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Archive For April, 2007

Bernie's New Project Preview

April 23, 2007 9:18 AM | Tim W.

'My current project got a style overhaul to make it look less blocky. The sprites are drawn behind the backgrounds. That looked kind of nice in Cave Story.'

'There's also a small inventory. And: The red dots under the heart to the left determine how many moves can be performed in a row.' - Bernie. [, Darkside Adventures, A Game with a Kitty, Reactor 09, Cedric and the Revolution review]

Guxt v.

April 23, 2007 9:08 AM | Tim W.

Trial and Ranking are two new additions to Guxt v. (previously unavailable for selection). Both options are only accessible after completing the game once, but here's a cleared.bin file which can be unzipped in the temp_guxt folder (automatically created after running the game once) to unlock the new extras.

Some noticeable differences:
- the color of enemy bullets changed from red to orange.
- you only get one ship for Trial mode, but your score will be saved in the Rankings section.
- the major difference between the normal and Trial mode is the inclusion of a final boss battle, pictured right.

Click here to download a replay file for Trial mode. Drag and drop the play-record file into a running Guxt window to watch the replay.

A post from Pixel's BBS as translated by Shih Tzu: 'It looks like I'll be able to get version 1 out by the end of the month. Things are looking good.' [LJ post, more entries about Guxt]

Sumotori Dreams

April 23, 2007 8:08 AM | Tim W.

In Sumotori Dreams, each bout starts when both players touch the ground with their hands and ends when a player falls to the ground or steps outside the circle. A cube of the winner's color is then thrown in to signal the end of a round.

To win a game you need to have two points more than your opponent, and a total of at least five. Use the enter or backspace key to push, or press the arrow keys to move your character around the circle and change the camera angle view. Hold the down arrow key to touch the ground. A hidden mode can be unlocked during the main menu display by breaking one of the walls on the far right.

Name: Sumotori Dreams
Developer: Peter Sotesz
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

Gamehippo Sold

April 22, 2007 9:08 AM | Tim W., a site which featured a large collection of outdated freeware games, was recently sold due to Boson losing interest in the scene.

Message from the original owner of GameHippo

Fairy Attackers

April 22, 2007 8:18 AM | Tim W.

Fairy Attackers is a brilliant retro platformer by Alpha Secret Base, creator of the excellent Umihara Kawase Shun tribute called Gambare Natsuki-San. Press the Z key to throw your weapon at enemies, or hold the down arrow key to use your shield and reflect harmful projectiles.

The up arrow key can be used to open doors, activate objects and initiate conversations with other characters. Touch the stone with inscriptions to save your progress, or drink from the tiny fountain to restore health. Once you've gained a travel companion, press the C key to hold it for an additional float ability. A map can be accessed by using the S key.

Name: Fairy Attackers
Developer: Alpha Secret Base
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB


April 22, 2007 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Millenipede is a PC version of the classic 8-bit shooter Centipede, developed in less than seven days. Your aim is to zap all of the centipedes on each wave, while dodging spiders, snails, mushrooms and the centipedes themselves. They'll make their way down the screen until eventually they hit the bottom, and at that point they will roam around the player area until you shoot them.

Centipedes will grow into a mushroom when shot at, which serves no purpose aside from blocking the movement of other centipedes and hindering your bullets. Each mushroom takes four shots to completely destroy.

If you touch any enemy, be it a centipede, spider or snail, you lose a ship. Use the cursor keys to move around and hold the left control key to shoot.

Name: Millenipede
Developer: Firestorm Productions
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

Barbie Seahorse Adventures

April 21, 2007 8:18 AM | Tim W.

Barbie Seahorse Adventures is a delightful little platformer developed by a couple of PyWeek competition veterans. The objective of the game is to guide a seahorse to the end of each level while collecting items and bonuses.

Three shots are needed in order to encapsulate an enemy in a bubble. Grab a power-up to cut this requirement down to one. Press the X key to shoot and use the Z key to jump. Bubbles can be used to reach higher ground.

The deluxe version features ten new levels and doesn't require the installation of Pygame.

Name: Barbie Seahorse Adventures
Developer: The Olde Battleaxe
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB


April 21, 2007 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Questy is an original platformer with retro graphics created by smila in less than five hours, though the engine was from a previous release. Two stages only.

Name: Questy
Developer: smila
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Trip on the Funny Boat

April 20, 2007 8:18 AM | Tim W.

Trip on the Funny Boat is side scrolling arcade shooter game on a steamboat equipped with a cannon and the ability to jump. The player will need to take advantage of waves to defeat the enemies and dodge hazards.

In the story mode, you will go through five different phases of play, and then face the final boss in the sixth phase. The story mode starts easy, but you should find it quite challenging in the last few phases.

Endless mode will put you up against waves after waves of enemies, with twelve different phases. There are little health power ups that give you one heart back if you have lost them while battling enemies.

Name: Trip on the Funny Boat
Developer: Pekuja, Hectigo, JDruid
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB


April 20, 2007 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Stick is a side-scroller beat'em up featuring sticks as characters. The game offers plenty of action, lots of melee combat, and hordes of enemies willing to crack your head open.

Use the Z, X and C keys to execute basic or advanced moves. Collect weapons to deal extra damage, or gather medkit to restore a portion of your health. Press the space, left control or any of the numeral keys at the top of your keyboard to switch inventory items. One playable level only.

Name: Stick
Developer: Wired Weasel
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

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