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Archive For July, 2007

Return to Sector 9

July 30, 2007 10:44 PM | Tim W.

Return to Sector 9 is the long awaited sequel to Ambush in Sector 9. Featuring nine game modes, fifteen ships to pilot, plenty of weaponry, and plenty of aliens to use it on.

Each of the fifteen ships has its own special weapon. Once you have unlocked the ships and their weapons, learn which game modes they're best suited to.

Submit your scores to the online high score charts to see how you compare with the rest of the world.

Pekka Kana 2

July 29, 2007 5:41 PM | Tim W.

Pekka Kana 2 is a charmingly old-school platformer where you must help Pekka the rooster save his friends after they were abducted by an evil crow. The author cites other platform classics such as Super Mario and Jazz Jackrabbit as his inspiration for the game.

As you journey across each of the 24 levels looking for the exit, a healthy array of bonuses, secrets and pickups are scattered across the landscape for you to make use of.

Name: Pekka Kana 2
Developer: Janne Kivilahti / Piste Gamez
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 7MB

News

July 29, 2007 4:43 AM | Tim W.

Nigoro's Rose and Camellia has been translated to English.

Petri Purho's A Tribute to Rolling Boulder can be acquired from the Gamedev entries download page, along with a number of games from other participants. [source: the2bears]

The results for SourceForge.net's 2007 Community Choice Awards are out. [original story]

This week's GGE indie game feature showcases Cave Story, Polychromatic Funk Monkey and R.

Platformers/Applications

We won't be seeing N+ on the Wii or PS3 until it's out for the Xbox Live Arcade for at least a year. Metanet's platformer is still set to appear on both the Nintendo DS and Sony's PSP.

Boss Arena updated.

Jun Fujiki's Java web toy Individuality gets a new English manual. [earlier mention, OLE Coordinate System]

Shooters

Kevin Glass' beta version of Interferon (arena shooter) is available to play using any Java-enabled browser.

The lead programmer of Söldner-X (Play-Asia's horizontal shooter) was recently interviewed by Press Start. The million-dollar question was asked as well, and here is the response:

What platform(s) are you looking into releasing Söldner-X on?

Marcus Pukropski: I am afraid that I am currently not entitled to answer this question. The game is scheduled for release in late 2007, platforms are likely to be announced during the next couple of weeks...

Pictured below, the first screenshot from DHC's 3Punge competition entry entitled Sonic Ironstorm. The game will be released in two weeks' time. [more DHC games]

Recap

July 29, 2007 3:47 AM | Tim W.

A recap of the games mentioned this month, July 2007:

Action/Arcade
Too Many Ninjas
Synaesthete
Strict Machine
Rose and Camellia
IMA
Android
Bound Bear
Sound Energy
Marippy
Barbarian

Adventure/IF
Fighting Fantasy
Infinity String
Earl Mansin
Platformer
Pekka Kana 2
Hurrican
Ninjah
Valdis Story
Secret Agent Dorito
Rick Dangerous
Muon
Boss Arena
Rakker
Metroid Cubed

RPG
BattleMachy
Eschalon: Book 1
Crypts of Despair
Puzzle/App
Mollerhoj
Linx
Enigma
Application
OLE Coordinate..
Four Color Problem
Coaster Rider




DS
Dicewars DS
Cave Story PSP
Lemmings DS
Shmups
Return to Sector 9
Burn the Trash
Mountain of Faith
Carnage Nebula
Magical Cannon Girl
Trouble Witches
Banshiryuu
Zillion Beatz
Blazing Wings
Doppelganger
Uchuforce 2





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Flash Feature in Edge

Ninjah

July 28, 2007 11:34 PM | Tim W.

Ninjah is a fast paced action-puzzler by Chris Raz, developer of Pogo Fred. The general idea is to get from A to B as quickly as possible with the help of an elastic ninja rope and your ability to move into slow motion.

You may only come into contact with blocks the same colour as your belt. To help combat this strange allergic reaction to the evil blocks, you can change the colour of your belt by hitting the corresponding checkered blocks.

Use the W, A and D keys to move. Hold the left mouse button to shoot, and press the right mouse button to use your rope. Use the space key to activate the slow motion mode.

Name: Ninjah
Developer: Chris Raz
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

Cage Match 3 - Warning Forever vs. Fraxy

July 28, 2007 7:04 AM | Tim W.

Warning Forever. Fraxy. Both abstract shooters. Both centered around boss battles. Both very good games. But only one can win.

Voting is now closed, thanks for participating!

Vote count: Warning Forever 27 - 29 Fraxy

Winner: Fraxy

Gameplay Videos

July 28, 2007 4:21 AM | Tim W.

- Too Many Ninjas
- Super Mogura Tennis (Mogura 2 review)

News

July 27, 2007 5:53 AM | Tim W.

Articles

Both Clean Asia and Fractal Fighter were recently mentioned in Download.com's The Daily Download section.

(Everyone who donated recently will get a complimentary copy of Akuchizoku, full version. I've already paid cactus using part of the money received, so he will send it to you guys when the game is completed)

The latest edition of 1UP's Weekly Freeplay features Orisinal, Nitrome, Rose and Camellia, Nanaca Crash, Uchu Force and Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space.

Here's a special one: Oddbob's picks, namely Inyou Douji Monogatari, Rose and Camellia, Blue Wish Resurrection and Burn the Trash.

Remakes

Ishi is working on a platformer for the DS. [pictured right, Ishisoft's web site]

smila's IO remake is out; Devlin's Losted gets a colour version.

Miscellaneous

A number of cropped screenshots from Wiebo's upcoming shooter can be found over at his development journal.

Postman (Shoot the Core) and Hunter's Quarter Munchers' blog is up.

Mr. Robot/Moonpod

Moonpod's Mr. Robot was chosen as the first title to be featured on Kotaku's Game Club. A discount for the game will be offered during this period.

There is also a lengthy interview with Nick Tipping of Moonpod posted here, as conducted by Max Geiger. Nick reveals that War Angels will be their next release (outdated info), and Elite as his favorite game of all time.

XNA

Gameplay video recorded from a Dream-Build-Play (a Microsoft XNA Game Studio contest) competition entry, which one of Moonpod's forum member described as a Raid of Bungeling Bay remake.

Gameplay video of a Catchat remake developed using Microsoft's XNA by Wes Ehrlichman.

Announcements

Registration for the fifth Pyweek competition is now open. The contest is scheduled to run for an entire week, starting from September 2nd 2007.

DHC will be participating in the next 3Punge (Three Minutes Game Contest) with their entry entitled Sonic Ironstorm. The vertical shooter is expected to share many similarities with Demolition Gunner.

Nigoro's next game announced. The post seems to indicate that the latest project in development is a shmup. [rough translation]

Valdis Story Updated

July 27, 2007 4:55 AM | Tim W.

Endless Fluff's Valdis Story was recently updated to version 3.0. This Castlevania-like platformer is now Vista-compatible, and comes with two new techniques (dodging and parrying).

Shmups News

July 26, 2007 7:08 AM | Tim W.

An official demo (160MB) for Mountain of Faith is now available from Team Shanghai Alice's web site. [direct download link]

The 120MB trial version for Trouble Witches gets a new update. The game should work on all PCs now. [direct download link]

A 60MB demo for Nanoha Taiken 2nd Chu is available from Musume. Controls: [direct download link]

[source: Danmaku Gata]

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