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Archive For August, 2006


August 30, 2006 6:18 PM | Tim W.

Fren-zeHermitgames releases Fren-ze. A demo is available for download.

Cryptic Sea's Blast Miner will be released on the 14th of September, which is less than two weeks away.

Gnome's Lair reports on a new PSP homebrew game entitled Visiting Day. There's a playable beta version online as well.

Matt Thorson of Jumper fame is currently working on a new game.

Information on Trouble Witches, the new shooter from Studio Siesta has been posted on their web site.

The Retro Remakes Competition is about to end and JIG's Game Design Competition was just over. Click here for an outdated competition update. (entries in green from this list are completed remakes)

Notable mentions are Submachine Zero and Gateway.

Good time to catch up with some of the best indie games released over the past few months.


August 30, 2006 3:18 PM | Tim W.

ThunderThere's a new demo for the latest platformer from Team GrisGris. [Dread Lock review]

Click here for information on how to download from the Vector site.


August 30, 2006 3:08 PM | Tim W.

Darkside AdventuresBernie is really close to finishing his latest platformer, entitled Darkside Adventures. Expect a release in the next few days. [Skyhammer, Cedric and the Revolution, A Game with a Kitty review]



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

Nanoscape is a decent shooter which has you piloting a ship and seeking escape from an underground cavern by destroying all enemies in each catacomb. Options in the shape of dark triangles can be collected for increased firepower. A number is shown next to each enemy to indicate their current health. Pretty fun.

Name: Nanoscape
Developer: Yarhalla
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Mind's Eye

August 30, 2006 9:08 AM | Tim W.

Mind's Eye is an adventure game by ProgZmax, one of the best sprite designers in the AGS scene. His body of work includes portraits in Duty and Beyond, plus new sprites for Dave Gilbert's The Shivah Deluxe.

Interface problems mar this solid effort. There's no proper menu for the title screen, and the load option can only be brought up by using the F5 function key. The setting of the story is rather dark, but fans of Yahtzee's 1213 series will feel right at home. You assume the role of Noah, a sick amnesiac seeking escape from an asylum.

There's one or two arcade sequences which shouldn't trouble most players. Rather short in length, unfortunately.

Name: Mind's Eye
Developer: Shane Stevens
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB


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

Kairuga is a short shooter demo by Kairos, featuring the iconic gameplay system from Treasure's Ikaruga. You can switch the polarity of your ship by pressing the X key to absorb enemy bullets with the same color and charge your special weapon. The emphasis is on scoring where destroying three enemies of the same color in a row will earn you one chain, and bonus points are awarded for getting a high number of chains.

The only drawback to an otherwise brilliant shmup is it's length, with only one level on showcase.

Name: Kairuga
Developer: Kairos
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

WarMachine Overload

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

WarMachine Overload is a freeware shmup developed by DHC, featuring nicely drawn 2D sprites and backgrounds.

Collect blue power-ups to charge your beam weapon and activate it by pressing the X key. Use the left shift key to enable the slow motion mode. Option positions can be configured from the main menu and selected in-game using the C key.

Name: WarMachine Overload
Developer: DHC
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Game of the Week: Missing

August 29, 2006 4:18 PM | Tim W.

The trend of making escape the room games using Flash, featuring cheap scares and reusing the same old story is killing adventure productions with original ideas rather quickly. The new game from RPGCreations has interesting characters, beautiful backgrounds and a chilling atmosphere thanks to an excellent soundtrack. In Missing, you play the role of an ex-cop in search of his missing wife and child with only a handful of clues as leads.

Most players will struggle with the controls at first but persistence is rewarded with one of the best stories this year. It's important to note that save games are only allowed in your room and nowhere else. This is only because the music doesn't work properly when a previous game is restored, especially when the save was created in other places besides your initial starting point.

Moving your character around can be rather confusing, though a little experimentation will solve that problem in a matter of minutes. A short animation preceeds several room transitions, but this is understandable as it creates a sense of immersion for the players. Including an option to skip these parts will only dilute the experience.

Tension builds up rather quickly after the protagonist settles into bed for the first night. There's a mystery to solve and a few twists in the story that will keep you playing right till the end. At least one easter egg can be found, hinting at a story that may not be as linear as it seems.

A real pleasure to play. Full marks for one of the best games of it's kind.

Name: Missing
Developer: RPGCreations
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 3MB

The 3-D Adventures of Crate Boy

August 29, 2006 4:08 PM | Tim W.

It's just a character drawn in pixels, moving 3D crates on a 2D plane. But still, The 3-D Adventures of Crate Boy is a pretty good puzzler which doesn't take long to solve. Stack blocks to reach the exit, usually located on a higher ground.

Press the space key to pick up or drop a crate, and use the left shift key for a quick restart. You've reach the end once a secret code is revealed.

Name: The 3-D Adventures of Crate Boy
Developer: Tokyoma
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

Nobuyuki Forces 3

August 29, 2006 2:18 PM | Tim W.

Nobuyuki Forces 3 is an excellent rail shooter by SKT Software, developer of several other flash games made available from the same site. A mix of gameplay elements from both Virtua Cop and the Time Crisis series, you're cast as a female super agent on a mission to take down a powerful political leader and put a stop to his nefarious plans.

Use the mouse to aim and left click to shoot with the space key held down. To hide behind walls, just let go of the space key. Left click again when you're behind a wall to reload your gun. Several power-ups can be collected which allows for more bullets in your chamber, restores health or even increases it's maximum limit.

Titles can be earned depending your play style, plus enemies can be shot repeatedly for a points bonus. A boss awaits at the end of each stage as well. To begin playing, just click on either the first or second link on the web site.

Name: Nobuyuki Forces 3
Developer: SKT
Category: Action
Type: Flash
Size: 1MB

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