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Archive For April, 2008

Freeware Game Pick: FIG (Arvi Teikari)

April 4, 2008 7:12 AM | Tim W.

FIG (Floating Islands -Game) is a new puzzle game by Arvi Teikari, also known as Hempuli in Nifflas' forums. Described as Lemmings crossed with Hapland, players are given two sets of objectives to achieve in each level. The first one is a prerequisite, that is to collect all yellow stars before arriving at the goal flag. The second task is a tad more difficult, in which players have to find the blue star carefully hidden by the author, revealed only when you've found out the exact method to uncover these rarities.

Interaction is only possible with certain objects on screen, usually indicated when the cursor turns into a pointing hand. Your challenge is to figure out the order in which to click on each object, and clear the path for the protagonist to reach his destination. The basics of gameplay is explained in a short tutorial accessible from the main menu.

FIG has been in production for over half a year now, and is scheduled for a release this summer. The full version will feature thirty-five stages in total. (this demo has five)

Name: FIG
Developer: Arvi Teikari
Category: Puzzle
Type: Demo
Size: 2MB
Direct download link: Click here

Indie App Pick: OE-CAKE! (Prometech Software, Inc.)

April 4, 2008 6:38 AM | Tim W.

What sets OECake apart from other physics simulation tool is that it can load any sort of image from your computer into the application as the surface for an object or fluid of your choice, then watching them interact with the surroundings based on the law of physics that you've selected. Drag and drop a file on to the application window to experiment with this feature. Also available for the Mac.

Name: OECake
Developer: Prometech Software, Inc.
Category: Application
Type: Demo
Size: 5MB Game Of The Month: Data Realms' Cortex Command

April 3, 2008 11:42 PM | Tim W.

Welcome to the new Game of the Month pick! Every month, we will highlight a special pay-to-download indie game worthy of your attention. Selections are based on the quality of each game and the fun factor they offer.

More importantly, these games are the ones that stand out in the crowded space of commercial indie releases - the crème de la crème, so to speak.

Our inaugural pick is Data Realms' title Cortex Command - the indie team-based PC combat game with neat pixel graphics and physics used to simulate every character, particle, and explosion in extreme detail.

Although still a work in progress, Cortex Command features two main gameplay modes and support for up to four players in splitscreen mode. It is sure not to disappoint fans of action-packed battles in the style of Soldat and Worms! Click through for more info on key game features.

[NOTE: If you buy Cortex Command from the Game Of The Month page, you are supporting both its developer Data Realms, and also supporting, allowing us to continue bringing you the latest news on independent games. This is at no higher price to you!]

Here is the Feature Page, take a look!

Freeware Game Pick: NES Quest (KCD Games)

April 3, 2008 9:30 PM | Tim W.

NES Quest - The 8BIT Journey is a 2D adventure game developed by Yolt and Mr. T using Chris Jones' AGS engine. Making the mistake of lending your 8-bit console to your cousins, you find that the NES was returned in a sorry state and hence set out on a journey to get it fixed.

The game is of decent length and has good art for characters and backgrounds. There are roughly nine rooms to explore in total, but be prepared to do some pixel hunt exercise to find one or two items in this quest. (more screenshots in the extended)

Name: NES Quest
Developer: KCD Games
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB
Walkthrough: Available
Direct download link: Click here

Interview: cactus (IGN)

April 3, 2008 9:08 PM | Tim W.

Jonatan Söderström was recently interviewed by IGN for their Independent View feature, but an IGN Insider account is required to access the article. Also, Complete Indie Gamers talks to cactus and Ville Krumlinde about their upcoming releases. Finally, Jonatan had posted some advice on development using the Game Maker engine in his forums. (last thread)

Independent View: Clean Asia's Jonatan Söderström
Complete Indie Gamers - A word from Cactus and Ville

News: Unity is Coming to iPhone

April 2, 2008 8:43 AM | Tim W.

The Unity engine, used for games such as Flashbang Studios' Off-Road Velociraptor Safari and the upcoming Jetpack Brontosaurus (due out later this month), will soon include support for the iPhone platform. From the press release:

"Unity Technologies, a 3D game development tool provider for creating console-quality games for the desktop and Web, today announced that the company will support game development for the popular iPhone platform."

"The Unity engine is the core technology that facilitates visually rich, engaging 3D game play, whether it's on a traditional desktop, or on the Web at major gaming sites like, or now on the world's leading mobile device - the iPhone."

"With iPhone support, Unity is poised to become the single source for game developers who want to create best-of-breed, 3D-quality games that can be easily and quickly ported to all platforms, including consoles, devices, PC/Mac, and now, the iPhone," said David Helgason, CEO of Unity Technologies. "Specifically, Unity's support of iPhone addresses the developer's need to create more and better mobile/portable games that support the consumers 'on-the-go' lifestyle."

Unity is Coming to iPhone

Indie Game Pick: Mr. Robot (MoonPod)

April 2, 2008 1:23 AM | Tim W.

MoonPod's isometric action game Mr. Robot is now available as a free download from GameTap. Those who are not keen on installing the GameTap client can still purchase the full game from Moonpod's web site.

Name: Mr. Robot
Developer: MoonPod
Category: Action

Previews: April 2nd

April 2, 2008 1:12 AM | Tim W.

X-Out is working on a 3D version of Gravitron. (forum thread)

MoonPod's Mr. Robot: Free on GameTap (soon)

April 1, 2008 6:35 AM | Tim W.

According to the sidebar on GameTap's Free Games page, it seems that MoonPod's Mr. Robot (no. 1 in GameTunnel's Top 100 Independent Games feature) will be added to the GameTap service as a free download in the near future (usually within one week).

The GameTap Free service requires no registration for free games which aren't rated mature. A 32 MB download is all that's needed to access free stuff like Sam and Max Season One: Episode 4, Blast Miner and Psychonauts.

MoonPod's Mr. Robot: Free on GameTap

Freeware Game Pick: Loose Pixels POW (Jph Wacheski)

April 1, 2008 6:26 AM | Tim W.

Loose Pixels POW is Jph's interpretation of an arcade classic, developed with the same ZGameEditor cactus plans to use for some of his releases in the near future. Use the cursor keys to move, and hold the Z key to shoot. Destroy red objects to produce collectible green items.

Name: Loose Pixels POW
Developer: Jph Wacheski
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
Direct download link: Click here

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