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Archive For March, 2008

Videos: GDC 2008

March 2, 2008 5:01 AM | Tim W.

More videos in the extended. (source: Doug Allen)

Flash Game Pick: Blockarelli (tonypa)

March 2, 2008 4:04 AM | Tim W.

Blockarelli is tonypa's version of SameGame and Collapse, but with minor differences. Players remove tiles from the screen by selecting a group of adjoined tiles. The game is conducted in a series of stages, each with increasing difficulty.

An online high score table is included.

Name: Blockarelli
Developer: tonypa
Category: Puzzle
Type: Browser

Music: Fez Live

March 2, 2008 3:46 AM | Tim W.

1UP Network Previews: Fez
GameSpot's GDC '08: Fez Hands-On

Music: Cave Story Covers

March 1, 2008 9:12 PM | Tim W.

Here are a couple of Cave Story covers in MP3 format (right click to save). Short clip from a live performance in the extended.

Cave Story - Main Theme
Cave Story - Jam
Cave Story - Grasstown
Cave Story - Moonsong

Freeware Game Pick: Gravitation (Jason Rohrer)

March 1, 2008 11:31 AM | Tim W.

From Jonathan Blow: "Gravitation is another art game. It’s good. It’s also easier for new players to 'get' than Passage, which hopefully will help more people realize how interesting these games are.

It’s great that Jason is managing to create such good games in such a short time period. It makes me wonder if I’ve been going the wrong way working 3 years on Braid."

Use the cursor keys to move, and press the space key to jump. Similar to Jason's previous release, very little instructions are provided and it's up to the player to figure out gameplay mechanics from discovery through trial and error.

The F key can be used to switch between full screen and windowed mode. Press the Q key to quit at any time. The creator's statement can be found on the same download page.

Name: Gravitation
Developer: Jason Rohrer
Category: Art
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

1UP Specials: PixelJunk,That Game Co.

March 1, 2008 10:50 AM | Tim W.

Interviews with makers of PixelJunk and flOw (30 minutes running time). GDC 2008 Best Downloadable Game award presentation video in the extended.

Penny Arcade Expo To Feature PAX10 Indie Showcase

March 1, 2008 10:30 AM | Tim W.

Penny Arcade Expo To Feature PAX10 Indie ShowcaseFrom Gamasutra: Organizers of the Penny Arcade Expo have announced "The PAX 10," a new independent games showcase to be featured at the August 29-31st Expo, put together with the help of DigiPen Institute of Technology.

Interested parties can submit their game for consideration by May 7th. A panel of 50 judges will select the ten best submissions for inclusion, and will award the winners with four exhibitor badges and a PAX floor kiosk to demonstrate the game.

PAX Attendees will also get the chance to vote on all of the PAX 10 exhibited games, with the winner receiving an "Audience Choice Award" following this year's event.

As part of the announcement, PAX organizers have also announced that Sony Online, Microsoft, THQ, Blizzard, Namco, NCSoft, Foundation 9 and more than two dozen other developers and publishers have already signed up for this year's Expo.

Organizers also note that ticket sales should outpace last year's 37,000 attendees. Said Penny Arcade's Robert Khoo, "We're selling tickets over twice as fast as we did in 2007, which of course is terrifying. At this point, attendees expect a great show. That's something we know how to do."

Penny Arcade Expo To Feature PAX10 Indie Showcase
PAX10 submission form (source: GameSetWatch)

Freeware Game Pick: Mighty Jill Off (dessgeega)

March 1, 2008 4:19 AM | Tim W.

Mighty Jill Off is dessgeega's tribute to the fantastic Bomb Jack series, created with collaborative efforts from James Harvey and Andrew Toups. Players jump with the Z key, and can cancel this action at any time by pressing the same button again for a smaller leap. Tap the Z key rapidly to reduce the speed of descent while in mid-air.

The game can be finished in roughly ten or twenty minutes with the first try.

Name: Mighty Jill Off
Developer: dessgeega
Category: Platformer
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB
Direct download link: Click here

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