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Archive For January, 2006

Area 2048

January 20, 2006 9:37 AM | Tim W.

Area 2048 is an excellent shooter developed by Hello World Project, in which the player has to clear each room packed with enemies before being allowed to proceed to the next.

Arrow keys control the ship's movement, while the Z key is assigned as the primary shot button. Pressing the X key while shooting will activate the wide shot, which causes the screen to zoom out so that you can have a better view of your surroundings for a short moment.

Name: Area 2048
Developer: Hello World Project
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Lunar Rescue

January 19, 2006 9:57 AM | Tim W.

Lunar Rescue is a one level remake of an old Taito classic by Bamboo Bong Productions. A few spacemen are stranded on the moon in an unexplained incident, so your job is to save them by landing the rescue pod on the surface and bringing them back to the supply vessel.

The mission itself consists of two sections, landing and returning to the mother ship. Release your pod by pressing the CTRL key, then guide it around the asteroid field using the arrow keys. You need to use the same action button to land safely on one of the nicely arranged rocks, because coming down too fast will cause your ship to crash.

Once an astronaut is safely transported into the ship, the second part of the journey begins. The asteroids will disappear magically, replaced by hostile enemy units bent on halting your return back to the ship permanently. The CTRL key now turns into a speed boost as well as the shot button. Rescue all spacemen to complete the game.

The developers have promised more levels in future versions.

Name: Lunar Rescue
Developer: Bamboo Bong Productions
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 3MB

Life in Matter, The

January 18, 2006 9:52 AM | Tim W.

The Life in Matter is an interesting one key effort by Jph Wacheski, where all actions in the game are carried out through the use of one button. Your objective is to reach the core by moving the grey creature clockwise. You need to avoid objects that are orange in color, but any other items can be collected for bonus points.

The creature is always in perpetual motion, but you can change it's direction by pressing any key. Going counterclockwise will actually move it further away from the core, so keep going clockwise to reach your objective and advance to the next level.

Name: The Life in Matter
Developer: Jph Wacheski
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 3MB

Samorost 2

January 17, 2006 9:32 AM | Tim W.

Samorost 2 by Amanita Design is a flash game that is free to play online for the first few chapters. The second half is included in the downloadable version once you have purchased it.

The developers have chosen to use graphics to portray the story, so there's practically no text to read throughout the entire journey. Most puzzles are solved by figuring out the order in which the items on screen are supposed to be clicked.

The Samorost 2 walkthrough can be found here.

Name: Samorost 2
Developer: Amanita Design
Category: Adventure
Type: Flash
Size: 20MB


January 17, 2006 9:30 AM | Tim W.

lockOn is another release by Jph Wacheski of Iteration Games that can be described as shooter with weird psychedelic effects. Guide your ship around using the arrow keys and shoot at enemies with the G key. Shot aiming is automatic unless you decide to target the nearest hostile unit by pressing the F key.

A forward gun can be fired but the projectile's movement is decided by your own speed velocity and current travel direction. There are collectible power-ups which increases your weapon strength but whenever your ship takes damage it weakens by one level. Enemy ships which have been destroyed will turn into blinking objects that you have to pick up. If you leave them around for too long, they will respawn into new ships.

Game instructions can be found here.

Name: lockOn
Developer: Jph Wacheski
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Melon Squash

January 16, 2006 9:27 AM | Tim W.

Melon Squash is a side-scrolling shooter that features stages like the ones found in Konamis' Contra series. Gameplay involves piloting a vehicle at high-speed, taking out enemies and blasting through obstacles to reach your objective.

The player can aim high by pressing the shoot key (Z) and up at the same time. Gems and power-ups can be collected to increase your weapon strength level, although taking damage will bring it back down again. A short jump can be attempted by pressing the X key, while tapping the C key will activate your special weapon. All four types can be accessed by pressing either the A, S, D or F key.

It does take a while to load, probably because the unzipped contents are actually 40MB in size. The download section can be accessed by clicking on one of the tabs at the bottom of the page.

Name: Melon Squash
Developer: Ichigo-Citron
Category: Action
Type: Demo
Size: 20MB

Zugya DX

January 15, 2006 9:25 AM | Tim W.

Zugya DX is an excellent shooter from Chinchilla Softhouse that can be described as Robotron: 2084 in space. Arrow keys control the ship's movement, and your shot direction is locked when you hold down the X key. Pressing the C key will activate your plasma charge, which is basically a short moment of invincibility.

Your main targets are the space stations which you have to destroy by shooting at it's core. It won't be easy as they're usually protected by substations equipped with all sorts of defensive weapons. Some of the substations carry power-ups which you can collect to boost your spread shot.

Name: Zugya DX
Developer: Chinchilla Softhouse
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

The Green Pill

January 12, 2006 9:17 AM | Tim W.

In The Green Pill, you're in control of an organism that has to collect the titular object. For this item to appear you would have to pick up a number of other pills first. Pills will cause different things to happen to the cell when eaten, depending on the color.

Yellow pills will cause another head to grow. Collecting red pills will cause your circulatory system to bloat, while another tentacle sprouts if the blue pill is eaten. Avoid the purple pills at whatever cost.

Plays a bit like an experimental version of Snake.

Name: The Green Pill
Developer: Tomasz Dobrowolski
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB


January 12, 2006 9:12 AM | Tim W.

Noiz2sa is another excellent shooter from Kenta Cho that features abstract shapes to shoot at. It doesn't sound particularly interesting at first but once you dig in you'll find that it is just as addictive to play as the rest of his games.

The red dot located inside your ship is the object that you need to protect from an endless barrage of bullets. Each stage consists of ten sections, and your current progress is conveniently displayed on the top right. A boss awaits at the end of each level if you manage to survive that long.

Name: Noiz2sa
Developer: Kenta Cho
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

TUMIKI Fighters

January 12, 2006 9:07 AM | Tim W.

Tumiki Fighters is a shooter by Kenta Cho that is quite different compared to his other efforts. Just about all the objects in the game are made out of colorful blocks, including your own fighter plane.

Enemy ships that have been destroyed will break into pieces. These parts can be collected by simply touching them, and they will act as extensions to your own fighter plane. Your attack strength increases with each part you collect, although they will fall apart if an enemy bullet hits it.

You can retract the enemy ship parts by holding down the X key, although no further parts can be picked up until you release the button.

Name: TUMIKI Fighters
Developer: Kenta Cho
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

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