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Archive For February, 2008

Freeware Game Pick: UVP 4 - The Lemon of Justice (GirlFlash)

February 25, 2008 5:07 AM | Tim W.

Ultimate Vengance Power 4: The Lemon of Justice is an experimental game submitted by Sophie Houlden for a recent Ludum Dare competition, in which developers must create a playable prototype and post their hastily-made project on the site in less than 48 hours.

Use the cursor keys to move the protagonist around, and grab as many stars as you can for points. Press the Z key to jump, and tap the X key to shoot.

Name: Ultimate Vengeance Power 4: The Lemon of Justice
Developer: Sophie Houlden
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: Cubetendo (mjau)

February 25, 2008 1:42 AM | Tim W.

Cubetendo is another Ludum Dare entry made in under two days, with gameplay resembling the Flash puzzler Bloxorz. Players have to color all floor tiles in each level by moving the main block over them one step at a time, though this task is made a little more difficult with the low horizontal camera perspective.

The game can be restarted using the backspace or R key. Press F11 to switch between full screen and windowed mode.

Name: Cubetendo
Developer: mjau
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
Direct download link: Click here

Flash Game Pick: Tetris - Compromise (Retro Sabotage)

February 24, 2008 10:25 PM | Tim W.

Tetris: Compromise is a messed up version of Alexey Pajitnov's popular puzzler, in which players have to control pieces on both sides of the playing field with only one set of controls. Use the cursor keys to move each pair of blocks around.

A new variation of an old classic is introduced on Retro Sabotage Games every Thursday.

Name: Tetris: Compromise
Developer: Retro Sabotage Games
Category: Puzzle
Type: Browser

Flash Game Pick: Flatliner (Tom Thornton)

February 24, 2008 9:12 PM | Tim W.

Flatliner is a physics-based action game which comes with a fully-featured level editor. Players can sort through user creations by date or ratings using a simple search filter. In addition to basic save and upload functions, level codes can also be generated as a string of text and numbers for sharing purposes.

There are plenty of vehicles to choose from, and best completion times for each stage can be submitted online as well. Controls are pretty much limited to the cursor keys. Simply collect all coins in a level to activate the exit.

Name: Flatliner
Developer: Tom Thornton
Category: Action
Type: Browser

GDC 2008: Indie Games on Wired

February 23, 2008 9:05 PM | Tim W.

Game|Life's Chris Kohler, on GDC 2008. (source: GameSetWatch)

GDC Overview (video)
Indies Take the Cake at Game Developers Conference

Petri Purho's winning acceptance speech, now on eBay

GDC 2008: Experimental Gameplay Sessions

February 23, 2008 6:29 AM | Tim W.

Rod Humble's Stars over Half Moon Bay (presented during the Experimental Gameplay Sessions at GDC 2008) is now available for download, public discussion and debates.

GDC 08: Experimental Gameplay Sessions
GDC 08: Nuances of Design

GDC 2008: Indie Games on The 1UP Show

February 22, 2008 7:13 PM | Tim W.

The entire clip can also be downloaded as a 350 MB .wmv file from IGF and indie games mentions starts around the thirteenth minute mark, though the show makes a bit more sense when watched from the beginning.

Pictures: N+ XBLA Launch Party

February 22, 2008 5:52 PM | Tim W.

Note: This is an old post, updated with one new video. (source: Gamerscore)

A couple of photos taken during Metanet's N+ launch party were posted on the official site. Raigan and Mare had also updated their development journal on IGN with a list of their favorite platformers and games.

In other news, Kotaku recently published a preview for the upcoming PSP version of N+.

N+ XBLA launch party photos
GameSetWatch press coverage
Freeware recommendations
N+ PSP impressions

XNA Games at GDC 2008, Part 2

February 22, 2008 3:03 PM | Tim W.

Chief XNA architect Chris Satchell explains XNA's community features to G4TV's Adam Sessler. (video demonstrations of JelloCar, Little Gamers and Zauri in the extended)

Preview: GarageGames' InstantAction

February 22, 2008 12:41 PM | Tim W.

Seen in video, Andy Yang demonstrates the new GarageGames' service InstantAction (currently in beta test phase). Think Kongregate, but with fully-featured 3D multiplayer games.

Joystiq's InstantAction preview

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