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Archive For June, 2007

La Croix Pan

June 12, 2007 8:18 AM | Tim W.

La Croix Pan tells the tale of a lone American sniper who enters a small town with the task of defending it by himself. The flashlight plugin is put to good use by the author, and though the game is short it still manages to instill a bit of suspense into the proceedings effectively enough.

Name: La Croix Pan
Developer: TheJBurger
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

Streambolt Desero

June 12, 2007 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Streambolt Desero is an updated version of Gustav Kilman's similarly titled platformer, but with updated graphics and none of the bugs from the original in this version.

Most of the moves have been updated plus several new ones, and a helpful tutorial is included to help new players get acquainted with the controls in a matter of minutes. Not all special abilities are required, since basic attacks can be used to complete the short one level demo with little difficulty.

Name: Streambolt Desero
Developer: Gustav Kilman
Category: Platform
Type: Demo
Size: 2MB

News

June 11, 2007 9:18 AM | Tim W.

Teaser image from Raidien Phaec posted on Hermitgames' site. [Fren-ze]

Tizma releases Geoplex, a new action puzzler.

Artbook and concept documents for Reunion added to Mike Bithell's site.

dess reviews nemu90kww's Aggresive Sokoban. [web site]

Last Scenario updated to version 1.21. Save games from v1.01 are compatible with the latest release. [direct download link]

SCMRPG gets second spot in an old top ten list, sandwiched between Custer's Revenge and E.T. - fame!

SKT promises to double the number of songs in Red White Yellow on June 15th.

Top ten shmups scoring systems list posted on GameFaqs, currently discussed in Shmups Chat.

RGCD issue 2 should be released this week. A teaser image can be found on the official site. All games mentioned on the cover will be made available on the CD. [Motocross Challenge, Guxt, La Mulana, Alien Abduction, Streets of Rage Remake, Veck]

New screenshot from Ichigo-Citron's vertical shooter, Rozen Diadem posted.

A tech demo for Hero of Allacrost released. No quest yet, though players can still same a few battles.

3Punge (Three Minutes Game Contest) results announced.

Deep Magic 2 is currently in development. A demo will be released later this week. [original GMC thread]

Kairos is working on a new vertical shooter for the latest Shmup-Dev competition. [Ikaruga review]

Wildfire Studio's Jungo will be released today.

ooPixel's (Samegame series) Waking Life will be released tomorrow. [playable demo]

Use arrow keys to move. Ctrl speeds up text and closes textboxes.

News

June 11, 2007 9:08 AM | Tim W.

Money for Old Rope (MFOR) explained in detail at We Make the Cops. Bob's new shooter will most likely cost around five pounds.



Screenshots from Play-Asia's collaboration with new team SideQuest Studios posted, a horizontal shooter entitled Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer. The original announcement (supports 720p HD mode in 16:9) seems to indicate a console release. Due out later this year. [more images, Shmups Chat discussion]

Purple

June 11, 2007 8:18 AM | Tim W.

Purple is a new platformer by Bowser, creator of the Colorblind FIX series and one of the GM community veterans. Both jump and throw frisbee actions have multiple keys mapped to each. Use the frisbee to hurt enemies or break colored blocks.

One level only, though at least four stages are promised for the next release.

Name: Purple
Developer: Bowser
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB
Mirrors: Fileplanet, Mediafire

Kudos: Rock Legend

June 10, 2007 8:18 AM | Tim W.

Kudos: Rock Legend is the latest game from Cliffski [Kudos, Democracy], quietly released back on Friday the 25th of May. The game is a rock band simulator, where you play as the singer in a struggling band attempting to make it big. In some respects it's quite similar to Cliffski's last game, Kudos, but is pleasantly mixed up with entertaining minigames that have you composing songs, mixing your album and practising with your band.

Gametunnel wrote an exceptionally positive preview of the game a couple of days before its release, stating that "[...] nothing will prepare you for just how fun Kudos: Rock Legend is", and that "Rock Legend is shaping up as one of the best games of the year", for whatever that's worth. As for my opinion? The game is certainly quite a lot of fun to play, and well worth checking out. Definitely Cliffski's best game to date.

Name: Kudos: Rock Legend
Developer: Positech/Cliffski
Category: Sim Game
Type: Shareware, Demo available
Size: 24MB
Direct Download: (Demo) click here

Retro Review: Paradroid

June 10, 2007 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Paradroid Paradroid is a game by Andrew Braybrook that was originally released for the Commodore 64 in 1985.

Yes, I am writing a review of a 22-year-old game. Yes, this retro-review deviates a bit from standard Arthouse Games practice. I justify this deviation with the following two excuses: 1. I never played the game when I was a kid, so it's new to me (and probably new to many of you, too); and 2. there's very little modern grist for the Arthouse Games mill (art games are few and far between). That said, I'm not sure that Paradroid is an art game---more like an interesting landmark in the art of game design.

Okay, first things first: how can you play it? Paradroid was re-released as Paradroid 90 on the Atari and some other platforms. It has a few modern remakes for PCs (see http://paradroid.sf.net, http://paradroid.ovine.net/, and http://freedroid.sourceforge.net/). All of these remakes differ slightly from the original in graphics or gameplay, but they're probably the easiest way to get a taste of Paradroid on a modern computer.

This review covers the original 1985 version for the C64---you can download a disk image of that here: paradroid.zip. I played it on the VICE emulator, and I had to download C64 system ROMS separately (from this package), since they no longer ship with VICE for legal reasons. I unzipped the paradroi.d64 disk image, mounted it as a disk in VICE, and auto-started the program on the disk. I had a bit of trouble here and there along the way (Paradroid is looking for a joystick---or emulated joystick---on port 2), but I was able to get Paradroid running smoothly with a bit of perseverance. If this process sounds too involved, try one of the remakes linked above.

Read the full review over at Arthouse Games.

Name: Paradroid
Developer: Andrew Braybrook
Year: 1985
Platform: Commodore 64
Type: Abandonware

Red White Yellow Updated

June 9, 2007 9:18 AM | Tim W.

SKT had recently updated Red White Yellow, their color matching puzzler, to include several new tracks and sound effects. From the original review:

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.


Click here to play

News

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

There's a small flash toy called Comic Dice added to Matt Hammill's Underwater Base site. Gesundheit was updated with minor changes as well.

Roll the hand-printed, hand-sewn dice to randomly generates a three-panel comic strip with a beginning, middle and end for a few minutes' worth of diversion.

Nifflas had confirmed that the chances of Knytt Stories released before the 30th of August is slim, though development would be wrapped up long before then.

Foppy is working on Race Challenge, a game featuring the sort of perspective seen in Pole Position and Out Run. [Flyout, Gridfire review]

A complete walkthrough for Joakim's Tripline was recently posted in the konjak.org forums.

The translation patch for the Narcissu Side 2nd should be out early next month.

Game.Dev Competition 15 announced. [forum thread]

JNKPlat 07 updated to version 0.2. Fullscreen mode added.

New screenshots from Tormishire posted.

Vince Twelve's next game titled.

Avaus Preview

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

Pretty much the sequel to Seiklus, in spirit if not in form. cly5m has been secretly working on a new project entitled Avaus, with at least 130 rooms to explore. As described on the autofish site:

In this game, you'll pilot a ship on a rescue mission in a dream world. This is a pretty large project, and I hope to have it finished in 2007.

Read more, autofish.net

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