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Archive For June, 2006

Soldier Force Video

June 27, 2006 7:08 AM | Tim W.

I've uploaded a video capture of Soldier Force, Studio Siesta's latest shmup.

No demo available at the official web site yet, but you can purchase the game from Himeya Shop.


June 26, 2006 8:18 AM | Tim W.

NaaC is a pretty good Smash TV clone with all the action focused in one room for the entire game. Aliens will barge through walls from the top of the screen, then left and right. Fortunately better weapons occasionally appear out of thin air, although ammo conservation is vital since they run out pretty fast.

Name: NaaC
Developer: Bloody Monkey
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

Puff Ball

June 26, 2006 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Puff Ball is basically a remake of Pong with an underwater setting and a few power-ups. The objective is to score five points in each round before your opponent does.

Hold the left mouse button to charge your special ability, then release at the right time for a stun move. Missing an online high score table but otherwise a decent first effort.

Name: Puff Ball
Developer: Merciless Games
Category: Action
Type: Flash
Size: 1MB

Mogura 2

June 25, 2006 8:18 AM | Tim W.

Mogura 2 is an excellent shmup by Krobon Station, featuring two characters with different abilities and weapons. Both gets a standard shield which can be activated using the X key. Hold the Z key to shoot, and tap the C key to initiate a special attack. Press the left control key to change the way your weapon operates.

A tutorial can be accessed from the main menu by selecting the third option. The second offers a difficulty setting. After picking a character, you can choose to either start from the first level or continue from the last stage attempted.

Installation can be a bit of a hassle but the effort is worth it. Rename the largest executable and cca file to the same name, then repeat for the smallest file. For example mogura2.exe, mogura2.cca, config.exe and config.cca. Click here to download the game.

Name: Mogura 2
Developer: Krobon Station
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB


June 25, 2006 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Retroblast looks like a Geometry Wars clone but that's where the similarities end. The controls take a bit of getting used to, since keyboard and joypad configurations are absent. Left click to rotate your ship in a counterclockwise direction, and right click for the opposite action.

Shooting is automatic. The bullets move rather slow at first until power-ups are earned. Not a bad shooter although it will have difficulties finding an audience used to dual analog gameplay.

Name: Retroblast
Developer: JGOware
Category: Shooter
Type: Demo
Size: 5MB

Ocean Commander

June 24, 2006 8:18 AM | Tim W.

Ocean Commander is a pretty good Heavy Weapon clone, where your shots can be directed by using the mouse. Since most areas are submerged underwater, your ship can move upwards and down in addition to horizontal movements.

The inclusion of a shop for purchase of upgrades is probably it's most prominent feature. Any ship modifications will carry over from one stage to the next. A decent shooter and a rare find among casual puzzle releases.

Name: Ocean Commander
Developer: CyberPlanet Interactive
Category: Shooter
Type: Demo
Size: 30MB


June 24, 2006 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Iconien is an alright action game made by Japanese developer f1ash. Your objective is to protect the eye in the middle of the screen from enemies which explode on contact.

Destroy circles, bugs and rockets by drawing a square around them, or drag any object around by left clicking. You will experience a shot delay after each time a box is drawn, and having the eye inside the square damages it as well.

Collect power-ups by dragging and dropping them onto the eye. The easy and normal mode ends when the tank is beaten.

Name: Iconien
Developer: f1ash
Category: Action
Type: Flash
Size: 1MB

Submachine 2: The Lighthouse

June 24, 2006 7:18 AM | Tim W.

Submachine 2: The Lighthouse is a sequel to the original flash adventure game by Mateusz Skutnik, in which the objective is to find an escape from the lighthouse you're trapped in. Uses the same formula but with more rooms, unfortunately quite a number of them are part of a maze.

Name: Submachine 2: The Lighthouse
Developer: Mateusz Skutnik
Category: Adventure
Type: Flash
Size: 10MB

Grow ver.2

June 24, 2006 7:08 AM | Tim W.

Grow ver.2 is another puzzler by Eyezmaze, in which the objective is to click on items in the right sequence to solve the puzzle. Unfortunately, this version only features six objects but the isometric view is back at least.

Name: Grow ver.2
Developer: Eyezmaze
Category: Puzzle
Type: Flash
Size: 1MB


June 23, 2006 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Exelisis may look like a shooter from the 8-bit era but it's surprisingly just as good as any other Japanese freeware shmups.

The secondary shot direction can be controlled by moving your ship around and holding down the Z key when you're comfortable with the aim, much like Robotron: 2084.

Enemy projectiles will be sent back towards their direction if the X key is pressed when the reverse bomb gauge is full. Using the same button at any other time only launches the standard bomb.

The 60MB file is the actual game package, while the smaller version is just an update which can be used to overwrite the unzipped contents.

Name: Exelisis
Developer: TKSOFT
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 60MB

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