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Archive For July, 2009

Flashbang's Next Game: Time Donkey

July 28, 2009 5:58 PM | Michael Rose

A few months ago, the guys at Flashbang Studios posted a couple of videos online featuring prototypes they were working on. Eventually they settled on Crane Wars as their WIP, but now they've announced that one of the other prototypes 'Time Donkey' will be their next release.

It appears that the concept is a 3D take on Cursor*10 involving... well, donkeys. Or should that be one donkey replicated many, many times... The guys reckon that this new game will be 'something more refined than anything you’ve seen from us before', so you can bet it will be one to watch out for!

Check out the Blurst blog now for a lengthy article from Ben Ruiz discussing their artistic influences.

Preview: Fig. 8 (Intuition Games)

July 28, 2009 12:42 AM | Michael Rose

Fig. 8 is an upcoming game from Intuition Games where, to quote one of the creators Greg Wohlwend, 'you control a bicycle through technical diagram suburbia'.

Definitely looks like one to watch out. There's not many more details at the moment, but check here for screenshots. (Source)

Hammerfall Retitled to Hammerfight, New Site and Trailer

July 27, 2009 11:40 PM | Tim W.

The official site for Hammerfight (previously known as Hammerfall) was revealed by Fun-Motion today, with plenty of new media posted in preparation for an upcoming release of the full game. A 20 MB demo is also available for download, although the default language is Russian and there is no translated version of it for others to try out yet.

Braid Sale on Direct2Drive ($5 Off)

July 27, 2009 10:55 PM | Tim W.

Direct2Drive is currently having a Braid sale for $5 less than its original price. You can purchase the Windows version of Braid (DRM-free) for only $10, but do it soon if you have not acquired the game from elsewhere as the discounted offer expires by the end of this Sunday.

Browser Game Pick: Seven (Makibishi Inc.)

July 27, 2009 11:10 AM | Tim W.

Seven is a short physics-based puzzler created by the developers of the popular adventure game Makibishi Comic, in which your quest is to restore balance to a strange planet by travelling to each of the seven stages and retrieving the stars found within.

Players can access the helpful hint feature by pressing the H key at any time, or restart a level by using the R key after an unsuccessful attempt at solving a puzzle. You are allowed to play the stages in any order you like, although one of the puzzles can only be solved with the use of a particular item from another level. (source)

Browser Game Pick: Disk Field (Jeremy Appleyard)

July 27, 2009 9:51 AM | Michael Rose


Disk Field is a short puzzler based on manipulating vector fields to push a spinning disk through each level. It starts off nice and simple but eventually gets pretty challenging.

There's really not that much to it, yet it's still strangely compelling. The arrow keys spin the vector arrows - although sometimes not every arrow can be manipulated. A few levels towards the end require concentration of the highest levels. Fortunately, the retro-style music is there to keep you sane!

It's over on Newgrounds.

La-Mulana Out on WiiWare This Winter 2009

July 27, 2009 9:19 AM | Tim W.

The official site for the upcoming WiiWare release of La-Mulana is now up, with the American release date stated as Winter 2009. Nigoro had also posted up ten screenshots and a new trailer to coincide with Nicalis' announcement of the collaborative project.

Rubber Ninjas Released

July 26, 2009 11:36 AM | Tim W.

Rag Doll Software (developer of Ragdoll Masters) has just released Rubber Ninjas for Windows operating systems, originally only available for Mac OS X users. The full game costs $19.95, and features about fifty single-player levels in total. A demo is also obtainable from the official site, showcasing three stages from the first campaign and a limited two-player mode with only the default fighter skin available for selection.

Round Up: Gamasutra Network Jobs, Week Of July 24

July 25, 2009 11:39 PM | Simon Carless

In our latest employment-tastic 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 Volition, Namco and more.

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:

Mount & Blade: Warband Multiplayer Beta Invitation

July 25, 2009 12:27 PM | Tim W.

You can now apply to become a beta tester for the TaleWorlds' Mount & Blade: Warband (the upcoming expansion pack with multiplayer features) by going to the sign-up page and filling up a short application form. Preferences will be given to those who provide valid serial keys, and also to applicants whose location are close to the multiplayer servers' locations.

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