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Archive For July, 2006

Mysterious Floating Something

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

Mysterious Floating Something is basically an action game with a bit of everything. Think Defender, but with the player assuming the role of the aliens out to abduct humans. The objective is to round up four hundred guests for the greatest party of all time.

Sounds rather strange, but it gets better. Shooting at objects take a while to get used to, and requires a recharge after each use. Fortunately every weapon can be upgraded to reduce the wait. There are plenty of power-ups to choose from, provided that you have enough money to finance each purchase.

Name: Mysterious Floating Something
Developer: Tim Winsky
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB


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

Tripline is a surprisingly fun puzzler by Joakim Sandberg, developer of Noitu Love and the Army of Grinning Darns. The objective of the game is to draw a line across all shapes in each level, but three shapes with the same pattern must first be crossed out in a sequence before another can be engaged.

There are sixty pages to flip through. Pretty good for an effort made in three days.

Name: Tripline
Developer: Joakim Sandberg
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 3MB


July 25, 2006 9:18 AM | Tim W.

Noitu LoveThe soundtrack to Noitu Love and the Army of Grinning Darns is now available for download. [Noitu Love review]

Gnome's Lair reviews Knightsquire.

Nifflas of Within a Deep Forest fame is currently working on a new game. [Within a Deep Forest review]

A thread conveniently named WaDF2 can also be found in the forum.

The third episode of Indie Superstar is out, a show about indie games and developers.

Game Tunnel's July Monthly Round-Up is now online. [NaaC, Penumbra, Bullet Candy, Bounty, To Hell with Johnny review]


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

Knightsquire is basically a remake of buloght's earlier one room adventure, with new backgrounds and a complete quest involving the rescue of the king's daughter.

Clicking on the portraits allow you to swap between two characters, since certain actions can only be attempted by either the squire or the knight. Items can be passed around to each other by simply selecting an object, then choosing the recipient. Use the left mouse button to interact and press the right mouse button to examine your surroundings.

Hints can be found in this forum thread.

Name: Knightsquire
Developer: buloght
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB


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

Pladzma is a shooter developed by RezetiA which features no power-ups to collect. In it's place is a shop that sells weapon upgrades provided that you have the credits to finance your purchases.

The download size is rather huge but the game itself only showcases two levels with boss encounters at the end of each. Click on the first picture to download the trial version, and unzip by using the free 7-Zip software.

Name: Pladzma
Developer: RezetiA
Category: Shooter
Type: Demo
Size: 50MB

Raiden II

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

Even though Raiden II is slightly dated, this PC port still has a place in every shmup fan's collection. The introduction of a purple Plasma Beam is a boon, combining the width of a spread shot and the firepower of the blue laser beam. Medals can be collected for bonuses in each of the eight levels featured.

The difficulty setting is a bonus for veterans and beginners alike, plus the number of continues can be configured to your liking as well. No reason why this classic should be missed. Forget the flash remake, this version is much more faithful in every way.

Name: Raiden II
Developer: Seibu Kaihatsu
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB


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

Skyhammer is another fun platformer by Bernie, creator of A Game with a Kitty and several other freeware adventure releases. This particular effort is considered abandonware and will never be completed, but still manages to offer several hours worth of gameplay.

Press the X key to jump and use the C key to attack. There are three save slots, which can be pretty useful to keep a record of your progress before boss fights.

Name: Skyhammer
Developer: Bernie
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

Hidden Expedition: Titanic

July 23, 2006 12:18 PM | Tim W.

Much like the Mystery Case Files series, the objectives in Hidden Expedition: Titanic mostly involves finding a number of items in each screen from a list on the left. The hint system has been changed slightly for this iteration. Instead of a limited number of usages, a time penalty will be incurred for every clue request.

Opinions on whether the original or it's spin-off is better are divided, although there's no reason why both can't be liked equally since the gameplay on offer is practically the same.

Both Huntsville and Prime Suspects were previously reviewed on this site.

Name: Hidden Expedition: Titanic
Developer: Big Fish Games
Category: Puzzle
Type: Demo
Size: 30MB


July 23, 2006 9:18 AM | Tim W.

Introversion pushes the release date of Defcon to September 2006.

Binary Zoo will release a new game soon. [DUO, Mono, DUOtris review]

Intercept updated to version 1.01, now with an online high score table. [Intercept review]

Rag Doll Software releases a new free game, called Rocky the Monkey.

Two new reviews added, Sven Gordan Paranormal Parody and A Knight's Pursuit. Both adventure games were made by buloght. [The Family Treasure review]


July 23, 2006 8:18 AM | Tim W.

PoyoFrom the wonderful world of Game Maker comes Poyo, a new platforming adventure which took Lazrael only one month to complete. You control the main character using the arrow keys, but most of the puzzles in the game can only be solved by figuring out the proper way to utilize your warp ability. Tap the X key to jump and use the Z key in conjunction with a directional arrow key to dash past traps or activate switches.

Press the down arrow key while standing in front of another creature to start a conversation. Instructions are printed on a text file which can be found in the zip package.

The F4 key can be used to switch between windowed and full screen mode. Features forty-five levels and six boss encounters.

Flapper and Pozzo - Jello Crusade are efforts from the same developer. Both were previously reviewed on this site.

Name: Poyo
Developer: Lazrael
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

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