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Archive For January, 2008

Flash Game Pick: Line Golfer (Candystand)

January 24, 2008 3:51 AM | oranda


Line Golfer works exactly like Line Rider, except that you have to play golf on the course that you design instead of riding a sled. A level editor is included, and user created levels can be shared.

Name: Line Golfer
Developer: Candystand
Category: Sports
Type: Flash

Indie News: January 23rd

January 23, 2008 12:06 PM | Tim W.

Amanita Design's Machinarium

World of Goo: 2D Boy's debut commercial release will be out for the PC and Nintendo Wii on the same day. Unfortunately the game is set to miss its original February 14th release date.


ScummVM: This useful virtual machine program for classic adventure games was recently updated to include support for Lure of the Temptress (freeware), Elvira series, and Harlan Ellison's critically-acclaimed I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.

Nearly Departed: John Green's upcoming freeware adventure game gets a new trailer.


3Punge: Screenshots and information for entries in latest Three Minute Game Competition (17th edition) are up.

YoYo Games Competition: According to a very reliable source, the next contest will begin sometime this week or the next.

Development Journals

Metanet's N+: Raigan and Mare will be posting a series of articles for IGN in the coming weeks, leading up to the release of N+ for the XBLA. A preview with new screenshots from the PSP version can be found at PSP Fanboy.

Lila Dreams: The developer journal for Creatrix Games' Kongregate-funded MMO game is up. [GameSetWatch article]


Ore no Ryomi 3: Vertigo Games will release new information and screenshots from their latest game next week.

Varia: Screenshots from Kairos' upcoming project posted at 64Digits.


DAN-BALL: ha55ii's Irritation Stickman and Powder Game were both recently updated.

Reversi: Thomas Weibel has released a Javascript/DHTML remake of this popular strategy game.

IndieFAQs: Distractionware's new site aims to serve the needs of gamers looking for hints or walkthroughs for their favorite indie games.

Let's Play Forums: A new hangout for indie game speed runs.

Flash Game Pick: Faith Fighter (Molleindustria)

January 23, 2008 9:16 AM | Paul Eres

Faith Fighter is a fighting game with seven characters, all of them major religious figures: Jesus, God, Mohammad, Ganesha, Buddha, and the Laughing Buddha, and one secret character. I like a lot of the details the game has (like the Flying Spaghetti Monster appearing occasionally in the background and so on).

(As an aside, one of my friends and I once had an idea for a slightly similar game -- maybe we'll make it one day.)

Name: Faith Fighter
Developer: Molleindustria
Category: Fighting
Type: Flash

Flash Game Pick: Rean, Conqueror of the Labyrinth (Yurabo)

January 22, 2008 8:09 PM | oranda


Take control of Rean, treasure hunter of dark and lonely places, as she gets in and gets back out in record time. Find the key to open the treasure, get the treasure itself, and then get back out of the maze in as little time as possible. You can't see very far, so be sure to keep track of the layout of the maze as you go.

Name: Rean: Conqueror of the Labyrinth
Developer: Yurabo
Category: Quick Play
Type: Flash

Interview: GameTunnel Founder Russell Carroll

January 22, 2008 11:50 AM | Tim W.

An interview with Russell Carroll, the authoritative figure when it comes to indie games. Also runs GameTunnel, a Marketing Director at Reflexive, and a full-time family man. Recently published another edition of the brilliant compendium which is the GameTunnel's Game of the Year Awards, showcasing the best indie games released every year.

Hi Russ, let's begin with an introduction of yourself, your work, and your involvement in the indie games scene.

I'm Russ Carroll. I started 'in the industry' by working on what we called indie games with my brother about 7 years ago I think. I wasn't very good at helping him, but during that time I played a lot of downloadable games and thought they were desperately needing a place to review them. So I started scheming up a website to review indie games and in December of 2002 GameTunnel was born.

After running GameTunnel for awhile I was offered a job to work with Reflexive and was very excited to take it. That was in February of 2005. I've been at Reflexive ever since, though I continue to run GT as I have time.

Freeware Game Pick: Barkley Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden (Tales of Game's Studios)

January 22, 2008 2:18 AM | Tim W.

Caution: strong language.

Barkley Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden is the full version of the earlier Chapter 1 release seen last year, which tells the tale of the outcast basketball player named Charles Barkley and his quest to clear his name of a crime he did not commit.

The game is standard RPG fare but features an outlandish apocalyptic setting with the basketball sport and matches outlawed, while the players either condemned, executed or sentenced to a life of anonymity.

It will probably take around five hours to complete the entire adventure.

Name: Barkley Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden
Developer: Tales of Game's Studios (bort, Chef Boyardee, Drule, GZ)
Category: RPG
Type: Freeware
Size: 60MB
Direct download link: Click here

Screenshots in the extended.'s Best Freeware Adventure Games 2007

January 21, 2008 11:15 AM | Tim W.

The third of the 2007 Best Of Features here on the, we're proud to present twenty of the best freeware adventure games released in 2007.

The adventure game genre certainly isn't dead, and IndieGames proves this by picking the top freeware adventure independent titles released last year, from Rorschach through the awesomely named Nelly Cootalot: Spoonbeaks Ahoy.

Best Freeware Adventure Games 2007

  1. Fedora Spade
  2. Covert Front
  3. Anika's Odyssey
  4. Makibishi Comic
  5. The Infinity String
  6. Fate by Numbers
  7. Masq
  8. Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
  9. A Tale of Two Kingdoms
10. Ben Jordan Case 6
11. Nelly Cootalot: Spoonbeaks Ahoy
12. Passage
13. Soup ver 0.9
14. Ruckblende (Flashback)
15. The Adventures of Cagney
16. What Makes You Tick
17. Stranded 2
18. Menulis and Miestas
19. Thule Trail
20. Rorschach

Freeware Game Pick: Nekonikoban (fumuyume)

January 20, 2008 8:32 PM | Tim W.

Monster Cats Nekonikoban is a Three Minute Game Competition entry by Fumuyume, in which players have to collect as many items as they possibly could within the time limit for high scores.

The game plays out like a Pac-Man variation, in which talismans can be acquired and used for temporary invincibility against all the other ghosts. Picking up the small blue object changes the other half of the screen, usually populating it with more of the same items but with different maze patterns.

A control configuration program is included.

Name: Monster Cats Nekonikoban
Developer: fumuyume
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
Direct download link: Click here

3Punge Competition package

Freeware Game Pick: Petit Strikers (12)

January 20, 2008 8:30 PM | Tim W.

Petit Strikers is a Three Minute Game Development entry which plays out in a small window, and features two short stages. The mouse is used to control your ship. Hold the left mouse button to shoot.

Name: Petit Strikers
Developer: 12
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
Download: Click here

3Punge Competition package

Freeware Game Pick: Mazer Mayhem (ABA Games)

January 19, 2008 8:36 PM | Tim W.

Mazer Mayhem is an XNA-only arena shooter by Kenta Cho, in which the player is given control of a tank as they attempt to destroy as many orange balls as possible while collecting green objects. The action takes place in a large enclosed area, and some traveling is required to search for more enemies.

The W, A, S and D keys can be used to move your ship. Cursor keys have a similar effect. Press the X key to simultaneously execute the dash move, launch a grenade and shoot. Hold the Z or C key to turn your craft around. This build also provides support for the Xbox360 controller.

Players can store a maximum of a hundred green items at any time, with a counter shown at the bottom right of the screen. When entering hyper mode by pressing both buttons, this count will deplete at a very quick rate. Replenish it by finding and destroying more balls.

To play Mazer Mayhem, simply install Visual C# 2005 Express Edition, its update, and XNA Game Studio 2.0. The click on Mm-Windows-0-1.ccgame twice to unpack the game.

Name: Mazer Mayhem
Developer: Kenta Cho
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

Requires the installation of XNA Game Studio 2.0.

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