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Archive For November, 2006

Darkside Adventures

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

A Game with a Kitty 2: Darkside Adventures is the latest platformer release by Bernie, featuring a much improved gameplay engine and plenty of secret locations to discover. You take on the role of an Arch-Chancellor on a quest to retrieve the lost crown, which equates to plenty of jumping and throwing stuff around.

The protagonist of the story can use the stars collected as weapons, but his inventory capacity will only allow up to thirty of them to be stuffed into his deep pockets. Special skills are awarded for surviving boss encounters, though certain jumps are pretty difficult to execute properly. Only four major locations in total, with an average of four to five short levels assigned to each.

There are several tough puzzles to figure out but nothing too perplexing with a bit of thought. Needless to say, a recommended download for fans of classic NES titles especially the Mario series.

Name: Darkside Adventures
Developer: Bernie
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 15MB


November 25, 2006 9:08 AM | Tim W.

Nanikura is a brilliant remake of Nintendo's Ice Climber with updated graphics and level designs. When your character jumps, she will automatically attempt to destroy any blocks above her head and hence creating holes in the ceiling for her to advance upwards.

Press the Z key to hit sideways, and use the X key to jump. Cutscenes can be skipped, and the demo features a boss battle as well. A definite recommendation for fans of the classic. Scroll all the way down and click on the Win32 link below the red button to download the trial version.

Name: Nanikura
Developer: CCLUB
Category: Platform
Type: Demo
Size: 5MB

Cry Havoc: Test of Faith

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

Reviewed by Maenny (

Cry Havoc is a nearly flawless adaptation of a well known board-game which doesn't pay tribute to the computer concerning it's atmospherics. If you are interested in strategy board games you definitely should try this one. The graphics taken from the original game are beautiful and so is the enchanting music. Features the possibility of loading additional maps and has an editor for custom scenarios.

Cry Havoc: Test of Faith is turn-based. Two players at maximum play against each other in turns, which consists of 4 phases each: Offensive fire, where long range weapons are being shot, the moving phase, where you move your units, close combat, where, well... close combat is being executed and finally the Defensive Fire, where you mark some fields with your long range units. When, during the moving phase of the opponent, an enemy unit steps on this field, it will be shot by your warrior - you will have to guess, where the enemy might walk.

You can play the game on one computer, or via internet or LAN on two different computers, or you play against the computer - the game has an integrated AI.

Read the entire review at

Name: Cry Havoc: Test of Faith
Developer: Battlephase
Category: Strategy
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Ecoco de Fight

November 23, 2006 9:08 AM | Tim W.

Ecoco de Fight is an alright platformer featuring ten levels worth of Bubble Bobble type gameplay. You can throw penguins at enemies in order to freeze them, or use the cute little creatures to collect items out of your reach.

Press the Z key to throw, and use the X key to jump. Frozen creatures can be picked up and thrown at other enemies, although floating objects require more than one hit. Contents from both and should be placed in the same folder for the executable to work.

Name: Ecoco de Fight
Developer: CCLUB
Category: Platform
Type: Demo
Size: 1MB

What Linus Bruckman Sees When His Eyes Are Closed

November 22, 2006 9:18 AM | Tim W.

Hope you've completed Heartland Deluxe, because here comes another 50MB AGS adventure. Vince Twelve releases What Linus Bruckman Sees When His Eyes Are Closed.

Name: What Linus Bruckman Sees When His Eyes Are Closed
Developer: Vince Twelve
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 70MB

Starchild Journey

November 22, 2006 9:08 AM | Tim W.

The gameplay in Starchild Journey involves drawing a circle around enemy projectiles, then launching these back at them to cause damage. The tutorial does not allow this move to be learnt until around the halfway point, plus a new game option will only be accessible once all lessons are digested.

Each enemy wave will either require the player to destroy all enemies or capture a number of projectiles as shown on the upper right of the screen. Mouse controls only. Scroll all the way down to find the download link.

Click here for the FileFront mirror.

Name: Starchild Journey
Developer: Murasame
Category: Shooter
Type: Demo
Size: 10MB


November 21, 2006 10:18 AM | Tim W.

Daniel Remar's Hero will be remade by Wolverine, who is also responsible for the new Into the Eagle's Nest. [Hero review]

AGS bulletin is an excellent magazine about the current AGS scene. First issue features reviews plus walkthroughs for Duty and Beyond, Trilby's Notes and The House That Ate My Soul.

Vince Twelve's next game will be out this Saturday. [Anna download link, Spooks review]

A video of the new Dot Fighters character in action can be downloaded from Takase's site. [Dot Fighters review]


November 21, 2006 9:18 AM | Tim W.

In Titanion, the ship you pilot has a capture beam that can be used to coax enemy craft to your side. These deserters will form a line formation and act as options, increasing your firepower in the process.

There is a standard level progression implemented, with all captured enemies retained from one stage to the next.

Name: Titanion
Developer: Kenta Cho
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Heartland Deluxe

November 20, 2006 3:18 PM | Tim W.

Originally an OROW competition entry that won the prize for best writing, Heartland Deluxe now includes cutscenes and a panoramic view but it's relatively short length will disappoint many adventure game veterans.

The author admits that the lock puzzle is random, plus an abrupt end to proceedings does little to improve the situation. A commendable effort nonetheless.

Name: Heartland Deluxe
Developer: LimpingFish
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB

Operator Status

November 20, 2006 9:18 AM | Tim W.

ModArchive Story and Operator Status are technically prequels to Within a Deep Forest, featuring the same bouncing physics and difficult challenges. Anyone looking for a continuation to the tale will certainly be pleased by both of these releases.

Name: Operator Status
Developer: Nifflas
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 30MB

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