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Archive For February, 2008

Freeware Game Pick: Knytt Nano (Nifflas)

February 26, 2008 8:02 PM | Tim W.

Knytt Nano is a small platformer created as an experimental piece by the author of Within a Deep Forest and Knytt Stories. Use the cursor keys for movement, or hold the A key to run quicker. Tap the S key to jump.

The game has a proper ending. (full map)

Name: Knytt Nano
Developer: Nifflas
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB
Direct download link: Click here

Game Developer's Rant: Jonathan Mak

February 26, 2008 3:48 PM | Tim W.

From Wired: "Everyday Shooter creator Jonathan Mak baffled attendees of the Game Designer's Rant when he didn't use his segment of the panel to complain about the state of game design, but rather to play some catchy music and release a number of balloons into the crowd."

Balloons, Not Words From Everyday Shooter Creator
Three Wild Theories About Everyday Shooter Designer's Rant
Jon Mak Makes GDC Real
GDC08 Six things to take from Game Developers Rant Balloons! - Joystiq

Freeware Game Pick: Vegetable Soup Tactics (Stewart Hogarth)

February 26, 2008 3:07 PM | Tim W.

Vegetable Soup Tactics is the result of an attempt by Stewart Hogarth and Lyall Bruce to create a physics-based tile matching puzzler in under one day for the Dundee Game Jam meet in Scotland. Similar to Digital Eel's Soup du Jour, players must remove ingredients from the pot by selecting three or more of the same food stuff with each click of the left mouse button.

Use the add vegetable or shake option for extra points.

Name: Vegetable Soup Tactics
Developer: Stewart Hogarth and Lyall Bruce
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB
Direct download link: Click here

GDC 2008: Castle Crashers Preview

February 26, 2008 12:01 PM | Tim W.

The Behemoth's upcoming console release is set to be released on the XBLA this summer 2008. (trailer in the extended)

Freeware Game Pick: Flipside of the Divine (Team Flipside)

February 26, 2008 11:08 AM | Tim W.

Flipside of the Divine is an action game with deep puzzle elements, created by a team of university students for their school project last year. Players guide the onscreen warrior using the keyboard, all the while attempting to reach a portal usually located at the end of each level. Camera view can be controlled by moving the mouse around or scrolling the wheel.

Press the left mouse button to release a bird and flip up to five separate platforms. The game introduces limited resources, enemies, walls, fire, winds and more as you progress through the main campaign.

Name: Flipside of the Divine
Developer: Team Flipside
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 50MB
Direct download link: Click here

Flash Game Pick: Metro.Siberia (Tommy Salomonsson)

February 26, 2008 9:51 AM | Tim W.

Metro.Siberia is a remake of an old classic in which players only need to hold or release one key to control their ship. The game includes three levels with varying difficulty. Press the S key to mute sound, and use the P key to access the pause feature at any time.

Name: Metro.Siberia
Developer: Tommy Salomonsson
Category: Action
Type: Browser

Passage is Better Than Portal

February 26, 2008 8:56 AM | Tim W.

Nick Montfort calls Passage a better game than Portal in an article recently posted on Grand Text Auto. (source: Play This Thing)

Thanks to Cycle for reminding me about this piece as well: Immortal Defense is better than Portal AND Bioshock

PvP: Portal versus Passage
A Lie Worse Than The Cake

Mega64's 2008 IGF Award Videos

February 26, 2008 5:50 AM | Tim W.

From GameSetWatch: A complete set of Mega64 videos shown during the IGF awards ceremony.

More clips in the extended. Videos are also available for download from the Mega64 web site. (may not be safe to watch at work; strong language)

Flash Game Pick: Alan Probe - Amateur Surgeon (Adult Swim)

February 25, 2008 5:10 PM | Tim W.

Alan Probe: Amateur Surgeon is a new flash game by Adult Swim. You play the role of a pizza delivery boy who has to undertake an emergency operation to redeem himself for a mistake, then quickly proceeds to make it a new career choice with comical results.

Be prepared to handle numerous inconventional operating instruments as you attempt to carry out life-saving emergency surgeries in a number of awkward situations. The game isn't without it's flaws though, as certain nicks and cuts are extremely difficult to spot in a sea of blood. There are ten patients to treat in the first act.

Name: Alan Probe: Amateur Surgeon
Developer: adult swim
Category: Action
Type: Browser

Photos: GDC, Part 5

February 25, 2008 8:38 AM | Tim W.

New set of photos posted on the 2D Boy web site. Text in red refers to an inside joke.

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