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Archive For November, 2008

Freeware Game Pick: Teppomanto (Ikiki)

November 30, 2008 8:31 PM | Tim W.


Note: This is an unfinished build with no ending screen yet. There is no indication as to when the game will be completed (which is also the case with most of Ikiki's works).

Teppomanto is a new 2D action game created by the author of Nikujin and Teppoman, where players assume control over another naked assassin on a mission to infiltrate the enemy base and take out all adversaries within.

Use the cursor keys to move, press the left control key to attack or shoot, and hold the left shift key to jump. Tap the left or right arrow key twice to make your character run in either direction. If you dash near the edge of a platform and hold the shift key when in midair, the trained killer will extend his cape and attempt to glide slowly back to the ground. Press the down arrow key to open treasure chests or swap weapons.

Strangely enough, but not for the first time, the J key can also be used to commit suicide. You will also need to execute intricate wall jumps and reverse jumps to reach certain areas in the game. (unzip instructions, download mirrors)

Name: Teppomanto
Developer: Ikiki
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

Freeware Game Pick: Lost in Eldritch (Joachim Despland)

November 30, 2008 10:05 AM | Tim W.

Lost in Eldritch is a short 2D platformer created by Joachim Despland for TIGSource's Commonplace Book competition, featuring a protagonist who is stranded on an unfamiliar landscape with no memory of events leading up to his current predicament.

Use the cursor keys to move, press the Z key to jump, and hold the A key to walk slowly. The adventure itself is a short one, although most players would find the control scheme awkward and quit in frustration before reaching the end.

Name: Lost in Eldritch
Developer: Joachim Despland-Lichtert
Category: Platformer
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: From Primordial Egg (Logan Ames)

November 30, 2008 8:38 AM | Tim W.

From Primordial Egg is a Commonplace Book competition entry created by Logan Ames, developer of the exploration platformer Nothing. Starting out as a baby dinosaur inside an egg, players would have to press a button repeatedly to break the shell and venture forth into the labyrinth for food.

Use the Z key to bite, press the X key to kick out, and hold the C key to jump. You can run by tapping the left or right arrow key twice, which helps increase the jump distance. Enemies receive more damage from bites, and chomping on them once they're lying on the ground restores health by a small margin. Evolution is also gained through eating, with eager chompers shifting from one growth phase to another quicker than a player who avoids confrontation with the archaeologists.

You can restart a level at any time by pressing the F2 function key. A short ending is shown after you've completed the game, but like most Commonplace Book competition entries (e.g. Verge) it hardly rewards the player with anything other than a congratulatory screen after all the key presses their fingers had to endure.

Name: From Primordial Egg
Developer: Logan Ames
Category: Platformer
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: Verge (Kyle Pulver)

November 30, 2008 6:47 AM | Tim W.

Verge is a 2D platformer created by the developer of Bonesaw: The Game for TIGSource's Commonplace Book competition, featuring music contributed by Alec Holowka. In it, players assume control over an unnamed protagonist who has to traverse between two worlds in order to solve rudimentary block puzzles and reach the exit of each stage. This will require impaling himself with spikes Karoshi-style, using marked tiles on the ground to teleport, or jumping into deep ponds to appear on the other side. Enemies which absorb your soul can be shaken off by pressing the left and right arrow keys repeatedly.

There are nine levels to play in this competition build, and will take about ten to twenty minutes to complete. (forum thread)

Name: Verge
Developers: Kyle Pulver, Alec Holowka (music)
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: Everybody Dies (Jim Munroe)

November 29, 2008 8:38 PM | Tim W.

Everybody Dies is an interactive fiction work written by Jim Munroe, with Michael Cho contributing illustrations for the game. The story is centered around three employees who happens to work in the same Cost Cutters grocery store building. We are first introduced to Graham, a pothead assigned to retrieve shopping carts haphazardly misplaced by previous customers after use.

The game is playable on any internet browser with Java Machine installed, or downloaded as a raw Blorb file and executed with one of the many interpreters designed for running Glulx games. Note that you can type x and press enter to examine any object in the current location, including yourself. The final part of the text walkthrough is also slightly incorrect, as players would have to tear off labels instead of taking namecards for the final puzzle. (walkthrough)

Name: Everybody Dies
Developer: Jim Munroe, Michael Cho
Category: IF
Type: Browser, Freeware
Size: 5MB

Play online here (requires a browser with Java Machine installed)
No Media Kings article
review on PlayThisThing (written by Emily Short)
review by Emily Short

Freeware Game Pick: Besieged (Yarooze, Baron)

November 29, 2008 8:33 PM | Tim W.

Note: contains crude and toilet humour.

Besieged tells the tale of a slave who finds himself in a sticky situation, where the king is seeking for a hero who would volunteer for courier duties and fetch reinforcements to drive back the enemy encampment outside the castle walls. This 2D adventure game is short in length, contains witty writing, and peppered thoroughly with slightly crude and possibly offensive humour.

The point-and-click user interface commonly found in many AGS games had also been simplified down to three cursor icons. Depending on whether you've clicked on an object or person, the hand icon can manipulate the item directly, add it to your inventory or in the case of a character, initiate a conversation between the protagonist and the person you've just chose to speak with.

Name: Besieged
Developers: Jaroslaw Bleicher, Alex van der Wijst and Funkmast (music)
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB

Indie Games on Consolevania (Every Friday)

November 29, 2008 8:14 PM | Tim W.

The Consolevania crew is currently reviewing indie games every Friday, and had posted a request for indie game developers to send their releases to them for a bit of media spotlight. Send your money to [email protected] and they will talk some smack about the game on one of their upcoming shows. Brilliant. There are also two more videos in the extended. (source: Retro Remakes)

Mark Sheeky of had also requested indie games developers to send their games for them to write an article on. The site has been around for more than five years now, and some additional press mentions (and awards) for your commercial indie games wouldn't hurt at all.

Games to review wanted (Indiegamer)

Freeware Game Pick: Colk-Cube (TERU-soach)

November 29, 2008 9:18 AM | Tim W.

Colk-Cube is a 3D puzzler created by TERU-soach, where players would have to clear as many boxes as they can to advance from one level to the next. Use the cursor keys to move around, press the Z key when standing next to a block to kick it, and tap the X key to jump. You can also nudge a block slightly by pressing the correct arrow key when the push text is displayed on screen. SImply connect three or more squares of the same colour together to remove these blocks from the area.

The entire field can be rotated using the Q or E key, and holding down the escape key allows players to exit back to the main menu and quit the game from there. The number of blocks required to clear a stage is displayed on the upper right side of the screen, as a counter with the word rest above it.

Name: Colk-Cube
Developer: TERU-soach
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
Download page: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: Untitled Lovecraft Game (cactus)

November 29, 2008 7:50 AM | Tim W.

cactus' Lovecraft game is a mouse-controlled action shooter created for TIGSource's Commonplace Book competition, where a number of ideas from the author's journal form the inspiration for events, objects and situations to encounter in this journey into the macabre.

Use the W, A, S and D keys to move. Hold the left mouse button to shoot, and press the enter key at the main menu to start the game. (TIGSource thread)

Name: Lovecraft game
Developer: cactus
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Trailer: Cave Story WiiWare (IGN)

November 28, 2008 9:48 PM | Tim W.

IGN had posted up four new gameplay videos from the upcoming WiiWare version of Cave Story on their site, although you will need an IGN Insider account to view three of those clips. Audio is WIP. (source: Kotaku)

Cave Story WiiWare Trailer

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