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Archive For January, 2008

Freeware Game Pick: Goo (PillowFort)

January 17, 2008 9:08 PM | Tim W.

Goo is a soft body fluid physics game which can only be played using an Xbox360 wired controller. The goal of Goo is to surround enemy goos using your goos. When you surround a piece of enemy goo, you'll assimilate its mass and earn points. Like oil and water, goos don't mix, but they can be pulled and pushed around to surround or cut through each other.

You control a goo via the cursor called a Pilot. This Pilot can move around in 2D by using the left or right analogue stick. Moving the pilot around the Goo slightly perturbs the liquid near it. By pressing the right or left trigger, your Pilot will suck nearby goo, creating a dense patch of goo.

Name: Goo
Developer: PillowFort
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 30MB
Download: Click here
Requirements: Xbox360 controller

2008 IGF Audience Award page

Unreleased Games by Lazrael

January 17, 2008 8:01 PM | Tim W.

Just a small collection of platformers by Lazrael that will never see the light of day. [Poyo]

Housekeeping: Minor Site Changes

January 17, 2008 7:19 PM | Tim W.

Just wanted to thank everyone for their continued support, and also to two special people who helped out with some small changes to the site today. DrPetter sent an image fix for the header, and oranda assisted with adding permalinks to the title of each post.

If you're still having problems with the absence of formatting from the RSS feed, do let me know. We'll also try to provide a more comprehensive site search feature as soon as possible. Thanks!

Freeware Game Pick: Beluga Mk II (T. Matsushima)

January 17, 2008 7:14 PM | oranda


Beluga Mk II is a brilliant throwback to a simpler era, when nobody cared that playing games and having seizures were synonyms. With a splash screen that proudly advertises "Four Colors System" and "8-bit Color Computer" in red, blue, and yellow, you know you've got a winner.

The list of things you can do in this game is simply huge, and translating all of the instructions out would be crazy. Generally speaking, though, pretty much everything is controlled by the 'z' key, with your attack changing based on where you are, what button you are pushing, and what direction you are moving. For example, pressing down while on the ground and firing will launch some mortar like bombs, holding the fire button before releasing while in the air produces a block-like returning weapon.

Name: Beluga Mk II
Developer: T. Matsushima
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 55K
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: You Found the Grappling Hook (messhof)

January 17, 2008 6:04 PM | Tim W.

You Found the Grappling Hook is a simple rope physics game consisting of ten short levels, featuring music by Aaron Kurtz.

Use the arrow keys to swing your character left and right. You only release the rope when the space key isn't held. The up and down cursor keys can be used to climb or descend. Press the F4 function key to switch between full screen or windowed mode.

Name:You Found the Grappling Hook!
Developer: messhof
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: Quantasm (Ovine by Design, Smila)

January 16, 2008 7:03 PM | Tim W.

Quantasm is an arena shooter in which the location of your turret is fixed, right in the center of the screen. Enemies appear from all sides of the arena, and you must prevent them from reaching the center or lose a ship.

Hold the left mouse button to shoot, and use the right button to clear the screen of enemies. Later stages include rotating arenas, a variety of enemies, powerups and damsels to rescue.

Name: Quantasm
Developer: Ovine by Design, Smila
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB

Online high score table

Interview: Link-Dead Developers Michal M. and Sigvatr

January 16, 2008 8:23 AM | Tim W.

An interview with Michal Marcinkowski (pic. left, Soldat) and Sigvatr, developers of the upcoming Link-Dead and Berserker. (Link-Dead FAQ)

Hi guys, let's begin with a short introduction of yourselves.

MM: Hey, I'm Michal Marcinkowski and I make computer games since I can remember. My most known project so far has been the multiplayer mayhem called Soldat. It was first released 5 years ago and it is still growing.

Sig: My name is Eric Vaughn, but I go by the monicker Sigvatr on the internet. I can't really pin down exactly what I do for a living because there are so many different things I do with my time. Generally speaking, I do whatever I want, but in this particular case, I'm working on Berserker and Link-Dead with Michal.

You've recently announced Berserker, which is currently being developed in parallel with Link-Dead. Can you describe both games in your own words, and how is working on two projects simultaneously even possible?

Sig: Link-Dead is about using your brain, while Berserker is about using your anger. For me, making Berserker is a bit of a political thing because the country I live in (Australia) doesn't have an R18+ rating for video games. Any video game that would qualify for such a rating is simply banned immediately. I want to challenge the Australian censorship lobby by releasing an explicitly violent and sexual game for free on the internet because they won't be able to do anything about it.

I want to put my best graphical efforts into Link-Dead, so Berserker has been good practice in the meantime.

MM: Working on these two games is possible because Berserker is like a mod for Link-Dead. It uses the same engine, character animations and physics. This is possible and fairly easy because of my new engine.

Freeware Game Pick: SeizureDome (cactus)

January 15, 2008 5:16 PM | Tim W.

Seizuredome is a new remake of Unholy Stage, the arena shooter released by cactus back in 2007. The objective of the game is to stay away the edge of the screen, which can be rather complicated when enemies are attempting to push you off the suspended platform at every opportunity.

Use the cursor keys to move, and hold the left mouse button to shoot. Right click for an alternate firing method, applicable to all weapons available for acquisition from vanquished enemies.

Name: Seizuredome
Developer: cactus
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB
Direct download link: Click here

High score table

Freeware Game Pick: Harpooned (monoRAIL)

January 15, 2008 5:01 PM | Tim W.

Harpooned is a Cetacean Research Simulator disguised as a vertical shooter, in which you play the role of a Japanese scientist performing research on whales around Antarctica.

Name: Harpooned
Developer: monoRAIL
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: Fishie Fishie (Farbs)

January 13, 2008 12:06 PM | Tim W.

Fishie Fishie is a new release from the creator of Polychromatic Funk Monkey, in which players only require the use of a single button to play. The aim of the game is basically to grab all the fishes in each level to progress, and a checkpoint is placed in every fifth stage.

Hold the space key to turn in one direction, or tap it rapidly to swim forward. An addictive little one-switch effort, though extremely challenging towards the end.

Name: Fishie Fishie
Developer: Farbs
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB
Direct download link: Click here

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