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Archive For July, 2009

Shellblast Free for the Weekend

July 25, 2009 10:23 AM | Tim W.

Vertigo Games (Sandbox of God) is giving away their bomb-defusing puzzle game Shellblast on Game Giveaway of the Day for the next twenty hours. The $4.95-priced game is currently being updated for a release on Xbox Live Indie Games soon (under the new name Shellblast HD), so it's a perfect opportunity to try the game out regardless of whether you own an Xbox 360 console or not. (source)

Freeware Game Pick: A Night To Remember (Ethan Damschroder)

July 23, 2009 3:22 PM | Michael Rose


Nathan Carter has one more big job to finish before he can take an early retirement, but his final con doesn't go exactly as planned. A Night To Remember sees Nathan plunged into a story he'd much rather not be part of.

It's your typical adventure game with an interesting and sinister tale that will take around half an hour to complete. Clicking on certain objects can be a little fiddly at times and none of the puzzles are too taxing, but it's definitely worth some of your time.

Grab a copy from here.

Game Developer Debuts Free 2009 Game Career Guide Issue

July 23, 2009 2:37 PM | Simon Carless

[The Game Developer magazine folks have debuted the free digital version of their Career Guide for 2009/2010, which you'll find in physical form at a bunch of public and trade game shows - and online right now! Lots of good indie-focused content this year, too... and it's even got a piece by Tim W. in it!]

For the second year running, Game Developer’s annual Game Career Guide, a special edition magazine devoted to helping aspiring video game creators and guided by the editors of the industry-leading Game Developer magazine, is being given away for free.

The special magazine - part of Think Services, as is this website - is now available as a digital version, with both web-readable and PDF downloadable versions to choose from.

The 2009 issue builds on the success of last year’s edition, which had over 30,000 physical copies distributed worldwide at major video game public and trade shows, and gathered 383,000 online page views from over 34,000 people -- plus thousands of downloads.

The Game Career Guide issue includes a version of Game Developer's famed salary report for entry-level jobs in video game development.

It also includes numerous articles with tips on both breaking in and sustaining a long-term career in the industry - with former or current staffers from LucasArts, Activision, Electronic Arts, Double Fine Productions, and Neversoft Entertainment all contributing.

Also included in the 2009 edition is a postmortem of notable student game Akrasia, lessons from the Artsy Games Incubator, and a look at low-cost game engines for do-it-yourself independent and graduate creators.

La-Mulana Coming to WiiWare

July 23, 2009 5:21 AM | Tim W.

As reported on Neogaf and a couple of other sites now, the latest issue of Nintendo Power brings news that the MSX-style platformer is headed for the WiiWare very soon. Nigoro themselves posted up a countdown timer on their site just yesterday, so this piece of information is pretty much confirmed and we will hear more about the changes that the new port will bring in three days' time.

The Neogaf poster also comments that La-Mulana's graphics have been updated to 16-bit, and the original MSX roms would probably be replaced with classic Nintendo titles instead. (old gameplay videos)

[UPDATE: Nicalis had posted up a press release on their blog today, confirming the collaboration between them and the Nigoro team on an upcoming WiiWare game, scheduled for release in Winter 2009.]

Freeware Game Pick: Gum Drop Celestial Frontier (Elbert Perez)

July 23, 2009 12:39 AM | Michael Rose

Elbert Perez has released a free-to-download PC version of his upcoming Xbox Live Community Games title 'Gum Drop Celestial Frontier'. Don't let the long and rather odd name put you off - there's some good stuff to play here.

While your ship doesn't have any lasers to take on the incoming enemies, it does have the SMASH ball, which can be swung around your ship and, well, smashed into your opponents. There's also a few other different moves which can be pulled off, and many powerups to try out. The game itself feels nicely polished and well worth a look-in.

Presumably Elbert is hoping this PC release will convince people to buy the game from XBLGC later this month. Until then, give this free version a try.

Review: The Blackwell Convergence (Wadjet Eye Games)

July 22, 2009 12:40 PM | Michael Rose

Before I begin, I must make the point that I have not played either of the original titles in the Blackwell series. You know how it is - there's a list of games in your head that you keep telling yourself you should get around to playing, but in the end you just completely forget and it falls to the back of your mind.

Hence I am yet to try out both The Blackwell Legacy and Blackwell Unbound. Instead I have begun my delving into the miniseries with The Blackwell Convergence, the latest addition to the series. While it's an incredibly short and sometimes simple experience, this story-orientated adventure is a very grown-up take on the genre and is sure to please any Blackwell fan.

The action follows Rosangela Blackwell, a spirit medium, and her ghostly guide Joey Mallone as they attempt to locate wandering souls and help them find peace. Players take control of both Rosa and Joey, each with their unique abilities, in an attempt to piece together exactly what happened to each ghost they find and set about easing them into the light.

Osmos Coming on August 18th

July 22, 2009 12:30 PM | Michael Rose


Hemisphere Games' Osmos, winner of the 'D2D Vision Award' at this year's IGF, is to be released through Steam and Direct2Drive next month.

Recently selected as one of the PAX 10 finalists, Osmos features 'elegant, physics-based gameplay, dreamlike visuals, and a minimalist, electronic soundtrack'. The game beat off the likes of Cortex Command and Dyson to pick up the IGF award and cash prize, so we can expect the final product to be something special.

Expect to see it pop up sometime soon on both Steam and Direct2Drive. The game will also be available for purchase through the official site.

Post I.T. Shooter Interview, Updates

July 22, 2009 6:12 AM | Tim W.

Time Lapse of Post I.T. Shooter Development

Dyson Delayed Until October

July 22, 2009 12:01 AM | Michael Rose


Rudolf Kremers and Alex May's IGF Finalist Dyson has been pushed back from its July release to sometime in the Fall.

Up until recently, the official Steam page for Dyson showed a 31st July release date, but a few days ago Alex posted on the Dyson blog explaining that the game will now see the light of day later this year 'due to a number of factors':

"We are trying very very hard though to make this game as good as it can be. Hopefully it is understood that the expanded scope, and subsequent delay, comes out of a desire to give you something that is really worthwhile."

He also promises that details on the project will flow a bit more freely in the next few months, so we can all get a bit more excited about its release. Steam now states October 2009 as the date to look forward to.

Check out the official Dyson site for more details.

And Yet It Moves, Mount and Blade Sale (50% Off)

July 21, 2009 7:15 PM | Tim W.

Two more indie games going on sale this week. The price for Broken Rules' puzzle platformer And Yet It Moves has been reduced to $5 on Direct2Drive, while Mount & Blade can now be purchased for only $15 at Direct2Drive, GamersGate, Impulse and Steam. Both offers are set to expire at the end of this week.

If you've missed the 75% discount sale back in January and March, then this is probably a good time as any to get in on some sandbox sword-fighting action with TaleWorlds' debut commercial release.

Demos for And Yet it Moves and Mount & Blade are available from their respective sites.

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