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Archive For February, 2008

Flash Game Pick: Murder Mystery - The Crown Jewels

February 3, 2008 9:27 PM | Tim W.

Murder Mystery: The Crown Jewels is a short but rather suggestive point and click adventure game which involves questioning a number of suspects as you attempt to solve a crime committed by one of the king's castle staffs.

Name: Murder Mystery: The Crown Jewels
Developer: Maven Design
Category: Adventure
Type: Browser
Walkthough: Available

Digital Tools Interviews cactus

February 2, 2008 2:45 AM | Tim W.

Martin Wisniowski of Digital Tools recently sat down to have a chat with prolific developer/superstar Jonathan Söderström, in which they talk about Clean Asia's development process and some of his favorite games that ended up as inspirations for his works.

Digital Tools Interviews Cactus
Gamelab Interview

Doujin Game Pick: Uwabami Breakers (Nonbekai)

February 2, 2008 2:01 AM | Tim W.

In the vertical shooter Uwabami Breakers, the character you control is a female drunk who gains power by destroying alcoholic drinks or substances (I'm not kidding). You must fill your alcohol content gauge as shown on the right before closing time, which is indicated on the left side of the screen. Avoid getting hit as the colliding with enemy bullets will cause time to pass quicker.

Use the C key for rapid fire, or tap the Z key quickly for the same effect. Hold the Z or X key to activate your special attack. The left shift key can be used to reduce your character's movement speed, which can be handy when players are doing their best to dodge bullets. A boss will appear and attempt to kick you out of their establishment when you're drunk enough. Score is indicated by the food bill you're running when drying and emptying the eatery of its refreshments.

May require the installation of Windows' East Asian language pack to work properly. ZUN's well-known drinking problems may have inspired the creation of this game.

Name: Uwabami Breakers
Developer: Nonbekai
Category: Shooter
Type: Demo
Size: 160MB
Direct download link: Click here

Flash Game Pick: Coil (Cryptic Sea)

February 2, 2008 1:11 AM | Tim W.

Coil is a new abstract Flash release by the Cryptic Sea development team, featuring art by Edmund McMillen. The entire game is controlled by using mouse gestures, for example moving the cursor counterclockwise repeatedly starts a new game or skips a message shown on screen.

Essentially a collection of mini games strung together with an obscure plot, players would have to figure out the objective of each stage as they attempt to find the solution required to progress.

Name: Coil
Developer: Cryptic Sea
Category: Action
Type: Browser

Flash Game Pick: Shift (Armor Games)

February 1, 2008 8:00 PM | Tim W.

Shift is a platformer with puzzle elements based on the idea of shifting dimensions, not unlike one of Nitrome's controversial release from last year. Use the cursor keys to move your character, and press the space key to jump. The left shift key can be used to switch positions.

The game is rather short, but an online high score table which tracks players with the quickest completion time has been included to increase replayability by a small measure.

Name: Shift
Developer: Antony Lavelle
Category: Platform
Type: Browser

YoYo Games Competition No. 2 Announced

February 1, 2008 12:53 PM | Tim W.

The theme for the second YoYo Games competition was announced today, and entrants are given roughly three months to develop and submit their works for a chance to win up to USD $1,000. ($500 and $250 for runner-ups).

The challenge is to incorporate elements of Ancient Civilizations into your Game Maker creation for eligibility in participation. The competition theme is described as follows:

Ancient Civilization - Not just the Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians, but also the Mayans, Aztecs, Vikings, and Celts (to name but a few). So many lands, empires, city states, peoples, cultures, beliefs, and symbols.

Final submission date is 27th April 2008.

YoYo Games announcement
Competition details

Flash Game Pick: Kermix (Cuatic Games)

February 1, 2008 12:03 PM | Tim W.

Kermix is a decent Flash puzzler which involves shifting blocks to and fro using the cursor keys, all the while collecting coins and stars to pass each of the twenty-five levels in succession.

The objective of the game is to move all red blocks into the positions marked green, though later stages are made much more difficult when players are required to move two or three blocks at the same time with every key press.

Name: Kermix
Developer: Cuatic Games
Category: Puzzle
Type: Browser

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