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Archive For July, 2006

Dreamfall

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

A sequel to The Longest Journey, Dreamfall had disappointed many fans of the original with a new control scheme and action-oriented gameplay. Presumably this decision was made with console owners in mind, though camera angle issues still exist.

The surroundings are a delight to explore at first, but the amount of backtracking meant that most locations had to be revisited several times. Some puzzles are now cleverly disguised as stealth missions to prolong the adventure with mixed results. The ending is unsatisfying, and character models look absolutely nothing like the promotional materials found in most advertisements.

If you're sticking around for the conclusion, then it'll probably be a rather long wait. Cliffhangers, unresolved plots and lengthy cutscenes are rarely considered ingredients for a well-written story.

Name: Dreamfall
Developer: Funcom
Category: Adventure

Paradise

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

Bug-ridden and practically unplayable, Paradise is a rather forgettable effort by White Birds Productions. It's designer should be strapped to a chair and forced to play this turkey, just to understand what the fans had to go through. Both thumbs down.

Mr. Sokal, the press called and they're asking for their awards back.

Name: Paradise
Developer: White Birds Productions
Category: Adventure

SHMUP Documentary

July 29, 2006 12:18 PM | Tim W.

A fairly large video download, but an educational watch indeed. The SHMUP documentary is professionally done, charting the history of STGs from the Space Invaders era up to the latest danmaku offerings from CAVE.

Subtitles are a must. Thankfully detailed instructions are available on how to acquire the free VLC player and use it together with the translation file. There are a few hints on honing your bullet dodging skills as well.

News

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

Chocolate Castle SnakeLexaloffle is currently working on an updated version for Swarm Racer and a new game called Chocolate Castle Snake. [Swarm Racer, Super Sprout review]

Shoot the Core updated its database with nineteen new entries.

Some new information on the New Star Soccer series. Development work on the sequel will begin soon, a database update for NSS3 can be expected before the start of the new season and there's also the impending release of Sensational Soccer. [New Star Soccer 3 review]

GameDev.net's latest Four Elements contest is currently underway. All entries are required to have all four of the following elements: Emotion, Economics, Emblem and Europe. The deadline is still a couple of months away, but I'm keeping an eye on this one.

eXceed 2nd VAMPIRE

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

eXceed2nd-VAMPIRE- is a brilliant shmup by FLAT which mimics the polarity gameplay system made popular by Ikaruga. The color of the circle surrounding your character can be changed by tapping the C key. This will determine the type of enemy bullets that your ship absorbs while charging the special weapon in the process.

Press the Z key to shoot and use the V key to bring up the pause menu. There are only four stages in this trial version, unfortunately. The 70MB file package may take a while to download, but rest assured that it's one shooter well worth the effort especially for fans of Treasure's classic. Click here to acquire the demo by selecting the first link.

Name: eXceed2nd-VAMPIRE-
Developer: FLAT
Category: Shooter
Type: Demo
Size: 70MB

Dash Border

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

Dash Border is a rather unique shooter by Isshiki, creator of Vax-11, Z-LOCK and Area 2048 among others. The screen wraps around, enemies are shapes made out of simple lines and bullets can only be fired in a straight line. Much like Asteroids really, but that's where the similarities end.

Playing the game cautiously won't get you far. The author encourages players to move the ship continuously, in order to gain momentum. Doing this rewards you in two ways. Your ship acquires increased firepower and the ability to pass through all enemies but not their bullets.

The game is over if you fail to destroy everything within the time limit. Use the arrow keys to control your ship, and press the Z key to shoot. The F1 key operates the coin slot.

Name: Dash Border
Developer: Isshiki
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 3MB

Acidbomb

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

Ac!dbomb is the latest release from Mr. Chubigans, developer of Vivid Conceptions and Sandbox of God. The game has bomb defusing elements from Metal Gear Ac!d 2, in which you race against time to uncover the pistons hidden behind the tiles.

Beams of light can be used to reveal the number of pistons underneath each line of tiles. Just like Minesweeper, you can left click to mark a tile as safe or right click to designate one as a piston. The number of pistons in each level is displayed on the top right of the screen.

The current build features only three levels, but more will be included when the full version is released this August.

Name: Ac!dbomb
Developer: Vertigo Games
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Yum Yum Remake

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

Yum Yum Remake is basically a reinvention of the original from Derby. The background color is a soothing blue, though the action is anything but. Point to a location on screen using the mouse, and the white little creature will speed towards it.

Left click to launch a projectile and right click to destroy the current one after release. Press the middle mouse button to restart the level.

Name: Yum Yum Remake
Developer: Stained Glass
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

Bengal - Game of Gods

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

What's Tony the Tiger doing in a match-three game? But seriously, this is one solid contender for the throne currently occupied by Zuma Deluxe. Probably what most matching games do not have is a lovable mascot, and Bengal could be a big hit with kids.

Bengal - Game of Gods is more animated than it's cousins although gameplay is basically the same as the rest of them. The objective as usual is to match three or more balls of the same color to remove them from the playing field. Just left click to shoot, and right click to swap balls. You can hit a gold monkey that pops up from time to time with a ball to score extra points. The game ends if a ball touches the monkey insignia with a gaping mouth.

Name: Bengal - Game of Gods
Developer: INTENIUM
Category: Puzzle
Type: Demo
Size:20MB

Angry, Drunken Dwarves

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

Angry, Drunken Dwarves is basically a remake of Capcom's Puzzle Fighter. There are a few features missing from this effort, for example the on-screen representation of characters and extra animations for breaking gems.

Much like Puyo Puyo, your task is to arrange each piece to form larger squares or rectangles whenever possible. These crystals can only be destroyed by using break gems. Chain combos to send counter gems to your opponent's play field.

Name: Angry, Drunken Dwarves
Developer: Joe Wreschnig
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

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