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Archive For January, 2006

eXceed

January 30, 2006 9:52 AM | Tim W.

eXceed is a vertical shmup by FLAT that features three characters to choose from and the same manic bullet patterns made famous by other Japanese shooters. There are no power-ups to speak of, instead the player has to collect violet gems to level up.

Smartbombs can be configured to go off automatically when you're hit by a bullet. Bullet grazing has been implemented as well, which increases your charge shot when executed correctly and can be unleashed upon enemies for substantial damage.

Name: eXceed
Developer: FLAT
Category: Shooter
Type: Demo
Size: 30MB

Duel Toys

January 29, 2006 9:28 AM | Tim W.

Duel Toys is a new fighting game by Diefox that features redrawn sprites of popular Capcom, SNK, Rare and Midway characters plus several new ones. Just about all their moves have been faithfully translated to this version, including multiple special attacks which can be executed by using up your energy meter.

If you've played any of the Yu-Gi-Oh Gameboy Advance titles then this is probably familiar territory. Go around town challenging random NPCs to a duel for a chance to win duel points. These points can be used to unlock new Duel Toys from the shop.

Window size can be adjusted by clicking on either 1x, 2x or 3x on the top right of the screen. A save point is conveniently located in your room, although you have to use the public transport to get back to your house.

All moves can be found here. There's a comprehensive manual included in the zip file as well.

Name: Duel Toys
Developer: Diefox
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Gunners Heart

January 27, 2006 9:25 AM | Tim W.

Gunners Heart is a new 3D shooter from EasyGameStation that plays more like an unconventional shmup than a title that features classic dogfight sequences. There are two planes to choose from in this one level demo that is divided into three parts.

The first portion takes place in a town while the second one will have you flying through the sky as you do battle with enemy fighters. The Z key is assigned as the primary shot key and a barrel roll can be executed just by tapping the C key while holding down a directional button. Handy for dodging enemy bullets.

Highlight of this short preview is the boss battle, where you have to take down an airship by blowing up it's parts one by one. To download the game just click on the trial version image.

Name: Gunners Heart
Developer: EasyGameStation
Category: Shooter
Type: Demo
Size: 30MB

Exolon DX

January 26, 2006 9:17 AM | Tim W.

Exolon DX is basically a remake of an old Hewson game with updated graphics. The original was a favorite among fans and this version is just as good. Besides the graphical overhaul, the animation is much smoother this time around as well.

Your quest is simple as you seek to eliminate as many aliens as possible with your standard blaster or rocket-propelled grenades. Both weapons have limited ammunition though these can be replenished by collecting ammo pickups.

This review does an excellent job of explaining the gameplay. Not exactly Metroid material but still manages to remain fun despite being nearly twenty years old. The classic, that is.

Name: Exolon DX
Developer: Graham Goring
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 15MB

Azutama

January 25, 2006 9:12 AM | Tim W.

Azutama is basically a remake of a very old arcade tank battle game. Protect your base from fellow colleagues by knocking them out using snowballs. There are power-ups to collect and mid-level bosses as well, judging from the screenshots.

The trial version is a bit on the short side but it does show promise. You can download it by clicking on the link with the largest font.

Name: Azutama
Developer: EasyGameStation
Category: Action
Type: Demo
Size: 3MB

Cedric and the Revolution

January 23, 2006 9:52 AM | Tim W.

Cedric and the Revolution is a new AGS effort by Bernie, creator of A Game with a Kitty. An old school adventure in the style of classic Lucasarts titles, you play the role of the titular character in his quest to gather enough people for a peaceful demonstration.

Expect a well-written story, witty dialogues and memorable characters brought vividly to life by his distinct art style.

Name: Cedric and the Revolution
Developer: Bernie
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

S.W.I.N.E.

January 22, 2006 9:21 AM | Tim W.

S.W.I.N.E. is a 3D commercial real-time strategy game by StormRegion that was graphically impressive when it was first released back in 2001. Thanks to the developers, they have made the full version free to download from their site just in time for Christmas.

The complete package offers campaigns for both sides, multiplayer options and a complete tutorial section. Unlike many other RTS, a few things are done differently in this game. Strategy points are used to purchase combat units and there's no resource collection activities to speak of. Units require fuel and have limited ammunition, although these can be replenished by using the appropriate supply trailers.

Name: S.W.I.N.E.
Developer: StormRegion
Category: Strategy
Type: Freeware
Size: 700MB

Gunroar

January 21, 2006 9:32 AM | Tim W.

Gunroar is the latest release from Kenta Cho that again sets the standard for Japanese shmup developers to follow. Like the manual states, steer a boat in your neverending quest to sink more enemy fleets. That's about it really.

There are four play modes on offer including one that allows you to control two ships at the same time. As if the game is not hard enough. Mouse mode is probably the best choice as it offers flexibility in directing your weapon aim. You can use either a concentrated or spread shot by alternating between the Z and X key.

Name: Gunroar
Developer: Kenta Cho
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Torus Trooper

January 21, 2006 9:27 AM | Tim W.

In Torus Trooper, you pilot a ship through a tunnel chasing after other enemy pilots in a race against time. Every level is split into two sections, and progress can only be made after defeating a number of ships and one mid-level boss.

As mentioned earlier, there's a strict time limit and the only way to replenish it is by defeating bosses or reaching certain scores. It's a good idea to keep pressing the up arrow key to accelerate, because your shot strength increases as you go faster.

Enemy bullets might seem a little difficult to dodge compared to other Kenta Cho's efforts, but this is where he tops himself again. You can slow down with nice grinding effects by pressing the X key. Holding down this button actually charges your special shot that can be unleashed to absorb harmful projectiles, destroy enemy ships in it's path and gain more bonuses as well.

Name: Torus Trooper
Developer: Kenta Cho
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

PARSEC47

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

PARSEC47 is an attempt by Kenta Cho to recreate the addictive gameplay of classic arcade shmups with his own spin. Select either a lock or roll special weapon from the main menu by pressing the X key. Holding down the same key in Lock mode activates the ship's lasers which will home in on the enemy vessels in your sights. You're basically presented with a charged shot in Roll mode.

Progress is automatically saved every tenth level. Neat.

Name: PARSEC47
Developer: Kenta Cho
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

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