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Archive For February, 2008

IGF Gets 'Gleemie' Award From Wizards Of The Coast

February 12, 2008 1:31 AM | Tim W.

[Cross-posted from GameSetWatch, originally by simonc: 'In order for us to run the Independent Games Festival every year, sponsors have to step forward to help us out, and this year's Platinum Sponsor is Wizards Of The Coast - who you might know from Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons, but are getting into digital games in a major way.

Here's their announcement of their own sponsor-backed awards to be given out next week at the ceremony during GDC. Quite apart from the extra money/prizes for worthy indies, it's particularly neat to see they've picked both IGF entrants and finalists to contend for their own Gleemie Award. Here's the press release.']

"In a world of stagnating digital strategy gameplay, Gleemax™, Wizards of the Coast, Inc.'s (NYSE: HAS) community for gamers, consisting of social networking, online gaming and game related content, today announced the finalists for The Gleemax Award for Strategic Gameplay ("The Gleemie").

Prizes will be awarded to those representing creativity in innovative strategic game design at the 10th Annual IGF Awards Ceremony on February 20, at CMP's Game Developers Conference (GDC). GDC, the world's largest industry-only event dedicated to the advancement of interactive entertainment, takes place February 18-22 at San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center.

Audiosurf Out on Steam, Friday

February 12, 2008 1:14 AM | Tim W.

You can now pre-order Invisible Handlebar's Audiosurf on Steam for $9.95 (there is a 10% discount for pre-orders). The game will be released on the 15th of February 2008, while a demo will be posted up on the same day. The official web site was also relaunched with a new look to celebrate the announcement.

This download contains the extra bonus of Valve's The Orange Box soundtrack to play with, which includes Portal's "Still Alive" song. (Gamasutra article)

Stair Dismount 2 Announced

February 12, 2008 12:59 AM | Tim W.

A release date (before March 31st, 2008) has been attached to the sequel of the popular ragdoll physics game. The developers (Secret Exit) are keeping their cards close to their chests but promises to reveal screenshots from their upcoming shareware game soon.

Some of the details posted about Stair Dismount 2:

- The game will have improved graphics
- Face support(!)
- Multiple Dismount scenarios
- Online leaderboards

More details in this post.

Freeware Game Pick: Sydney Treads the Catwalk (Ivan Dixon)

February 11, 2008 2:21 PM | Tim W.

The sequel to last year's Sydney Finds Employment, Sydney Treads the Catwalk is a new AGS adventure game by pixel artist extraordinaire Ivan Dixon. Eccentric humor is once again the main focus of this title, though the author has taken heed much of the feedback received by it's predecessor and implemented them into this release to please fans of the genre.

The point and click interface from early Sierra releases is used here, so players who are familiar with those classics should feel right at home. Left click to interact with an object, or right click to cycle through all available actions. Move the cursor towards the top of the screen to access the inventory. (this game is not suitable for children)

Name: Sydney Treads the Catwalk
Developer: Ivan Dixon
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB
Direct download link: Click here
Walkthrough: Available

Flash Game Pick: Shooot 2 (tonypa)

February 11, 2008 1:22 PM | Tim W.

shooot 2: revenge of square is a new arena shooter from the prolific tonypa, in which scarce instructions are provided to players though the game itself isn't too hard to figure out with a little thought or assistance.

Your square can only shoot periodically from certain edges, and the shape itself rotates in one direction at all times. The only action controllable by the player is the rotation speed and movement. Press the left mouse button to pause. Collect small dots for powerups, and destroy coloured circles to advance in level.

There are some surprises and even boss battles to reward perseverance. An online high score table is included.

Name: Shooot 2
Developer: tonypa
Category: Shooter
Type: Browser

Freeware Game Pick: Sh*t Game (Doomlaser)

February 11, 2008 4:14 AM | Tim W.

Continuing our pursuit for some of the worst games on the net, we present to you: Sh*t Game, a short platformer created by the developer of Space Barnacle and Standard Bits. Use the arrow keys to move, or press the left shift key to jump.

An ending is included, though gameplay mechanics are indescribable as they are not governed by standard platforming design rules.

Name: shit game
Developer: Mark Johns
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Indie News: February 10th

February 10, 2008 6:56 AM | Tim W.


IGF 2008: interviews half of the finalists in the first of their two special articles.

Lila Dreams: Wired chats with the developer of Kongregate's upcoming MMO game.

Oddbob: Robert D. Fearon questioned about his involvement with Retro Remakes, and also games development in general.


Irritation Stickman: DAN-BALL's physics-based platformer updated with one new world.

Blood Car 2000 Deluxe: An offline version of Cryptic Sea's driving simulator is now available for download.


Neon Tango: A new glowy vector arena shooter from Freeverse; trailer available from information page. ( review)


Card Sagas Wars: Third trailer for this MUGEN fan game posted. (web site)

Saturated Dreamers: New screenshot from RPGCreations' upcoming exploration game posted. (Wiki entry)


Indie Nation: Destructoid is running a semi-regular column on indie games, currently up to it's fifth edition.

Free Gaming Review: Six more freeware game recommendations offered in TechConnect Magazine's special feature.


Shift 2: A sequel to the popular Flash platformer is in the works.

DrilNES: Joshua Jersild's NES emulator updated. (development journal)

Mother 3 Fan Translation: Follow the progress of this fan project here.

Barkley Jam Gaiden: FAQ for the parody b-ball RPG now available.

Freeware Game Pick: Qrp (Sean Chan)

February 10, 2008 6:21 AM | Tim W.

qrp is a small GM project from the creator of Battleships Forever, an IGF finalist competing in the Design Innovation Award category. Possibly inspired by Rod Humble's The Marriage or Jason Rohrer's Passage.

The game has more keys to use than what is originally stated in the included text file.

Name: Qrp
Developer: Sean Chan
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
Direct download link: Click here

Flash Game Pick: Panchira (Nekogames)

February 9, 2008 11:34 PM | Tim W.

Panchira is a short Flash game by Yoshio Ishii in which mouse gestures are used to complete each of the three stages on offer. The game sports some content intended for mature audiences, but the material on show in this effort is mild and comparable to one of the puzzles found in Hoshi Saga 2.

Name: Panchira
Developer: Nekogames
Category: Action
Type: Browser's Best Freeware Games (Others) 2007

February 8, 2008 8:30 PM | Tim W.

The sixth of the 2007 Best Of Features here on the, we're proud to present ten more notable Flash and freeware games released in 2007.

Best Freeware Games (Others) 2007

  1. Rose and Camellia
  2. Ratmaze 2
  3. Too Many Ninjas
  4. Streets of Rage Remake
  5. Dot Fighters
  6. Crayon Physics
  7. Hammerfall
  8. Toribash
  9. Sumotori Dreams
10. Coaster Rider

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