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Archive For April, 2006

Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects

April 30, 2006 8:18 AM | Tim W.

In Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects, you're once again on the trail of a criminal, uncovering clues which will hopefully lead to his or her hideout. Each site comes with a list of items that you must find, in order to unlock the final piece of the puzzle.

Several locations require the use of a flashlight or X-ray device to proceed. A battery must first be found to power these gadgets, usually hidden in another place.

If I remembered correctly, this game used to be called Where's Waldo.

Name: Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects
Developer: Big Fish Games
Category: Puzzle
Type: Demo
Size: 20MB

Vacant Ark

April 29, 2006 8:18 AM | Tim W.

Vacant Ark is a strange departure from standard horizontal shooters, featuring excellent sprite designs by Buster but employing a slightly awkward gameplay system. You can only store and use up to six bullets at any time, although this supply can be replenished by collecting blue gems from vanquished enemies.

You lose all your energy stock if an enemy bullet grazes your on-screen character. A life is lost if you have no energy left when receiving damage. Your pod can also turn enemy bullets into gems when not in use for a few seconds.

Each end level boss requires a different strategy to beat. Some weapons are more effective in certain situations. You can only progress to the next zone if none of the bosses escape.

Name: Vacant Ark
Developer: Buster
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

Dungeon Escape

April 29, 2006 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Dungeon Escape is basically a tribute to Dragon's Lair, minus the colorful animations but retaining much of the fun gameplay that the original was known for. You're presented with several hot spots to click on in each room, resulting in the protagonist's narrow escape if done quickly and correctly.

Rooms are randomized and some of the sequences are quite long, requiring more than ten clicks to successfully navigate past the entire room.

Name: Dungeon Escape
Developer: Studiohunty
Category: Action
Type: Flash
Size: 1MB

Beautiful World

April 28, 2006 8:18 AM | Tim W.

Beautiful World is a relatively unknown shooter from Project Boueigun, featuring the usual array of power-ups, collectibles end level boss encounters.

Hold down the left shift key to shoot and press the Z key to launch a bomb. Scroll down slightly past the screenshots to get the latest version.

Name: Beautiful World
Developer: Project Boueigun
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator Case 3

April 28, 2006 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator Case 3 takes place in a little Scottish village named Smailholm, and again the protagonist is charged with the task of solving another murder mystery.

Compared to the last two episodes, this chapter certainly has more locations and characters to converse with. Of notable mention is the inclusion of two endings, each with a different path to take.

Name: Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator Case 3
Developer: Grundislav
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 30MB


April 27, 2006 9:18 AM | Tim W.

Steam BrigadeSteam Brigade updated to version 1.0.4. [Steam Brigade review]

Cave Story will not have a sequel. [forum post translated]

A little information on Seiklus 2, if clysm ever considers making a sequel.

Shih Tzu translates the latest post on Buster's blog for us. [Guardian of Paradise review]

'BUSTER is (almost) complete. It's a pleasant feeling of accomplishment. In RPG terms, it's like the feeling you get when you beat the last boss. (Even though you know he's just going to change to his second form.) Right now I think I'll make a demo version.'


April 27, 2006 8:58 AM | Tim W.

Dess is on a roll. She's back with another game, barely weeks after releasing Kill Your Television. Invader is her latest effort, an exploration number which can be described as Space Invaders turned upside down.

You play the role of Sammie the alien, stranded on an unfamiliar world after crash landing her craft. She must search for an escape route, hidden somewhere in a labyrinth full of strange creatures and automations bent on vaporizing anything that crosses their paths.

Fortunately the two blasters she wields can be used to destroy some of these obstacles. Others can only be avoided, though certain destinations may have more than one route available.

There are a few secrets and unlockables worth earning, revealed only if you manage to find the exit and complete the game.

Name: Invader
Developer: dessgeega
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB

Edens Edge

April 27, 2006 8:18 AM | Tim W.

Eden's Edge is another shooter from x.x, developer of Blue Wish and Green Wind. There are two versions to download, the first one is a slightly older build and features only one stage.

Expect cameo appearances from obligatory mid and end level bosses. The screen size is particularly small for a shooter, measuring 400 pixels high and 300 pixels wide. Barely enough room to maneuver around bullets. Fortunately your ship is equipped with a few smart bombs, useful in situations such as these.

The left shift and control keys are assigned as the primary and secondary shot buttons. Pressing space will bring you back to the main menu even when you're playing.

Name: Eden's Edge
Developer: x.x
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

Green Wind

April 27, 2006 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Green Wind is a shmup by x.x, developer of Blue Wish and Eden's Edge. Measuring only 256 pixels high and 200 pixels wide, it's amazing that such a small screen still manages to convey all the action expected from a fast-paced shooter.

The left shift and control keys are assigned as the primary and secondary shot buttons. The spread shot is particularly useful to cover a wide area with bullets, although concentrated fire is much more effective for tougher enemies and end level bosses. Holding down the left shift key will cause your character to move slower as well.

Press the Z key to activate a special attack, but it requires a recharge after each use as indicated by a gauge at the bottom left of the screen.

Name: Green Wind
Developer: x.x
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

Another World

April 26, 2006 9:18 AM | Tim W.

Another World is basically a remake of the much-loved classic platformer by Eric Chahi himself. Gone are the pixelized backgrounds, although characters retain their vector based shapes albeit in higher resolutions.

Anyone familiar with the original will want this version to replay and keep. The game features updated graphics and configurable controls, plus it runs perfectly well on today's computers.

Follow the adventures of Chaykin as he is transported to an alien planet after an experiment gone awry. This update is probably what Eric had envisioned and had hoped to deliver fifteen years ago, but couldn't due to restraints of past technologies.

It's also interesting to note that Eric Chahi is currently working on a new project.

Name: Another World
Developer: Eric Chahi
Category: Action
Type: Demo
Size: 20MB

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