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Archive For October, 2007

The Underside Trailer

October 4, 2007 10:44 AM | Tim W.

LexVenture Preview

October 4, 2007 4:14 AM | Tim W.

LexVenture is a game that mixes elements from board crosswords games like Scrabble and Upwords. Fans of Viqua Games' Thomas and the Magical Words will be pleased to know that LexVenture can be tested for another three weeks before it goes on sale.

An application form has to be completed to access the download page, although no email confirmation will be sent to verify the information provided. One for the kids.


October 3, 2007 3:09 AM | Tim W.

OokiBloks: Matt Verran of Hermit Games (Fren-ze) is working on a new project entitled OokiBloks, an IGF competition entry.

Plasma Pong: The author of Plasma Pong is currently working on a new project that is not related to Atari's registered trademark.

Super Mogura Tennis: Another gameplay video from Super Mogura Tennis posted. Krobon Station's latest project will be released sometime this month. [download video, right click to save]

5 Days a Stranger: The 3D remake of 5 Days a Stranger gets its own web site. [information page, source: Gr.Viper]

Portal: Portal will be released on the 10th of October, 2007.

Moonpod interview: Kieron Gillen is working on a new interview with the Moonpod development team.

Force Majeure: Monokey's horizontal shooter Force Majeure will be published on a handheld (or possibly console) soon.

Race Challenge: Foppy will release Race Challenge on the 1st of December, 2007.

Gish Expansion Pack: Cryptic Sea is working on an expansion pack for the original Gish. The new release is currently titled Gish: The Lost Levels.

The Games Page: TGP (Hurdler 2) will release a new game next week.

Buster: Buster could be thinking about releasing a new platformer soon.

flOw Expansion Pack: A new video feature for flOw expansion pack can be found over at GameSpot.

Schizoid Preview

October 3, 2007 2:59 AM | Tim W.

Schizoid is an XBox Live Arcade game due out before the end of the year. Basically it involves using a ship to destroy creatures with similar color. Two players can play using different ships, while the Uberschizoid mode allows one player to control both ships.

- watch trailer one on YouTube
- watch trailer two
- download gameplay videos
- IGN preview


October 3, 2007 2:37 AM | Tim W.

Xorpl is a short exploratory platformer with three endings. The game runs in a small window. Cursor keys can be used to control the main character.

Name: Xorpl
Developer: Time Wraith
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
Direct download link: Click here


October 2, 2007 9:59 PM | Tim W.

Axel City (2D versus fighting game) was recently updated with an extended roster. All characters can be challenged, but only seven fighters are available from the character selection screen.

Note: requires the installation of East Asian languages pack for Windows operating systems.

- download page (260 MB)
- moves list
- instructions

Typhoon 2001 updated with a new build and a Linux port.

Sonic Ironstorm: Fatal Attack

October 2, 2007 11:24 AM | Tim W.

Sonic Ironstorm: Fatal Attack is an updated version of DHC's earlier 3Punge competition entry. Hold the Z key to shoot, and press the X key to launch a missile. The secondary weapon can be used repeatedly without any penalties.

Collectibles marked S increases your shield count, while acquiring items marked P upgrades your firepower in small increments. There are six stages to explore, though one is marked as a secret and players are only allowed to take on a maximum of three missions in each game.

Name: Sonic Ironstorm: Fatal Attack
Developer: DHC
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB
Direct download link: Click here
Mirror: Filefront


October 2, 2007 5:30 AM | Tim W.

Varia is a new vertical shooter from Kairos, featuring four playable levels and a combination of influences from several classic shmups. Rotating powerups can be collected using the Cho Ren Sha 68K method, while options can absorb and mimic enemy attacks.

Hold the Z key to shoot, and use the X key to freeze options in their places. Tap the C key to free the ability of the currently selected option.

Name: Varia
Developer: Kairos
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB
Direct download link: Click here

[online high score table]

IFComp 2007

October 1, 2007 8:43 AM | Tim W.

The entries for this year's IFComp are now available for download! Anyone may vote on the games, but you shouldn't really do so unless you endeavour to try them all out. Voting will run until November 15th, 11:59 P.M. EST - which should give you plenty of time to get through them all!

The twenty-nine games participating this year are:


A Matter of Importance, by Nestor I. McNaugh
Slap that Fish, by Peter Nepstad


Across The Stars, by Dark Star & Peter Mattsson
An Act of Murder, by Hugh Dunnett
Beneath: a Transformation, by Graham Lowther
Deadline Enchanter, by Anonymous
Eduard the Seminarist, by Heiko Theißen
Fox, Fowl and Feed, by Chris Conroy
The Immortal, by Just Rob
Lord Bellwater's Secret, by Sam Gordon
Lost Pig, by Grunk
My Name is Jack Mills, by Juhana Leinonen
Orevore Courier, by Brian Rapp
Packrat, by Bill Powell
Press [Escape] to Save, by Mark Jones
Wish, by Edward Floren


Reconciling Mother, by Plone Glenn


The Chinese Room, by Joey Jones and Harry Giles
Ferrous Ring, by Carma Ferris
Varkana, by Farahnaaz


A Fine Day for Reaping, by revgiblet
In The Mind Of The Master, by David Whyld
My Mind's Mishmash, by Robert Street


Gathered In Darkness, by Dr. Froth


Adventure XT, by dunric
Ghost of the Fireflies, by Dunric
Jealousy Duel X, by Alex Camelio
The Lost Dimension, by C. Yong
Vampyre Cross, by Dunric

You can download this year's games here. You can also find out a bit about the history of the contest (which is in its 13th year) as well as play the previous year's winners here.

[Source: Emily Short's Blog]

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