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Archive For May, 2009

Freeware Game Pick: Chaser (Shadestorm)

May 31, 2009 6:11 PM | Michael Rose


This is simply fantastic. Using the arrow keys, the aim of Chaser is to catch a small stick man who is running away from you through a black, grassy world of randomly placed trees, rocks and bushes.

Starting off slowly, you soon build up speed by collecting coins which your prey hurls around. The brilliant thing which really makes this game so much fun to play is the music which builds itself up and the feeling of sheer speed once your score gets to around 1000 points. Colliding with a rock or tree will send your little guy spinning and you'll have to start again.

I must admit after about 20 minutes of play, I still have no idea if you can win the damn thing - the most I managed to get was around 1400.

Chaser is a must-play. Download it now.

Freeware Game Pick: Sad Torino Girly Harry (Beef and Cow)

May 31, 2009 1:35 PM | Michael Rose


Here's your extremely short and extremely strange Sunday game pick which David Scatliffe spotted over on his MOUSE NO! blog.

Created for The Poppenkast's 3 Hour Astronauts Competition, Sad Torino Girly Harry is a space-based platforming... experience. Beef describes the game as a means to 'play the heroic parcel every little boy and girl child wishes they could be'. This clears things up, of course.

Give it a try. (direct download link)

Browser Game Pick: Cat Gets 100 Stars (Nekogames)

May 31, 2009 10:32 AM | Tim W.

Cat Gets 100 Stars is a small Flash game created by the developer of Cursor*10 and the Hoshi Saga series, where players are tasked with guiding a cat around the screen and collecting a hundred stars at their own leisurely pace. There's no time limit to complete your objective, although acquiring some stars might prove to be a little trickier than it seems at first. (source)

Freeware Game Pick: Polkadot (Andrew Brophy)

May 30, 2009 6:31 AM | Tim W.

Polkadot is a charming little platformer created by the developer of Sworrd Buster and Social Experiment, in which you play a rabbit searching for a party to attend. This will require solving a couple of puzzles and also conversing with the characters you meet during your short trip.

A method to increase the conversation text scroll speed is explained on the same download page. The game will work on both Windows XP and Vista operating systems without a need to use the Game Maker converter.

Steam Weekend Offers: MumboJumbo and Redlynx

May 30, 2009 12:28 AM | Michael Rose


Steam's usual weekend offers delve into indie and casual grounds this time around, with offers on all of MumboJumbo's casual collection and a 'Bone-Breaking Package' from Redlynx.

Every single MumboJumbo game is now 50% off for the next couple of days. Personally I can't claim to have given their games much of my time, however I did once give one of the Samantha Swift find-a-thons a go and, while nothing special, it was quite relaxing which I guess is what part of being 'casual' is.

Redlynx's Trials 2 and more recent Monster Trucks Nitro are on offer together in a double pack for $4.99. Trials 2 has been on offer so many times now it's getting a little embarrassing, while Monster Trucks Nitro is basically Trials 2... with monster trucks. Still, if you haven't tried either, this is definitely worth splashing your pocket money out on.

Round-Up: Gamasutra Network Jobs, Week Of May 29

May 30, 2009 12:00 AM | Simon Carless

In this round-up, we highlight some of the notable jobs posted in big sister site Gamasutra's industry-leading game jobs section this week, including positions from Microsoft's Halo team to a level designer for Blue Castle's Dead Rising 2.

Each position posted by employers will appear on the main Gamasutra job board, and appear in the site's daily and weekly newsletters, reaching our readers directly.

It will also be cross-posted for free across its network of submarket sites, which includes content sites focused on online worlds, cellphone games, 'serious games', independent games and more.

Some of the notable jobs posted in each market area this week include:

Trailer: Air Pirates (cactus)

May 29, 2009 9:46 PM | Tim W.

A trailer for cactus' upcoming Flash game, Air Pirates. Will feature pirates (unsurprising), airplanes, giants, loot and secret bases inside volcanoes. The game is set to be released on sometime next month. (source)

Freeware Game Pick: Naginata Destruction (Function Games)

May 29, 2009 6:38 PM | Tim W.

Naginata Destruction is a frantic vertical shooter that features a secondary weapon similar to the one found in Taito's Ray series. Only one stage is playable in this version, but the game does not allow continues so it might take at least couple of tries to beat.

Your ship is equipped with a laser cannon that can lock onto a single enemy, and when fired all enemy ships in the path of the laser will be hit and damaged as well. The more ships you destroy with a single laser shot, the quicker you will gain an upgrade for the laser cannon. (screenshots)

Browser Game Pick: The X-Spot (Pencilkids)

May 29, 2009 10:12 AM | Michael Rose


Here's the basics: In each of The X-Spot's 25 puzzles, find the X as quickly as you can and click on it. Sometimes the X will be staring you in the face, other times it will need forcing into view.

Some of the locations of the X are quite clever, including a couple of puzzles which want you to fail purposely to achieve a cross rather than a tick. It's incredibly silly at times but all in all a charming experience. Plus there is score submission at the end for all of you with something to prove.

Newgrounds marks the spot.

Flashbang's Crane Wars Coming Before July 1st

May 29, 2009 8:41 AM | Michael Rose

Along with the above 'Alpha Walkthrough', Flashbang Studios have confirmed that their next project Crane Wars has about 2 weeks of development left and will be released sometime in June.

It's looking pretty decent up to now, although I can't help thinking it could be so much cooler if there was an option for 2 player mode. Or even 4 player?

The game will be release through Blurst.

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