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Archive For April, 2008

Competition: 1st Annual Game Makin' Shindig (Eegra)

April 9, 2008 4:23 AM | Tim W.

Eegra is offering cash prizes worth a total of AUD $2,750 (roughly USD $2,500) for first to third place finishers in their 1st Annual Game Makin' Shindig Competition. Contest runs for three months, with July 8th 2008 set as the final submission date. Entrants are advised to read the Terms and Conditions plus Guidelines for Entry before considering participation.

Eegra: 1st Annual Game Makin' Shindig (GMS)

Interview: Jenova Chen (thatgamecompany)

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


Michaƫl Samyn had recently posted an interview with Jenova Chen on their development journal. In it, they discuss about Jenova's past projects, game design and thatgamecompany's future endeavors. No details about Flower were revealed though. Understandable because they are under a publishing deal, but still - BUMMER.

The words "sister studio" used by Kellee Santiago to describe Tale of Tales is intriguing. The Path on the PSN? D:

Tale of Tales - Interview with Jenova Chen

Freeware Game Pick: Yume Nikki (Kikiyama)

April 7, 2008 10:58 PM | Tim W.


In Yume Nikki (Dream Diary), you're cast as a young girl living in a small apartment. There is very little to do in your room, but fall asleep and an entire dream world is yours to explore. The Z key can be used to interact or gain new effects. Certain locations beyond each door may yield more than one effect for the player to discover. Press 9 to wake yourself up. Use the desk in the room to save your progress, and hold the escape key for more than two seconds to exit the NASU console game.

Acquiring the bicycle, lamp and knife should be at the top of your list, as these items will double your character's speed, light up dark areas and allow basic attack moves to be executed. Nearly all locations are wrapped around, hence walking in one direction endlessly will always bring you back to the starting point.

Installation instructions are provided in the zip file. Yume Nikki does have a proper ending. (source: Starmen.Net)

Name: Yume Nikki
Developer: Kikiyama
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 40MB
Download link: Rapidshare, mirror (unzip .rar files using 7-Zip)

Freeware Game Pick: Tobioriya (Ikiki)

April 7, 2008 9:39 AM | Tim W.


As posted by Random Passersby (thanks!):

This isn't exactly new news, but since I just got back today and found out about it mere minutes ago, let's pretend it is and start praising the great god of indie gaming who somehow was able to restore faith in one of his most trustful servants. For you see, some random chap who goes by the name of ikiki on the interweb put together a nice 'n shiny website intended for showcasing all of his precious work here:

http://ikiki.sokushinbutsu.com/himoji/

It's a whole lot more sophisticated than his old "place where I'll dump all my games" kind of site over at Vector and additionally features several sweet artworks and even handmade gif animations, mostly starring the obligatory naked guy(s). Some of them are equally weird and disturbing, but others would make for excellent avatars I'd say.

Major point of interest though probably the fact that he's gone and finished two new games in the meantime:

-Curry Ki
Put curry in the best possible position in order to create the ultimate curry onigiri. (placement of curries must be a mirror image of their respective rice plates on the left side of the screen)

-Tobioriya
Save the lives of suicidal naked guys jumping off of the top of a building ikiki-style by using bow & arrow to hit them in midair and pin them to the wall. Yes. (The calculation of your final score is based on the number of hits, misses and accuracy percentage. Press the F2 function key to restart at any time.)

Freeware Game Pick: Vicious Cycle (cactus)

April 7, 2008 7:57 AM | Tim W.


A short action game created by cactus for one of Poppenkast's quick development competitions. This shooter was made in the space of a few hours, and can easily be completed in a matter of minutes. Use the cursor keys to move, tap the Z key rapidly to shoot, and speak to the elder to reveal additional game instructions. Press the F1 or F2 function keys to change graphic modes.

Name: Vicious Cycle
Developer: cactus
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware App Pick: cannonML (keim)

April 7, 2008 3:08 AM | Tim W.


cannonML is a shmup pattern generator made by Kei Mesuda, the developer of Nomltest FS, Invisible Vision and Arcanacra Black Label. This handy tool uses a simple text copy and paste method for the purposes of saving or sharing shooter creations.

Freeware Game Pick: Gymnast (Walaber)

April 7, 2008 12:15 AM | Tim W.


Gymnast is a new acrobatics simulation game created by the developer of XBLA's JellyCar and Trampoline. A controller with two analog thumbsticks is required to play. Replays are supported, and a level editor is included to accomodate user creations. The game has two playable modes, eight language packs and a lively community site for the purpose of sharing replays and levels.

Name: Gymnast
Developer: Walaber
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB
Direct download link: Click here

Indie News: April 7th

April 7, 2008 12:04 AM | Tim W.


This is a Cry for Help: Edmund McMillen (Gish, Triachnid, Twin Hobo Rocket) has redesigned one of his old sites to include nearly every single game he has a hand in creating in the last few years.

Echoes: fog reveals the secret code to unlock Crack, a hidden game in Binary Zoo's arena shooter.

auntie pixelante: dessgeega has a new site up. She reviews all sorts of indie games on it.

Four Elements VI: GameDev.Net's 4E6 competition entries are now available for download.

Flash Game Pick: You Have to Burn the Rope (Kianis)

April 5, 2008 8:44 AM | Tim W.


Possibly inspired by Valve's Portal, You Have to Burn the Rope is an extremely short game that features good pixel art and sound production using DrPetter's sfxr tool. There is only one solution to the problem, though the credits will be remembered long after you've managed to beat the final boss.

Name: You Have to Burn the Rope
Developer: Kian Bashiri
Category: Action
Type: Browser
Soundtrack: Available

Freeware Game Pick: Super Smashed Bros (Tatsusoft)

April 5, 2008 4:38 AM | Tim W.


Super Smashed Bros is essentially a remake of at least ten arcade and console classics from Nintendo's impressive back catalogue. The game sports amateur art but the humour is spot on, conveyed by the cutscenes which preludes every new level.

Press the T key, then click on the cross to configure your preferred control settings. Use the left alt and enter key to switch between full screen and windowed mode. Press the F2 key to restart at any time. Previously sold as shareware on the author's web site. (more gorgeous screenshots in the extended)

Name: Super Smashed Bros
Developer: Tatsusoft (Tim Winsky)
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB
Direct download link: Click here

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