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About The IGF is presented by the UBM TechWeb Game Network, which runs the Independent Games Festival & Summit every year at Game Developers Conference. The company (producer of the Game Developers Conference series, and Game Developer magazine) established the Independent Games Festival in 1998 to encourage innovation in game development and to recognize the best independent game developers.

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Archive For April, 2007


April 29, 2007 9:18 AM | Tim W.

Pics from Beast Invaders 3 pictured right. [more screenshots, latest G-Force build]

A Flash trailer for Smily Fight: Legend of a Hero can be found on this page. [Smily Fight: Legend of a Hero preview]

Ludumdare 9 entries posted. [Swarm Racer review]

Some additional information about Aquaria:
- Due out after May.
- Download size is around 60 to 100 MB.
- Demo will be separate from the game storyline, with a number of abilities available from the start.

Millenipede updated to version 1.0.0. [Millenipede review]

2008 IGF

April 28, 2007 9:08 AM | Tim W.

A full announcement of the 2008 IGF will be made in June. From the IGF's web site:

IGF Main Competition
- Open to all independent developers to submit games for PC, console digital download, and Web formats.
- Final submission date: Monday, October 1st, 2007.

IGF Student Competition
- Award for the best student games. Student 'mods' to existing games will be included this year. As a result, the number of Student Showcase winners will be increased slightly.
- Final submission date: Monday, October 15th, 2007.

Information about a new competition will also be revealed in due time. The IGF itself will take place alongside the earlier GDC 2008 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco - the awards will be the night of February 20th, 2008, and the IGF Pavilion will be open from February 20th-22nd, 2008.

Guxt v.1.0 Released

April 28, 2007 8:18 AM | Tim W.

Guxt v. released.

Ranking and Score Attack Mode are only accessible after completing the game once, but here's a cleared.bin file (with No Miss Clear replay) which can be unzipped in the temp_guxt folder (automatically created after running the game once) to unlock the new extras.

Some noticeable differences:
- Trial Mode is now called Score Attack.
- The cleared.bin file from the previous version cannot be used to unlock this new mode, although all replays will work.
- Several sprites and enemy flight patterns changed.
- An additional bonus (like Ikachan) can be found by shooting one of the middle tiles halfway through Stage 3.
- There's a proper ending sequence now, in which the entire cast (enemy ships and bosses) are properly introduced as the credits roll.

This should be the final version of Guxt released by Pixel for a long while. [Score Attack replay, more entries about Guxt]


April 28, 2007 8:08 AM | Tim W.

In MatheMagic, you take on the role of a young boy who is transported to the maths dimension by an evil mathemagician. You must stop his evil plan to divide by zero, simultaneously breaking the laws of mathematics and destroying the universe. The target audience is five to fifteen year olds.

This is the current work-in-progress version lacking many more levels, a completed game engine and main menu.

Name: MatheMagic
Developer: J-Factor
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB


April 27, 2007 2:08 PM | Tim W.


New screenshot from Ether Vapor posted, featuring a battle with an arachnid-type boss - not textured yet. [Ether Vapor review]

Mu-cade is now available for the Mac OS X. [Mu-cade review]

Ben-H is currently working on an arena shooter entitled Biddie Crisis. [Axion review]

Postman (Shoot the Core) and Hunter will be collaborating with Bill Whitman on a comic strip.


Grubby Games is currently working on a sequel to Professor Fizzwizzle.

DigiPen Institute of Technology has a new campus set up in Singapore. Applications are accepted as of April 2007.

More screenshots of Braid posted, featuring character art by Edmund McMillen.

Sydney 2 Preview

April 27, 2007 9:08 AM | Tim W.

Sydney Treads the Catwalk announced.

The bum turned star finds his new career in the media has hit a hiccup when his television show receives mediocre ratings. Keith warns Syd that if he can't even compete with the fashion channel he'll be forced to axe the show and throw him back on to the streets. [Sydney Finds Employment, warning: mature content]

Shellblast Preview

April 27, 2007 8:18 AM | Tim W.

Acidbomb 2: Rearmed will undergo several changes next month as the game turns from freeware to shareware. The bomb diffusal simulator will be distributed by Oberon Media, then on all other major game portals under it's new name - Shellblast. Exclusive features include:

Virtual Bomb Simulator - choose an empty shell and set your preferences to make the bomb you want to defuse
Endurance Mode - a huge, massive bomb with seven quadrants and increasing pistons
Shell Editor - make your own bomb from scratch to swap and share with friends, or play custom levels by others.
Shell-Drop - the original ShellBlast game in Acidbomb 2 is unlocked from the get-go, complete with enhanced scoreboard features
- All original 51 levels from the freeware version
- Windows Vista support
- New music, along with a jukebox feature that lets you change tracks on the fly.

More screenshots from Shellblast can be found in this forum thread. King of All Cooks (Ore no Ryomi 3) will also be a commercial release under this new banner. [Acidbomb 2 review]

New Releases

April 27, 2007 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Lighthouse Lunacy - a block-pushing puzzler/platformer with solutions provided after several unsuccessful tries.

Darwin the Monkey - a single-screen platformer with Rare-style graphics.

FilePlanet Spotlight: Free Games Part 1

April 26, 2007 8:18 AM | Tim W.

FilePlanet recently compiled a list of ten free games which surprisingly consists of mainly FPSes, mods and MMOs. [source: xii games]

1. F.E.A.R. Combat
2. Puzzle Pirates
3. Future Pinball
4. Beyond the Red Line (Demo)
5. Penumbra
6. America's Army
7. Anarchy Online
8. Trackmania Nations
9. World of Padman
10. Linus Bruckman


April 25, 2007 9:08 AM | Tim W.

GameTunnel's April Monthly Round-Up was recently posted.

Here's a summary, presented Famitsu-style:

Sam & Max Episode 5 Telltale Games 7, 9, 8, 10 [34/40] GA, GM
Wonderland Adventures Midnight Synergy 7, 8, 9, 8 [32/40] GA
Virtual Villagers 2 Last Day of Work 8, 8, 8, 8 [32/40] GA
Grimm's Hatchery Amaranth Games 7, 7, 7, 7 [28/40] SA
Hard Time MDickie 3, 8, 10, 6 [27/40]
Gunstorm 2 Cornutopia 5, 5, 6, 8 [24/40]
Roman Bowl CopleyGames 7, 5, 6, 6 [24/40]
Mars Miner RetroStyle Games 6, 6, 6, 6 [24/40]
Kalimee Guido Raffinatore N, 4, N, 6 [10/20]
Multiblocks multiblocks NA, Gameplay video

* - Freeware
N - Not Rated
GM - Game of the Month
EC - 36 and above (Editor's Choice)
GA - 32 and above (Gold Award)
SA - 28 and above (Silver Award)

Screenshots and reviews available from GameTunnel.

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