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Archive For March, 2007

Scientology Pwned

March 17, 2007 8:18 AM | Tim W.

The premise of Scientology Pwned is to essentially shoot everything in sight. The single unobstructed map has four enemy generators that create progressively tougher enemies.

Use the arrow keys to move your character, and hold the control key to shoot. Your shooting direction will automatically lock when the control key is held down.

Alternatively, the shift key can be held to lock your shooting direction when the control key is not held down. Music was composed by Jonathan Mak, creator of Everyday Shooter.

Name: Scientology Pwned
Developer: Jerry Liang
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Aces High Over Verlor Island

March 17, 2007 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Aces High Over Verlor Island is a 3D top-down arcade shooter where you pilot a biplane, and compete against other people online or take on three different challenges. A few special maneuvers are at your disposal, and various power-ups occasionally appear in order to help you stay in flight.

Each of the three single player modes has an online high score board set up so that you can compete against others, and you can also compete directly with people in dogfights of up to eight people at once.

Name: Aces High Over Verlor Island
Developer: Martin Crownover
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Hive Mind

March 16, 2007 8:18 AM | Tim W.

Hive Mind is a decent shooter by jph which combines three different gameplay modes into one single package. Use the up arrow key to activate your thrusters, and hold the left or right arrow key to turn your ship in the intended direction. Press the down arrow key to stop your ship and make it stay in one position.

Hold the K key for a few seconds to charge your super shot, and press the J key to lock on to the nearest available target. The lock on button can be pretty useful during the hive mind phase. Destroy the core to initiate the third wave.

When the hive mind is vanquished, energy crystals will appear in it's previously occupied spot. Protect these crystals from space insects and they will turn into blue orbs when the next phase begins. Collect the orbs to increase your shield count, indicated by a blue gauge at the bottom right of the screen.

Name: Hive Mind
Developer: Jph Wacheski
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB


March 16, 2007 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Gaism is a decent vertical shooter based on three minutes' worth of gameplay, featuring three short levels with adjustable an difficulty level to provide beginners and veterans an equal challenge.

The ship's cannon will always point in the opposite direction of your movement when the shoot key isn't held. Energy can be increased by collecting the yellow orbs, though firing will cause it to drop at a steady rate. A bar is deducted whenever your ship collides with any harmful objects or projectiles until none is left, which will cause the game to end.

Name: Gaism
Developer: Yamoto
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

Forward Always Forward

March 15, 2007 3:18 PM | Tim W.

The objective of Forward Always Forward is to collect all gems that each red turret yields when destroyed. Your shield level increases by one for every green crystal collected, up to a maximum of five. Gems do not disappear so you can backtrack at any time to replenish your shields.

Aiming is achieved by rotating your ship using the J and L keys. Hold the K key to shoot. Another version which allows the use of a mouse to aim can be downloaded from this page.

Name: Forward Always Forward
Developer: Jph Wacheski
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

Strategic Oil Reserve

March 15, 2007 3:08 PM | Tim W.

Strategic Oil Reserve is a decent Missile Command remake by jph which featured several new additions. Alien spacecrafts will navigate around your shots, and land fills can be used to provide further protection against enemy attacks. Use the middle mouse button to drop some additional dirt, padding the area around your oil reserves.

Name: Strategic Oil Reserve
Developer: Jph Wacheski
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

Untitled Preview 2

March 15, 2007 2:18 PM | Tim W.

More screenshots from Nenad's upcoming shooter. [additional media, Ablation, Deathchase UFO, Counterclockwise review]


March 15, 2007 9:18 AM | Tim W.

There's a bunch of soundtracks by Mark "m0ds" Lovegrove in MIDI format, available from Screen 7's web site. Some highlights include compositions for Nelly Cootalot, 6 Days a Sacrifice and Trilby's Notes.

Exclusive screenshots from TENNEN-SOZAI's upcoming vertical shooter, eXceed3rd-JADE PENETRATE-. [eXceed2nd-VAMPIRE-, eXceed review]


March 12, 2007 3:18 PM | Tim W.

Gesundheit is action-puzzle game which puts you in control of the allergic protagonist on a quest to save his city from snot-eating monsters, using a clever combination of brains and boogers.

While keeping out of sight, you must lure your enemies through each single-screen level with your delicious nasal discharges. Objects scattered around town provide your pig with different ways of solving each puzzle. The demo contains twelve levels and a tutorial to get you started.

Name: Gesundheit
Developer: Matt Hammill
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 40MB


March 12, 2007 3:08 PM | Tim W.

The Aeon Genesis site went through some major changes recently, and released the translation patch for River City Ransom 2.

Screenshots from upcoming releases:

First up, the sequel to La-Mulana! Entitled 'Death Village', you can assume that it's not going to be an easy game judging by that name. [La-Mulana review, soundtrack]

Buster's Iwanaga. [development log, Vacant Ark download page]

Unbound, the sequel to Heartland Deluxe. The second in a series of three short introductory games based on the backstory of an upcoming full-length game entitled: Wound.

Charlie's new vertical shooter. [Bullet Candy web site]

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