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Archive For January, 2008

Flash Game Pick: Robots and the Cities (2D Boy)

January 13, 2008 11:01 AM | Tim W.

In Kyle Gabler's latest release, your objective is to guide a group of robots as they cause destruction to everything that attempts to stand against them. The mission starts out simple enough, but town inhabitants will soon retaliate with armies and helicopters in an attempt to stop the invasion.

There are only two robots to purchase, and the upgrades will max out after a while. Hearts collected can be used to heal your droids as well.

Name: Robot and the Cities that Built Him
Developer: 2DBoy
Category: Action
Type: Browser

Indie Game Pick: Zombie Shooter (Sigma Team)

January 13, 2008 4:42 AM | Tim W.

Sigma Team has unleashed a new game which is essentially another sequel to Alien Shooter, but with zombies populating the dark corners of each level instead of the usual variety of extraterrestrials. The demo limits your playing time, but cheat do allow players to take the weapons (old and new) for a test run.

For serious AS fans only. [source: Indie Games Group]

Name: Zombie Shooter
Developer: Sigma Team
Category: Action
Type: Demo
Size: 30MB's General FAQ

January 12, 2008 7:22 PM | Tim W.

A general FAQ to answer most of the common questions asked, such as running Game Maker games on Vista, unzipping files with .RAR or .LZH extensions, and also a solution for users with keyboard layouts that do not have the Z, X and C keys next to each other.'s Best Freeware Arcade Games 2007

January 12, 2008 4:53 PM | Tim W.

The second of the 2007 Best Of Features here on the, we're proud to present twenty of the best freeware arcade games released in 2007 - from Chalk through Gesundheit to a host of other neat titles. Here's the rundown:

Best Freeware Arcade Games 2007

  1. Chalk
  2. Trilby: The Art of Theft
  3. Flywrench
  4. Death Worm
  5. Gesundheit
  6. Iwanaga
  7. Pen Pen Xmas Olympics
  8. Frozzd
  9. Garden Gnome Carnage
10. Winter's Heart
11. Swarm Racer
12. dive
13. Cottage of Doom
14. Tekkyuuman
15. Rider V2
16. Colocoro
17. Merry Gear Solid
18. Non-Stop Action Hero
19. Chaffinch Challenge
20. Empyreal Nocturne's Best Freeware Games by cactus 2007

January 12, 2008 1:05 AM | Tim W.

- The first of the 2007 Best Of Features here on the, we're proud to present a countdown of ten of the best freeware games released by cactus in 2007. interviewed Cactus, who is a current IGF finalist with Clean Asia!, back in November, and also recently quizzed him in more detail, particularly commenting on:

"The quirky, unique freeware games made by Swedish developer Cactus - his shooters, adventure games and experimental titles have a visual aesthetic that combines mathematical precision and unruly chaos, and their gameplay is tight, balanced and challenging."

Best Freeware Games by cactus 2007

  1. Akuchizoku
  2. Burn the Trash
  3. Clean Asia
  4. Fractal Fighter
  5. Minubeat
  6. Mondo Medicals, Mondo Agency
  8. Protoganda: Strings
  9. Silent Chain
10. xWUNG's Best of Features Launched

January 11, 2008 8:05 PM | Tim W.'s Best of Features special is now up, with two new categories already in place. More will be posted over the coming weeks; expect to see the best of adventure, platformers and shmups indie games released in 2007 soon.

Interview: Frozzd Developer Jesse Venbrux

January 11, 2008 7:52 PM | Tim W.

Jesse Venbrux had recently won YoYo Games Winter competition with his entry Frozzd (direct download link), and was richer by USD 1,000 in the process. In this interview, we attempt to find out if it's true that he attends the same school as the students involved in the development of the upcoming Wii release, de Blob (IGF 2006 Student Showcase Winner).

Hi Jesse, let's begin with a little introduction of yourself.

Well, I'm Jesse Venbrux, 20 years old, and a student of Game Design & Development from the Netherlands. I have been making 2D games for a few years now.

Congratulations on your YoYo Games Winter competition win. Has YoYo Games contacted you about the prize yet?

Thanks! Yeah, they asked if a check was ok, haha.

Can you tell us a bit about Frozzd (the winning entry for YoYo Games Winter competition), for those who had not played it yet.

In Frozzd you play as an astronaut, jumping from planet to planet much like in Mario Galaxy. You help free the Mubblies (the cute orange creatures) who follow you and attack enemies. You guide them, make strategic decisions and explore the different levels...

Flash Game Pick: Mr Walter's Grand Excursion (John Cooney)

January 11, 2008 1:30 PM | Tim W.

Mr Walter's Grand Excursion is a platformer with simple rope physics, in which you step into the running shoes of a rabbit who cannot jump. Instead, he must use his grappling hook to swing across gaps or reach higher ground. Use the W, A, S and D keys to move. Click on a platform above you to grapple and swing. Left click again to unattach.

Unlock additional suits and costumes by completing achievements. The game was created by the author of the popular Dark Cut series, and consists of eleven levels in total.

Name: Mr Walters Grand Excursion
Developer: jmtb02
Category: Action
Type: Browser

Java Game Pick: Irritation Stickman (DAN-BALL)

January 10, 2008 5:30 PM | oranda


Irritation Stickman is a ragdoll style game with a simple premise: use the mouse to pick up the little stickmen and fling them around each stage, collecting coins, time bonuses, and finally getting them safely to the goal. The red meter next to your mouse cursor indicates how much longer you can hold onto a stickman before you lose your grip and let go.

Name: Irritation Stickman
Developer: DAN-BALL
Category: Arcade
Type: Browser (Java Applet)

Indie News: January 10th

January 10, 2008 1:11 AM | Tim W.

Winter Competition Results: YoYo Games have announced the winners for their Winter Competition.


Submachine 1: Mateusz Skutnik has redone the interface for the first of his escape series in preparation for the release of chapter 5. [play, walkthrough]

R├╝ckblende: The web site for this IGF Student Showcase Finalist is up. A working download link is also available from the information page.

Nanobots: Erin Robinson's new freeware adventure game will be released on Valentine's Day.


Vib Ribbon: The PSOne music game Vib Ribbon could be available from the Playstation Network soon.

N+ Preview: UGO previews Metanet's upcoming XBL release.


Saturated Dreamers: The cast for RPGCreations' upcoming game revealed.

Rampant Games Interview: Jay Barnson quizzed by WorldIV.

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