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Archive For December, 2006


December 9, 2006 10:18 AM | Tim W.

New objects and backgrounds were recently added to Ad Nauseam.

Titanion updated to version 0.3. Changes include:

- Basic mode, which is the original gameplay from version 0.1.
- Visual effects adjusted.
- The provocation beam is brighter when used on larger enemies.
- '-bgmvol', '-sevol' and '-randomized' command line options added.

2007 IGF Finalists Announced

December 8, 2006 10:08 AM | Tim W.

The full list of finalists for the IGF Main Competition, all of whom will be showing their games at the IGF Pavilion during Game Developers Conference in March 2007, are as follows:

Seumas McNally Grand Prize: Aquaria, Armadillo Run, Bang! Howdy, RoboBlitz, Everyday Shooter.

Best Web Browser Game: Bubble Islands, Gamma Bros, Samorost 2.

Design Innovation Award: Armadillo Run, Aquaria, Everyday Shooter, Toblo, Toribash.

Excellence In Visual Art: Castle Crashers, Golf?, Aquaria, RoboBlitz, Samorost 2.

Excellence In Audio: Bone - The Great Cow Race, Everyday Shooter, FizzBall, Aquaria, Racing Pitch.

Technical Excellence: Arcane Legions - The Rising Shadow, Armada Online, Bang! Howdy, Blast Miner, Bugs Of War.


December 7, 2006 4:18 PM | Tim W.

Shih Tzu informs of a new release from Pixel entitled JiLJiL. The game involves protecting your tail from a cat's pawprints and bouncing the sliced fruit around to increase your score.

Here's a list of game engines for budding developers.

Adventure gamers rejoice! Here are two freeware AGS games that will send your pulses racing.

The first is entitled Fester Mudd and the Curse of the Gold, a comedic western tale featuring more than forty screens worth of exploration.

The story: A poor lonesome farmer by the name of Fester Mudd lives an unexciting life in his isolated cottage in the middle of nowhere. Fed up with farming, he spends most of his time either taking naps or talking to himself.

One faithful morning this all changes, however, as he receives a letter from Bud, his long lost brother. Bud tells he has found gold in a valley located near a small town called Loamsmouth and wants Fester to join him. Not needing to think twice, Fester packs his belongings, hops on his mule and heads to Loamsmouth. And so the adventure begins...

Legend of the Lost Jewel is an upcoming AGS game that features only sixteen colors per screen.

The story: Hundreds of years ago, a jewel existed that was held by an ancient tribe called the Rannu. It was a jewel that they believe held the universe into balance. The tribe was destroyed by conquistadors and the jewels were scattered through time.

Happenstance causes Derek, the main character into a modern day story of murder, deception and adventure. He looks to find his way home from an archaeology expedition and ends up entwined in the middle of blood-thirsty power hungry people seeking to find the gem in their own desires of greed.

Reactor 09

December 7, 2006 3:18 PM | Tim W.

Warning: May contain potentially provocative or offensive material.

Reactor 09 is the latest AGS adventure game by Bernie in which you assume the role of a prison janitor originally convicted of murder. Much like the Monkey Island series, a verb coin is used for interaction with objects or other characters.

The story is rather short but there are four endings to discover, each with a different set of requirements to fulfil.

Name: Reactor 09
Developer: Bernie
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB


December 7, 2006 10:18 AM | Tim W.

Packin Plax is PC Zone's Game of the Month. [Packin Plax review]

A full world map for Knytt is available here. [Knytt review]

Here's a very useful resource about accessibility in game design.

ScummVM now supports Future Wars, an adventure game by Delphine Software.

Crazy Bumpa was made available as a free download recently.

Warning Forever

December 5, 2006 4:08 PM | Tim W.

Warning Forever is a decent shooter by Hikoza T Ohkubo which has remained as his most popular work to date.

The objective of the game is to defeat a seemingly endless number of huge motherships, with every successive boss encounter harder than the previous. Surviving each battle will net you an additional thirty seconds to add to your initial three minutes of play time.

Name: Warning Forever
Developer: Hikware
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB


December 5, 2006 3:18 PM | Tim W.

N is a platformer featuring a ninja with the ability to climb or slide down walls and run at amazing speed. The basic objective is to survive five rooms filled with traps and danger in each episode, with a different maze design introduced in every level to challenge the player's reflexes and quick thinking.

Collecting a piece of gold increases the allowable episode completion time by two seconds. Progress is automatically saved when an episode is completed. Tutorials and help sections are supplied to assist beginners, plus a healthy and active community continues to provide a continous supply of new content and custom creations.

A worthy successor to Lode Runner.

Name: N
Developer: Metanet Software
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

Magical Amber

December 5, 2006 3:08 PM | Tim W.

A 20MB demo for the horizontal shooter entitled Magical Amber was recently released by First Step. It has the same contents as Tobi Tsukihime, and there's not much difference except for the addition of a new menu.

To play, select the cat, choose your difficulty setting and stage by using the arrow keys, then press the Z key when the joypad twinkles. Holding down the primary shot button will allow you to fire rapidly. A small target indicating your hit point will be shown as well when you have the shot button depressed.

Name: Magical Amber
Developer: First Step
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB


December 5, 2006 10:18 AM | Tim W.

Here's the first and second gameplay videos from the upcoming Cave Story-like platformer entitled Underside. Preview also available.

OMEGA page updated with new additions.

Bone Director's Cuts now available.

The Highway Encounter remake was recently updated.

Charlie Foxtrot announced, a work in progress. [The Winter Rose review]

Another animated gif added to Paul Robertson's Journal.

New FTG art added. [The White Chamber]


December 5, 2006 9:18 AM | Tim W.

Sketchfighter 4000 Alpha, eat your heart out. Here comes the freeware arena shooter entitled Eraser, featuring some dastardly level designs which can be used as cover to get out of tight spots. Four combination of control options are available, although there's no support for analog controllers yet.

Requires the installation of several additional files with links conveniently provided in the game folder. Only fifteen stages are implemented, but more might be designed in the near future.

Name: Eraser
Developer: BrownBot
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

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