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Archive For November, 2006

ADOC 2006

November 29, 2006 10:18 AM | Tim W.

Some bits and pieces from the Adventure Developer Online Conference 2006 and adventure games in general. Click here for the complete list of participants.

Telltale Games
Three tracks from Telltale's Sam and Max series were made available for download today.
Here's a browser-based text adventure by Deirdra Kiai.

Wadjet Eye Games
The Blackwell Legacy will be released on Dec 16. [screenshots]
Dave hints on a sequel to The Shivah.

Nucleosys Digital Studio
A new adventure game creation engine entitled SCream is now available for download. Free to use for non-commercial projects.

Naphtalite Productions
Kaptain Brawe will consist of two episodes. The first will be released on February 2007.

Dogfight - Battle in the Skies

November 29, 2006 10:08 AM | Tim W.

As mentioned earlier, the download link for Typhoon 2001 has been removed. There is another project from the same author entitled Dogfight - Battle in the Skies. Unfortunately the lack of an option to change all text to English will deter most from trying it out.

Update: Typhoon 2001 gets Jeff's approval. Expect the download link to be restored soon.

World Map

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

A nice little flash game by GameDesign, World Map will test your geography knowledge thoroughly with a set of twenty questions about countries and map locations.

Definitely one for the kids or academics.

Name: World Map
Developer: GameDesign
Category: Puzzle
Type: Flash
Size: 1MB

GR3 Re-DEATH

November 29, 2006 9:08 AM | Tim W.

GR3 Re-DEATH is a Gradius clone by the team that released La-Mulana, a cult favorite among many even though the game was never translated. As hinted by the developers, this version would only be available for exactly one month since the web site will be taken offline soon.

A Java-enabled machine is required to play. The scrolling is poor though most of the power-ups from Konami's hallmark series do make their appearance. Perhaps one for the collection but doesn't serve much purpose besides that.

Name: GR3 Re-DEATH
Developer: GR3 PROJECT
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

News

November 28, 2006 10:18 AM | Tim W.

Adventure

New screenshots for The Infinity String added.

Heartland Deluxe updated to version 1.1. [Heartland Deluxe review]

Shooters

Kenta Cho's Titanion updated to version 0.2. Now includes modern mode in addition to classic.

Blue Wish Resurrection updated to version 1.00. [direct download link, BWR, Eden's Edge, Blue Wish, Green Wind review]

Click on news for more info about Pixeljam's next project. [games.pixeljam.com, Gamma Bros review]

Translated by Shih Tzu: OMEGA of Every Extend fame working on a 360-degree vs. shooter. No title yet. [Twintower review]

Postman describes another day at work, plus Gradius on the PS3.

Platformers

A one level demo for The Curse of Kaumaha 2 was recently released. [TCOK download link]

Here's an interview with Nifflas, creator of Within a Deep Forest.

Miscellaneous

The Spirit Engine 2Pictured on the right is a screenshot from The Spirit Engine sequel.

GameDev.net's Four Elements V final submission date is on the 30th of November. Mop of Destiny is one entry to keep an eye on.

Any fans of The Sentinel here?

Two members from the Beats of Rage development team were recently interviewed by Destructoid.com.

BIntruders also reviewed by Postman. [BGames web site, Lethal Judgment 3, Lethal Judgment 2 review]

Typhoon 2001

November 28, 2006 9:18 AM | Tim W.

Anyone familiar with Tempest would definitely want to grab a copy of Typhoon 2001. Use the left and right arrow keys to move the ship around the stage, and hold the space key to shoot. A superzapper can be used by pressing the enter key. Avoid spikes when warping to the next level.

Not a standard vertical or horizontal shooter but quite simply one of the best freeware Tempest remake yet. Ace, indeed.

Name: Typhoon 2001
Developer: Thorsten Kuphaldt
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 3MB

Switchfire

November 27, 2006 9:18 AM | Tim W.

An homage to SCI's SWIV, Switchfire features excellent 3D graphics and a simultaneous two player mode as well. Different vehicles are assigned to each player, with one handling the jeep while the other controls the helicopter.

The demo is awfully short and day to night transition is slightly unrealistic though the gameplay itself is decent enough. Controls are a bit awkward, with the arrow keys assigned by default to the first player but shots are managed by holding down either mouse button. A manual in the installed game directory provides adequate information on standard key mapping.

A worthwhile download for anyone with the excess bandwidth to spare.

Name: Switchfire
Developer: Frogster Interactive
Category: Shooter
Type: Demo
Size: 150MB

Commando

November 27, 2006 9:08 AM | Tim W.

Commando is a Metal Slug clone with great graphics and pretty decent gameplay as well. Keyboard controls can be configured via the options menu, which does solve the problem of players clicking outside the window and disabling character movement by mistake.

The health gauge is a plus, though missing a jump still manages to prove deadly in many areas. Grenades can be replenished by breaking ammunition boxes, which also reveals additional weapons and bonus items.

Name: Commando
Developer: Miniclip
Category: Action
Type: Flash
Size: 1MB

PanicBCN

November 26, 2006 9:18 AM | Tim W.

PanicBCN is a decent platformer in the style of arcade classics such as Snow Bros. and Bubble Bobble. Simply beat on your enemies repeatedly with a hammer in order to complete each level, while collecting fruits and coins to boost your health gauge.

Walking over stunned enemies will knock them out as well. Hold the action button for a few seconds before releasing it for a special attack, although this move requires a recharge in between uses. Progress is saved every five stages.

Name: PanicBCN
Developer: EsperitVJ
Category: Platform
Type: Demo
Size: 20MB

SiL

November 26, 2006 9:08 AM | Tim W.

SiL is a 3D puzzler by Fathammer Games, also the developer of the freeware vertical shooter entitled Angelfish. The game involves rotating 3D objects to match their silhouettes in the background before time runs out, hence it's chosen name.

Unfortunately this production runs out of steam rather quickly even with over a hundred different items and wonderfully crafted locations.

Name: SiL
Developer: Fathammer
Category: Puzzle
Type: Demo
Size: 5MB

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