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Archive For January, 2008

IndieGames.com's Best Freeware RPGs, Roguelikes 2007

January 31, 2008 10:03 PM | Tim W.


The countdown continues, as we reveal some of the best freeware RPGs and roguelikes to be released in 2007.

Best Freeware RPGs, Roguelikes 2007

  1. The Crypts of Despair
  2. Dwarf Fortress
  3. Twilight Heroes
  4. Last Scenario
  5. Wilfred, the Hero
  6. Homeland
  7. Exit Fate
  8. The Desolate Room
  9. Generic Slash: Dismal Depths
10. Incursion


We've delved into some of the more obscure corners of the RPG and Roguelike universe here; if you'd like to check out additional mainstream indie RPGs, why not consult GameTunnel's GOTY Awards and Rampant Games' Best Indie CRPGs articles.

Flash Game Pick: The Great Kitchen Escape (Pastel Games)

January 31, 2008 9:53 PM | Tim W.


Barely one day after the release of Submachine 5, Mateusz Skutnik strikes again with a new collaborative effort called The Great Kitchen Escape. The game is extremely short, and can be completed in a couple of minutes with little difficulty if any at all. Expect to do a little pixel hunting in this one.

Name: The Great Kitchen Escape (Armor Games link)
Developer: Pastel Games
Category: Adventure
Type: Browser

Indie News: January 31st

January 31, 2008 5:53 PM | Tim W.


N+, XBLA: Metanet had posted a comprehensive FAQ for N+ and future projects on their IGN developer journal. (web site, launch party)

Free Lunch Design: Icy Tower developer acquired by Muskedunder Interactive.

Freeware Game Pick: The Yore

January 31, 2008 4:29 PM |

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The Yore is a short, isometric adventure, in which you wake up in a haunted house and must try to get out (by solving puzzles). You have the choice of two characters - a guy or a gal. Use the arrow keys to move and the Enter key to interact with your environment (open doors, pick up stuff, etc). Graphically, the game is rather pretty and the sound does a half decent job for creating a creepy atmosphere.

Name: The Yore
Developer: Johan Hargne (Cobrasoft)
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 16.6MB

Freeware Game Pick: Protoganda 2 (cactus)

January 31, 2008 2:18 AM | Tim W.


Protoganda 2 is a new 2D arcade shooter by cactus, developed in under two hours. Use the cursor keys for movement, and hold the Z key to shoot. The X key can be held down to activate your shields. Press the enter key to start a game from the main menu.

Colliding with debris or bullets will destroy the ship. Originally conceived as an unlockable game for Shotgun Ninja.

Name: Protoganda 2
Developer: cactus
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: Super Kreml Kart Super Rally (Perfect Run)

January 31, 2008 1:14 AM | Tim W.


Super Kreml Kart Super Rally is an action game in which players are required to build rails for a cart to travel on. The game is controlled entirely using the mouse. Building rails drain your points quickly, but can be replenished by collecting the hammer and sickle item.

Press the F4 function key to switch between windowed and full screen modes.

Name: Super Kreml Kart Super Rally
Developer: Perfect Run
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
Direct download link: Click here (right-click to save)

Freeware Game Pick: Shotgun Ninja (cactus)

January 29, 2008 5:53 PM | Tim W.


Shotgun Ninja is a new platformer by cactus, in which the developer limits himself to a C64 palette for background, object and sprite colors.

Use the cursor keys for movement, and press Z key to shoot. You can only fire when your assassin's feet is touching the ground. Tap the X key to lob a grenade. Hold the down arrow key to view the floor below you.

There are numerous ways to earn points in this game, from reaching the exit in the quickest time possible to eliminating all the enemies in each level. Proficiency with the wall jump technique is a prerequisite skill.

Name: Shotgun Ninja
Developer: cactus
Category: Platformer
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
Direct download link: Click here

Online high score table

Flash Game Pick: Submachine 5 - The Root (Mateusz Skutnik)

January 29, 2008 3:47 PM | Tim W.


"The fifth episode of the Submachine series. This time we go back to the very first submachine ever built - historically speaking. It was created by an unknown scientist in the early 20th century. This is the place where it all started."

Release date: Today (30th January 2008)

Play at ArcadeTown
Play at PastelGames
Walkthrough

Indie News: January 29th

January 29, 2008 1:02 PM | Tim W.

Independent Games Festival

World of Goo: IGN previews 2D Boy's physics based puzzle game. (Wikipedia entry)

Audiosurf: There will be a third beta weekend for Invisible Handlebar's upcoming music game/crack. (Wikipedia entry)

World of Goo, Noitu Love 2: IGF entries mentioned in the latest Joystiq podcast edition.


Adventure

Adventure Game Studio 3.0: AGS 3.0 released; the editor is now .NET-based, and hardware acceleration is supported.

Resonance: Screenshots from xii games' upcoming shareware adventure game posted. (source: Gnomes' Lair)

Sydney Treads the Catwalk: Ivan Dixon's freeware adventure game is set for a release early next month.


Role-playing Games

Exit Fate: Two more screenshots from SCF's (Last Scenario) upcoming RPG game can be found in the SA forums.

The Spirit Engine 2: Trailer for Mark Pay's upcoming shareware RPG posted. (source: Total Klik)


Updates

The Endless Forest: Tales of Tales' online multiplayer game updated to version 3.2.

Cottage of Doom: Alex May's zombie survival game updated with support for Vista.


Reviews

Immortal Defense: "Portal's story... was NOT the best story of 2007. It was NOT the best writing of the year, surprisingly." (original soundtrack)

Knytt Stories: "Since discovering Nifflas' work, my PS3 has sat idle."


Miscellaneous

Mod of the Year 2007: Results for ModDB's annual event posted.

10 Indie, Student Game Competitions: I wrote about this a while back, but was asked for the list again recently so here it is.

Armor Games Interview: CEO Daniel McNeely questioned.

Valentine's Day releases: World of Goo (delayed), Dylan Fitterer's Audiosurf, Erin Robinson's Nanobots, Lexaloffle Games' Jasper's Journeys.

Adventure Game Review: Experiment 112 (Lexis Numérique)

January 28, 2008 8:09 PM | Tim W.


Review by Arjen Voogt

What would you do if you wake up on a ship and the only sign of life are a few plants and a guy that's controlling the electronic devices throughout the ship? The smart types will probably not put their full trust into this guy. The main character in Experience 112 (named the Experiment in the US, 600 MB demo direct download link) isn't as smart and does.

The game starts with a woman waking up on a deserted ship. A nice variety of plantlife has infested the ship and there's a green fog. The woman finds a letter near the bed and doesn't seem to remember a thing. At first she thinks she's alone, but soon notices you are watching her through a camera. And this is where the innovative part of the game shows up. She asks you to log on into the system - the system you are using. You aren't controlling anything else but a computer, which gives you new features when you progress in the game. At first you can only move cameras around, but after a while you can turn on electronic devices, open doors and even read mails that were sent to various staff members. It's nice not to be in control of the main character for once.

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