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Archive For May, 2008

Browser Game Pick: Bowja the Ninja (Pencilkids)

May 3, 2008 9:05 AM | Tim W.

Bowja the Ninja (on Factory Island) is a point and click adventure game in the style of The Visitor and Hapland. Your objective is to infiltrate the enemy's island and destroy their secret weapon, achieved by solving one or two simple puzzles in each screen to progress.

Some knowledge of Roman numerals is required to complete the game.

Name:Bowja the Ninja
Developer: Pencilkids
Category: Puzzle
Type: Browser

News: Playstation Store Updates

May 3, 2008 1:10 AM | Tim W.

Echochrome out
Pixeljunk Monsters expansion pack

Preview: Brain-Damaged Toon Underworld (cactus)

May 2, 2008 4:30 PM | Tim W.

"The game (Brain-Damaged Toon Underworld) will be available in HD resolution, and has therefore gotten a new resolution and aspect ratio."

download trailer (high quality version)
Cactus Software

Freeware Game Pick: Fantastic Blood Boy (Gustav Kilman)

May 2, 2008 10:42 AM | Tim W.

Fantastic Blood Boy is a 2D action game created by Gustav Kilman for TIGSource's VGNG competition, in which players have to protect red clot crystals from an entire army of sockpuppets. Blood Boy is practically invincible in the game, and touching a clot crystal will move it to a random position on screen. A new crystal is generated when you've collected enough blood from the sockpuppets you've destroyed. You may have up to three clot crystals at any time, but the game ends when you've lost all of them to exploding sockpuppets.

Deactivate a sockpuppet's destruction sequence by jumping off them. A crystal that isn't moving around will generate weapons, which can then be acquired by moving Blood Boy next to one.

Name: Fantastic Blood Boy
Developer: Gustav Kilman
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

New Indie Game Releases

May 2, 2008 10:31 AM | Tim W.

The Amazing Brain Train, Grubby Games (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Larva Mortus, Rake in Grass (Windows, Mac)

Droid Assault, Puppygames (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Skin and Bones, Addictive 247 (Windows only)

Chase Ace Deluxe, Space Time Foam (Windows only)

Indie News: May 2nd

May 2, 2008 10:27 AM | Tim W.


Clockwork: Preliminary design sketch for Mike Bithell's new steampunk adventure posted in his development journal.

Blood from Clockwork Hearts: The author of Gun Mute and Snowblind Aces might possibly be working on a new IF adventure game.

The Fool and His Money: More screenshots from Cliff's long-awaited sequel added to the game information page.

Lila Dreams: New design sketch and art posted in Creatrix Games' development journal.

Go Beryllium: More screenshots from monoRAIL's upcoming 2D shooter posted.


What's New in Indie: The April edition of GameTunnel's monthly feature is up.

GameTap: New interviews with the developers of P.B. Winterbottom and World of Goo added.

Karoshi: The lead producer of Fallout 3 takes a look at 2Dcube's series of suicide platformers.

Play This Thing: Cactus Arcade reviewed.

Freeware Game Pick: In the Woods (dessgeega)

May 2, 2008 10:23 AM | Tim W.

In the Woods is a short IF adventure game set in the world of a classic fairy tale. This story is much closer to the original unabridged version which few people would have heard of, and can be completed in roughly ten or fifteen minutes of play time.

Name: In the Woods
Developer: Anna Anthropy
Category: IF
Type: Freeware
Size: 20KB
Direct download link: Click here

Videos: Sequels

May 2, 2008 10:12 AM | Tim W.

Karoshi 1 speed run

Indie Game Pick: Frayed Knights (Rampant Games)

May 1, 2008 8:32 PM | Tim W.

A preview for the upcoming indie RPG Frayed Knights was recently released as a 62 MB file download. The game features 3D graphics, turn-based combat, and a party of four different characters with their own distinct personalities. Note that you'll be asked to fill in a survey when exiting the application.

Name: Frayed Knights
Developer: Rampant Games
Category: RPG
Type: Demo
Size: 60MB

Pics: Metanet's Braid Party

May 1, 2008 4:16 PM | Tim W.

Pics from a party over at Raigan and Mare's place, in celebration of N+'s 100k sales figure on XBLA.

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