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Archive For June, 2007

ScummVM 0.10.0 Released

June 23, 2007 9:08 AM | Tim W.

A new improved version of ScummVM was recently released to the general public. Support for new engines and games include:

Sierra AGI engine
Space Quest I and II, King's Quest I - III
many more AGI games, a number of fan-made games
Cinematic evo 1 engine Future Wars
GOB engine Bargon Attack, Gobliins 2, Goblins 3, Ween: The Prophecy
Parallaction engine Nippon Safes Inc.
Other games Touche: The Adventures of the Fifth Musketeer engine

The list of supported games and screenshots can be found on this page.

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Lemmings DS

June 23, 2007 8:18 AM | Tim W.

From Retro Remakes:

Lemmings DS is a port of the classic action-puzzle game Lemmings for the Nintendo DS. Version 7 has 120 levels from the original games, plus the 100 extra levels from Oh No More Lemmings.

This version also supports DLDI, so now it will hopefully work on all manner of DS flashcards and reach the wider audience that it deserves. Oh, the source is available too if you want to check it out.

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June 23, 2007 8:08 AM | Tim W.

Hurrican is essentially a modernised, graphically-updated, feature packed version of Turrican. As with the original, the levels are large (and beg to be explored), the enemies come thick and fast from all angles and the game is far from a pushover. Due to the sheer number of features included, the controls tend to feel a little over complicated at times (there are so many combinations to remember) but the end result is still very rewarding.

Name: Hurrican
Developer: Poke53280
Category: Platform Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 40MB


June 22, 2007 2:18 PM | Tim W.

GameTunnel's June Monthly Round-Up was recently posted. Famitsu-style summary:

Jets'n'Guns Gold Rake in Grass 9, 9, 8, 8 [34/40] GA, GM
Venture Arctic Pocketwatch Games 8, 8, 8, 9 [33/40] GA
Snapshot Adventures Large Animal Games 9, 6, 8, 9 [32/40] GA
Impact Games 7, 9, 9, 5 [30/40] SA
Barrel Mania CGS Software 7, 6, 7, 9 [29/40] SA
Defender of the Crown Cinemaware 6, 6, 10, 6 [28/40] SA
TV Station Manager Winter Wolves 7, 8, 7, 5 [27/40]
The Blackwell Legacy Wadjet Eye Games 6, 5, 8, 7 [26/40]
Sonoro TV DevilishGames 6, 5, 6, 7 [24/40]
ArchMage 300AD 6, 5, 6, 3 [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)

Greg Costikyan (of Manifesto Games) and Derek Yu (of Bit Blot) will join the review panel starting next month. Screenshots and reviews available from GameTunnel.

Nifflas Interview

June 22, 2007 9:18 AM | Tim W.

A new interview with Nifflas was recently conducted by JeJeuJeux (thanks to Popoyt for the correction) and posted on their site. The entire article was translated to English as well, though readers would have to scroll all the way down and click on a line of text to reveal the English version.

Knytt and Within a Deep Forest are both available from Nifflas' web site.

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New Bloodlust Software Game

June 22, 2007 9:08 AM | Tim W.

The artist for all of Bloodlust Software releases in the past is working on a new AGS adventure game under a new banner, Gnarled Scar Manipulations. As explained by the developer of The Knobbly Crook:

You play as O'Sirus the Snip, a simple paper farmer who realizes he is connected to something much bigger. He'll struggle to join the Royal Guffaloon, the Crookian warrior police, he'll end up in the massive stronghold of the Bogold Empire, and eventually he'll be on the front lines of a huge war. I can't hide the rock, paper, scissors theme with my screenshots, so I'll say it has a big part of the way things work in the Knobbly Crook. Magic takes many strange forms, and O'Sirus controls those three elements (Tic is his paper bird).

A short one room demo is available for download.

More images: [1] - [2] - [3] - [4] - [5] - [6] - [7]

Starquake Remake

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

Someone's working on a Starquake remake! Thanks to Eric for the link, an early footage of the work-in-progress can be seen on YouTube. [Starquake map]

Fractal Fighter

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

Fractal Fighter is a new vertical shooter by cactus which features a limited palette of only two colors. Each boss consists of different weapon parts that the player has to destroy in sequence, randomly created using a tree generation code. A commendable effort especially when considering that the author spent less than a day to create the entire game from ground up.

Name: Fractal Fighter
Developer: cactus
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB


June 20, 2007 9:08 AM | Tim W.

A 20MB demo for DHC's Vulkaiser is now available from the Vector site. Use the freeware 7-Zip to extract .LZH files. Quite a surprising switch from Pysche Metal to Saturday morning anime. [direct download link, DHC's past projects]

One of the developers of Prominence, an upcoming adventure game made with the SCream engine that powered Scratches, was recently interviewed by ACG.

Yakouga 4 announced. [Galshell 2 Bullet Rain, Yakouga 2, Yakouga review]

Puppy Games is working on a new game entitled Treasure Tomb. Cas describes it as a scrolling dot-munching shooter, and if it's anything like Time Bandit then I'm sold. [source: Kev's site]

Chris Och (Super Stun-N-Run) is working on a new Metroid-like project currently titled Buckshot Sagebrush.

Richard Jordan (Zub, Klass of 99) and Andy Noble recently interviewed by Auld Games.

X-0ut's upcoming horizontal 2D shooter should be out before October. [Gravitron, Xain D Sleena, Prototype]

Mordalles is possibly working on at least one new game, as hinted by his signature. [Duty and Beyond review]

Don't Get Me Down, Man

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

Don't Get Me Down, Man is another Pug Fugly creation made as a tribute to classic games of old. Use the arrow keys to move your protagonist around and collect the glowing objects for bonus points. The game ends if you accidentally bump into an enemy.

Comes with an online high score table.

Name: Don't Get Me Down, Man
Developer: Chris Roper
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

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