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Archive For July, 2008

Eternity's Child (Silver Sphere Studios)

July 31, 2008 11:11 PM | Tim W.

We've done GameTap today, so it's only fair to balance it out by mentioning the release of Eternity's Child on Steam. The game can be purchased for less than USD $5. (trailer, in the press, soundtrack, Wikipedia entry)

Steam: Eternity's Child

American McGee's Grimm: Episode 1 (Spicy Horse)

July 31, 2008 4:07 PM | Tim W.

The first weekly episode from American McGee's retelling of Grimm's fairy tales is now available as a free download (for one day only, which is today) to GameTap users everywhere. All that's required to play is the free GameTap client, a guest account and a 190 MB game download.

Collect all secrets in each of the six scenes to unlock the gallery.

GameTap's announcement
American McGee's Grimm: A Boy Learns What Fear Is
official web site
Wikipedia entry

Indie Game Pick: The Spirit Engine 2 (Mark Pay)

July 30, 2008 11:25 PM | Tim W.

The Spirit Engine 2 is a sequel to the similarly-titled freeware RPG released by Mark Pay back in 2003. The 60MB demo contains the first two chapters of the game, while the full version (nine chapters long) can be purchased for USD $18.

Combat generally involves picking the most effective skills to use during each turn and swapping characters when their health points are low by pressing the space key. Right click on one of the three skill slots for each character to change skills during battle. (trailer)

Name: The Spirit Engine 2
Developer: Mark Pay
Category: RPG
Type: Demo
Size: 60MB
Download page: Click here (mirrors)

Freeware Game Pick: Stench Mechanics (cactus)

July 30, 2008 8:04 PM | Tim W.

Warning: Contains nudity and strong language.

Stench Mechanics is a new adventure game created by cactus for a friendly competition held during the No More Sweden meet. Use the cursor keys to move, and press the up arrow key to interact with objects or skip text. There are three endings to discover.

Name: Stench Mechanics
Developer: cactus
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: You Have to Fertilize the Egg (Kianis)

July 30, 2008 7:23 PM | Tim W.

Warning: Strong language.

A sequel to Kianis' You Have to Burn the Rope, You Have to Fertilize the Egg is a self-declared art game which utilizes only the cursor keys for controls. This effort is slightly reminiscent of cactus' Life is a Race, where players will have to guide the hat-wearing cell from one end of the passage to the other, all in the name of survival.

Name: You Have to Fertilize the Egg
Developer: Kian Bashiri, Mårten Brügemann
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

Call For Indie Games Interviews - The Guardian (UK)

July 30, 2008 7:09 PM | Tim W.

We just got a note from Aleks Krotoski over at the British newspaper The Guardian's notable Gamesblog, and sounds like she's looking for more indies to talk about - here's the info:

"The Guardian's gamesblog knows there's more to games than the mainstream players. Over our four-year history, we've endeavored to cover the indie scene as best we can, and we're even dabbling in our own indie game development project.

But enough about us. We run a semi-weekly feature called 'Game Pitch' in which we ask indie game developers ten pre-set questions about their projects as an opportunity to 'Pitch' the game to The Guardian readership. Here are a couple of examples: Clouds Beyond Clouds, a point-and-click mystery based on the lives and works of the Bronte sisters and the ARG The Sky Remains.

Here's the seed that kicked it all off.

If you've got a game you're working on and would like to see it on The Guardian, please do get in touch. You can contact me at gamesblog (at) Really looking forward to hearing from you! - Aleks."

Browser Game Pick: Corpse Craft (Three Rings Design)

July 30, 2008 3:28 PM | Tim W.

Corpse Craft is a Collapse-like browser game by the developers of Puzzle Pirates, where players will take charge of a mobile workshop as they attempt to destroy their opponents' work sheds by unleashing hordes after hordes of undead. Click on three or more adjoining pieces of the same color to gain resources, which can then be traded for one of the five available army units.

Name: Corpse Craft
Developer: Three Rings Design
Category: Puzzle
Type: Browser

Indie Game Pick: The Demon Rush (Dragoon Entertainment)

July 30, 2008 4:37 AM | Tim W.

A fan-made trailer for Dragoon Entertainment's newly-released 2D indie RPG, The Demon Rush. A demo can be downloaded from the official web site, while the full game costs roughly $10. Note that The Demon Rush requires at least 256 MB of free memory to run properly. (fan art by Origami and others in the extended)

The Demon Rush

Results: 1st Annual Game Makin' Shindig (Eegra)

July 30, 2008 3:55 AM | Tim W.

Games submitted for Eegra's first annual Game Makin' Shindig are now available for download. A total of AUD $3,000 (roughly USD $2,850) were handed out to the four top finishers; everyone else gets nine free games out of the competition.

Eegra's Shindig Competition Results

Rumor: Cave Story on WiiWare

July 29, 2008 12:03 PM | Tim W.

This is unconfirmed, but apparently download links for all Cave Story ports were withdrawn recently at the request of the original developer Pixel. A poster on let slip that the game will be released as a commercial WiiWare title on Nintendo's console sometime in the near future. (mockup cover art: Niklas Jansson)

AmigaOne: Cave Story gets commercial release
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AGTP translation
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