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Archive For April, 2008

Flash Game Pick: 10 Gnomes part 4 (Mateusz Skutnik)

April 25, 2008 8:26 PM | Tim W.

10 Gnomes 04 is the latest chapter in a series of short hidden object games created by Mateusz Skutnik. Players are once again given ten minutes to search out the locations of each gnome. Watch out for the birds.

Name: 10 Gnomes part 4: foggy flat
Developer: Mateusz Skutnik
Category: Puzzle
Type: Browser

Preview: World of Goo (G4)

April 25, 2008 8:45 AM | Tim W.

Adam Sessler speaking to Kyle and Ron of 2D Games about World of Goo, due out June 2008.

Crimson Star video

April 24, 2008 11:19 PM |

You might remember the screenshots that were posted of this project ("2D side-scrolling WIP platformer, which is heavily influenced by Metroid Prime 1 and other games in the Metroid series") sometime back.

Well now there's a gameplay video and aside from YouTube screwing up the quality, it looks pretty sweet. I'm unsure about this getting to finishing point (it's only around 8% done) but there's always hope.

Read the development blog on 64 digits.

Interview: Mark Johns (Space Barnacle, Rotrix)

April 24, 2008 6:06 AM | Tim W.

A friendly chat with Mark Johns, developer of Space Barnacle and Standard Bits.

Hi Mark, let's begin with a little introduction of yourself.

My name is Mark Johns. I'm 24 years old, recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in Math and Computer Science from a state university in Illinois.

My background is from the Macintosh, where I've released small shareware games off and on for around ten years, and only recently ventured into doing indie games for the PC, when I discovered the wealth of stuff going on in the last year through sites like TIGSource.

There used to be a decent community site called iDevGames, which would host Mac-based game development competitions, but the scene is not as active as it once was. If you're familiar with David Rosen (the Wolfire guy, who did Black Shades and Lugaru), he came out of that community as well. He's a really talented guy, but yeah the Mac scene is not as thriving as what you see on the Windows side now.

Once I discovered TIGSource and finally got a machine running XP, I went through and downloaded all the stuff on the recommended list. And it was really inspiring, and led directly into the stuff I've been doing recently.

Is there a central repository for all of your games?

Everything I've done in the last year for Windows is available on my blog, Doomlaser. A lot of my older Mac stuff is on Those are more earlier works, and are all really clones.

Browser Game Pick: Killawatt

April 24, 2008 5:43 AM | Tim W.

Killawatt is an advergame hosted at the Samsung web site, in which players are given a total of three minutes to stack as many speakers as they could onto the back of the truck decked with Rastafarian colors. A speaker will break if it touches the ground, and you're only allowed to lose five of them in each game. The author's music is available as a free download as well.

Name: Killawatt
Category: Action
Type: Browser

Browser Game Pick: After Doomsday (Kenshiro and Tectec)

April 23, 2008 5:57 PM | Tim W.

After Doomsday is a new browser-based multiplayer RPG which was created by a team of two developers using a combination of PHP and MySQL. The game bears many resemblances to the popular Kingdom of Loathing and Twilight Heroes, is free to play, and requires only a simple registration process for account activation.

Stats can be increased temporarily by using item modifiers, or permanently by training and increasing your character's level. Weapons and armor can be purchased from a shop, though the game does emphasize on player versus player encounters to earn experience points. Other methods of gaining experience includes committing crime and heading downtown to defend the city. Many of these tasks can only be done a certain number of times every day, but the counter does reset once the clock strikes midnight.

The search tab can be used to find another player to attack. Most street games are relatively safe to play for additional money without being sent to the hospital, although you still run the risk of losing cash. Other cities are unlocked once you've successfully increased your character level to five or upwards. Players are advised to use the game guide as necessary for further instructions, explanation and tips on making the most out of limited resources.

Name: After Doomsday
Developer: Kenshiro and Tectec
Category: RPG
Type: Browser

Browser Game Pick: The Fog Fall (Mateusz Skutnik)

April 23, 2008 3:52 AM | Tim W.

The Fog Fall is a new point and click adventure from the author of the Submachine and Covert Front series, taking place in a deserted bomb shelter with only shreds of clues hinting at the chain of events which has taken place. The game consists of roughly twenty or so rooms to explore, and one can pretty much expect the same sort of inventory and code puzzles commonly found in most of Mateusz's works.

Name: The Fog Fall
Developer: Mateusz Skutnik
Category: Adventure
Type: Browser
Walkthrough: Click here

Trailer: Pragaras

April 22, 2008 8:39 PM | Tim W.

Teshla and Jurgis' new Flash game Pragaras has been in development for over two months now. It is unclear whether their latest project is a direct sequel to Menulis and Miestas, or a new story with a different main character. Reversing the recorded voice does reveal the release date though.

Pragaras trailer

Dobbs Challenge Debuts First Month Challenge Winner, Highlights

April 22, 2008 2:24 PM | Simon Carless

2008_04_17_thumb.jpg [Our sister programming mag/website Dr Dobb's Journal has been running the Dr. Dobb's Challenge game competition in association with Microsoft Visual Studio, with $10,000 in prizes. There was an initial $1,000 'First Month Challenge' prize for modding the downloadable Windows game.

Here's contest organizer Mathew Kumar outlining the best entries and the 'First Month' winner - all worth checking out for game mod fun, and to see if you can do better for the final June deadline.

UPDATE: Please note that the games are much closer to 'hobbyist' mods created by Dobbs-reading programmers in their spare time than fully-fledged indie classics, so ameliorate your expectations accordingly.]

We'd like to thank everyone for entering the Dobbs First Month Challenge. We thought that even with $1,000 on the line to the best entrant with a month to develop a serviceable work-in progress, it was just going to be too much work for our regular readers who don't necessarily have a lot of time to develop indie games.

We were, happily, proven wrong and there's a fun crop of games now available up on the Dobbs Challenge Critic's Choice download section for you to check out -- including a one button fighting game from Alexkr; Badly Drawn Robots, which can be best described as "Robotron Meets Castle Wolfenstein Meets Dr. Dobbs" and Dobbs Derby, possibly the most ambitious total conversion so far, which turns Dr Dobbs Challenge into a racing game.

We've selected five mods from a rich selection to spotlight here -- four runners-up and the $1,000 winner. If your entry wasn't selected, please don't  think that we've lost, missed or ignored it!

Freeware Game Pick: Stormbaancoureur (nop)

April 22, 2008 2:19 PM | oranda

Yes that screenshot is horrid. But it is seriously the best I could do, as Stormbaancoureur is so touchy and so insanely constructed, that even the amount of time it takes for my hand to go from the accelerator to the Print Screen button is enough to throw the car completely off its rails. There is only a single level in this game (plus a tutorial and a free roam area), but it should take the average player at least an hour to successfully navigate.

Name: Stormbaancoureur
Developer: nop
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB
Direct download link: Click here

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