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Archive For March, 2008

Indie Game Pick: Brass Hats (Square Earth Games)

March 11, 2008 10:46 PM | Tim W.

Brass Hats is a wargame inspired by classics like Nectaris and Advance Wars, with a focus on perfect play balance. Players command units like infantry, snipers, tanks, zeppelins and naval craft with combined arms tactics. Online multiplayer is included, along with a full map editor. Brass Hats is available for both PC and Mac.

Name: Brass Hats
Developer: Square Earth Games
Category: Strategy
Type: Demo
Size: 10MB
Platform: PC, Mac
Direct download link: Click here

Indie News: March 10th

March 10, 2008 8:45 PM | Tim W.


DigiPen Games Gallery 2007: A preview for the latest batch of DigiPen student games is up, though actual downloads will only be available sometime in April 2008.

Sandbox of God 2: Mr. Chubigans had posted a release schedule for 2008 in his new development journal.

Machinarium: New artwork added to the official web site.


Hunters Moon: The remake of Thalamus' shoot 'em up on the C64 is now available for download. (development thread)

ChopRaider: A Flash remake of Raid on Bungeling Bay, originally posted in the Retro Remakes forums.

Freescape: A video demonstration for the Freescape engine remake uploaded.

Doujin Game Pick: Hector 39 (Ichigo-Citron)

March 10, 2008 12:56 PM | Tim W.

Hector'39 is a doujin game made by Ichigo-Citron, featuring an unofficial appearance by Hatsune Miku from Yamaha's singing synthesizer series. This vertical shooter has basic enemy sprites, and consists of only two playable stages in the trial version.

Hold the Z key to shoot, press the X key to activate your special attack, and use the C key to reduce your movement speed. The F3 function key can be pressed at any time to pause the game. (more screenshots and gameplay video in the extended)

Name: Hector39
Developer: Ichigo-Citron
Category: Shooter
Type: Demo
Size: 5MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: Gun Mute (Pacian)

March 10, 2008 7:51 AM | Tim W.

Gun Mute is a new intereactive fiction adventure game by Pacian, also the developer of the philosophical Poizoned Mind released just a few months back. Step into the shoes of Mute Lawton, a lone cowboy who must stop an execution set to occur at noon by shooting his way past dangerous cyborgs and mutants in a post-apocalyptic western setting.

The game has been made extremely accessible in several ways. Travel paths are limited to forward and backward motions. Your aim in each screen is to defeat the rogue or outlaw impeding your progress, and a helpful hint feature is included to ensure that players are able to solve all puzzles using subtle suggestions or outright solutions.

Name: Gun Mute
Developer: C.E.J. Pacian
Category: Adventure, I.F.
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
Direct download link: Click here

.t3 file, playable on Mac using Spatterlight, or Linux using Gargoyle

Interview: Metanet and N+

March 10, 2008 7:24 AM | Tim W.

A couple of new interviews with N+'s development team. (Legend of Zelda remade as N+ levels shown above)

Interview: Metanet and N+, part 1
Interview: Metanet and N+, part 2
bonus: Q-Games' Dylan Cuthbert interview

Indie Game Pick: Atomhex (Mark Incitti)

March 9, 2008 1:55 PM | Tim W.

Atomhex is an arena shooter that has a complicated scoring system and numerous control options for the player to experiment with. Dual analog control is recommended, though a mouse and keyboard combination works just as well.

The game is basically centered around coloured hexes and white atoms. Destroy the shields surrounding a single coloured hex, then collect them for points. Energized shields are formed whenever a white atom joins a hex, and these can only be destroyed if your shots match their color. Change your shot color by collecting single unshielded hexes.

Your ship will be pulled into the subatomic world when a hex is allowed to join six atoms. Split all six atoms by shooting at them, then destroy all spinning quarks to leave this bonus round. (source: the2bears)

Name: Atomhex
Developer: Mark Incitti
Category: Shooter
Type: Demo
Size: 5MB
Price: USD $5.00 - 20.00
Demo download link: Click here

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Music: Blueberry Garden

March 9, 2008 12:46 PM | Tim W.

The track used in Erik Svedäng's Blueberry Garden trailer (Et Apres) is available as a 20 MB free download from daduk's Jamendo page.

daduk: Et Apres album download

Goo Updated to Version 1.5

March 8, 2008 9:15 PM | Tim W.

There's a new Goo build to download. This is basically the same version shown at GDC last month.

Goo download page
PillowFort Games Goo

Nifflas' New Game: Skyming

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


This particular GameDev.Net forum thread is rather interesting, as the poster is advertising to fill two programmer positions for a 2D action-puzzle game called Skymning. Note the team structure (Primary design is being handled by Nicklas Nygren) and previous work by team sections (Nicklas Nygren, Director/Lead Artist - Knytt Stories, Knytt, Within A Deep Forest).

Apparently the game has been in production for over six months, and will be released on the PC, Wii and "possibly" Xbox 360 when completed.

GameDev.Net thread
support forum posting
Nifflas' web site
Night Game preview

Flash Game Pick: Shift 2 (Armor Games)

March 8, 2008 11:08 AM | Tim W.

Shift 2 is a platformer with puzzle elements based on the idea of shifting dimensions. 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 achievements and medals have been included in this sequel to extend replay value by a small measure.

Name: Shift 2
Developer: Antony Lavelle
Category: Platform
Type: Browser

Play Shift 1

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