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Archive For June, 2006

News

June 30, 2006 9:18 AM | Tim W.

Reactor 9New screenshots posted for Bernie's Reactor 9, a work in progress.

Updated version of ScummVM released.

Amanita Design releases Samorost 2 original soundtrack and full game on CD. Also available on iTunes.

Joakim is hard at work on a new game which will be released in two month's time. [Noitu Love review]

GrowWing

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

GrowWing is an excellent 3D horizontal shmup only available on the Vector web site. The game features excellent use of 3D objects and backgrounds, but the current build does not seem to include any sound effects or music.

Press the C key to shoot, or hold the X key to charge your special weapon.

Name: GrowWing
Developer: Unknown
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

Space Giko Harriya-n

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

Space Giko Harriya-n is a decent Space Harrier remake by Adove Project, available for both Windows and OSX platform. Featuring a new set of sprites, it follows the original very closely in terms of gameplay and enemy flight patterns.

Click on the SDL link to access the download page.

Name: Space Giko Harriya-n
Developer: Adove Project
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

Trilby's Notes

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

Trilby's Notes is the latest effort by Ben Croshaw, featuring his best work to date in terms of graphics and writing. There are considerably more locations to explore this time around, but a strange addition is the use of a text parser for interaction commands.

All actions must be typed into an input box, and some guesswork is required to figure out the exact sentence that the game accepts in certain situations.

Name: Trilby's Notes
Developer: Yahtzee
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

Fashion Fable

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

Fashion Fable is the new release from Creatrix Games, formerly known as Grim Inventions. It's standard matching fare save for one difference. The coins you collect can be used to purchase pieces of apparel, which can then be worn by your character for a distinct look every time.

There are over a hundred clothing items, and these can be colored in any of your favorite shades. As usual, Greg Tice's artwork is simply amazing and quite unlike anything else done by other designers. Available for both Windows and Mac platforms.

Name: Fashion Fable
Developer: Creatrix Games
Category: Puzzle
Type: Demo
Size: 20MB

soldier force

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

reviewed by dessgeega.

it is a joy to play a shooter that rewards me for something as straightforward as shooting enemies. if the title of studio siesta's soldier force didn't tip you off, the caesar and the star brain are a blatant admission that the game was conceived as a star soldier remake. it doesn't aspire to be much more, but fortunately it is very faithful to hudson's benchmark shooting game. everything you'd expect is in there.

if you're not sure what to expect: star soldier is a score-oriented famicom shooter, the first in its series. the focus of play is on clearing waves of enemies, and as fast as possible - the faster you finish them, the bigger a bonus you get and the faster the next wave appears. there are other hidden bonuses for crafty players, like destroying a mid-boss before it finishes forming or destroying two stone eyes simultaneously, which depend on your ability to collect and maintain power-ups, and the uncovering and shooting of hidden Z tiles for ever-larger point sums.

these are all faithfully reproduced in siesta's remake—you can even hide under terrain as in the original, only now your craft actually disappears under the cover. so what else is different? the power-up smart bomb changes enemies to orbs that give more points. there's an overdrive meter called the "soldier trip", which (when charged all the way) fully powers-up your craft instantly. it really helps to keep the momentum of the game. also, autofire, at last.

the biggest change is that you now have two starcraft to choose from. the caesar controls like you'd expect it to, and if you choose it the star soldier theme will play for you (and the caesar theme when you power-up). the other craft is the "noah", which has positionable weapons (in addition to a fixed forward shot). scoring bonuses with the noah is trickier, but surviving seems easier. while you pilot the noah you'll get to hear original music.

so here's a lingering question: how to justify a doujin remake of star soldier when hudson themselves released their own not too long ago (first for gamecube and playstation 2, then for the psp)? i think the answer is that hudson's is not a straight remake, but more of an attempt to bring star soldier closer to a modern shooter, with boss parades and bullet curtains. soldier force on the other hand is a dedicated recreation of the famicom original: at the end of each stage it's a star brain you'll face, and if you don't kill it in time you'll have to repeat the stage. losing your ship means you'll have to start over from some ways back. siesta did add notation of the bonuses you earn, and autofire - conspicuously absent from hudson's release.

there is much for a star soldier fan to love in soldier force. there's no demo as of yet, but the game is carried at himeya shop. if you're a fan of the original, or would like to play a shooter whose focus is on shooting rather than dodging, soldier force may be worth the purchase.

Name: Soldier Force
Developer: Studio SiestA
Category: Shooter
Video: Yes
Reviewer: dessgeega

Wild Earth

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

As a journalist working for a nature magazine, your objective in Wild Earth is to take enough snapshots of various African animals in order to compile an article. Sounds fairly mundane, that is until you consider that the entire game is rendered using beautiful 3D graphics and lifelike textures.

Winner of three IGF awards in 2003, it has taken Super X Studios another three years to polish the product into what it is today. Take pictures of the wildlife as they go about their daily routines. All photos are saved but only the best ones are picked for the column that will be automatically generated when the assignment ends.

The direction finder shown at the bottom right of the screen will direct you towards the main objective at all times. The animals won't harm the protagonist, but disturbing them too much does jeopardize the mission.

Name: Wild Earth
Developer: Super X Studios
Category: Adventure
Type: Demo
Size: 50MB

News

June 27, 2006 12:18 PM | Tim W.

Cave Story Remix ProjectCave Story Remix Project released.

Beautiful World updated to version 1.02. [Beautiful World review]

Michael Stearns, developer of Sky Puppy interviewed. [Sky Puppy web site]

The sequel to Spooks is currently in production. [Spooks review]

Latest screenshots from upcoming AGS games can be found in this thread.

Noteworthy pictures include The Hatmaker's Tale, Drug Bust and the sequel to Spooks.

Fun-Motion interviews the creator of Armadillo Run. [Armadillo Run review]

New version of Indiana Jones and the Fountain of Youth to be released this week. Voice pack coming soon. [Fountain of Youth review]

Touhoukokuhuugi

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

Touhoukokuhuugi is a pretty good Shoot the Bullet clone developed by President Room, requiring impossible bullet dodging and photography skills just to get past the first few levels.

Take pictures by holding the Z key when your camera is ready, indicated by a percentage shown above the crosshair. Use the X key to make your character move slower, or press both buttons to charge your weapon faster. Only photos with bosses are considered valid. Still early in production, the game is very playable even without any background music or sound effects.

The download link can be found at the bottom of the page.

Name: Touhoukokuhuugi
Developer: President Room
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Moral Minus

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

Moral Minus is an excellent one level 3D shooter demo by Akatora Corporation, but unfortunately the full version can no longer be purchased as the developers have moved on to greener pastures.

Controls are fairly basic, press the X key for rapid fire and use the C key for a wide shot. Tap the Z key when your ship's special weapon is fully charged to activate the red laser beam.

Name: Moral Minus
Developer: Akatora Corporation
Category: Shooter
Type: Demo
Size: 10MB

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