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Archive For January, 2008

Flash Game Pick: Dead Frontier (Jagged Blade Software)

January 6, 2008 1:13 PM | Tim W.

Dead Frontier is an action game which resembles Crimsonland in more than a few ways. The first two chapters are one-room affairs, but the third requires the player to reach the rescue helicopter in under ten minutes to escape. Use the W, A, S and D keys to move your character. Hold the left mouse button to shoot, and press the R key to reload. Tap the space key to switch weapons at any time.

Name: Dead Frontier
Developer: Jagged Blade Software
Category: Action
Type: Browser

Play Night One, Play Night Two, Play Night Three

Flash Game Pick: Tarnation (Brad Merritt)

January 6, 2008 11:02 AM | Tim W.

Tarnation is a short action game consisting of eleven levels, in which players must defend their garden by turning seeds into flowers of different colors to repel bugs coated with tar. Simply draw a rectangle by holding down the left mouse button in any of the three directions to change seeds into flowers. These flowers will hover around bugs of the same color while causing damage, and disappear when there are no enemies to attack.

Created by Brad Merritt, a game designer who works for Cartoon Network.

Name: Tarnation
Developer: Brad Merritt
Category: Arcade
Type: Browser

Freeware Game Pick: Psychosomnium (cactus)

January 5, 2008 10:25 AM | Tim W.

Psychosomnium is a new freeware platformer by cactus in which players find themselves in a sparse dream world filled with a cast of quirky characters. Use the cursor keys to move, and press the Z key to carry out a specific action when available.

Video walkthrough by Grawl in the extended. (major spoilers)

Name: Psychosomnium
Developer: cactus
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
Direct download link: Click here

Flash Game Pick: Death Village (Nigoro)

January 4, 2008 11:02 PM | oranda


Death Village is the latest game to come out of Nigoro. A little over a year in production, the extra effort really shines through in pretty much every aspect of the game.

Slam doors, open windows, and generally scare Kevin out of each stage while keeping him away from mummies, ghosts and other monsters.

A level editor is also available, which the author encourages everyone to use. All user created levels are available from within the main game and playable by anyone.

(Editor's note: Some people have (correctly) pointed out that an earlier build of this game was posted to Nigoro in the spring. This is the completed version of the game, with network uploading of custom stages and a level editor.)

Name: Death Village
Developer: Nigoro
Category: Puzzle
Type: Browser

Flash Game Pick: Cursor*10 (nekogames)

January 3, 2008 8:29 PM | Tim W.

Cursor*10 is a puzzler which involves directing the actions of all ten cursors and clicks, one at a time. Events will loop, but it will take at least a couple of tries to figure out a solution for all sixteen floors.

Name: Cursor*10
Developer: nekogames
Category: Action
Type: Browser

Punishment 3 Announced

January 3, 2008 8:14 PM | Tim W.

"...the game will be nauseating. And hard." [Flywrench]

Freeware Game Pick: EverEternal WinterWorld (SilverNova)

January 3, 2008 4:24 PM | Tim W.

You play as an unwilling hero in EverEternal WinterWorld, thrown into a quest to stop a villain from inflicting eternal winter upon the lands. The game features an original soundtrack, three different weapons, seven levels, four bosses and hordes of evil enemies.

Try disabling snow via the options menu item if you experience any slow-down.

Name: EverEternal WinterWorld
Developer: SilverNova
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB
Direct download link: Click here

Line Rider Gameplay Trailer

January 3, 2008 4:07 PM | Tim W.

Due out for the Nintendo DS and Wii in spring 2008.

PixelJunk Monsters Gameplay Video

January 3, 2008 12:23 PM | Tim W.

A gameplay video taken from Q-Games' second release, PixelJunk Monsters - previously previewed in a GameSetWatch article.

Freeware Game Pick: Tarnadon (N.I.)

January 2, 2008 4:54 PM | oranda


Tarnadon is a simple rogue-like game in which you wander between several large maps killing monsters and collecting other people to add to your party. Added party members will copy your attacks, but they are very weak and die easily.

Use the Z key to use your boomerang and the X key to fire a powerful magic attack. Magic attacks are limited, but can be replenished by picking up extras along the way.

Name: Tarnadon
Developer: N.I.
Category: Rogue-like
Link: N.I.'s Website
Direct Download: Download

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