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Archive For April, 2013

Browser Pick: TRUNKED, a neo-noir adventure game thrill ride made with Twine

April 29, 2013 9:22 AM | Paul Hack

trunked.png TRUNKED puts you smack in the middle of a contemporary noir thriller where you are the antihero. It's essentially a point-and-click adventure game, but with words instead of graphics. Like a choose-your-own-adventure, as in most Twine games, you click certain highlighted passages of text to make a choice or otherwise continue the story. Text is actually the perfect medium for this particular game, since for most of it you are trapped within the dark confines of a car trunk (or "boot", for those English speakers across the pond).

Super Mario Crossover 3.0 trailer celebrates 3 years of NES-tacular action platforming

April 29, 2013 5:01 AM | John Polson

This weekend marks the 3-year anniversary of Exploding Rabbit's action platforming, browser game Super Mario Crossover, which melds characters from Master Blaster, Castlevania, Contra, Mega Man, Metroid, Zelda, and more in Mario-like levels. The trailer above highlights the changes for 3.0, set to release in May or June.

Freeware Pick: a Halloween point-and-click-and-scare for Grandpa

April 28, 2013 9:55 PM | John Polson

grandpa.jpgGrandpa is a short point-and-click adventure game for Windows set on Halloween with the goal of getting an old man to see his grandson. Creator
Hadi Ghasem Zadeh uses colorful, cartoon-style graphics to show how far the player-ghost will go to help animate the old man.

Browser Pick: Stagediver lets you live mosh pit dreams, collect fans' underpants

April 28, 2013 2:21 PM | John Polson

stagediver.png Mosh pit dreams come true in Major Bueno's arcade-like browser game Stagediver. The game starts in a mad wailing session, frantically hitting buttons to build up the crowd and your "fire" meter. Then it's all about scoring from the height from leaps out of the crowd, spin tricks done, male and female underwear collected, and time in the spotlight.

Browser prototype pick: tough moasic-filling puzzler from Acoders' Smadello

April 28, 2013 10:02 AM | John Polson

mosaic mingle.pngJonnathan Smadello (JohnsProgram of Acoders) is stretching his programming muscles with his latest prototype experiment. Mosaic Mingle is a fun but difficult puzzler that reminds me a bit of Guru Logic Champ, but with pieces that all behave the same aside from having color. With a huge canvas to fill, it can take a bit of trial and error to determine what to fill when. Fortunately, the puzzle shows the entire order of the pieces, so working backward mentally seems like a good strategy.

Browser Pick: humanity's last hope is your finger nail clippings in this Ahoge entry

April 27, 2013 12:23 PM | John Polson

fullmoon nail.jpgThe 9th Ahoge ("stupid game") jam has ended, and the moon-themed creations have poured in, such as the above-pictured 満月VS人類 (full moon vs humanity) by gobori. In this game, players must carefully ricochet their clipped nails to stop the moon from crashing into Earth. Bizarre.

Indie Royale's mostly indie bundle is mostly a lunatic deal

April 26, 2013 9:13 PM | John Polson

Desura and Tenshi Ventures' Indie Royale service returns with the "out-of-this-world" Lunar Bundle, featuring three solid indie games, one licensed independent game, and three more yet to be revealed. Puzzle platformer Pid, space platformer Cargo Commander, and RPG-like puzzler Dungeon Hearts lead the bundle, with Telltale continuing its Royale relationship by offering Back to the Future: The Game this time around.

Freeware Pick: The Duck Game - a tale of addiction (James Cox)

April 26, 2013 6:36 PM | Nick Reineke

The Duck Game by James Cox puts players in a surreal world of addiction. You want to hold the duck just one more time but it might just end up costing you everything. Can you make it through as you see your world falling apart around you?

Freeware Pick: Jake Clover's Duck Turnip will transport you to a place of peace and beauty

April 26, 2013 2:47 PM | Paul Hack

turnip.pngJake Normalen Bären Clover releases a lot of games. Some are accessible and fun, and others are experimental and more intended to make you think, or to create a certain mood. All of them are interesting in one way or another, and well worth playing. His latest game (call it an interactive story if it makes you feel better) is a small, quiet, contemplative piece called Duck Turnip.

Mobile brawling without virtual buttons in Squids dev's upcoming Combo Crew

April 26, 2013 12:37 PM | John Polson

The Game Bakers promises a pure arena fighting experience without virtual d-pad controls in Combo Crew, coming May 2013 for the iPhone, iPad, and Android. The Squids developer remains committed to supporting mobile games, and according to the above trailer and the one after the jump, it will do so with simple gestures, quick matches, stylish graphics, and slick animation.

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