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Archive For May, 2007


May 21, 2007 9:18 AM | Tim W.

GameTunnel's May Monthly Round-Up was recently posted.

Here's a summary, presented Famitsu-style:

Chocolate Castle Lexaloffle Games 9, 8, 7, 8 [32/40] GA, GM
Scavenger Pi Eye Games 8, 7, 7, 9 [31/40] SA
Sam & Max Episode 6 Telltale Games 8, 8, 8, 7 [31/40] SA
Venture the Void Kitty*Lambda N, 8, 6, 7 [21/30] SA
Auto Cross Racing KJM Software 5, 6, 9, 7 [27/40]
Lighthouse Lunacy Athletic Design 6, 6, 7, 5 [24/40]
Darwin the Monkey Rock Solid Games 6, 5, 6, 6 [23/40]
MAGI RetroStyle Games 5, 6, 8, 2 [21/40]
Retro Records Guido Raffinatore 6, 4, 5, 5 [20/40]
Civil Disturbance Masterdom Prod. 4, 4, 9, 2 [19/40]

* - Freeware
N - Not Rated
GM - Game of the Month
EC - 36 and above (Editor's Choice)
GA - 32 and above (Gold Award)
SA - 28 and above (Silver Award)

Screenshots and reviews available from GameTunnel.

Non-Stop Action Hero

May 21, 2007 8:18 AM | Tim W.

A combination of Front Line, Gun.Smoke, Space Invaders and Ikari Warriors, Non-Stop Action Hero is a decent action game that is impossible to lose.

Every wave introduces a different weapon to use, and the ten stages included allow plenty of chance for the player to get accustomed to each.

Name: Non-Stop Action Hero
Developer: Joe Lesko
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Bugs Attack

May 21, 2007 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Bugs Attack is a short vertical shooter with four stages and the obligatory boss fights at the end of each. Autofire can be enabled by pressing the shift key. The bug follows your cursor around, hence cursor keys are never actually needed for this game. Use the space key to launch a bomb.

Collect power-ups to upgrade your weapon. Bug Attack is also playable using a browser window. The second choice allows you to access a special boss rush mode.

Name: Bugs Attack
Developer: Fargenius
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB
Direct download link: click here


May 20, 2007 9:18 AM | Tim W.

More screenshots from Mountain of Faith posted. A demo will be released tomorrow, specifically on the 20th of May. The manual is available to view online. [Mountain of Faith preview]

The soundtrack for Haluz is available here. [Haluz review]

Binary Zoo is working on a new game, currently titled Tension.

Dave Gilbert is expected to announce a sequel to The Blackwell Legacy on June 1st. A secret project will also be revealed on the same date.

Kairos is working on a new platformer. [Ikaruga clones article]

Artesneit is currently developing a new RPG.

The teaser page for Lexaloffle's upcoming release, Jasper's Journeys is up.

Crostar is working on a new platformer. [rhacp review]

Warsow updated to version 0.3. [Warsow review]

New screenshots from Vulkaiser posted. [DHC's past projects]

As indicated by the last post in this forum thread, Streets of Rage remake version 5.0 will feature seven new stages. [Streets of Rage Remake review]

Captain Kickass

May 20, 2007 8:18 AM | Tim W.

Captain Kickass is a new arena shooter by Nobody which mimics gameplay elements from Geometry Wars and several other similar arcade games. Firing is automatic, while the ship follows your cursor around hence cursor keys are never needed.

Rotate your firing direction left or right by using the mouse buttons. Much like Ablation, power-ups can be collected immediately when they appear or be left alone to wander the screen until absolutely needed. Delay power-up effects by holding down the middle mouse button.

Expect a full screen option, cooperative play, and a complete campaign mode to be included in future releases.

Name: Captain Kickass
Developer: Nobody
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

Space Cabbage

May 20, 2007 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Space Cabbage is a retro action game by Minion, based on an idea from an old BBC show about computers. Incorporating elements from Space Invaders with vegetables for enemies, this release features nine stages with a final boss battle at the end if the player manages to survive long enough.

Name: Space Cabbage
Developer: MinionSoft
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

Motocross Challenge

May 19, 2007 2:18 PM | Tim W.

Motocross Challenge is a free arcade game for the Game Boy Advance where players must speed through scenic locations while trying to handle high-flying action jump ramps. Key features such as suspension, automatic gear shift, spinning, quick accelerations, realistic collision reaction, bike vibration, crashes and various ground surfaces have been included to create a fun motocross racing experience.

Featuring eight motocross bikes, seven tricks and ten tracks to unlock through thirty racing events.

Name: Motocross Challenge
Developer: DHG Games
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

Policenauts Translation Team Interview

May 19, 2007 9:08 AM | Tim W.

Scans from GamesTM were recently posted in the Junker HQ forums, specifically the Policenauts Translation Team interview. Each image is about 600KB in size.

Japanese gamers still believe that Policenauts is Hideo Kojima's best work to date.

The stack of paper on seen at the top right portion of the first page is actually the entire Policenauts script in both Japanese and English, printed out on A4 sheets. Release date for the English translation patch has been pushed back to late 2007.


May 19, 2007 8:18 AM | Tim W.

ChocoMarker is an average 3D puzzler made by Ecole, the same development team responsible for delivering the popular Melty Blood doujin fighting game series. The main objective is basically to sandwich blocks of the same color between two other blocks of a different color to remove them from the field. Complete each stage by freeing every single bomb block on screen before time runs out.

Blocks with no color can easily be switched by using the same move.

Name: ChocoMarker
Developer: Ecole
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB
Direct download link: Click here

Red White Yellow

May 19, 2007 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Red White Yellow is a new puzzler by SKT which is based on Tetris, but with a hint of Lumines in it. The objective of the game is to remove tiles from the screen by connecting six or more blocks of the same color are connected to each other.

The current type of colored blocks which can be removed from the field switches whenever a chain is made.

Half decent but not particularly impressive when compared to Blocksum.

Name: Red White Yellow
Developer: SKT
Category: Puzzle
Type: Browser

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