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Archive For March, 2008

Freeware Game Pick: Go Cat (Moochos)

March 17, 2008 9:54 PM | Tim W.

Go Cat is a bite-sized puzzler recommendation by dessgeega, developed by Moochos and comes with an english manual in the zip file. The aim of the game is to collect all rice balls in quick turns, all the while avoiding contact with any adjacent areas occupied by birds on every third move you make.

Press the space key to initiate the action or restart a session. Left click to move around the screen, or select the same space occupied by your cat to pass on one of your three moves. Trees block your path, and you cannot end your turn on an area with a pool. (source: The Gamer's Quarter)

Name: Go Cat
Developer: Moochos
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
Direct download link: Click here

Flash Game Pick: Super Energy Apocalypse (Lars A. Doucet)

March 17, 2008 10:50 AM | Tim W.

Super Energy Apocalypse is a real-time strategy game with an emphasis on resource management. Zombies prowl the dark in search of waste to feed on, and it's up to the player to clean these up before the sun sets or risk having tougher enemies to defend against.

A day and night cycle is always in effect; players have to acquire resources such as energy and metal to fuel their defensive options against the zombie hordes. When dark falls, properly placed turrets, floodlights and tesla coils protect your buildings from being turned into rubbles that contribute to the amount of waste on screen.

Factories churn out garbage trucks and engineers for cleanup jobs, while farms generate food for the worker population in the area. The highest possible output is only achieved when all the basic needs have been serviced. A lab can also be built for research and upgrade purposes.

Name: Super Energy Apocalypse
Developer: Lars A. Doucet
Category: Strategy
Type: Browser, Freeware
Size: 10MB
Direct download link: Click here (right click to save)

Flash Game Pick: The Last Canopy (Easy Only Games)

March 17, 2008 10:42 AM | Tim W.

The Last Canopy is a new vertical shooter by the Malaysian development team Easy Only! Games, playable using either the mouse or keyboard. Much like Kairos' Varia, players can absorb enemy attacks by holding down the X key for a few seconds, although the ability gained expires rather quickly and has to be replenished regularly for firepower upgrades.

The game consists of four levels in total, accompanied by a boss encounter at the end of each.

Name: The Last Canopy
Developer: Easy Only! Games
Category: Shooter
Type: Browser

Jay is Games' CGDC5 Finalists

March 17, 2008 9:48 AM | Tim W.

All twenty-one finalists submitted for Jay is Games' 5th Casual Gameplay Design Competition are now available to play.

Jay is Games: CGDC5 Finalists

Interviews: Daniel Remar / Chad Taylor and Reed Gonsalves

March 16, 2008 12:41 AM |

Two new interviews: Daniel Remar of Castle of Elite fame and Chad Taylor and Reed Gonsalves of Empyreal Nocturne fame.

Big apologies to the developers for taking so long to publish these two interviews. Everything that could get in the way, did.

Flash Game Pick: Questionaut (Amanita Design)

March 15, 2008 5:06 AM | Tim W.

Questionaut is a new point and click adventure by the developers of Machinarium and the Samorost series. True to it's name, players can expect to be quizzed on matters such as physics, mathematics and even general knowledge. The game consists of eight short stages in total. (BBC link)

Name: Questionaut
Developer: Amanita Design
Category: Adventure
Type: Browser

Preview: Secret Agent Hotel (cactus)

March 15, 2008 12:14 AM | Tim W.

New information about two of cactus' projects in development were recently posted on Cactus Software and Lo-Fi Minds.

Brain-Dead Toon Underworld, or BDTUW! for short, is a slick and stylish platformer set in the bad neighborhoods of the cartoon universe. You're Twink, a harmless little creature who wakes up and finds himself in bad company. Only able to communicate through cute sounds and gibberish, you'll realize that it's a hard task to get yourself back to where you belong.

In Secret Agent Hotel you wake up to find yourself in a strange situation. A mysterious voice is claiming that you are an undercover agent, and is giving you information about your objective through a plug in your ear. It says that the hotel you are staying at isn't really a hotel, but the head quarters and training facility of a huge terrorist organization that is about to unleash fear and terror all over the world. Your first task is to get to room 257, the door that will take you to the deepest inner of the enemy. But what you find behind the door is course upon course of twisted obstacles. As you progress, you start to notice that the enemy seems to be aware of your every move, and the story that the voice in your ear is telling you is getting harder to believe by the second.

Also: the art of play. A symposium on games as art, taking place at CMU in Pittsburgh (March 31st - April 1st). Speakers include Phil Fish, Jason Rohrer, Randy Smith, Heather Kelley and Cindy Poremba.

Preview: Braid (1UP)

March 14, 2008 9:51 PM | Tim W.

Jonathan Blow and David Hellman interviewed by the 1UP crew.

Freeware Game Pick: Perfectionism (Jason Rohrer)

March 14, 2008 8:54 PM | Tim W.

Perfectionism is the first of many games to be published together with Jason Rohrer's monthly column for The Escapist (titled "Game Design Sketchbook"). This new project was created using Game Maker, and will only work on PCs with the Windows operating system installed.

The rules are simple enough. Click on two rows or columns to swap yellow blocks. Points are scored by placing the blocks inside hollow squares. Only rows can be swapped with rows, and likewise with columns. Browse levels by clicking on the green arrows located at the bottom of the screen. A penalty of one point is incurred whenever the player is flipping through any of the twenty-six stages in the game.

Name: Perfectionism
Developer: Jason Rohrer
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

(source: Braid News)

Interview: IGF Finalists (1UP)

March 14, 2008 10:41 AM | Tim W.

Clean Asia interview (video link)

From 1UP: More interviews with the developers of Fez, Crayon Physics, Noitu Love 2, Audio Surf and Fret Nice in the extended.

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