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Archive For December, 2006


December 2, 2006 9:18 AM | Tim W.

BIntruders is the latest Space Invaders remake by BGames, developer of the Lethal Judgment series among other releases. Could possibly be the best one yet, with graphics to match even commercial titles. Yet the gameplay balance is severely lacking. Power-ups tend to get mixed up with enemy shots too often, plus collision with other objects are not properly relayed to the player.

Difficulty aside, anyone willing to give it a go won't be disappointed with the amount of content in this game. Unfortunately patience is a pricey commodity even for a quality freeware such as this.

Name: BIntruders
Developer: BGames
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 60MB


December 2, 2006 9:08 AM | Tim W.

T.H.E. is a rather bland vertical shooter with some decent bullet patterns but largely uninspiring backgrounds and enemy sprites. It's also slightly confusing to see a shmup with an autofire option in a 4E5 competition as well.

An alright effort by the author, although shmup veterans won't find anything new here.

Name: T.H.E.
Developer: Beer Hunter
Type: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

Retro Remakes Compo Results

December 1, 2006 3:18 PM | Tim W.

The results are out. Scroll down for the judges' thoughts on each entry, or proceed here for the download links.

(Source: Retro Remakes)

Ovine by Design releases a new gameplay video (right-click to save) of their upcoming release, Driller.

The Pyramid soundtrack and other Pug Fugly releases can be acquired from this page.

Plus or Minus

December 1, 2006 10:18 AM | Tim W.

Plus or Minus is a rather unique game where the player is given a magnet to push or attract particles. These particles will gather around said item, with the game ending only if a piece stops outside the ring.

The strategy is to make positive and negative particles collide with each other while building up your special attack gauge in the process, which can be unleashed by pressing the right mouse button.

Name: Plus or Minus
Developer: rale
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

The Complex

December 1, 2006 9:18 AM | Tim W.

The Complex is an interesting take on the competition theme of magnets, in which your objective is to guide the central character out of a government building while avoiding the attention of automated security systems.

There are plenty of magnetic equipment placed around the facility that may affect the flight of projectiles. Standing behind one of these may offer temporary protection from a hail of bullets, hence quick thinking and a certain amount of experimentation will uncover the correct solution to each area.

Won the top prize in a recent 72 Hour Game Development Competition.

Name: The Complex
Developer: GameDev Guys
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB


December 1, 2006 9:08 AM | Tim W.

Mag-Man is a decent Bomberman clone by Team Calypson which showcases fantastic sprite work but slightly disappointing gameplay. By using the Mag-Gun's magnetic force, balls and bombs can be pushed around or pulled towards your character though the controls are far too erratic for these special abilities to be of any practical use.

Would have finished first in a beauty contest but manages a respectable third in the 72 Hour Game Development Competition.

Name: Mag-Man
Developer: Team Calypson
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Sam and Max Episode 2 - Situation: Comedy Walkthrough

December 1, 2006 8:58 AM | Tim W.

Sam and Max Episode 2 - Situation: Comedy Walkthrough (Spoiler Free)
Published by Telltale Games

At the office

1. Exit the office and head for Bosco's convenience store.

2. Quit the conversation with Bosco.

3. Try to grab the SHAVING CREAM on the table to your right.

4. Exit the store and chase after the skinbodies in your car.

5. To stop the skinbodies, click on the gun icon on the bottom left of the screen.

6. Watch for a manhole which appear periodically in the middle of the road.

7. Shoot at the skinbodies to make them swerve into the manhole.

8. Timing is important, you need to get it just right to retrieve the SHAVING CREAM.

9. Now head for the TV studio.

At the TV studio

Easter Egg - A prop from the Bone: The Great Cow Race makes an appearance.

1. Talk to the director.

2. Ask about what she's doing, then request for an audition.

3. When the audition starts, use the SHAVING CREAM on Sam.

4. Next, use the TEAR GAS GRENADE LAUNCHER on Max.

5. After passing the audition, use the sitcom door to enter the next room.

6. During the conversation, tell the director to start taping.

7. Grab the LAMPSHADE and put it on the cow's head.

8. Featherly will enter the room, answer 'Our chef.'

9. Grab the PLATE from the table on your right.

10. Use the PLATE on the cowpie to trigger the next question.

11. Answer 'Moo Goo Gai Pan, a delicious food', when asked.

12. Max will deliver his line and Sam will receive the MIDTOWN COWBOYS CLIP.

13. Use the door on the left to meet the Soda Poppers again.

14. Head right and grab PEEPER'S LYRICS from the top of the apple crate.

15. Enter the Midtown Cowboys set. Go right and use the game show door.

16. Sam and Max will converse with Hugh Bliss automatically.

17. Ask Hugh to perform a magic trick, then state the color green.

18. Now ask Hugh for a group PHOTO together with Sam and Max.

19. End the conversation with Hugh.

20. Click on the left podium to start the game show.

21. When the show ends, grab the CARDS from the podium on the right.

22. Now use PEEPER'S LYRICS on the card slot.

23. Click on the podium to your left again to start the game show.

24. Answer the easy question to earn yourself a million food stamps.

25. Head back into the Midtown Cowboys set.

26. Use the cooking show door which is situated on your right.

27. Click on the pot, pan, plate or bowl to start cooking.

28. Choose to make a CAKE.

29. Select any ingredient (minimum one), then click on the oven icon.

30. You'll now have the CAKE in your possession.

31. Head out of the TV studio and drive back to the office.

32. Enter Sybil's place.

33. Give Sybil the PHOTO and she will print the newspaper.

34. Grab a copy of ALIEN LOVE TRIANGLE TIMES, just outside the store.

35. Enter the store and ask Bosco to sell you the VOICE MODULATOR.

36. Pay using your FOOD STAMPS.

37. Head right, then use the CAKE on the condiments.

38. Condiments are located under the Not'chos poster.

39. Head back to the TV studio.

Embarassing Idol

1. Give Whizzer the CAKE WITH KETCHUP ICING. He will leave the set.

2. Use the VOICE MODULATOR on Sam, then use the microphone to sing.

3. You will win all votes from the remaining judges.

4. The director will award Sam a RECORDING CONTRACT.

5. Now you have the CONTRACT, CLIP and NEWSPAPER required to see Myra.

6. Enter the game show set and use the talk show door on the right.

7. Ask for permission to be on the show during the conversation with Myra.

8. Tell her about the CONTRACT, CLIP and NEWSPAPER in your possession.

9. She will then allow Sam and Max to be on her show.

10. Tell Myra that you would rather relive your Embarassing Idol glory.

11. You will now get a chance to access your inventory.

12. Use the VOICE MODULATOR on Sam, then quickly use the BANJO.

13. Talk to Myra about the picture in the Times after the cutscene.

14. Tell her that someone else was involved as well.

15. Choose Bessy the Cow when quizzed about it.

16. Watch the ending!

For more news on upcoming Sam and Max episodes, visit Telltale Games.

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