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Archive For September, 2009

Machinarium Demo is Available for Download

September 30, 2009 2:15 PM | Tim W.

A 30 MB demo for Amanita Design's Machinarium is now available to download from FilePlanet (or if you are not a FilePlanet subscriber).

The full version will be available to purchase from the official site, Direct2Drive ($5 discount), Impulse, Steam and GamersGate this coming October 16th. (source)

Machinarium Soundtrack Preview (Amanita Design)
Machinarium Demo (Big Download)

Freeware Game Pick: Awakener (Ben Chandler)

September 30, 2009 1:32 PM | Tim W.

Awakener is a one room adventure game created by Ben Chandler using the reliable AGS engine, where you play as a boy named Fadi who has to help his Aunt Sylvia with a small chore just outside her tavern.

Your quest can be completed quite easily by talking to other characters around town and acquiring items from them. A nice little diversion for the afternoon which shouldn't take anyone longer than fifteen minutes to finish. (forum thread)

Freeware Game Pick: Magnello (Nick Janssen)

September 30, 2009 11:25 AM | Michael Rose


Magnello involves electricity and lots of magnets. The aim is to guide a magnetic ball through a series of challenging courses and into the electric hole at the end.

A word of warning - it starts off quite difficult and doesn't get any easier. The ball can only be controlled while it is contact with electric platforms or magnets, so most of the levels are about setting the speed and timing up correctly then hoping the ball flings itself through the air and lands in the hole perfectly. The way the ball produces a ridiculously low amount of friction makes this all so much more hair-wrenching, yet somewhat appealling.

The production levels feel pretty shabby, but it's still definitely worth giving a go, even if you give up early on. Download it from Nick's site.

Demo: Full Ace Tennis (Galactic Gaming Guild)

September 30, 2009 10:56 AM | Michael Rose


A demo for Full Ace Tennis has been released. I like tennis a bit too much, so I ask in advance that you excuse my enthusiasm.

The demo includes exhibition mode (basically a quick play mode) and the tutorial lessons. Initially I thought 'bah, who needs tutorials!' and a minute later got my ass handed to me by a bot who I have a suspicious had taken some kind of performance-enhancing drugs. After giving in and ploughing my way through the tutorial, it becomes obvious that Full Ace leans in the direction of simulation rather than arcade. Shots have to be prepared depending on where they are coming from and timing is essential.

You won't need to be into your tennis to enjoy this, and if you're looking for something to pass a bit of time, you'd do well to check the demo out. There's no word on the release date for the full version, mind. (direct download link)

SOWN: Incompatible Block and You Only Live Once

September 30, 2009 10:55 AM | Tim W.

Two more presentation videos from Sense of Wonder Night 2009. The clip shown above is about a drawing tool called Incompatible Block, created by Jun Fujiki (designer of Echochrome). You can find a demonstration of Marcus Richert's You Only Live Once in the extended.

Update: Onslaught of the Electric Zombies

September 29, 2009 12:10 PM | Tim W.

Nandrew's Onslaught of the Electric Zombies (an awesome Minesweeper variation) was recently updated with a new menu interface, two separate gameplay modes, more zombie types and a useful zombie codex that carries information on all sorts of zombies that you can expect to encounter.

The short mode is eight levels long, while a long game is twice that number. You can read the original review here.

Short Game Leaderboard, Long Game Leaderboard

Team Fortress 2: Goldrush Puzzler
Left 4 Dead: The Card Game

Sale: Immortal Defense Only $3 Until Oct 4th

September 29, 2009 8:15 AM | Tim W.

Paul is putting up Immortal Defense for sale at only $3 (original price $15) until this October 4th, which is probably the only time you can buy the game on the cheap and still receive full technical support from the developer. There is a lengthy demo that you can try out if you are on the fence about purchasing it. The game can't possibly be any cheaper than this, as BMT Micro charges $1.25 as the processing fee for every copy sold.

To get the discount, just enter BMCN000H7 in the discount code field on the purchase page. BMT Micro also accepts PayPal payments.

Interview: Dan Paladin (The Behemoth)

September 29, 2009 4:48 AM | Tim W.

Baiyon (music director of Pixeljunk Eden) interviewing Dan Paladin about Castle Crashers at the recent Tokyo Game Show 2009 event. Shown below is a boss fight scene from the upcoming Pixeljunk Shooter.

There is also a video walkthrough of a new area in the extended, recorded at the same convention last weekend. The game should be out on the PSN sometime this December. (source)

Boss Battle: Pixeljunk Shooter (TGS 09)

Browser Game Pick: Clockwords (Gabob)

September 29, 2009 12:24 AM | Michael Rose


Alex Shen pointed this one out to me and I was quite taken by it. Clockwords is, would you believe it, a word game which involves firing off as many words as possible to stop the oncoming robot spiders and stop then stealing your secrets!

There are certain letters listed at the bottom of the screen which are more powerful than others and using them in a word will make your cannon fire much more powerful missiles at the baddies. If you manage to use all the listed letters in a word, a new cell will open you so there are even more strong letters at your disposal.

It starts off simple but soon gets very hectic as you try to think up long words while the spiders get closer to their goal. The art and music are beautiful throughout and really give the game a great atmosphere. There are also some wonderfully simple ideas thrown in there, such as using's 'Word of the Day' as a special, almighty powerful word, and also allowing a second player to control the direction the cannon fires in.

Definitely worth a play!

Direct2Drive $5 Indie Sale

September 28, 2009 11:11 PM | Michael Rose

box.PNGDirect2Drive have been running a bunch of offers recently to celebrate their 5th birthday, with a specific genre of games being sold off at $5 each week. This week is the Indie sale! Hurrah!

The following games are all $5.00/£5.00 (boo at 1-to-1 conversion rate!) for one week only and can be purchased through this link:

Mount and Blade
World of Goo
Defense Grid: The Awakening
Sword of the Stars
Light of Altair
The Path
Bridge Construction Set

We've got reviews of Cogs and The Path if you're wondering whether to grab either of them.

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