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Archive For April, 2008

Freeware Game Pick: Alleytris (Joseph Larson)

April 18, 2008 7:41 AM | Tim W.

An experimental version of Tetris created by Joseph Larson, Alleytris is perhaps the best out of the four variations posted in the same Retro Remakes forum thread. Players are expected to build horizontal lines in a well that is only four squares wide, and though the game lacks polished graphics or adequate sound effects this build is actually fun enough to warrant more than a few tries.

Name: Alleytris
Developer: Joseph Larson
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
Direct download link: Click here

Interview: World of Goo (2D Boy)

April 18, 2008 5:32 AM | Tim W.

Shown above, a video demonstration of World of Goo played using the Wiimote controller. Also on GT: an interview with Kyle Gabler and Ron Carmel, co-foungers of 2D Boy.

Art Game Pick: The Naked Game (RetroDev Games)

April 18, 2008 3:33 AM | Tim W.

Billed as a new form of video game art, The Naked Game is basically an interactive piece where two artificial intelligences play out a game of Pong. Visitors to the site can turn off various lines of codes underneath it for a variety of unexpected results, and the author of this work has kindly supplemented his creation with a statement of sorts to explain his odd experiment. (source: Retro Remakes)

Name: The Naked Game
Developer: Stewart Hogarth
Category: Art
Type: Browser

Freeware Game Pick: Crumble (Gary Penn)

April 18, 2008 3:26 AM | Tim W.

Crumble is a small action game created by Gary Penn for a recent Dundee Jam event. The objective is to collect twenty pieces of gold represented by large yellow squares to complete each level, using only the left and right cursor keys for movement. Small pieces of gold only add up to your points total, while rocks depicted as brown squares should be avoided. Press the left alternate and F4 function key to quit at any time.

Name: Crumble
Developer: Gary Penn
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: Ad Nauseam 2 (cactus)

April 15, 2008 12:59 PM | Tim W.

Ad Nauseam 2 is a new intense shooter from the prolific Swedish developer cactus, and fans of Seizuredome or Burn the Trash will find something to like in this release. Press the Z key to shoot, and tap the X key to activate the shockwave effect. Hold both buttons to activate the alternate fire. Using either of these two specials will deplete your circular power gauge, shown discreetly in the background.

Collect four green pluses to upgrade your weapon by one level, but be sure to avoid red minuses which downgrade your ship's firepower. Use the F1 function key to switch between uncensored and safe modes. Press F2 to turn off motion blur, or F3 to disable screen shakes.

The game has three phases in total, and your fastest completion time is submitted online once you've beaten the final boss. Playing on the easiest difficulty setting doubles your time on the high score list. (forum thread)

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

Online high score table

Freeware Game Pick: CandyCorn UnderGrowth (Jph)

April 15, 2008 11:12 AM | Tim W.

CandyCorn Undergrowth is the second game created by Jph using Ville Krumlinde's ZGameEditor. Each of the five levels can only be completed by successfully building up all green nodes using your craft's build beam. Use the Z key to shoot, and hold the X key to activate the beam. Collect green buds to increase your beam gauge. Press the space key to pause the game at any time.

Name: CandyCorn Undergrowth
Developer: iteration games
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
Direct download link: Click here

Trailer: World of Goo (2D Boy)

April 14, 2008 9:03 PM | Tim W.

Second trailer for 2D Boy's upcoming debut release, World of Goo. Out soon for the Nintendo Wii, PC, Mac and Linux; hi-res versions of the video are available from the official site.

World of Goo trailer (Dailymotion)

Freeware Game Pick: Facewound (Facepunch Studios)

April 14, 2008 12:14 PM | Tim W.

Facewound is an abandoned 2D action game with zombies, guns, ragdoll physics and the occasional exploding barrels that'll blow everything in its proximity into pieces. The W, A, S and D keys can be used to move the protagonist around the city or climb buildings. Aim with the mouse, and left click to shoot. Press the R key to reload, and use the B key to unlock new weapons. Right click to enter focus mode, helpful when taking down airborne enemies.

A control configuration menu is included, and at least one checkpoint can be found in each level. The config.cfg file contains a number of keys which can be used to explore hidden features. Animations are done by none other than Arthur Lee, creator of The Underside. Development work on the game has been halted for more than two years. (cheats)

Name: Facewound
Developer: Facepunch Studios
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 30MB
Direct download link: Click here

Flash Game Pick: The Great Living Room Escape (Pastel Games)

April 14, 2008 5:55 AM | Tim W.

The Great Living Room Escape is the second in a series of flash game collaborations between Karol Konwerski and Mateusz Skutnik, featuring art by Kamil Kochanski. Like its prequel, the game is extremely short and can be completed in a matter of minutes.

Name: The Great Living Room Escape
Developer: Pastel Games
Category: Adventure
Type: Browser

Competitions with Cash Prizes

April 14, 2008 3:31 AM | Tim W.

Here's a summary of the competitions which developers can participate in and win some money:

Gaming World ($450, 2 weeks)
The easiest of the lot. Make a game in two weeks, and stand a chance to win USD $300. All development tools are accepted, but creation must include pandas (among other rules). Final submission date is 28th of April. First and second runner ups get USD $100 and $50 respectively. (forums)

Eegra 1st Annual Game Making Shinding (USD $2,500, 3 months)
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 8th of July set as the final submission date. Entrants are advised to read the Terms and Conditions plus Guidelines for Entry before considering participation.

The Dobbs Challenge (USD $10,000, 2 months)
Microsoft is giving away USD $10,000 just for modifying games using the trial version of Visual Studio 2008. That's a lot of money for a couple of weeks' coding.

10 Indie, Student Game Competitions
A list of ten indie and student game competitions that would interest developers who are keen on getting a little attention for their projects or releases.

The rundown (unranked) points to ten events throughout the world in which indie game developers and students can show their works to compete for cash prizes, as well as that first big break in the industry.

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