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Archive For April, 2007

The Path (preview)

April 1, 2007 9:08 AM | Tim W.

The Path by Tale-of-Tales, makers of The Endless Forest, is a single-player horror game currently in production that I've been following for awhile. It's hard to describe, so I'll quote from its website:

  • play six different characters with distinct personalities
  • interact with autonomous characters driven by Drama Princess technology
  • unique free-form gameplay: do what you want when you want it
  • mix the music in realtime through in-game activity
  • lose yourself in an endless forest filled with attractions and atrocities
The Path has no goals, and although it might sound like an adventure game, it really isn't like that either, as there are no puzzles to solve and no predefined progression, and no plot. I imagine it like Silent Hill, but without the gameplay or gore, but retaining the frightening atmosphere, a game that you'd wander around in a forest, not to do anything, but just to feel a bit eerie.

There's currently no download, but you can see a trailer on its website.


April 1, 2007 8:18 AM | Tim W.

L.A.2 is a Flash experiment by Kenta Cho which involves destroying blue turrets with the use of gliders.

Hold the Z key to fire a glider. When the glider touches a green cell, it will turn brown and spread out. Release the Z key to destroy all brown cells on screen.

Name: L.A.2
Developer: Kenta Cho
Category: Shooter
Type: Browser


April 1, 2007 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Chirality is a one-switch game of reflexes and perception. The menu cycles through four choices - three different modes of play which are increasingly tougher, and the exit command. Press the space key to select a play mode, the game will begin.

There will be two sets of vanes in the play area. These look somewhat like fans rotating. There is a white set of vanes rotating in one direction, and a blue set rotating in the other direction. On both sets of vanes are yellow symbols. There are six different symbols in all.

As the vanes rotate they will eventually overlap each other. If you hit the button when a match overlap is happening, you score one point for each matching pair. If there is a match and you don't press the button before the overlap ends, the match pairs turn red and disappear. They are also replaced by new symbols, but you lose one try in the process. If you press the button when there is no match, you also lose one try.

There are three different play levels in this game, each of which is harder than the previous one. You start each game with five tries, which are shown at the bottom of the game screen as blue circles.

Name: Chirality
Developer: Dream Codex
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

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