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Sunday, April 29, 2007
Pics from Beast Invaders 3 pictured right. [more screenshots, latest G-Force build]

A Flash trailer for Smily Fight: Legend of a Hero can be found on this page. [Smily Fight: Legend of a Hero preview]

Ludumdare 9 entries posted. [Swarm Racer review]

Some additional information about Aquaria:
- Due out after May.
- Download size is around 60 to 100 MB.
- Demo will be separate from the game storyline, with a number of abilities available from the start.

Millenipede updated to version 1.0.0. [Millenipede review]
 

Saturday, April 28, 2007
A full announcement of the 2008 IGF will be made in June. From the IGF's web site:

IGF Main Competition
- Open to all independent developers to submit games for PC, console digital download, and Web formats.
- Final submission date: Monday, October 1st, 2007.

IGF Student Competition
- Award for the best student games. Student 'mods' to existing games will be included this year. As a result, the number of Student Showcase winners will be increased slightly.
- Final submission date: Monday, October 15th, 2007.

Information about a new competition will also be revealed in due time. The IGF itself will take place alongside the earlier GDC 2008 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco - the awards will be the night of February 20th, 2008, and the IGF Pavilion will be open from February 20th-22nd, 2008.
 

Guxt v.1.0.0.0 released.

Ranking and Score Attack Mode are only accessible after completing the game once, but here's a cleared.bin file (with No Miss Clear replay) which can be unzipped in the temp_guxt folder (automatically created after running the game once) to unlock the new extras.

Some noticeable differences:
- Trial Mode is now called Score Attack.
- The cleared.bin file from the previous version cannot be used to unlock this new mode, although all replays will work.
- Several sprites and enemy flight patterns changed.
- An additional bonus (like Ikachan) can be found by shooting one of the middle tiles halfway through Stage 3.
- There's a proper ending sequence now, in which the entire cast (enemy ships and bosses) are properly introduced as the credits roll.

This should be the final version of Guxt released by Pixel for a long while. [Score Attack replay, more entries about Guxt]

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In MatheMagic, you take on the role of a young boy who is transported to the maths dimension by an evil mathemagician. You must stop his evil plan to divide by zero, simultaneously breaking the laws of mathematics and destroying the universe. The target audience is five to fifteen year olds.

This is the current work-in-progress version lacking many more levels, a completed game engine and main menu.

Name: MatheMagic
Developer: J-Factor
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
 

Friday, April 27, 2007
Shooters

New screenshot from Ether Vapor posted, featuring a battle with an arachnid-type boss - not textured yet. [Ether Vapor review]

Mu-cade is now available for the Mac OS X. [Mu-cade review]

Ben-H is currently working on an arena shooter entitled Biddie Crisis. [Axion review]

Postman (Shoot the Core) and Hunter will be collaborating with Bill Whitman on a comic strip.

Miscellaneous

Grubby Games is currently working on a sequel to Professor Fizzwizzle.

DigiPen Institute of Technology has a new campus set up in Singapore. Applications are accepted as of April 2007.

More screenshots of Braid posted, featuring character art by Edmund McMillen.
 

Another impressive-looking doujin 2D versus fighting game by NRF named Big Bang Beat, with a gameplay video posted to demonstrate the characters in action. Release date: 26th of June 2007.

 

Sydney Treads the Catwalk announced.

The bum turned star finds his new career in the media has hit a hiccup when his television show receives mediocre ratings. Keith warns Syd that if he can't even compete with the fashion channel he'll be forced to axe the show and throw him back on to the streets. [Sydney Finds Employment, warning: mature content]

 

Acidbomb 2: Rearmed will undergo several changes next month as the game turns from freeware to shareware. The bomb diffusal simulator will be distributed by Oberon Media, then on all other major game portals under it's new name - Shellblast. Exclusive features include:

Virtual Bomb Simulator - choose an empty shell and set your preferences to make the bomb you want to defuse
Endurance Mode - a huge, massive bomb with seven quadrants and increasing pistons
Shell Editor - make your own bomb from scratch to swap and share with friends, or play custom levels by others.
Shell-Drop - the original ShellBlast game in Acidbomb 2 is unlocked from the get-go, complete with enhanced scoreboard features
- All original 51 levels from the freeware version
- Windows Vista support
- New music, along with a jukebox feature that lets you change tracks on the fly.

More screenshots from Shellblast can be found in this forum thread. King of All Cooks (Ore no Ryomi 3) will also be a commercial release under this new banner. [Acidbomb 2 review]

 

Thursday, April 26, 2007
FilePlanet recently compiled a list of ten free games which surprisingly consists of mainly FPSes, mods and MMOs. [source: xii games]

1. F.E.A.R. Combat
2. Puzzle Pirates
3. Future Pinball
4. Beyond the Red Line (Demo)
5. Penumbra
6. America's Army
7. Anarchy Online
8. Trackmania Nations
9. World of Padman
10. Linus Bruckman
 

Wednesday, April 25, 2007
GameTunnel's April Monthly Round-Up was recently posted.

Here's a summary, presented Famitsu-style:

Sam & Max Episode 5 Telltale Games 7, 9, 8, 10 [34/40] GA, GM
Wonderland Adventures Midnight Synergy 7, 8, 9, 8 [32/40] GA
Virtual Villagers 2 Last Day of Work 8, 8, 8, 8 [32/40] GA
Grimm's Hatchery Amaranth Games 7, 7, 7, 7 [28/40] SA
Hard Time MDickie 3, 8, 10, 6 [27/40]
Gunstorm 2 Cornutopia 5, 5, 6, 8 [24/40]
Roman Bowl CopleyGames 7, 5, 6, 6 [24/40]
Mars Miner RetroStyle Games 6, 6, 6, 6 [24/40]
Kalimee Guido Raffinatore N, 4, N, 6 [10/20]
Multiblocks multiblocks NA, Gameplay video

* - Freeware
N - Not Rated
GM - Game of the Month
EC - 36 and above (Editor's Choice)
GA - 32 and above (Gold Award)
SA - 28 and above (Silver Award)

Screenshots and reviews available from GameTunnel.
 

Monday, April 23, 2007


'My current project got a style overhaul to make it look less blocky. The sprites are drawn behind the backgrounds. That looked kind of nice in Cave Story.'



'There's also a small inventory. And: The red dots under the heart to the left determine how many moves can be performed in a row.' - Bernie. [origamihero.com, Darkside Adventures, A Game with a Kitty, Reactor 09, Cedric and the Revolution review]
 

Trial and Ranking are two new additions to Guxt v.0.9.0.0 (previously unavailable for selection). Both options are only accessible after completing the game once, but here's a cleared.bin file which can be unzipped in the temp_guxt folder (automatically created after running the game once) to unlock the new extras.

Some noticeable differences:
- the color of enemy bullets changed from red to orange.
- you only get one ship for Trial mode, but your score will be saved in the Rankings section.
- the major difference between the normal and Trial mode is the inclusion of a final boss battle, pictured right.

Click here to download a replay file for Trial mode. Drag and drop the play-record file into a running Guxt window to watch the replay.

A post from Pixel's BBS as translated by Shih Tzu: 'It looks like I'll be able to get version 1 out by the end of the month. Things are looking good.' [LJ post, more entries about Guxt]

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In Sumotori Dreams, each bout starts when both players touch the ground with their hands and ends when a player falls to the ground or steps outside the circle. A cube of the winner's color is then thrown in to signal the end of a round.

To win a game you need to have two points more than your opponent, and a total of at least five. Use the enter or backspace key to push, or press the arrow keys to move your character around the circle and change the camera angle view. Hold the down arrow key to touch the ground. A hidden mode can be unlocked during the main menu display by breaking one of the walls on the far right.

Name: Sumotori Dreams
Developer: Peter Sotesz
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
 

Sunday, April 22, 2007
GameHippo.com, a site which featured a large collection of outdated freeware games, was recently sold due to Boson losing interest in the scene.

More details will be revealed in the coming weeks, though it's quite certain that the new owner would be looking to recoup the amount spent on his investment one way or the other.
 

Fairy Attackers is a brilliant retro platformer by Alpha Secret Base, creator of the excellent Umihara Kawase Shun tribute called Gambare Natsuki-San. Press the Z key to throw your weapon at enemies, or hold the down arrow key to use your shield and reflect harmful projectiles.

The up arrow key can be used to open doors, activate objects and initiate conversations with other characters. Touch the stone with inscriptions to save your progress, or drink from the tiny fountain to restore health. Once you've gained a travel companion, press the C key to hold it for an additional float ability. A map can be accessed by using the S key.

Name: Fairy Attackers
Developer: Alpha Secret Base
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB
 

Millenipede is a PC version of the classic 8-bit shooter Centipede, developed in less than seven days. Your aim is to zap all of the centipedes on each wave, while dodging spiders, snails, mushrooms and the centipedes themselves. They'll make their way down the screen until eventually they hit the bottom, and at that point they will roam around the player area until you shoot them.

Centipedes will grow into a mushroom when shot at, which serves no purpose aside from blocking the movement of other centipedes and hindering your bullets. Each mushroom takes four shots to completely destroy.

If you touch any enemy, be it a centipede, spider or snail, you lose a ship. Use the cursor keys to move around and hold the left control key to shoot.

Name: Millenipede
Developer: Firestorm Productions
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
 

Saturday, April 21, 2007
Barbie Seahorse Adventures is a delightful little platformer developed by a couple of PyWeek competition veterans. The objective of the game is to guide a seahorse to the end of each level while collecting items and bonuses.

Three shots are needed in order to encapsulate an enemy in a bubble. Grab a power-up to cut this requirement down to one. Press the X key to shoot and use the Z key to jump. Bubbles can be used to reach higher ground.

The deluxe version features ten new levels and doesn't require the installation of Pygame.

Name: Barbie Seahorse Adventures
Developer: The Olde Battleaxe
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB
 

Questy is an original platformer with retro graphics created by smila in less than five hours, though the engine was from a previous release. Two stages only.

Name: Questy
Developer: smila
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB
 

Friday, April 20, 2007
Trip on the Funny Boat is side scrolling arcade shooter game on a steamboat equipped with a cannon and the ability to jump. The player will need to take advantage of waves to defeat the enemies and dodge hazards.

In the story mode, you will go through five different phases of play, and then face the final boss in the sixth phase. The story mode starts easy, but you should find it quite challenging in the last few phases.

Endless mode will put you up against waves after waves of enemies, with twelve different phases. There are little health power ups that give you one heart back if you have lost them while battling enemies.

Name: Trip on the Funny Boat
Developer: Pekuja, Hectigo, JDruid
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB
 

Stick is a side-scroller beat'em up featuring sticks as characters. The game offers plenty of action, lots of melee combat, and hordes of enemies willing to crack your head open.

Use the Z, X and C keys to execute basic or advanced moves. Collect weapons to deal extra damage, or gather medkit to restore a portion of your health. Press the space, left control or any of the numeral keys at the top of your keyboard to switch inventory items. One playable level only.

Name: Stick
Developer: Wired Weasel
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB
 

Thursday, April 19, 2007
Pixel's Guxt updated to version 0.9.0.0. [Guxt info, review]

darthlupi has a new game out which is still in it's early stages, entitled Battle Battle.

The next Ludum Dare competition will begin on the 28th of April.

A short history of The Streets of Rage remake can be found in this forum thread. The soundtrack is available here. [Streets of Rage Remake review]

Dogfight - Battle in the Skies updated with two new planes, among other bug fixes and additions. [Typhoon 2001 review]

Wolverine (Into the Eagle's Nest) is working on a new platformer. Screenshot pictured below.

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2007
A couple of new screenshots from Senile Team's Rush Rush Rally Racing (commercial release for Dreamcast) added. [Beats of Rage review]

Astro Port is a new development blog from DHC. Expect screenshots from their upcoming shooters to be posted soon. [DHC's past projects]

A development journal for The Underside can be found here. [Merry Gear Solid, The Underside preview]

Evolutions updated with a new background and some minor changes. Press Alt-F4 to quit the game at any time. [Evolutions review]

RPGCreations' games lineup for 2007 was recently posted in their forums. Besides Immortal Defense, another project to keep an eye on is Fedora Spade. Think Snatcher and Phoenix Wright. [Immortal Defense preview, Missing review]

 

The demo of Copic Fighter has been updated to 0.3.0. The new version features ten updated sprites, as well as changes to the gameplay mechanics and bug fixes.

Still no new content in terms of additional stages, so this update is primarily tweaks and fixes. Make sure to check the Readme for instructions.

Name: Copic Fighter 0.3.0
Developer: Michal Wisniowski
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 6.25MB

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007
1. Grim Fandango
2. The Longest Journey
3. Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle
4. King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder
5. Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge
6. Sam and Max Hit the Road
7. Shadowgate
8. Police Quest II: The Vengeance
9. Myst
10. Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards

Read the entire article.

Here's an alternative list by everyone, in alphabetical order.

Top 10 Adventure Games IGN Missed Out in Their Top 10 Adventure Games List

1. Beneath a Steel Sky
2. Blade Runner/Broken Sword
3. Dig, The
4. Full Throttle
5. Gabriel Knight series
6. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
7. King's Quest III, VI and VII
8. Last Express, The
9. Neverhood
10. Riven
 

NotKnytt retitled to Knytt Stories. [lots of screenshots/view in new window, gameplay video, level editor, development report]

One new screenshot from Knytt Stories pictured below, dated 17th of April. [screenshot two]




 

Danc over at Lost Garden is performing an interesting experiment. He is creating some very high quality graphics and describing a basic game mechanic. Anyone who is interested is invited to take those graphics and core ideas and create a game prototype. In turn, what everyone learns from each prototype is going to be fed back into the game description and further games created. It sounds like a very interesting and fun experiment... If you enjoy building indie games as well as playing them, go grab the graphics pack and create something!

Here is the original post with the challenge, and here is a follow up post.
 

More screenshots from the upcoming Operation Block, an Operation Wolf remake. [Retro Remakes article, forum thread]


 

Parody Fighter Special Heroes Dynamite is a doujin fighting game with a very novel idea, featuring female cosplayers dressed up as characters from classic 2D fighters such as the Street Fighter series, World Heroes and Fatal Fury.

Click on the fourth blue button underneath the large image to download the trial version. Additional configuration is required to unpack the zip file.

Open the control panel located in your start menu, then select regional and language options. Choose the languages tab and check the box for East Asian languages installation. Select the advanced tab next and choose Japanese as the default language for non-Unicode programs.

You will then be prompted for the operating system installation CD. The computer has to be restarted once the entire process is completed. Control configuration is required in order to map the arrow keys for character movement.

(This game is not suitable for children.)

Name: Parody Fighter Special Heroes Dynamite
Developer: Retsuzan Games
Category: Action
Media: Gameplay Video
Type: Freeware
Size: 70MB
 

Sunday, April 15, 2007
From Retro Remakes comes news of a new remake of LionHeart. Here's the demo.

 

One new screenshot from The Underside posted. Expect to see an extended gameplay video on GameTrailers soon. [Merry Gear Solid, The Underside preview]

The Shivah lands a review at The Onion A.V. Club. [thanks to Shih Tzu]

Cliffski is currently working on Kudos: Rock-Legend. [Source: Paul's development journal]

A screenshot from Chris Nimmo's latest project posted. [A Mini Falafel Adventure]

Charlie Foxtrot is very close to completion. [The Winter Rose review]

More Al Lowe interviews, one with G Wie Gorilla and the other with Custom PC. [Player One podcast]

The Podunkian reviews Binary Land.

Dust Scape is nearly done. Jph will work on a golf game with strategic elements next. [Jph's past projects]
 

Super Marionoid is another Game Maker production that is set to follow the footsteps of Duck Doom Deluxe. Sprites from Nintendo's classic platformer were used to replace the dull bricks and objects found in Taito's arcade title. The save game feature does come in handy, especially when considering that the difficulty is rather high and there's twenty-eight levels to beat.

Press the Q key to quit at any time.

Name: Super Marionoid
Developer: SH Studios
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
 

In Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine, Dr. Abraham Lutz is desperately trying to prove his own theories about why dinosaurs vanished from Earth sixty-five million years ago. And the only way to do that is going to the Jurassic period by using a time machine.

Right click to cycle through the various interaction choices. A short game with some awkward combination puzzles and a rather abrupt ending, but charming enough to hold your attention until the end.

Name: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Developer: Pijin Pastrana
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB
 

Thursday, April 12, 2007
A Small World is a short platformer game by JaJ, featuring the standard set of challenges, an obligatory boss fight and one or two secret areas to discover. Save and load game options are included, while your character's health can be restored by drinking from fountains. Press the down arrow key to start a conversation or interact with other objects.

Name: A Small World
Developer: JaJ Productions
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
 

Dragonfire is a simple game consisting of two screens. Your kingdom has been taken over by dragons and it's your duty as the Prince to get all the king's treasures back from those nasty dragons.

First you must traverse the drawbridge to the castle while dodging fireballs being shot towards you by the dragon. You must use quick reflexes to duck under the high ones and jump over the low ones.

If you make it to the other side you'll find yourself in a a room full of treasures as well as a rather large dragon at the bottom of the screen. You must then gather the treasure as quickly as possible without falling victim to the dragon's fireballs.

When you collect all the treasures an exit appears and you start over again, but with a higher difficulty than before. Get hit a total of seven times and the game is over. Nine castles in total to plunder.

Name: Dragonfire
Developer: Eiksoft
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
 

Eyes of the Jade Sphinx is an old adventure game by Dave Gilbert which was released more than half a decade ago. A classic detective story, though the version made available for download should be considered a short demo at best.

Name: The Eyes of the Jade Sphinx
Developer: Dave Gilbert
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB
 

Hermes is a PyWeek competition entry partially inspired by Free Lunch Design's Icy Tower. As an ancient god your mission is to deliver messages to gods settled in height of Olympia. The climb is long, but you will be rewarded with a high score if you manage to reach far enough to surpass the last one.

Featuring pleasant music and cartoony graphics.

Name: Hermes
Developer: Frantisek Jahoda and Pavel Kucera
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB
 

Wednesday, April 11, 2007
STGs

DieFeen demo now available. [direct download link, DieFeen review]

dessgeega is reviewing a bunch of noteworthy games on a new site. A great read, and definitely a bookmark item!

Typhoon 2001 updated, while Dogfight was finally translated to English. [Typhoon 2001 review]

Beast Invaders 3 will be out in two weeks' time. [screenshots set one, set two, latest G-Force build]

Lunaria complete run added. [Lunaria review by dessgeega]

Kairuga V.1.4 Final released. [Ikaruga clones article]

Miscellaneous

Screenshot from Mike's latest game leaked. [PoV's past projects]

More good news. Ruff'n Tumble is done and dusted, expect this freeware platformer remake to be released soon. [Ruff'n Tumble teaser, preview]

Acidbomb 2: Rearmed updated to version 1.1. There is also a possibility that the game may go commercial next month, so grab it now while you still can. [download page, Acidbomb 2 preview]

Death Worm updated with harder difficulty. JTR also released two other games this week, Robot Attack 4000 and Jimmy Lawnmower. [interview, Death Worm review]
 

Tuesday, April 10, 2007
The first demo for Copic Fighter has been released this morning on Mentisworks. It features classic shmup mechanics, with a little twist in terms of presentation. The intention with Copic Fighter was to move towards the art game realm in terms of overall style.



All artwork, sounds, and music in Copic Fighter are original, and unique. At the same time, controls should be quite familiar, as you move with the arrow keys and shoot with Z. Additional controls are outlined in the Readme file, which you should also check for installation instructions.

A little twist to the gameplay is that each shot fired uses up your Ink, indicated by a meter. Collect Ink left behind by destroyed enemies to replenish your supply.

Name: Copic Fighter
Developer: Michal Wisniowski
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 6.23 MB

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The demo for Homeland features a portion of the full game, which is set for a release at the end of this year. Developed using RPG Maker, this tribute adapts a similar style found in Earthbound but features a completely different set of sprites and graphics.

Expect to find plenty of humorous conversations, an eclectic collection of enemies to bash, useless quests and obscure inventory items to clutter your inventory space. A worthy tribute to Shigesato Itoi's console classic.

Name: Homeland
Developer: Marcus
Category: RPG
Type: Freeware
Size: 30MB
 

A screenshot of new artwork for Soft Landing posted. [Soft Landing Developer's Diary]

Update on Copic Fighter and new screenshot posted. [preview, Mentisworks]

Vilmos is working on an update on Thruster. The new version will be running in a higher resolution, a much anticipated improvement. [Thruster via Mentisworks]

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Monday, April 09, 2007
Bubble Kong is a delightful little platformer developed by a couple of PyWeek competition veterans. The objective of the game is to guide a seahorse to the end of each level while collecting items and bonuses.

Three shots are needed in order to encapsulate an enemy in a bubble. Grab a power-up to cut this requirement down to one. Press the X key to shoot and use the Z key to jump. Bubbles can be used to reach higher ground.

Requires the installation of Python and Pygame.

Name: Bubble Kong
Developer: The Olde Battleaxe
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB
 

Which Way is Up is a traditional and challenging 2D platformer with a slight rotational twist. Help a mysterious big-eared salaryman named Guy find his keys in a labyrinth of dangers and bad dialogue. Use the Z or up arrow key to jump, and press the down arrow key to activate switches or collect items.

Six levels in total. The Windows binary version contains an executable which runs just fine without the need for a Python installation.

Name: Which Way is Up
Developer: Olli Etuaho
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB
 

Another screenshot from Buster's upcoming game posted. [Vacant Ark review]

xii games is currently seeking a background artist for their upcoming adventure game (paid position).

The game is set in a not-so-distant future when a particle physicist’s mysterious and spectacular death sparks a race to find his hidden vault and claim his terrifying new discovery.

The team consists of Vince Twelve (Linus), Shane 'ProgZMax' Stevens (The Shivah, Mind’s Eye) and Nikolas Sideris. [Source: Gnomes' Lair, Leisure Suit Larry: Lost in Love, Mind's Eye, The Shivah, Linus]

OEDb recently published a guide to Video Game Degrees and Careers.

Latest PyWeek Competition entries can be found on this page.