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Archive For April, 2007

Cosmic Invaders

April 2, 2007 3:18 PM | Tim W.

The objective of Cosmic Invaders is to prevent the invaders from reaching the bottom of the screen. This is done by deploying defensive structures, accessible from the bottom right. Once deployed, towers will automatically fire on your enemies. Each costs money, which along with your remaining life is displayed in the bottom left. Towers can be sold, giving you back half of their original cost plus potentially valuable real estate, by selecting them with the left mouse button and clicking the demolish button. Right click cancels selection and placement. Pressing the escape key exits the game.

Laser turrets fire straight up every few seconds, dealing damage to the first invader the shot hits. Missile batteries fire seeking missiles at a slower rate, but they deal heavier damage, plus splash damage around them. The missiles explode if they fail to hit anything within a few seconds, although they still deal splash damage if they're close enough to anything when they do. Spark towers will deal heavy damage to a single invader, but have much shorter range.

There are planned features not yet in the game, such as the ability to upgrade towers once placed, more types of towers, more enemy types, and boss waves. Click on the paper clip icon to initiate download.

Name: Cosmic Invaders
Developer: X-G
Category: Strategy
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB


April 2, 2007 3:08 PM | Tim W.

Thruster is a caveflier, originally released for the Tapwave Zodiac, then ported to the GP2X, and now Windows. The game's concept is based on an older black and white title called Spout, by Kuni. Here are some of the features of Thruster.

  • Three different game modes.
  • Two difficulty levels.
  • High score tables with replay.
  • Beautiful backgrounds.
  • Original Soundtrack.
  • Ability to add your own music.
  • More than 2K particles in play at once.
Art and music in Thruster was inspired a good deal by Rez, resulting in background images and sounds that will be familiar to fans of the latter.

Use X to select menu items and active your ships thrust. Space will pause the game, as well as going back in menus. Using the arrow keys to steer your ship, propel yourself upwards and erode the landscape with the thrust particles.

(Thruster wallpapers can be found here, via Mentisworks)

Name: Thruster 1.3
Developer: Andrew Kearns
Category: Arcade
Type: Freeware
Size: 18MB

Binary Land

April 2, 2007 2:18 PM | Tim W.

Binary Land is a remake of an old NES action game, created with Clickteam's MultiMedia Fusion 2. The goal is to guide two penguins to opposite sides of a heartcage. The trick is that you control both penguins at once and one of the penguins movements are mirrored.

Differences from the original includes updated graphics, thirty stages of puzzle action, brand new levels, circling flames as a new enemy type, the nifty level editor and an oldschool ending.

Use the arrow keys to move both penguins around, and hold the left control key to shoot bugspray. Handy for freeing your partner, removing webs and spiders. Press the escape key to quit game at any time. Game is saved automatically when each stage is cleared.

A gamepad can be configured by changing the control type at the options screen, with the control key mapped to the first button on the joypad.

Name: Binary Land
Developer: Magnus Nilsson
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Penumbra: Overture

April 2, 2007 2:08 PM | Tim W.

Penumbra: Overture is an innovative first person survival horror game using advanced physics interaction. Instead of relying on combat as the main gameplay element Penumbra focuses on puzzles, exploration and enemies have to be dealt with by using wits rather than brute strength. This creates a unique experience in an atmospheric game world.

Penumbra tells the story of Philip, who in search of his presumed dead father uncovers more than he could ever had imagined. Trapped in an underground complex below the icy wastelands of Greenland, Philip needs to not only fight for his survival, but for his sanity as well.

Penumbra: Overture is to be released in two more episodes during 2007-2008. More information can be found at:

Frictional Games has also released a quick tour of their 'office' which briefly describes the conditions under which Penumbra: Overture was developed. The tour can be found at:


April 2, 2007 9:18 AM | Tim W.


Charlie Foxtrot is set for a release this month. [The Winter Rose review]

New screenshot from Indiana Jones and the Fountain of Youth added. [Fountain of Youth review]

The creator of Spooks will release a new game this month.

Screenshots from other upcoming AGS releases can be found in this forum thread.

Here's an interview with Al Lowe which lasts over an entire hour. [direct download link]

The CD-ROM version of Freddy Pharkas, Frontier Pharmacist has been made available as a web download for quite a while now. [500MB download link]


April 2, 2007 9:08 AM | Tim W.

Gesundheit updated to version 1.1, with new keyboard controls introduced and an optional aiming crosshair. A replacement index file can also be downloaded to unlock all levels. [Underwater Base, Gesundheit review]

Bullet Candy Update 7 now available.

DHC announced a new shooter entitled Vulkaiser as an April 1st event.

Chris' blog is situated here. [A Mini Falafel Adventure]

RTSoft gets a new look.

Paul Robertson's new short film will be out this month.

Leisure Suit Larry: Lost in Love

April 2, 2007 8:18 AM | Tim W.

Leisure Suit Larry: Lost in Love sets our favorite character on a new adventure, with gorgeous pixel graphics by the talented ProgZmax and the sort of humor that Al Lowe is most famous for replicated with incredible accuracy. Only a demo for now but what a tasty appetizer for things to come.

Name: Leisure Suit Larry: Lost in Love
Developer: Shane Stevens
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

Pogo Fred: Chapter 1

April 1, 2007 2:18 PM | Tim W.

Pogo Fred: Chapter 1 is a platform adventure featuring blue pyjama wearing Fred and his friend Adrian the Pogostick. Fred has no idea where he is, or what has gone on, but eventually with your help, he will learn the truth.

Pogo Fred is coded in Blitzmax with music written in MilkyTracker and most of the graphics drawn in Macromedia Flash, then edited in Paintshop Pro X. Just like Within a Deep Forest, your character is always in a perpetual vertical motion throughout the entire game. Hold the down arrow key to lower your bounce height, or use the up arrow key to jump higher. Press the S key to stomp on enemies.

There's quite a number of stuff to collect and even secret areas to discover in this one.

Name: Pogo Fred: Chapter 1
Developer: Chris Raz
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB

Super Obliteration

April 1, 2007 2:08 PM | Tim W.

Cross Pang, Asteroids, Turrican and Plasma, and you get TCK’s Super Obliteration.

This is a simple game, destroy all the rocks on each level before the timer runs out. Collect powerups or avoid bad ones for different weapons, faster or slower shots, and even shields.

There are four control methods to choose from. To send your highscores to the online board, go to the high scores screen and click on the sync button. Please ensure that you allow the program access through any firewall you may have in place.

Name: Super Obliteration
Developer: TCK
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

XYZZY Awards 2006

April 1, 2007 9:18 AM | Tim W.

This actually happened a month ago, but the winners of the 2006 XYZZY Awards for interactive fiction have been announced! Top honors went to Eric Eve's science fiction story The Elysium Enigma, while Andrew Plotkin's Edward Gorey homage Delightful Wallpaper and Emily Short's Floatpoint were among winners in several other categories.

The Elysium Enigma casts you as an Imperial officer charged with contacting a mysteriously technophobic settlement on a remote planet. I've only had a chance to play the first five minutes of it, but the premise seems intriguing so far.

For elegant multi-platform interpreters that should be able to run most or all of the nominated titles, I recommend Gargoyle for Windows or Spatterlight for Macintosh systems.

(XYZZY Awards 2006 summarized at Baf's Guide and

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