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Archive For May, 2008

Freeware Game Pick: inno vation (O-MEGA)

May 24, 2008 9:49 PM | Tim W.

inno vation is a black and white platformer created by the developer of Every Extend, in which players are given control of a wild boar on a search for treasure and rare items. Use the cursor keys to move, and press the Z key to jump. Hold both Z and the down arrow key to descend downwards when walking over thin platforms. Health is recovered automatically, and new abilities such as the double jump are gained by collecting certain objects.

Grabbing the Hawk or Taka item will end your quest. Acquire all nineteen treasures to unlock the lunker mode.

Name: inno vation
Developer: O-MEGA
Category: Platformer
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: PaperBlast (Jesse Venbrux)

May 24, 2008 3:24 PM | Tim W.

PaperBlast is a new arena shooter from Jesse Venbrux controlled entirely using the mouse. Enemy spawn points are marked by spinning red squares seconds before they appear, while shots can be concentrated in one main direction by repeatedly tapping the left mouse button. Use the right button to activate one of your three bombs. Weapon is upgraded automatically as the game progresses.

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

Name: PaperBlast
Developer: Jesse Venbrux
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB
Download instructions: Click here

Online high score table

Video: Clouds (Sam Miller)

May 24, 2008 6:35 AM | Tim W.

High quality version. (source: thatgamecompany)

Trailer: a game about bouncing (RSBLSB)

May 24, 2008 6:07 AM | Tim W.

a game about bouncing will be released on June 7th, 2008.

Freeware Game Pick: Zoomstar Megaracing Maximum

May 23, 2008 9:38 PM | Tim W.

Zoomstar Megaracing Maximum is a bite-sized racing game which requires only the use of two keys to play. There are only six tracks to race on but the challenge is extended by variations on the number of laps required to complete a race, different cars and slightly modified tracks for each of the nine trophies.

Use the left or right cursor keys to steer the hover car. Speed decreases whenever your car passes over grass or sand, and will explode when it comes to a halt.

No AI racers were included due to the requirements of The Twenty Event Contest.

Name: Zoomstar Megaracing Maximum
Developer: Nick Gregory
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: The Scourge (Akith Games)

May 22, 2008 8:31 PM | Tim W.

The Scourge is a survival horror game taking place in a presumably empty house over the course of one night, represented as five minutes' worth of action-oriented gameplay. You start off with no weapons, but will soon be presented with the choice of a shotgun or uzi to defend yourself from the endless hordes of zombies out to eat your flesh.

Use the W, A, S, D or cursor keys to move, and hold the left mouse button to shoot.

Name: The Scourge
Developer: Akith Games
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: World of Pong (Erik Svedang)

May 22, 2008 7:36 PM | Tim W.

World of Pong is an experimental remake of the age-old classic arcade game with multiplayer features, created using the versatile Game Maker engine. Players are asked to choose a side at the start, and the bat levels up whenever you hit the ball before any other player does. Your bat also moves faster at higher levels.

Name: World of Pong
Developer: Erik Svedäng
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
Download mirror: Click here

Indie News: May 22nd

May 22, 2008 12:02 AM | Tim W.

Penny Arcade Adventures: A demo for Greenhouse's flagship title is now available. (mirrors)

Tale of Tales: Michael Samyn had begun posting parts to an article on the creative process involved in making their latest art game.


Cave Story: Shih Tzu had posted a link to an unofficial Doukutsu Monogatari music arrangement soundtrack. (fan art)

Noitu Love 2: Soundtrack to Joakim's 2D platformer now available for download.


Dino Run: Pixeljam Games' latest release reviewed on Indie Nation. The podcast also reveals TOTINOS as the password to unlock the special robot hat. (pictured right)

Freeloader: Both Makibishi Comic and Toribash mentioned in 1UP's special feature.


Dwarf Fortress: Tarn Adams chats with Ross Payton of Role Playing Public Radio.

Cortex Command: Data Realms' debut release featured in Play magazine.

Spooks: Erin Robinson interviewed by Yesterday's Salad.

Freeware Game Pick: Thrustburst (Umlautgames)

May 20, 2008 11:50 PM | Tim W.

Thrustburst is basically a remake of an old arcade game which involves navigating treacherous caverns by activating your thrusters using the W, A, D or cursor keys. Energy can be increased by lightly grazing the cavern walls and ceilings, preferably with the tail end of your ship. Activate the Energy Shield by pressing the shift or tab key, and press space or the left control key to fire the Defender Cannon. Use the F1 function key or hold the left alternate and enter key to toggle fullscreen.

To destroy the asteroid's core, simply approach it with maximum energy. The Energy Shield and Defender Cannon must not be used during this final approach. The regular difficulty setting is only fifty kilometers long, but there are two additional gameplay modes to unlock by completing the game. Thrustburst also supports both analog and wired Xbox 360 controllers. (source: ptoing)

Name: Thrustburst
Developer: Umlautgames
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 3MB

Browser Game Pick: 6 Differences (Case)

May 20, 2008 6:59 PM | Tim W.

6 Differences is a sequel to the popular spot the difference game where pictures come alive with all sorts of animation or movement, and players would have to find half a dozen discrepancies in each pair of photos in order to progress. A hint feature can be accessed once per level by pressing the H key. There are fourteen stages in total.

Name: 6 Differences
Developer: Case
Category: Puzzle
Type: Browser

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