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Archive For May, 2006

ToJam Thing

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

With such an ordinary name, one would not expect much from an effort simply entitled ToJam Thing. The game only requires you to inflate bubbles and make them pop.

Then the objective hits you like a truck. Similar to Every Extend, shards from popped bubbles will be propelled in one general direction and cause a chain when hitting other red objects. The number of shards released depends on the size of the bubble when it explodes.

To make red bubbles grow larger, simply inflate them slowly. Bubbles which are about to burst will be unstable, making them easy to notice. A boss is introduced near the end. Game is over when the music ends or all lives are lost, whichever happens first.

Use the arrow keys to move and press the W, A, S or D key repeatedly to inflate bubbles. A bit like Dig Dug, really. Plus it was made in three days.

Name: ToJam Thing
Developer: Queasy Games
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Heavy Weather

May 30, 2006 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Heavy Weather is an alright mini-game which pits a man in suit against falling objects. Press the A key to move left or the D key to move right. Hold the left shift key to sprint, although it uses up your energy.

Rest to regain more strength to run. Objects will always cast a shadow over the area that it is about to land on. Made in three days for the Toronto Independent Game Jam Competition.

Name: Heavy Weather
Developer: Team Entelechynt
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

Indiana Jones and the Fountain of Youth

May 29, 2006 10:18 AM | Tim W.

Indiana Jones and the Fountain of Youth is a new game by Screen 7 featuring the immortal screen legend on another globe-trotting adventure. Out of all efforts by many other fans, this one resembles it's source material the most.

Like the original, multiple paths can be used to reach the objective. Arcade sequences are optional, depending on your actions in the game. No voice acting yet, plus the length is rather short but this release is well worth downloading even if it's not the full version. The walkthrough can be accessed by clicking here.

Name: Indiana Jones and the Fountain of Youth
Developer: Screen 7
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB


May 29, 2006 9:18 AM | Tim W.

new platformerA 2min video of Team GrisGris' latest platformer has been posted. [Dread Lock review]

Click on the Japanese characters in yellow to download, located at the top of the screen.

Game Tunnel's Monthly Round-Up for May has been posted.

A treasure trove of freeware mini-games by the developer of Bimboman and Teppoman can be found here. Link suggested by Raigan of Metanet Software and Queasy Games. Thanks! [Metanet documentary]

Biwa of Blood

May 29, 2006 8:58 AM | Tim W.

Biwa of Blood is a short adventure game developed by spb for the April 2004 MAGS competition. Brush strokes are used to depict sprites and backgrounds, a technique also employed by Jon J. Muth for the penultimate issue of Neil Gaiman's Sandman.

It's story is based on an old Japanese folklore, hence the unique setting. The game does not feature any sound or music, which is understandable since the entire effort was coded in less than a week.

Name: Biwa of Blood
Developer: spb
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Sushi Samurai

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

Sushi Samurai is another updated clone of Burgertime, an arcade classic which was released twenty five years ago. The friendly samurai must walk over sushi ingredients to make Japanese delicacies while avoiding enemies or paralyzing them with wasabi.

Will only appeal to fans of the original. The gameplay doesn't translate too well and won't capture the attention of today's young audiences.

Name: Sushi Samurai
Developer: CBC
Category: Action
Type: Flash
Size: 1MB

Kickin Soccer

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

Kickin' Soccer by Phelios is a rather average soccer simulation, featuring an overhead view of the football field much like Sensible Soccer.

Some of it's problems include missing officials, no substitutions, absence of player names and lack of replays. The developers probably have not heard of the offside rule, and it's a crime not to have England as a playable team in the demo. It wouldn't matter much, since footballers in this title have zero personality.

Billed as an action game, Kickin' Soccer certainly fits the bill but not much more than that.

Name: Kickin' Soccer
Developer: Phelios
Category: Sports
Type: Demo
Size: 10MB

Perfect Run

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

Perfect Run is a 2D vertical shooter by Team Sempai, also responsible for the development of Mr. Blocko and the upcoming Intercept. While it's stated that the game will never be completed, an entire level is still playable with two boss encounters to expect.

This is their first project, and considering the quality it's safe to say that their next shmup release will not disappoint.

Name: Perfect Run
Developer: Perfect Run
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

Mr. Blocko

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

Mr. Blocko is an original action game which mixes gameplay elements from both Tetris and Namco's Mr. Driller. Your objective is to assist a poor Tetris player to create horizontal lines, by using the titular character to push blocks and fill up any gaps.

Pretty fun for a lightweight puzzler.

Name: Mr. Blocko
Developer: Perfect Run
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

Tank Domination

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

Tank Domination is the latest release from DHC, an acclaimed Japanese freeware shmup developer. As the title suggests, your vehicle can now move around and aim freely instead of being limited to one vertical direction. Hold the Z key to lock your aim and shoot at the same time.

Energy will only be replenished when all enemies shown on radar as red dots are destroyed. Your tank will explode with only one hit but three lives are given at the start of each game.

The version available for download features six short stages but does include four different difficulty levels to choose from. Simplicity equals fun.

Name: Tank Domination
Developer: DHC
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

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