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Archive For December, 2006

Beats of Rage

December 5, 2006 9:08 AM | Tim W.

Beats of Rage is an open source arcade engine inspired by Sega's Street of Rage, but featuring ripped sprites from the King of Fighters series. Interest for Senile Team's debut effort is picking up again due to the excitement generated by their upcoming release, Age of the Beasts which will feature original work.

The Windows executable should be downloaded from this page and used to play Beats of Rage, since running the DOS version on a modern PC will cause sound problems.

Name: Beats of Rage
Developer: Senile Team
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 50MB

Red Valkyrie

December 3, 2006 4:18 PM | Tim W.

Red Valkyrie is an interesting top-down action game in which you have to explore large space stations with airlock doors serving as checkpoints. To uncover new areas, the player must first activate switches which are usually surrounded by enemy robots or defense turrets.

Pretty fun, though the textures are slightly dated. The same airlock gameplay concept can also be found in Mutant Storm Empire.

Name: Red Valkyrie
Developer: Chromatic Games
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB


December 3, 2006 4:08 PM | Tim W.

Marble is a recent addition to OMEGA's game listing page. The objective is to knock a marble towards another with the same color in order to make them disappear, until the entire board is cleared. There are several game modes available with a level editor to preset the number of objects before playing as well.

Name: Marble
Developer: OMEGA
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB


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

Knytt is the latest platformer by Nifflas, a developer who gained much fame after the release of Within a Deep Forest.

The story begins with an abduction and a crash landing on some unfamiliar planet, which means plenty of land to explore although there's hardly any interaction with other creatures. Save points are easily accessible, Knytt will glow red when in danger, and the shining beam of light will assist your search for the necessary repair items.

There's about sixty screens worth of adventure which equals to roughly an hour or two of play. Of course, This isn't a Nifflas production without several unlockables and secrets to reward the curious. A worthy tribute to Seiklus.

Name: Knytt
Developer: Nifflas
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB

Siberian Strike X

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

Not related to EA's Strike series, Siberian Strike X is a decent vertical shooter which resembles an updated 1942 remake. Frame rate is rather low though the gameplay is intact, with three planes to choose from and standard power-ups to collect.

The demo showcases too little content to warrant a purchase, plus only half of what is playable involves shooting enemy fighters down. A trial version for the PC is available for download.

Name: Siberian Strike X
Developer: Gameloft
Category: Shooter
Type: Demo
Size: 5MB


December 3, 2006 10:18 AM | Tim W.

Wolverine releases a new screenshot from the sequel to Hero, a work in progress.

Finalists for the 2007 Slamdance Guerrilla Gamemaker Competition have been announced.

The list includes Base Invaders, The Blob, Book and Volume (IF), Braid, Castle Crashers, Cultivation, Everyday Shooter, flOw, Once Upon a Time, Plasma Pong, Steam Brigade, Super Columbine Massacre RPG, Toblo and Toribah.

The Archaist updated to version 1.1. Now includes a save function. [change list, The Archaist review]

Spark Spectra

December 3, 2006 10:08 AM | Tim W.

Spark Spectra is a new vertical shooter from the developer who provided us with YSG2000: Barrage Simulator of Hibachi. Unlike his previous effort where the screen is practically filled with enemy projectiles, this latest release showcases colorful enemy sprites and three types of shots controlled by holding down the Z or X key.

Press the C key to launch a bomb, and collect power-ups for weapon upgrades. Boss encounters are included as well, with indicators showing the amount of health left for each weak point. Screen size is much wider than standard scrolling shmups, though the ship moves fast enough to cover the entire area when no shots are fired.

Name: Spark Spectra
Developer: AIK
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

Square Cell

December 3, 2006 9:18 AM | Tim W.

Square Cell is an original puzzler by JaJ Productions. Essentially a match three game, but with a twist.

Only horizontal rows will disappear, and the player only achieve this by clicking and stacking rows of blocks in an attempt to arrange them in an order that will cause this effect. Includes an online high score submission feature, implemented seamlessly into the game. A recommended download.

Name: Square Cell
Developer: JaJ Productions
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

Mop of Destiny

December 2, 2006 3:18 PM | Tim W.

Mop of Destiny is a commendable 4E5 entry by Drilian featuring classic platformer qualities, especially from Konami's Castlevania series. Unfortunately it's difficulty may deter many from persisting to the fifth and final stage.

The titular mop can be swung to defend yourself, while defeating enemies will award souls which can be bargained for additional weapons or items which restore health.

A definite shoo-in for the first prize, but only because most other entries are below average and offer little competition.

Name: Mop of Destiny
Developer: Joshua Jersild
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 30MB

Acid Factory

December 2, 2006 10:08 AM | Tim W.

Acid Factory is an alright action game hosted by Miniclip, featuring pixel work by the famous Army of Trolls. Your main objective is to assist the hapless Harry as he seeks to collect enough batteries to power up the escape portal in each room.

Boxes can be pushed around and into acid pools, which allow for access to areas previously unreachable. Progress is automatically saved, hence players are able to resume from any stage previously attempted. Decent effort, but a little short on gameplay.

Name: Acid Factory
Developer: Miniclip
Category: Action
Type: Flash
Size: 1MB

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