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Archive For November, 2005

Yum Yum

November 20, 2005 9:12 AM | Tim W.

In Yum Yum, you control a creature named yum that just happens to be at the beginning of the universe. The objective of the game is to keep this particular species alive throughout ten levels of play. Face all manner of enemies in your quest to be one of the dominant species in a new world.

Controls will take some effort to learn. Two choices are made available to the player, although in my opinion the second control setting will probably suit most players best. A crosshair will determine the yum's movement direction and speed based on the distance. To attack other species, launch a projectile by clicking the left mouse button. Right clicking is basically a reload function. To restart a level, just press the middle mouse button.

Enemies appear in all shapes and sizes. The introduction of bosses add variety to the game, and bonuses in the form of extra lives can be collected to prolong the yum's existence.

Name: Yum Yum
Developer: Derby
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 7MB

Winter Rose, The

November 18, 2005 9:18 AM | Tim W.

The Winter Rose is an excellent adventure game by Alex van der Wijst that was released recently after spending a year and a half in development. The story is about Rose, a young archer on a quest to save her father and rid the land of the evil ice-dragon.

For an amateur effort, the game does showcase excellent use of limited resources. Backgrounds are hand-painted, and a lot of nice touches have been added to create the right atmosphere. The animation is great, snowflakes are beautifully animated, and throwing in footprints is genius.

But what is most impressive about the game is the writing. Every item has a description based on your actions, a feat rarely seen in other AGS titles. You will be rewarded with quite a few chuckles if you attempt to click on everything you see, because of the witty script.

Verdict? Fans of classic adventure games won't be disappointed with this one.

Name: The Winter Rose
Developer: Alex van der Wijst
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

Akatsuki BK

November 17, 2005 9:19 AM | Tim W.

Akatsuki BK is a title from Japan that pays homage to SNK's fighting game series. The demo only showcases one character, but as evident from this character sheet there are quite a number of moves available.

It also has a complex fighting system to rival many of the classic arcade fighting games, and the 2D graphics and animation is just as impressive. Well worth a look.

Key configuration is a little messed up though. The numeric keypad controls character movements. Light, medium and heavy attacks are mapped to the J, K and L keys.

A trial version can be downloaded from this page.

Name: Akatsuki BK
Developer: Subtle Style
Category: Action
Type: Demo
Size: 15MB

Ninja Loves Pirate

November 16, 2005 9:30 AM | Tim W.'s Four Elements IV Contest results are out, with 'Ninja Loves Pirate' bagging the top prize. The contest itself is a great concept that features entries with an assortment of robots, pirates, ninjas and zombies.

Ninja Loves Pirate is a platformer that shows plenty of promise. You can alternate between two playable characters anytime during play, using their respective strengths to tackle murderous and flesh-craving zombies. Graphics are pure eye-candy, much like sprites from the Metal Slug series.

4E4 results can be found here, and all entries are listed on this page, available for download. Congratulations to all the winners!

Name: Ninja Loves Pirate
Developer: Greasebeat Games
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 30MB

Big Kahuna Words

November 15, 2005 9:21 AM | Tim W.

Big Kahuna Words is the latest release from Reflexive Entertainment, a puzzler that retains most of the addictive qualities of the prequel with a few gameplay changes. For one, the objective of the game does not involve making matches of three but creating words from alphabets instead. You accomplish this by selecting letters and submitting valid words to remove them from the playing field.

More elements are introduced as you play. Later stages require you to break certain background tiles, some alphabets can only be used as the first letter of the word, and you can swap tiles to make longer words as well. Other features include mouse party multiplayer mode, level editor, and a fish screen to view your sea life collection.

Name: Big Kahuna Words
Developer: Reflexive Entertainment
Category: Puzzle
Type: Demo
Size: 10MB


November 12, 2005 8:57 AM | Tim W.

BreakQuest from Nurium Games is an excellent Breakout clone that introduces many new gameplay elements, most notably in it's level design. Each stage is built around a certain theme and offers it's own set of challenges for you to overcome. Expect to encounter bricks in all sorts of variety, shape and sizes.

Gravity plays an important role in the game. You can use it to influence the trajectory of the ball, and it comes in handy when you're left with only a few bricks to bust. There are numerous power-ups that'll grant you missiles, multi-balls, mines and guns, among other things.

Name: BreakQuest
Developer: Nurium Games
Category: Breakout
Type: Demo
Size: 20MB


November 12, 2005 8:53 AM | Tim W.

Blossom is an interesting little game by Snowbeat that will probably be commended for the visual style rather than it's simplistic gameplay. The game encourages cooperative play but if you choose to go at it alone, you'll be required to play both characters one at a time.

The objective is to restore color to the drab world you're in by destroying enemies with seeds that you grab from trees. This is achieved by planting seeds of opposing colors for unsuspecting creatures to walk over.

Name: Blossom
Developer: Snowbeat
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 40MB


November 11, 2005 9:02 AM | Tim W.

Wonderlines from Nevosoft is an excellent remake of Color Lines with plenty of shiny new features that will keep you hooked to this puzzler for a long time.

Here's how the game works. For each turn, you are only allowed to move one ball. Line up at least three balls of the same color in a straight line to remove them from the playing field, and preventing new balls from appearing for at least another turn. Balls can only be moved to a desired location if a clear path to the free spot exists.

There's a quota to achieve in every stage which is represented by a bar on the left side of the screen. Fill up this gauge to progress to the next level. Some balls are infused with magical properties, such as the ability to take on any color or even removing all balls of the same color from the playing field. Special items such as hammers can be used to remove any ball. Some balls will be locked in position, forcing you to make matches around them.

Three game modes will keep you busy for a long time, although adventure mode is probably the meat of the game. You have to match balls around colored tiles to complete each stage in puzzle mode. Make matches to fill up the gauge in the shortest time possible in action mode.

Graphics and sound production value in this game is excellent. Reducing the number of balls from five to three for a valid match could perhaps be the best decision in making this title accessible to a wider audience. I'm not a big fan of the original game but this is one puzzler I'd highly recommend, to hardcore puzzle fans and casual gamers alike.

Name: Wonderlines
Developer: NevoSoft
Category: Puzzle
Type: Demo
Size: 10MB


November 10, 2005 9:52 AM | Tim W.

Tank-o-Box is actually a remake of a very old arcade tank battle game. You only need five keys to play this update, since the tank's movement is limited to four directions (must be the tracks). Of course, simplifying tank controls actually makes the game much more accessible and fun.

You start off each level on a field that is often heavily populated by enemy tanks, and to put it quite simply your task is to eliminate all of them. Position your tank in the right direction and fire away, while avoiding enemy fire at the same time.

The game's 3D graphics are excellent. Tanks blow up satisfyingly, the screen shudders with every explosion, and some of the objects in the environment are destructible as well. Destroying certain enemy tanks will yield collectibles, which can be picked up to give your own vehicle a mobility or firepower upgrade.

Two gameplay modes can be selected from the main menu. Arcade Mode features fifty-five mission-based levels, while Extra Mode sets you loose on the battlefield to dish out more mayhem while maintaining your tank in one piece. There's also the added value of cooperative two-player mode.

Name: Tank-o-Box
Developer: Exclusive Games
Category: Action
Type: Demo
Size: 5MB

Family Feud

November 9, 2005 9:36 AM | Tim W.

Family Feud is a party game that is actually based on a TV show, in which you have to guess the most popular answers to survey questions. Points ranging from one to hundred are awarded depending on the popularity of the answer. You're only allowed three wrong guesses for each round.

The announcer's voice is great although having a skip option might have been preferable at times. Production value is excellent and the game does accept guesses which are similar to the actual answer. For example, a player would answer glass and it would be accepted as a correct guess even though the exact word is cup.

Probably the best part of the game is multiplayer mode using the same keyboard. The left and right shift keys are assigned as buzzers for each player. Family Feud boasts over two thousand questions, although the demo version only allows for a thirty minute time trial.

Name: Family Feud
Developer: iWin
Category: Puzzle
Type: Demo
Size: 10MB

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