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Archive For January, 2006

MaWaRu Maid-san wo Nemigi

January 11, 2006 9:27 AM | Tim W.

MaWaRu Maid-san wo Nemigi is an excellent WarioWare clone which can be described as a collection of mini games that usually lasts a few seconds. The player only has a short moment to figure out what the objective of the level is and go about completing it.

The game is in Japanese so the instructions given at the beginning of each stage is useless, although it's not that hard to figure out what you have to do after a try or two. Arrow keys are mostly used for movement, and the Z key is assigned as the action button. You can only fail four times before losing the game, indicated by the number of maid characters in between levels.

Requires the latest DirectX version to be installed.

Name: MaWaRu Maid-san wo Nemigi
Developer: D.N.A. Software
Category: Action
Type: Demo
Size: 15MB

Alien Stars

January 10, 2006 9:21 AM | Tim W.

Alien Stars is a top down vertical shooter from Awem Studio that showcases very well drawn 2D sprites. Controls are a little awkward though, as the player can only guide the ship by using the mouse.

Just like Raiden, your weapon can be upgraded by collecting power-ups of the same color. You can also pick up secondary weapon supplies such as missiles or mines in addition to ship energy and shield recharge units. Not too sure what money is used for though, besides increasing your score they have practically no use since there are no shops in between levels to purchase items.

Level progress is shown on the top left, which is a nice feature. Bosses have multiple weak points to shoot at and a health indicator to represent the amount of damage they have taken.

Name: Alien Stars
Developer: Awem Studio
Category: Shooter
Type: Demo
Size: 10MB

Escort Wing

January 9, 2006 9:10 AM | Tim W.

Escort Wing's gameplay can probably be described as a mix of Space Wars and Star Control. Essentially a top down shooter, all missions involve escorting convoy ships from one point to another.

The radar is your best friend as you will use it often to intercept incoming enemies before they reach your fleet. A few wingmen will double as your teammates who can assist and provide backup in times of need. Choose to gang up on hostile units or break from formation and divide into separate groups.

One of the OMG Cup 2005 finalists, and favorite to win as well. Planned updates in the near future include more missions, a variety of backgrounds and more ships. Available for both Windows and Mac platform.

Name: Escort Wing
Developer: William Hogben, Stephen Johnson
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB


January 8, 2006 9:30 AM | Tim W.

PreCure-ACT by Chinchilla is a side scrolling action game similar to Final Fight and River City Ransom. The combat system is a little limited and gameplay is nowhere near as addictive as those classics.

Most enemies only require one hit, and the game is quite easy if you learn how to time your attacks. Bosses are the only opponents that would probably offer a challenge or two. But even that would not pose much of a problem because the player can continue as many times as they want.

The 32MB download is available here.

Name: PreCure-ACT
Developer: Chinchilla Softhouse
Category: Action
Type: Demo
Size: 30MB

End Effector Accomplished Edition

January 7, 2006 9:28 AM | Tim W.

End Effector Accomplished Edition is another superb freeware shooter from Japan that actually showcases 3D graphics for sprites and backgrounds, although gameplay is still very much on a flat 2D plane.

Textures are poor but that's practically the only drawback of an otherwise excellent SHMUP. The Z key is assigned as the cancel/secondary button, while the X key is used for selection and shoot. Pressing the C key will bring up a menu.

No power-ups to collect as you're already equipped with a powerful charge weapon that can be used like a slingshot. The first level is quite plain, but things do pick up after the initial boss battle.

Name: End Effector Accomplished Edition
Developer: KMC
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 70MB

Ele Paper Action

January 6, 2006 9:18 AM | Tim W.

Ele Paper Action is a game based on a popular Japanese anime called Read or Die. Characters in the original manga do battle using paper as their weapons, and it's no different in the game itself.

You control three sisters at the same time using the arrow keys. The Z, X and C key will cause one of the character to execute an attack, depending on which key is being pressed at that time. By hitting a key repeatedly, a combo can be executed although the combat system is poorly implemented and not much fun compared to other side-scrolling fighters.

Graphically impressive for a 2D effort, the developers have included a zoom camera for close ups as well. Direct download link here or here.

Name: Ele Paper Action
Developer: EasyGameStation
Category: Action
Type: Demo
Size: 20MB

Chainsaw Maniac

January 5, 2006 9:25 AM | Tim W.

Chainsaw Maniac is basically a recreation of the hit console release in Game and Watch format. Looks simplistic but it's actually quite fun, especially if you've enjoyed playing one of those handhelds before.

Help Leon survive against a horde of chainsaw-wielding maniacs by collecting knives from nearby sheds and using them to repel their attacks. The protagonist can only carry three knives at any time though, so you need to replenish his stock quite often.

Controls are limited to the left and right arrow key. Starts off slow but gets really frantic after a while.

Name: Chainsaw Maniac
Developer: Capcom
Category: Action
Type: Flash
Size: 1MB

Tontie 1980

January 3, 2006 9:10 AM | Tim W.

Tontie 1980 is a reinvention of the original Flash effort by Eyezmaze, in the form of a Game and Watch handheld. The objective is simple, place the hammer above any hole that a Tontie appears from by using either the left or right button. Earn one point for each successful placement. Lose a life if a Tontie manages to escape through an exit.

As mentioned by the author, it's about 12kb in size so not much variety in gameplay can be squeezed out of this one.

Name: Tontie 1980
Developer: Eyezmaze
Category: Action
Type: Flash
Size: 1MB

Grow Ornament

January 3, 2006 9:05 AM | Tim W.

Grow Ornament is the latest game from Eyezmaze, where you attempt to click on items in the correct sequence to solve the puzzle. In this case, the objective is to light up the tree and spread Christmas cheer.

There are six decorations to choose from this time around. Don't forget that you can still play the original Grow Cube on the Eyezmaze site.

Name: Grow Ornament
Developer: Eyezmaze
Category: Puzzle
Type: Flash
Size: 1MB

Super Sprout

January 1, 2006 9:11 AM | Tim W.

Super Sprout is an interesting little mini-game that was originally coded in two days by Joseph White for the Ludum Dare 48 hour competition.

Instructions from the readme file are as follows.

Use the cursor keys to turn left and right. Press space to fork the sprout. The longer you hold down space, the greater the angle becomes. Hold down the up cursor key to go faster.

To complete each level, you must collect all of the leaf and flower pickups without having any shoots left over. You must not let the shoots crash into each other, or the side of the screen.

Recently updated to version 1.02 to include more levels. Available for the Mac as well.

Name: Super Sprout
Developer: Lexaloffle Games
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

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