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Archive For January, 2008

Freeware App Pick: The Almighty Paintbrush (Insignificant Studios)

January 28, 2008 7:42 PM | Tim W.

The Almighty Paintbrush is a level editor for Insignificant Studio's notorious adventure platformer The Underside.

Included in the zip file are two example mods (Buddy's Nightmare, by Mr. Podunkian, and The Story, by Tommy361, a 12 year old!), as well as all the tools required to make your own The Underside mod.

Also included is a slighty updated version of the first preview of The Underside that was released awhile ago.

Name: The Almighty Paintbrush
Developer: Insignificant Studios
Category: Adventure Platformer
Type: Freeware
Size: 6MB's Best Freeware Platformers 2007

January 28, 2008 12:06 AM | Tim W.

The fourth of the 2007 Best Of Features here on the, we're proud to present twenty of the best freeware platformers released in 2007.

Best Freeware Platformers 2007

  1. Knytt Stories
  2. The Underside
  3. Plasma Warrior
  4. Paroxysm
  5. Valdis Story
  6. Hurrican
  7. Kaipuu
  8. Deo Dorant
  9. Muon
10. Streambolt Desero
11. GoldenEye 2D
12. Once in Space
13. A Mini Falafel Adventure
14. Alex Adventure
15. Polarity
16. Punishment: The Punishing
17. Ninjah
18. Joe Gunn
19. Polychromatic Funk Monkey
20. Lost in the Static

Lecture: Jonathan Blow at Game Focus Germany

January 27, 2008 11:32 PM | Tim W.

A recording of the lecture Jonathan Blow gave at the Game Focus Germany conference (24 - 25th January 2008), titled "Programming is Easy; Production is Harder; Design is Hardest."

download the lecture in mp3 format

Freeware Game Pick: Ethereal Dreams (Dragonfly Studios)

January 27, 2008 7:26 PM | Tim W.

Ethereal Dreams is a short RPG game with original artwork, sprites, backgrounds and an air of professionalism unseen in most amateur RMXP creations. Turn-based battles, spells, quests, a multitude of equipments and items can all be found in this effort.

Random battles are determined by an indicator called the encounter orb. This round object shown at the bottom left of the screen turns from green to red at a quicker rate when you're traveling on certain terrains which are likely to cause noise. An example of this is when your party is walking on puddles of water. A journal is used to record notes and details, with comprehensive bestiary information written by the characters themselves.

The main development team consists of female artists and programmers. This is an early build, and players will be notified when they've reached the end of the demo.

Name: Ethereal Dreams
Developer: Dragonfly Studios
Category: RPG
Type: Freeware
Size: 50MB
Direct download link: Click here

Interview: Areas Developer Mark Sheinkman

January 27, 2008 6:54 PM | Tim W.

An informal chat with Mark Sheinkman, the developer of Areas.

Let's begin with a little introduction of yourself, where you're from, what you do, and what games you have released.

Well, my name is Mark, I live in Israel, and currently I don't really do anything for a living. Just waiting for my recruitment date. Other then Areas I haven't released anything, yet. Recruitment date, enlistment date... I dont hear a lot of english army-talk, so I'm not sure how to call it.

Do you mean mandatory army service, like in South Korea and Singapore?

Yea. I'm not too thrilled about it.

How long is that?

3 years, in most cases. Could be more, if one chooses to.

Freeware Game Pick: Hell (JaJ)

January 27, 2008 5:31 PM | Tim W.

Hell is a short horizontal shooter made in under four days, featuring five playable levels and an equal number of difficulty settings to choose from. Your ship is on autofire from start to end, and pressing the Z key allows you to switch weapons. Dodging bullets might possibly be a little easier when the X key is held.

Name: Hell
Developer: JaJ
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
Direct download link: Click here

Flash Game Releases

January 27, 2008 1:29 PM | Tim W.

Basho Kioku is a simple memory game in which players have to click on all squares in thirty-six moves. Clicking on the same tile twice counts as a mistake, and you're only allowed a maximum of three errors for each session. A rather lacklustre effort, only because the developer did not take into account the minor cheat which can be used to solve this puzzler with ease.

In Planet Cruncher, players have to draw shapes around planets to earn points. Hold the left mouse button to begin drawing, and collect gems by touching them with the mouse pointer. Mismatching planets will cause a black hole to appear, but can be erased by drawing a circle around it.

Crimson Star

January 27, 2008 9:01 AM |


Crimson Star is a 2D side-scrolling WIP platformer, which is heavily influenced by Metroid Prime 1 and other games in the Metroid series. Hopefully it's nearly done. It does look rather spiffy, doesn't it?

Goo Cam Test

January 25, 2008 10:53 PM | Tim W.

"This is a test of a webcam being reflected in the Goo in real time. Just requires any sort of webcam and it'll work in the Gish and Mercury Skins." - Tommy Refenes

The updated webcam version can be downloaded from

2007 Random Indie Game Challenge, David Jaffe, Aquaria

January 24, 2008 2:28 PM | Tim W.

2007 Random Indie Game Challenge
"For completely arbitrary and torporous reasons I have decided to randomly select 10 independent games from recently released 'top of 2007' game lists from numerous indie game reporting blogs. I tried to limit it to games which I've either spent very little time with, or games that I've never touched. I will be ranking them in order of 1 to 10 based on initial impressions of 30 minutes or less with the games. This exercise should not be taken seriously by any stretch of the imagination, don't let the title fool you." - Matthew Williamson (shapermc)

GamePro interviews David Jaffe
"One of the most emotional video games I've ever played is a Flash game called Passage. You move a tiny 8-bit sprite character from left to right; every four to five seconds, your character ages. It's a simple, abstract, interactive expression of a life lived. It's great! It's possible to make emotional games, but it's not in my DNA at this point." - David Jaffe (God of War)

Aquaria at ACMI and Macworld
Photos from Derek's recent trip to Australia can be found over at the Bit Blot web site. Low budget video of the event in the extended.

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