob, skn3, TwiTerror
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

PuffBOMB

October 22, 2005 8:08 AM | Tim W.

PuffBOMB is basically a simplified version of Jeff Tunnell's The Incredible Machine, where all the gadgets have been replaced with bombs. In it, you have to propel a hamster to the exit area by proper placement of highly combustible explosives.

Name: PuffBOMB
Developer: Mike Kasprzak
Category: Puzzle
Type: Demo
Size: 1MB

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