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Archive For May, 2007

Big Bang Beat

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

Big Bang Beat is an alright doujin fighting game featuring some impressive concept art but only two playable characters in the demo. The Z, X and C keys correspond to light, medium and heavy attacks. Use the A key to execute special moves. The command list can be accessed by pressing the Q key during a battle.

Run the configuration file and choose the second option to play in full screen mode. During character selection, the color palette of your fighter can be swapped by using the C key. Confirm or cancel your choice using the primary and secondary attack buttons.

The installation of files for East Asian languages is required to get the trial version to work.

Name: Big Bang Beat
Developer: NRF
Category: Action
Type: Demo
Size: 60MB

Tsunoda Love

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

Tsunoda Love is a new horizontal shooter from Team GrisGris, the same development team responsible for the mecha platformer Dread Lock. The gameplay is considerably average, with standard options, spread shots and laser among some of the power-ups available to collect.

Tap the X key to shoot, or hold it for a charged attack. Use the Z key to activate bombs. The trial version showcases one level only.

Name: Tsunoda Love
Developer: Team GrisGris
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 30MB

Cave's Next Shooter

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

Rumors are going around about a new shooter from Cave, fueled by a rather odd leaflet found in the Mushihimesama Futari OST which was released recently.

  • feathers seem to suggest a theme much like Milestone's Karous

  • the 'pentagram' is actually the Star of David, a Jewish symbol

  • it's assumed that the portrait in the background is of a president, possibly Abe Lincoln

  • the female character has the wings of an angel

Let's Play Within a Deep Forest

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

DeceasedCrab is working on a LP for Within a Deep Forest. [Within a Deep Forest review]


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

Fraxy is an arena shooter featuring a collection of boss fights, with an editor included to facilitate user creation as well. Use the cursor keys to operate your ship, hold the left mouse button to shoot or press the right mouse button for a temporary speed boost. The left shift key or mouse wheel can be used to swap weapons.

Energy is deducted whenever a shot is fired or the speed boost is activated. Without energy, your ship will explode. Up to five weapon slots can be fitted with your choice of arsenal using the config.exe file, with an explanation for each found in an english text manual in the same folder.

An undocumented item is the Over Soll Power boost, which can be acquired by staying in the core of a power-up item for a couple of seconds. Much like Cho Ren Sha 68k, though this upgrade is a temporary one and useful only when the ship is at full strength.

A specially designed Try mode is available for players to experience preset challenges, while the Free Play mode offers a random run or unlimited practice for experimentation.

Name: Fraxy
Developer: mon
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB


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

danjo's Z-Tack remake is an update of the Atari 2600 release, in which the player has to destroy buildings on the surface of a planet while dodging the missiles they launch in retaliation to your attacks.

Use both cursor and shift keys to fire in a certain direction. Shots can be fired sideways as well.

Name: Z-Tack
Developer: danjo
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB


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

Lazrael is currently working on several projects. A description for one of his untitled ones:

"Here we have Continent Grin trying to get me with his basic straight-forward blasters and other low grade guns, but oh my, it was I who got him instead.

Unluckily for me Harry X-Ray (the red one) and Tobacco Ted (the blue one) were much more formidable foes to handle with their bouncy lasers and shotguns." - Lazrael
[Battle in the Dark gameplay video with loud music, web site, Lazrael's past projects]

Just Adventure's Ricardo Pautassi reviews Duty and Beyond, grades it B. [Duty and Beyond review]

Millenipede updated to version 1.0.0. [Millenipede review]

Another Missing review posted.


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

Plupon is an alright action game that revolves around matching three numbers to meet a quota indicated on the upper left portion. Numbers are removed from the screen when they reach ten or above.

The objective of the game is to get a total of ten or twenty for each match, else your life gauge will be reduced based on the exceeding sum. No round objects must pass the bottom line as well. Click on the background to cancel your selection.

Name: Plupon
Developer: Yoshio Ishii
Category: Action
Type: Flash

Sonic Xtreme Remix

May 7, 2007 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Sonic Xtreme Remix is a short demo of Dobermann's upcoming remake, featuring Sega's blue mascot in another 3D adventure consisting of collecting rings and miscellaneous special bonuses.

A decent game by the developer of Halo Zero, a 2D reimagination of Bungie's first-person shooter series.

Name: Sonic Xtreme Remix
Developer: Dobermann
Category: Action
Type: Demo
Size: 10MB

Space Cabbage

May 5, 2007 2:18 PM | Tim W.

Space Cabbage is a retro action game developed by astrosmurf, based on an idea from an old BBC show about computers. Hold the cursor keys to move your ship around, or press the control key to shoot. Line the enemies in your crosshair for a direct hit.

For every hit your ship takes, a fraction of your shield gauge is taken away. Lasers stop working when overheated, so use them sparingly. Three levels only.

Name: Space Cabbage
Developer: astrosmurf
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

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