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Archive For May, 2008

Freeware Game Pick: MicroLand (Shoo)

May 20, 2008 2:29 AM | Tim W.

MicroLand is a miniscule platformer consisting of twenty-five levels in total, and comes with a fullscreen option which is activated by pressing the F4 function key. Press the S key to jump or double jump, and tap the A key rapidly to shoot. Special abilities are only accessible once you've acquired their respective power-up items. Certain enemies can be stomped on for points. The game also provides ample save locations and an infinite number of lives. (source: The Poppenkast)

Name: MicroLand
Developer: Shoo
Category: Platformer
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Browser Game Pick: Tactical Assassin 2 (Simon Hason)

May 20, 2008 12:43 AM | Tim W.

Tactical Assassin 2 is a sequel to the popular browser game involving a string of sniper missions connected by an overarching story. Most of your objectives are clearly stated in green text, though the developer had also subtly designed several missions as self-contained puzzles for the players to solve.

Hold the left mouse button to shoot, and press the right arrow key to use a diazepam. The shop carries a number of rifles and add-ons, but the game is relatively easy to complete with only the occasional purchase of ammunitions required to proceed through all nine levels included. Note that Tactical Assassin 2 still has a couple of bugs which may cause missions to fail without reason or render them impossible to complete.

Name: Tactical Assassin 2
Developer: Simon Hason
Category: Action
Type: Browser

Article: I Hate Everyday Shooter (Inverted Castle)

May 19, 2008 10:56 PM | Tim W.

"I've spent a lot of time hating Everyday Shooter.

It started as an offshoot of my hatred for the Independent Games Festival; in 2006, knowing very little about the IGF competition and "indie gaming" in general, I submitted Season Stacker, a Gameboy Advance game that I'd poured lots of blood, sweat, tears, and my own money into, and which I felt was a solid - albeit not very original - puzzle game. When the finalists were announced, I discovered that my precious little game was not on the list, and was further mortified to discover that it had been beaten out by games generally falling into two categories: games with budgets large enough that it seemed a sin to call them "indie" (like Darwinia) and games that nobody outside of academia had ever heard of or even seen a single screenshot of (like Braid). I denounced the whole IGF competition as a confederacy of dunces, and ran off to cry into a pillow."

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Freeware Game Pick: Randy Balma, Municipal Abortionist

May 19, 2008 8:27 PM | Tim W.

Warning: Contains flashing images which may cause photosensitive epileptic seizures.

messhof's Randy Balma: Municipal Abortionist is a collection of four loosely-related mini-games which can only be played in order. Use the cursor keys to move, and press the F4 function key to switch between windowed and full screen modes. The game comes with a free headache.

Name: Randy Balma, Municipal Abortionist
Developer: messhof
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB

Browser Game Pick: Nano War (Benoit Freslon)

May 19, 2008 11:10 AM | Tim W.

Nano War is a remake of Phil Hassey's strategy game Galcon, which in turn is a remake of an old DOS game. The action mainly involves capturing white cells and eliminating all green cells from each of the twelve stages, simply by moving units from one cell to another.

Left click on a red cell, then click on another cell to send half of the number of units out from the first cell. The production rate of units and maximum unit storage value are dependent on the size of each cell.

Note that the current playable build also has several pathfinding and menu interface bugs.

Name: Nano War
Developer: Benoit Freslon
Category: Strategy
Type: Browser

Freeware Game Pick: Hollow Point (DigiPen)

May 19, 2008 10:36 AM | Tim W.

Hollow Point is a top-down shooter created by a team of DigiPen students, which plays a bit like a combination of Gauntlet and Smash TV. The exit portal for each level is usually guarded by a horde of enemies, but to your advantage there are plenty of weapons and power-up items to acquire as well.

Installing the game also automatically updates your operating system with the latest version of DirectX, the .NET Framework 2.0 and XNA 2.0 runtime.

Name: Hollow Point
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 30MB

Preview: Rescue - The Beagles (nenad)

May 19, 2008 9:30 AM | Tim W.

A new game in development by nenad (Counterclockwise, Ablation).

Rescue: The Beagles is a side-scrolling platformer with a map that moves at a constant speed. Players have to negotiate the treacherous terrain, collect beagles and avoid the bad guys.

PSN Updates

May 18, 2008 11:50 PM | Tim W.

PixelJunk Eden developer walkthrough
Everyday Shooter out now in Japan for the PSN (source: Tacashi)
Indie Nation 18: Everyday Shooter

Swedish Game Awards 2008: Grand Finale

May 18, 2008 11:40 PM | Tim W.

Nominees for the Swedish Game Awards have been announced. The grand finale will be held on the 24th of May, 2008 (this Saturday). Shown above, trailer for one of the nominated games - Boingo.

Swedish Game Awards 2008: Nominees
Swedish Game Awards 2008: Grand Finale

Freeware Game Pick: Retro Raider (Jayenkai)

May 18, 2008 11:27 PM | Tim W.

Retro Raider is a remake of Eidos' popular 3D platformer in a retro-style, which comes with support for a number of control configuration preferences. Use Q, A, O, P or the cursor keys to move, and hold the space, Z or X key to shoot. Complete your mission objective by finding the golden cross, which is located only a couple of screens away from the starting point. (nude patch)

Name: Retro Raider
Developer: Jayenkai
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
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