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Archive For September, 2007

NIX

September 7, 2007 10:12 AM | Tim W.



Think Sokoban.

Name: NIX
Developer: Karl-Heinz Jahns
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
Direct download link: Click here

Mutant Preview

September 7, 2007 1:01 AM | Tim W.



Wielding a pistol in each hand? Outdated. How about a hero with two additional limbs and the capacity to carry four different weapons at the same time? Let's add cowboy zombies, skeletal robots, and naked people for good measure. A dash of telekinesis power wouldn't be out of place either, because Half-Life made it cool.

Mutant is overhead third person 3D shooter featuring a protagonist with four arms, and the gameplay does seem to resemble a mix of Crimsonland plus Alien Shooter. No demo yet, but a trailer has been made available for download from Napoleon Games' web site.

Watch trailer on Youtube
download 50MB trailer
Mutant information page

Glum Preview

September 6, 2007 6:09 AM | Tim W.



A screenshot from Pug Fugly's latest project, tentatively titled Glum. Chris (creator of Return to Sector 9) hints that the new platformer will have puzzle elements. And flowers.

Glum announcement
Pug Fugly Games

Spout

September 6, 2007 4:01 AM | Tim W.



Spout is a Thrust-like game, but with a small twist. Fumes from your ship can be used to destroy your surroundings, though the resulting effect does cause the craft to move in the opposite direction.

The aim of the game is to head towards the top of the screen continously and gain precious seconds by breaking through the line indicators. The executable is located inside the SDL folder. [thanks to raigan]

Name: Spout
Developer: kuni
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
Direct download link: Click here

Play This Thing

September 5, 2007 10:40 PM | Tim W.



Play This Thing (formerly Games Rule OK) is a new web site from Manifesto Games, created with the objective of featuring a special game each day - freeware, IF, mods and especially independent games.

All reviews come with meaty descriptions, and most of the articles are written by the head honcho himself Greg Costikyan (latest entry from Emily Short). If the promise of daily updates is kept, then this site is definitely one to bookmark.

visit Play This Thing
Manifesto Games

B-Games Special

September 5, 2007 9:49 PM | Tim W.

In conjunction with TIGSource's B-Game Competition, here are a couple of promising games with decent gameplay but intentionally features bland textures or blocky sprites.


News

September 5, 2007 2:11 PM | Tim W.



"Rhapsody (pictured above) is an upcoming indie RPG similar to the Japanese style RPGs for the SNES and early Playstation titles." - Blake, programmer [source: Jimbob and Total Klik]

Updates

Knytt Stories version 1.0.2 released. [change list]

Fraxy gets a new update plus English translation.

Incursion (freeware roguelike game) updated to version 0.6.2F.

Warsow (freeware 3D FPS) version 0.32 released.

Dicewars DS (a Nintendo DS port of GameDesign's popular dice strategy game) updated to version 0.3.6.

Upcoming Releases

Binary Zoo might work on a sequel to DUO once Tension (the latest game in development) is completed and released to the public.

Two new screenshots from Trapped posted. A work in progress. [Grid Assault, Thrust Xtreme]

Paul is hinting that a new version for Saucelifter could be released soon. [Saucelifter - latest build, Sword of Fargoal]

Information about the future Ben Jordan episodes are posted regularly on Grundislav's development diary.

A new version for Typhoon 2001 will be released later this week. [download page]

Miscellaneous

Walkthroughs for several of Daniel Remar's games were recently posted.

Results for the Wadjet Eye fanart contest announced.

New entry added to Matt Thorson's Jumper 3: Infinite Castle development journal. [Jumper series]

The Indies

September 5, 2007 7:43 AM | Tim W.

The latest edition of GameShark's The Indies is up. This bi-weekly feature is written by James Fudge, and focuses on a collection of complete (and incomplete) Sourceforge projects, casual games, shareware plus the occasional free stuff.

Also, free plug for them because they mentioned Independent Gaming.

There are fifteen issues worth of reading material so if the features index isn't already in your bookmarks then now is probably a good time to do a some catching up. How about a weekly schedule, James?

Blackwell Unbound Released

September 4, 2007 10:36 PM | Tim W.



Blackwell Unbound is now available for purchase from Wadjet Eye Games' web site, the second in a series of paranormal investigations written by Dave Gilbert. This episode features the talent of Erin Robinson (Spooks), and introduces a new central character named Lauren Blackwell, who is the aunt of Rosangela.

No demo available yet, but one can be expected fairly soon.

Wadjet Eye Games' web site
Blackwell Unbound info page

Dare to be Digital

September 4, 2007 4:37 PM | Tim W.


Dare to be Digital is an annual competition in which students from different institutions are gathered, split into teams of five, then placed in a hosting centre for a period of ten weeks to create a prototype of a game. Three winners in different categories were announced during the recent award presentation ceremony at University of Abertay Dundee in Scotland. The three winners will be included the short list for this year's BAFTA Ones to Watch Award.

Pictured above is Bear Go Home, description as follows:

Players must help Bear find his way home but, without direct control over the bear, they must influence his movement by stretching and squeezing him to keep him safe.

All competition entries are available to download from the showcase page. Use the login 'indygamer' and password 'password' to access the download section without going through the hassle of registering. [source: GameSetWatch]

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