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Archive For February, 2006


February 25, 2006 10:21 AM | Tim W.

From the makers of Diner Dash comes Plantasia, a gardening game similar to Harvest Moon. You play the role of Holly, a fairy-in-training who has to grant the wish of a recluse named Jack in order to be able to cast real magic.

Unfortunately the lonely man wants you to fix his gardens, so off you go. Fixing a garden involves casting spells to repair all of it's statues, which requires mana. Mana is acquired by harvesting flowers. You need to use your gardening tools to plant and water the flowers. The appropriate tool will be used when you click on a spot, and you earn extra mana for planting flowers on spots with the appropriate colored circles. Mana can also be traded for more seeds, tool upgrades or even fairy powers.

Fans of Diner Dash would not want to miss this.

Name: Plantasia
Developer: PlayFirst
Category: Action
Type: Demo
Size: 12MB

Immaterial and Missing Power

February 25, 2006 9:18 AM | Tim W.

Immaterial and Missing Power is the collaborative result of two acclaimed Japanese developers, ZUN and Tasogare Frontier. Even for a trial, there's a lot of replayability as four characters are made available for just about all gameplay modes.

To switch to full screen or change key assignments, you need to modify the config.exe file properties by right clicking on it. Select compatibility tab, check the first box and choose Windows 2000. The first check box in the configuration menu modifies your window setting.

You earn spellcards by inflicting damage to your opponent. Once the spellcard counter increases, the spell declaration mode can be initiated by pressing down twice and then the D button. To cast a spell, do a circular motion from down to front using the directional keys and tap the D button.

Most characters can launch projectiles by holding front and pressing one of the buttons. Moves are also conveniently listed in the character selection and pause menu as well.

Click on the small image to access the download page. Gameplay information can be found here.

Name: Immaterial and Missing Power
Developer: Team Shanghai Alice
Category: Action
Type: Demo
Size: 110MB


February 24, 2006 10:57 AM | Tim W.

In Kuball, the objective is to grab furry little creatures and deposit them in your portal to score points. Your opponent will attempt to do the same thing, so it's up to you to prevent them from achieving that goal.

The Z key is assigned for most actions and the X key can be used to call upon your special powers. A menu is accessible by pressing the V key. You can grab a barrel and throw it at your opponent or any of the creatures to stun them momentarily. Watch out for the black ones though. These critters will cause you to lose points, but you can throw them into your opponent's portal to have their points deducted.

To download the trial version just click on the first link, then the text above the creature's image.

Name: Kuball
Developer: Studio Til
Category: Action
Type: Demo
Size: 15MB

Around the World

February 24, 2006 10:25 AM | Tim W.

Around the World is the latest puzzler by Frozax Games that limits the allowable tile-sliding direction to just two. Match three or more blocks of the same color to remove them from the playing field.

Your level objectives are shown on the notepad to the left of the screen. Some blocks have special properties such as those that will give extra time or remove all tiles of one particular color. Not all special blocks are advantageous, there are some that will complicate matters as well.

Earn awards by executing more combos or racking up a certain number of matches. The game offers a hundred levels spread over ten cities.

Name: Around the World
Developer: Frozax Games
Category: Puzzle
Type: Demo
Size: 5MB


February 24, 2006 10:18 AM | Tim W.

New KQIX: The Silver Lining screenshots. [KQIX announcement]

Matteo Guarnieri of Rag Doll Software interviewed. [N-Ball review]

HipSoft announces next game.
[Gem Shop review]

GridWars updated to version 1.1. [GridWars review]

Castle of Elite updated. [Castle of Elite review]

Information on Herculean Effort's upcoming projects.

Alexei Pajitnov interviewed in BusinessWeek, currently collaborating with Wildsnake Software on a new project.

Lyle in Cube Sector

February 24, 2006 10:07 AM | Tim W.

Lyle in Cube Sector is a platformer that is reminiscent of the classic Metroid series in more than a few ways. Exploration is a key element in this game, as you seek out the culprit responsible for the kidnapping of Lyle's lovable kitten.

The protagonist starts off with no possession or special skills, but will soon acquire the ability to pick up blocks and use it to eliminate enemies or jump twice as high. Things begin to unravel pretty quickly once you have learnt a trick or two, plus there are many rooms to explore and secrets to discover.

Don't be put off by the retro graphics, this is one quality effort that fans of classic platform games should not miss.

Name: Lyle in Cube Sector
Developer: Bogosoft
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB


February 23, 2006 9:57 AM | Tim W.

GridWars now available for Mac.
[GridWars review]

OMG Cup winners announced.

Escort Wing takes first place, as predicted.
[Escort Wing review]

Blood Over updated to version 0.61.
[Blood Over review]

Nurium currently working on a puzzle game.
[BreakQuest review]

Bernie's next game will be a platformer.
[A Game with a Kitty review]

Steel Saviour

February 23, 2006 9:27 AM | Tim W.

Steel Saviour is a side-scrolling shooter by Atlanteq that features impressive graphics and visual effects. The objective of the game is to guide your ship across five levels of alien landscapes and defeat the bosses that you will encounter.

There's a health meter shown at the top of the screen to indicate the amount of damage that your ship can take. No weapon shop but you do get to collect items to fill up your secondary weapon slots.

The trial version is limited to twenty minutes of gameplay time, which is probably enough to sample a huge portion of the first stage and hopefully a boss battle or two. Worth a spot in anyone's shmup collection, but the download size makes Steel Saviour a recommendation only for broadband users. Click here for the demo.

Name: Steel Saviour
Developer: Atlanteq
Category: Shooter
Type: Demo
Size: 230MB

Steam Brigade

February 23, 2006 9:21 AM | Tim W.

Steam Brigade is an interesting effort by Pedestrian Entertainment Inc. billed as a side-scrolling, real-time strategy game. Each side begins with a factory and an airship. The building you own can be issued orders to churn out military units at the press of a key. Units can be transported across the field by attaching them to your magnet and carrying them across long distances.

The objective in each level is to send an engineer into the enemy factory before they do the same to you. Your ship will lose air in the heat of the battle, fortunately it can be replenished at the factory. Inch your way towards the enemy fortification by taking over key structures one at a time and expanding your borders.

Name: Steam Brigade
Developer: Pedestrian Entertainment Inc.
Category: Strategy
Type: Demo
Size: 20MB

Dash de Leilei

February 22, 2006 9:07 AM | Tim W.

Dash de Leilei is an action game by EasyGameStation featuring characters from Capcom's Darkstalker universe. The objective is to guide the protagonist as she makes her way to the end of each level before time runs out.

Six items are presented at the start of each game. You can use the sword to destroy most of the obstacles, though timing your jumps are more important. Pressing the X key when you're on top of a platform will launch your character airborne for a short while. Crashing into rotating plates or mines slows Lei Lei down.

The same developer was responsible for Gunners Heart, DuoPrincess and Ele Paper Action as well. Unfortunately the trial version only showcases two levels. Click here to download it directly from their site.

Name: Dash de Leilei
Developer: EasyGameStation
Category: Action
Type: Demo
Size: 15MB

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