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Archive For April, 2007

Which Way is Up

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

Which Way is Up is a traditional and challenging 2D platformer with a slight rotational twist. Help a mysterious big-eared salaryman named Guy find his keys in a labyrinth of dangers and bad dialogue. Use the Z or up arrow key to jump, and press the down arrow key to activate switches or collect items.

Six levels in total. The Windows binary version contains an executable which runs just fine without the need for a Python installation.

Name: Which Way is Up
Developer: Olli Etuaho
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB


April 9, 2007 8:18 AM | Tim W.

Another screenshot from Buster's upcoming game posted. [Vacant Ark review]

xii games is currently seeking a background artist for their upcoming adventure game (paid position).

The game is set in a not-so-distant future when a particle physicist’s mysterious and spectacular death sparks a race to find his hidden vault and claim his terrifying new discovery.

The team consists of Vince Twelve (Linus), Shane 'ProgZMax' Stevens (The Shivah, Mind’s Eye) and Nikolas Sideris. [Source: Gnomes' Lair, Leisure Suit Larry: Lost in Love, Mind's Eye, The Shivah, Linus]

OEDb recently published a guide to Video Game Degrees and Careers.

Latest PyWeek Competition entries can be found on this page.

AtomHex Preview

April 9, 2007 8:08 AM | Tim W.

the2bears bring news about Mark Incitti's (Grid Wars) upcoming arena shooter entitled AtomHex. To be released soon. [Geometry Wars clones article]

Puzzle Game

April 8, 2007 9:18 AM | Tim W.

It's a Puzzle Game, a game where there are puzzles, and it's your job to solve them. The main gameplay element here are blocks. Blocks of all shapes and sizes are to be pushed around until a path to the exit appears.

This demonstration version has six levels.

Name: Puzzle Game
Developer: Lazrael
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

eXceed3rd Preview

April 8, 2007 9:08 AM | Tim W.

More screenshots from TENNEN-SOZAI's upcoming vertical shooter, eXceed3rd-JADE PENETRATE-.

A trial version will be released in either May or June. [eXceed2nd-VAMPIRE-, eXceed review]

Lazrael's Platformers

April 8, 2007 8:18 AM | Tim W.

Miscellaneous screenshots from Lazrael's other unreleased projects. Currently involved in military service for at least half a year.

Easter Cortex

April 8, 2007 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Easter Cortex is fairly straightforward game, originally written for the Retro Remakes 2007 Easter Mini competition. The objective is to clear the level of eggs. Eggs are removed by pushing them together in matching groups of three or more.

The cursor keys move the rabbit. You can only push eggs from behind, so be careful of pushing them into corners or against walls. Also try not to leave yourself with fewer than three of any design.

Press the escape key to return to the level selection screen if you get stuck.

Name: Easter Cortex
Developer: Simon Bradley
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB


April 7, 2007 9:18 AM | Tim W.

Veck Special Edition released. [screenshot from the upcoming Veck 2, Veck review]

Richard Jordan's remake of Zub (A Commodore 64 game by The Pickford Brothers of Naked War fame) will be released soon. [Jetpak - Solar Crisis, Atic Atac, Klass of 99]

The origin of Jenka's theme (Cave Story) uncovered.

A gameplay video from oddbob's Beast Invaders 3 can be viewed here. [screenshots set one, set two, latest G-Force build]

Crimsonland 2 and Azangara will be released soon. [Source: Lexder]

Parotte Fighter Special Heroes Dynamite Preview

April 7, 2007 9:08 AM | Tim W.

Another doujin fighting game with a very novel idea. Parotte Fighter Special Heroes Dynamite (by Retsuzan Games) features female cosplayers dressed up as characters from classic 2D fighters such as the Street Fighter series, World Heroes (Rasputin, Captain Kid), Fatal Fury and several others.

Orbit Racers

April 7, 2007 8:18 AM | Tim W.

Orbit Racers is an oldie but a goodie -- it's basically a very simplistic racing game, but the twist is that there is only one button in the game, the space bar. The entire game is controlled with that one button.

How does that work? Letting go of the space bar moves you toward the center of the track, and pushing it moves you away. Because you don’t want to hit either side of the track, you will continuously tap the space bar throughout the races, avoiding obstacles and targeting speed boost arrows.

Every race is a perfect circle, orbiting some center of gravity. After you get used to the controls it’s rather simple and gets tedious (there are 10 laps for each track, and the tracks are all circles so they don’t vary very much), but the idea of a single-button game alone made it worth playing.

Name: Orbit Racers
Developer: Pug Fugly Games
Category: Racing
Type: Freeware
Size: 3MB

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