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Archive For April, 2008

Freeware Game Pick: Space Troy (Lazrael)

April 29, 2008 7:02 PM | loverboy69

Space Troy is Lazrael's latest game. It's a stylish retro shoot 'em up with a short but challenging level divided into three parts.

"You are Troy the space squid, an agent of the Space Taxing Department (STD). You have received info that there is a populus that is comepletely taxfree at the moment and you must fix dat. With guns."

Use X to fire, arrow keys to move and Enter to start a new game and skip forward in the intro sequence.

Name: Space Troy
Developer: Lazrael
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 4MB
Download link: Savefile

Browser Game Pick: Attack of the Meeplings (Joshua Smyth)

April 28, 2008 7:04 PM | Tim W.

Joshua Smyth's Attack of the Meeplings is a vertical shooter consisting of three levels, playable using Java-enabled browser. Hold the Z key to shoot, and press the space key to use a missile. Autofire can be activated with the A key.

Gather blue orbs to increase your multiplier, which is added to your score whenever an enemy ship is destroyed. The game loops infinitely, with a minor speed increase after every three stages. High scores are only recorded when playing at the normal difficulty setting.

Name: Attack of the Meeplings
Developer: Joshua Smyth
Category: Shooter
Type: Browser

Browser Game Pick: Toriflash (Hampa)

April 28, 2008 6:54 PM | Tim W.

Hampa's turn-based fighting game Toribash was recently ported to Flash by the original author himself. Most of the features have been stripped down to its basics, but full source code for Toriflash can be downloaded from the same thread for modding and hacking purposes. (source: Toribash, Fun-Motion)

Name: Toriflash
Developer: Hampa
Category: Strategy
Type: Browser

Freeware Game Pick: The Sewer Goblet (ToG)

April 28, 2008 8:50 AM | Tim W.

The Sewer Goblet is a new roguelike game created by Tale of Game's Studios, the same group which produced the recent b-ball hit Barkley Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden. Your objective is to storm a dungeon, reach the bottom level, retrieve the baby, and finally returning to the top floor. Treasure and equipment can be acquired to improve your chances of survival. Once you've reached the bottom floor to retrieve the baby, you will have to travel all the way up again in order to fully complete the mission.

Your progress is saved automatically when exiting the game using the escape key. Press the R key to rest, or tap space to access your inventory. Cast spells or discard inventory items using the Q key. Press W to collect treasure from the ground when standing over it, and eat snacks to reveal their magical properties. There are roughly twenty levels in total.

Name: The Sewer Goblet
Developer: Tale of Game's Studios
Category: Roguelike
Type: Freeware
Size: 30MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: Hello Panda (GPTouch, Inc.)

April 28, 2008 6:32 AM | Tim W.

Hello Panda is a stylish vertical shooter made by GPTouch using Game Maker, featuring three playable characters and five levels interspersed with the occasional boss encounters. Enemies drop blood when defeated, which can then be acquired and used to fuel special attacks or to upgrade your default weapon.

Press the Z key to shoot, and hold the left shift key to display your character's hit point. Use the X key to execute your secondary attack. Press the C key when you're firing to upgrade your weapon, or increase the blood pack count by one if the red gauge shows a hundred percent. Use the space key to activate a temporary invincibility mode when you have at least one blood pack.

Name: Hello Panda
Developer: GPTouch, Inc.
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 30MB
Download link: Mediafire A Brief Demographic Survey

April 28, 2008 12:26 AM | Simon Carless

- Hey, folks - so if readers could help us out for a second, we're conducting a v.brief anonymous survey (6 questions only, should take about 30 seconds to fill out!) to work out exactly who reads the Indie Games Blog.

Why? This site is operated by us folks at Think Services, which also runs things like Game Developers Conference and the Independent Games Festival, we're trying to work out more about the demographics and wants of the site readership.

Anyhow, the survey is completely optional, and as mentioned previously, the results will not be tied to any personal information or details you give us.

But if you do want some incentive to do it, we're giving away a set of 4 GameSetApparel T-shirts - including a neat Dan 'Alien Hominid/Castle Crashers' Paladin tee, among others - to one randomly picked survey filler-out.

[Please note that when you complete the survey, it'll just go back to the homepage.]

(Chairman, IGF.)

Browser Game Pick: The Last Stand 2 (Con Artists)

April 27, 2008 10:49 AM | Tim W.

In The Last Stand 2, your objective is to protect a barricade against oncoming hordes of zombies. Manage your time during the daylight to search for weapons, survivors and repair.

Move with the W, A, S and D keys. Aim with the mouse, and reload with the R key. Press space to switch weapons.

Name: The Last Stand 2
Developer: Con Artists Productions
Category: Action
Type: Browser

Freeware Game Pick: The Power (Alexitron)

April 26, 2008 12:37 PM | Tim W.

The Power is a freeware 2D platformer in the style of Lyle in Cube Sector, Alex Adventure and Plasma Warrior. Your character begins with limited health and no special abilities, but will quickly gain suit and weapon upgrades over the course of his adventure. Use the cursor keys to move, and tap the C key to shoot.

The game includes five different areas to explore, multiple boss encounters and two endings to discover.

Name: The Power
Developer: Alexitron
Category: Platformer
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Review: Noitu Love 2 (1UP)

April 25, 2008 8:54 PM | Tim W.

Noitu Love 2: Devolution reviewed by the 1UP crew. Also mentioned in length on Destructoid's Indie Nation.

Indie Game Pick: Bullet Candy (Charlie's Games)

April 25, 2008 8:35 PM | Tim W.

The price of Bullet Candy has been reduced to $3.95. Hopefully Charlie will consider finishing Space Dong soon... (source: the2bears)

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