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Archive For March, 2007

Meritous

March 12, 2007 2:18 PM | Tim W.

Review by RPGCreations.

Meritous is an action-RPG dungeon crawl.

Pros: The map graphics and user interface are impressive, I liked the colors. The attacking system is easy and simple -- there's no real aiming -- and it works. The upgrading system is fun. The dungeon is massive; I played for about an hour and only explored about 100 of the 3000 (!) rooms. The gameplay almost feels like a danmaku game at times: you are avoiding bullets a lot of the time, because you can fire so infrequently. The story seemed well-thought out and the instruction manual is very extensive, with a lot of detail about the background of the game.

Cons: It uses ripped music; I like the selection, but it's not original. The sound effect for the attack shouldn't vary so much in volume, sometimes it's way too loud. The game seemed to have no full screen mode: I run in 1600x1200 resolution so the screen was very small for me. The sprites are too simple, the pixel art techniques used aren't very good; the main character's sprite seems to float and has seemingly no firing animation. The game would benefit from a mini-map visible during play rather than as a separate screen. I wish there were a way to "pull" crystals to you like in the Megaman Legends games, walking over them to collect them gets *very* tiresome. I wish there were more character classes to play as, with different skills. The enemies should have had a greater variety of firing patterns, it'd make it more interesting, although admittedly I didn't get far enough to see all the enemies.

Overall: It's a fun action-based dungeon crawl but with rough edges; if you liked Diablo and are addicted to exploring huge dungeons you'd probably have some fun.

Name: Meritous
Developer: Lancer-X
Category: RPG
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

News

March 12, 2007 2:08 PM | Tim W.

Beast Invaders 3Shmup-Dev Autofire 2007 Compo results are out.

Warning: strong language.
Team Fremont Live is hosting an interview with Roger Post (Shoot the Core). [21:00 - 30:00, 100 MB direct download link]

Studio SiestA (Soldier Force, AirRade Air) announces a new shooter, tentatively titled Vallstray no Kisen. (translated as Vallstray's Shining Whirlwind, thanks pixelizr!)

Planet Freeplay has a new interview with Brad Borne, developer of the classic flash Fancy Pants Adventures game. [direct link to interview]

Steve also informs that Hurrican (a Turrican remake) will be out pretty soon, with only some minor bugs to squash delaying it's release.

A playable ten level demo of Super Obliteration can be downloaded here.

Screenshots/Concept Art/Gameplay Videos

March 12, 2007 9:18 AM | Tim W.

Joakim's (Noitu Love) next platformer, pictured right.

Oddbob's Beast Invaders 3. [more here]

Gish 2 concept art.

Reunion, Mike Bithell's (Visiting Day) latest creation. [Reunion information, gameplay video]

Two gameplay videos captured from Ichigo-Citron's upcoming vertical shooter, Rozen Diadem.

Narcissu Side 2nd

March 12, 2007 9:08 AM | Tim W.

A direct prequel to the visual novel Narcissu, Narcissu Side 2nd is currently in production by stage-nana. A preview version was sold at Comiket 70 for 200 yen, and has since been released for download at stage-nana's website.

The focus will be on Setsumi, the female heroine from the original visual novel, and on the people and circumstances that formed the character presented in the first game; most of the preview is told from Setsumi's point of view. According to the author's comments in the afterword to the preview edition, she will share the limelight with at least two new heroines.

Name: Narcissu Side 2nd
Developer: Stage-Nana
Category: Visual Novel
Type: Demo
Size: 30MB

Bruce Lee

March 12, 2007 8:18 AM | Tim W.

A faithful remake of the Commodore 64 platformer, Bruce Lee features the legendary martial arts master on a quest to retrieve lanterns, defeat evil minions, and perhaps even restore world peace along the way.

A comprehensive review can be found here.

Name: Bruce Lee
Developer: Mark Rosten
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

Rooms

March 12, 2007 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Rooms is a rather innovative puzzler by HandMade Game, in which your character has to shuffle rooms around to arrive at the exit in each level. Only the room you're currently in can be moved, though items can be used to teleport from one place to the other.

The primarily goal of Rooms is to exit from the Rooms mansion. The secondary objective of Rooms is to collect every part of the final puzzle and getting good score, by arranging every room's position to make an entire image.

Every room's background is part of whole image of the stage. The linked background is a hint, which lets player know where each room should be placed. In addition to moving rooms, using right object and items at right time is another consideration.

Name: Rooms
Developer: HandMade Game
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 30MB

News

March 10, 2007 10:08 AM | Tim W.

Pixel updated Guxt to v.0.8.1.0. As noted by Shih Tzu:

The accompanying 'readme' information hasn't changed, except that it says 'still not complete'. Also, there's a new screenshot that suggests Pixel has added bright red to the color palette in certain spots. [LiveJournal discussion, more entries about Guxt]
Shmup-Dev Autofire 2007 compo results will be out today.

Clean Asia's information page gets another facelift.

The PC version of Qwak is currently in development.

A nifty little list with links to all of the IGF nominees' web sites can be found at GT.

There's a new update patch for The Underside which fixes the joystick error.

Crillion Z

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

Crillion Z is a remake of Oliver Kirwa's Crillion for C64. You control a ball and you have to smash colored blocks. The alternate version with a Christmas theme is available from the download page as well.

Name: Crillion Z
Developer: DHK
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Jetpak - Solar Crisis

March 9, 2007 9:08 AM | Tim W.

Jetpak - Solar Crisis is an excellent remake of the similarly titled game for the ZX Spectrum machine. Your mission in each level is to collect and assemble parts of a probe by placing them on a designated area, while trying to carry out repairs on your ship.

Unfortunately only fans of the original will find this particular effort appealing. Nine planets to visit in total.

Name: Jetpak - Solar Crisis
Developer: Richard Jordan
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 3MB

Penumbra: Overture Demo

March 8, 2007 10:08 AM | Tim W.

The demo for Penumbra: Overture is out. A list of mirrors can be found here.

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