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Archive For December, 2005

Niga

December 30, 2005 9:28 AM | Tim W.

Niga is a decent mini-game by Comet Mistake that could be described as an old-school Robotron: 2084. Use the mouse to shoot and arrow keys to move the character around.

The first two levels may seem a little easy, but more enemies are introduced as you progress such as those that will shoot back or chase after the Pac-Man look-alike. There's no rapid fire, so some dodging is required if you happen to miss often because only one of your bullet can remain on screen at any time.

Do avoid the edges of the playing field because enemies tend to appear from those places. The game includes a high score feature to keep track of your best achievements. Great use of minimal graphics, and strangely addictive as well.

Name: Niga
Developer: Comet Mistake
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

Sonic Sisters

December 30, 2005 9:05 AM | Tim W.

Sonic Sisters is the latest freeware shooter from ZAP, makers of Winglancer and Winged Gear. As usual, the level of quality evident in all their games have been maintained in this latest effort if not surpassed.

Three characters are presented to you from the start, each with a different set of weapon and smartbomb type. Special items can be collected to increase your firepower, and bonuses in the form of stars can be picked up by moving your avatar over them. The end-level bosses look suspiciously like blown-up sprites of normal enemies.

2P mode is included for cooperative play. A must download, especially if you're a fan of stuff from the 8-bit era.

Name: Sonic Sisters
Developer: ZAP
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Winged Gear

December 29, 2005 9:11 AM | Tim W.

Winged Gear is another superb freeware title from Japan that could be described as a mix of Smash TV and SHMUP-type gameplay elements. The game is essentially a top down shooter where you have to guide a ship from room to room full of enemies to shoot at.

You're only allowed to exit a room once it has been cleared of every single hostile unit. There's a time limit that makes matter difficult, but it is usually replenished when you enter a new room.

Special items can be collected to increases your ship's firepower for a short while or replenish your bomb supply. The developers have also thrown in a two player mode as an added bonus.

Name: Winged Gear
Developer: ZAP
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

Winglancer

December 28, 2005 9:18 AM | Tim W.

Winglancer is one of those original shooters that was made to look like something from the 8-bit era. High frame rates, excellent background music and the sort of frantic gameplay we've come to expect from Japanese SHMUPs, they're all here.

Choose from three ships with different weapon and speed configurations to suit your preference. Most times I'd just pick the blue one. There's not much room to navigate around bullets, so every little speed boost counts. No power-ups to speak of as well, although bonuses in the form of twinkling stars can be collected to add up to your score.

You will encounter bosses at the end of each sub-area, and there is a boss mode for any player looking for a challenge.

Name: Winglancer
Developer: ZAP
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

Halo Zero

December 27, 2005 9:23 AM | Tim W.

Halo Zero is an excellent action game in the style of Contra and Metal Slug series, with a little Abuse thrown in for weapon aim. Play the role of Master Chief as you partake in more dangerous missions, but fear not all the weapons from the original has been translated faithfully to the 2D version.

The sprites are large and closely resembles their counterparts from the hit FPS, animation is smooth and you can actually drive a warthog in the game. A recommended effort if not for the use of licensed characters.

Name: Halo Zero
Developer: Dobermann
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB

The Farmer

December 26, 2005 9:22 AM | Tim W.

Not just reliant on a funny intro song, The Farmer is a pretty good game coded by drZool for the Ludum Dare competition. Part Harvest Moon with some Mario-stomping element, you play the role of a farmer who has to achieve certain level objectives shown before the start of each stage.

This would usually be a certain number of coins, seed, flowers or fertilizers. You start off with a few seeds that can be used to generate the four items mentioned, depending on when you decide to harvest them by pressing space. Some planning is required as the game will end if you run out of seeds.

You will get more seeds if you pick the flowers as soon as the petals fall off. Exchange flowers picked when in full bloom for coins from the shack on the right. Decomposed flowers can be collected as fertilizers, while roaches can be eliminated by jumping on them. The rules may seem a little complicated at first but players should be able to grasp the concept after a few plays.

Name: The Farmer
Developer: drZool
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Jackie and the Beanstalk

December 25, 2005 9:03 AM | Tim W.

Jackie and the Beanstalk is an excellent Ludum Dare competition entry by DrPetter. One gameplay element that immediately stands out is the grappling hook, which can be used to hoist your character onto any platform she desires. Works a bit like Bionic Commando.

Play the role of Jackie as she tries to stay above the water by climbing up a strange plant. Flying creatures will attempt to thwart her efforts, although you can feed them candy until they burst courtesy of your own limitless supply.

There's no end-level bosses nor stages to speak of, but quite fun nonetheless.

Name: Jackie and the Beanstalk
Developer: DrPetter
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

A Christmas Story

December 23, 2005 9:07 AM | Tim W.

A Christmas Story is an excellent game by Kostellano that was made with a lot of heart, and it shows. Upon loading, you're presented with a cutscene that features art similar to Pixel's Cave Story.

Guide a dog with a grappling hook as he attempts to gather a large collection of presents to be given as a gift for that special someone. The ending varies depending on the number of presents collected when you finally decide to meet the mysterious person waiting for you at the secret meeting spot.

You can press F4 to go into fullscreen mode. A perfect surprise just in time for the holidays.

Name: A Christmas Story
Developer: Kostellano
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Neko Puzzle

December 22, 2005 9:21 AM | Tim W.

Neko Puzzle is a puzzler from Lexaloffle Games that puts you in control of a cute little kitten who has to collect all the objects found in each stage. Arrow keys are assigned for controls, although whenever the button is pressed the cat will move in that direction until it hits an object or the edge of the playing field.

Careful planning is required to decide the order in which the items are to be picked up. The full version features a randomizer to ensure an unlimited number of puzzles, three difficulty settings and a two player mode.

Name: Neko Puzzle
Developer: Lexaloffle Games
Category: Puzzle
Type: Demo
Size: 1MB

Zen Puzzle Garden

December 22, 2005 9:17 AM | Tim W.

Zen Puzzle Garden is an interesting puzzler from Lexaloffle Games, developer of Neko Puzzle and a regular Ludum Dare competition participant. Don't let the serene setting mislead you, this is one tough puzzler that will have you tearing your hair out at times.

The plot goes a little like this. You're presented with sixty-four gardens to rake with your trusty tool, but there's a twist or two. To begin with, you can't rake over the same spot twice and leaves can only be collected in a particular order. The monk will not stop moving in one direction once he steps onto the sand unless he comes across an obstacle. There's a handy restart key should you find yourself stuck with no way out.

Name: Zen Puzzle Garden
Developer: Lexaloffle Games
Category: Puzzle
Type: Demo
Size: 1MB

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