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Archive For December, 2005

Legend of Aladdin

December 20, 2005 9:08 AM | Tim W.

Legend of Aladdin is a new matching game from Arcade Labs, developers of the popular Breakout-style 'Bricks of' series. The gameplay probably needs no introduction I suppose, so I'll just skip to the good stuff.

A neat feature is the addition of a shopkeeper that you can buy special items from, although you're limited to eight of them at any one time.

Players are allowed swap tiles without waiting for a combo to complete. Also, items bought can actually be sold back to the shopkeeper for a profit, dependent on current market value.

Name: Legend of Aladdin
Developer: Arcade Labs
Category: Puzzle
Type: Demo
Size: 3MB

Mexican Motor Mafia

December 19, 2005 9:11 AM | Tim W.

Mexican Motor Mafia is a great top-down action shooter that is very similar to the driving section of Grand Theft Auto. The story begins with the escape of a deathrow inmate, who leads his gang on a quest for revenge by first killing the local law enforcer and then proceeding to kidnap his kids. What they didn't know was that the sheriff was the protagonist's brother, and it's up to you to guide him in his search for the murderer and his cohorts.

Arrow keys control the speed and travel direction of your ride, while the mouse is used to aim your shots. Carry out jobs for shady NPCs to earn some money, which you can use later to upgrade weapons or change the entire car for a new one. Trading can also be done with stolen goods to supplement your side income.

Name: Mexican Motor Mafia
Developer: Science of Tomorrow
Category: Action
Type: Demo
Size: 50MB


December 18, 2005 9:31 AM | Tim W.

Sprinter is another excellent mini-game from GameDesign, the same developers who brought us Maze. You play the role of a sprinter who dreams of participating and winning the Olympics' 100M sprint event. But to reach this goal he has to compete in six stages of increasing difficulty to train his mind and body in preparation for the ultimate test.

Sounds like a simulation, but it isn't. Only two keys are needed for this game. Tap the left and right keys as fast as you possibly can to outrun your rivals. Timing is important, because if you fail to press the two keys in an alternate sequence your runner will trip and fall flat on his face.

Also available as a flash game as well.

Name: Sprinter
Developer: GameDesign
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 3MB


December 17, 2005 9:10 AM | Tim W.

Shattera is the latest release from StrongGames that uses 3D objects better than other Breakout clones in the market. You're in control of an Aztec soccer player who has some decent footballing skills, which is a welcome change from the usual variety of paddles.

The mouse wheel can be used to direct the angle of your shots. Blocks that go over the borders of the playing field will be destroyed, although your ball will bounce off the edge and back into play.

Common power-ups such as balls enveloped in fire or lightning, multi-balls, extra life, speed up and slow down can be collected throughout the game, totalling fifteen varieties. Features sixty levels.

Name: Shattera
Developer: StrongGames
Category: Breakout
Type: Demo
Size: 10MB


December 16, 2005 9:30 AM | Tim W.

Scratches is a new adventure game by Nucleosys that uses an exploration system very similar to earlier Myst titles. You play the role of Michael Arthate, a writer who has just bought a mansion to live in as well as seek inspiration for his latest novel. But things are not what they seem in the creepy manor...

A choice of two control options are presented to you. The first allows you to pan and look around your surroundings by moving your mouse, while the other is basically a slideshow mode.

Everything in the game is rendered superbly, and the chilling atmosphere is further enhanced by excellent use of sound effects. The voice work does not disappoint.

Perhaps the only letdown is that after completing the demo you will definitely be craving for more.

Name: Scratches
Developer: Nucleosys
Category: Adventure
Type: Demo
Size: 120MB


December 15, 2005 9:39 AM | Tim W.

Serpengo is basically a mix of gameplay elements from Snake and matching games, in which you have to direct the serpent's head and collect matching colored balls to remove them from the playing field.

Running into spiked balls or yourself will cause the loss of a life. The gameplay may seem surprisingly simple but credits to PlayActive, they have done a great job in the graphics and sound department. Features three play modes.

Name: Serpengo
Developer: PlayActive
Category: Puzzle
Type: Demo
Size: 10MB

Kind Against the Wicked

December 12, 2005 9:52 AM | Tim W.

Kind Against the Wicked is a difficult title to describe, because there's nothing quite like it in the market and doesn't actually belong to any particular genre.

Take control of a saucer ship as you explore the galaxy in a quest to save or eliminate all lifeforms that you come across. Accomplish this by using your ship's beam to protect or wipe out entire species.

Features plenty of unlockable weapons for each side as well as hundreds of unique planets to visit and cause havoc.

Name: Kind Against the Wicked
Developer: Thirsty Monkey Games
Category: Action
Type: Demo
Size: 10MB

Ice Jam

December 12, 2005 9:12 AM | Tim W.

Ice Jam is a Christmas-themed matching game that puts you in control of a sleigh-riding Santa who has to clear colored ice blocks from the valley he lives in.

The sleigh will dip slowly as it moves from right to left. Use the left mouse button to launch a colored block. Avoid crashing into any of the blocks, as each hit causes Santa to lose some energy. Lose too much of it and his adventures will end prematurely.

Name: Ice Jam
Developer: Chili Frog Games
Category: Puzzle
Type: Demo
Size: 10MB

Human Cannonball

December 11, 2005 9:23 AM | Tim W.

Human Cannonball is another excellent game coded by Luke Twyman, maker of Saucer City. Play the role of a human cannonball specialist as he risks his life to perform death-defying stunts.

Use CTRL to set your power meter and press space to launch yourself. Only three tries are allowed per stage, and there are four stunts to perform in total. Scoring is based on whether you succeed in completing the stunt. Points will also be awarded if you fail miserably.

Not for the kids.

Name: Human Cannonball
Developer: Luke Twyman
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 3MB

Pacman EX 2

December 10, 2005 9:15 AM | Tim W.

Pacman EX 2 is an excellent remake of the classic by Danjo of Acoders fame. I suppose no gameplay introduction is necessary.

Gobble up all pills in each level to progress to the next while avoiding the path of four deadly ghosts. Power pills can be eaten for a moment of invulnerability. Originally a Pac-Man World bonus game, and features an online high score table.

Name: Pacman EX 2
Developer: Danjo
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

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