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Archive For February, 2009

Browser Game Pick: Sagrario's Room Escape (Valentin Sagrario)

February 26, 2009 12:45 AM | Michael Rose


Escape-the-room games irritate me incredibly in the sense that I am absolutely terrible at them, yet once I start one, I can't help but sit and pop a vein over it for an extremely long time.

Sagrario’s Room Escape didn't disappoint and my frustration levels were sent sky high. The aspect that made this one so unique compared to others I've played is that Sagrario's Room is rather bare at first glance, yet still packs just as much puzzle.

What begins quite simple looking quickly becomes head-scratchingly complex. If you're a fan of escape-the-room games, you'll find a nice time-wasting opportunity here.

Braid PC Will Be Released on Steam

February 25, 2009 11:58 PM | Michael Rose


Ever since the announcement that the indie hit Xbox360-exclusive Braid is finally coming to PC, many avid Steam users have called for a Steam release of Jonathan Blow's time-warping masterpiece.

And so their dreams have been fulfilled! It was announced today by Valve that Braid will indeed be hitting Steam on March 31st at a price of $14.99 (12.99 EUR, £9.99). Jason Holtman, director of business development at Valve, had this to say on the release:

"Braid is arguably the strongest example of what can be accomplished by an independent game designer. From GDC to DICE, the title has deservedly collected numerous accolades and, along with World of Goo, Audiosurf and many others, is redefining the way people think about 'Independent Games.'"

It's worth mentioning that the original Xbox 360 version is still on offer for $10 at the moment for Gold Live members.

Freeware Game Pick: Space Sausage (Charlie's Games)

February 25, 2009 10:14 PM | Tim W.

Space Sausage is a short horizontal shooter created by the author of Bullet Candy, in which brave pilots must attempt to fly their ship past hordes of enemies in the shape of unmentionable body parts and take down the bosses waiting at the end of each level.

The game features an online high score table, a special guest appearance by General Custer himself, and is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems. There are three waves to play in total.

Name: Space Sausage
Developer: Charlie's Games
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB
Platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux

Freeware Game Pick: Pathways (Terry Cavanagh)

February 25, 2009 12:19 PM | Tim W.

One can't help but think that Passage had been the catalyst for the creation of many 'art games' we've been seeing in the last year or so, from Daniel Bernmergui's I Wish I Were the Moon to Gregory Weir's The Majesty of Colors, and even Tales of Tales' pair Auriea and Michaël couldn't resist contributing an attempt of their own with the release of The Graveyard. We could also argue that biggt's La La Land series first set the stage for others to follow, although how much of that was an influence to Jason Rohrer's work we would never know.

Terry Cavanagh's Pathways is another entry in this line of interactive storytelling, where the progression of a tale is dictated by your choices, and hence the key moments and endings will be directly affected as well. As hinted by the title, players are offered the options of taking one route or another at many of the junctions to be found inside the game, with all paths previously explored conveniently marked by a fuzzy snow effect seen commonly on old television sets. A good selection of music and sound effects help accentuate the experience, although the conclusion of this adventure may surprise a few people because of how little resolution it provides to many of the questions that might arise from playing.

Name: Pathways
Developer: Terry Cavanagh
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

Freeware Game Pick: Dinowaurs (Intuition Games)

February 24, 2009 10:52 PM | Michael Rose


Dinowaurs is a hefty multiplayer combat/strategy game done completely in real-time. Players pick a dinosaur, give him a name, dress him up, kit him out with weapons, then aim in the direction of the enemy and blow them to pieces.

Each team is given a set of villages and each village generates money which can in turn be turned into bigger and better weapons to destroy the opposition with. Online matches are found via a matchmaking system and there's a tutorial to plug your way through, so you can get to grips before taking on the world.

There's actually a lot going on here, with a nice online ranking system to boot. It appears that initial reactions from players are rather varied, with some loving the mix of combat and trajectory-work and others just not liking it at all. Overall it's good solid fun which is easily accessible for those who want a quick, silly game, yet deep enough for serious players to keep at it.

Play it over at Kongregate Games now. There's a gameplay trailer below, too.

Browser Game Pick: Shinobido (Acquire)

February 24, 2009 6:58 PM | Tim W.

Shinobido is a web advergame for Acquire's PS2 stealth-based action title with a similar name, in which players assume the role of a ninja who has to storm five different samurai strongholds, carry out their assigned objectives and reach the topmost floor to complete the mission.

Only the space and cursor keys are needed to play this game. Surprise an enemy from the back to execute a stealth kill, or press the space key to throw a shuriken at an opponent and stun them momentarily. Direct confrontations should be avoided whenever possible, as some health would be lost if you trade blows with an adversary. Mission objectives range from collecting all scrolls in the current stage to killing a certain number of enemies to progress.

There are only five strongholds to infiltrate in total.

Name: Shinobido
Developer: Acquire
Category: Action
Type: Browser

Shinobido gameplay video

Freeware Game Pick: 2 Minutes RPG (Tembac)

February 24, 2009 4:05 PM | Tim W.

2 Minutes RPG is essentially a roguelike with minor action elements included in the form of basic combat, where players get to name their hero and take him or her on an adventure to save the kingdom from evil beasts, dragons, barbarians and the occasional black knight or two. Created with Mark Overmars' Game Maker, this little project has been diluted to the extent of leaving out character stats, inventory, experience points and even health. What's left is a gold count indicating the amount of loot you've managed to acquire during your short journey, and some additional information shown during the end screen once all usable turns have been expended.

Each move consumes one turn from your counter, while going forward one square in a crypt takes up only half a turn.

Name: 2 Minutes RPG
Developer: Tembac
Category: RPG
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

Freeware Game Pick: Blade Gardener (darthlupi)

February 23, 2009 10:30 PM | Tim W.

Blade Gardener is a one-level tech demo for darthlupi's upcoming blade-swinging action game, which seems to borrow swordplay elements from his other unreleased project called Sword Fighter Zero. You take on the role of a gardener in the Garden of Life, who has to drive back enemies sent by the Goddess of Decay to corrupt everything that is under your care.

This basically involves going around the map and turning large dark crystals into pulsating life orbs with your beam of light, simply by holding down the right mouse button and aiming it at whatever you need converting or eradicated. You can fill up the beam gauge easily by hovering close to a giant life orb with some mana from the enemies you have defeated. The sword acts as a form of protection against harmful projectiles, and can also be used to slice at your adversaries to convert them into mana for collection.

This short level ends once you've managed to convert all dark crystals into life orbs. You can use the F4 function key to switch between full screen and windowed mode.

Name: Blade Gardener
Developer: darthlupi
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

Browser Game Pick: Cursor*10 2nd Session (Nekogames)

February 23, 2009 7:37 PM | Tim W.

Cursor*10 (2nd Session) is a new follow-up to Yoshio Ishii's popular mouse click game, where players have to once again collect all pyramids in each of the sixteen floors with only the ten cursors they're allowed to use as lives. You will direct the action of every cursor, one at a time, with events beginning to loop once the allocated time for that cursor runs out.

The game is largely similar to its predecessor, but contains enough subtle additions to warrant a second play.

Name: Cursor*10 2nd Session
Developer: Yoshio Ishii
Category: Puzzle
Type: Browser

Braid for $10: Xbox 360 Deal of the Week

February 23, 2009 11:37 AM | Michael Rose

For this week only, Braid on the Xbox 360 is $10, giving a saving of $5. Obviously with word that Braid is coming to the PC next month, Microsoft are trying to grab a few more willing souls for the Xbox version.

The slight hitch with this offer is that you must have Gold Membership for Xbox Live to make use of the offer. Still, if you are a Gold member, it's a great deal.

Source: Braid Official Site

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