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Archive For June, 2008

Freeware Game Pick: Dyson (Alex May, Rudolf Kremers)

June 4, 2008 5:56 PM | Tim W.

Note: Updated to version 1.01. (patch)

Dyson is a real-time strategy / colonization game in which you must take control of an entire asteroid belt. You start as a single seedling that produces a tree on your starting asteroid. Your tree in turn produces new and unique seedlings which can be used to conquer other asteroids. However, the astro belt features up to ten AI opponents that provide fierce resistance and have their own drive for conquest. To defeat them you have to explore the strategic possibilites of the game. Eventually you can build up very large armies of 400 or more seedlings and witness some epic battles. With the exception of the music and sounds, and the font, almost all of the game content is generated procedurally.

An in-game tutorial is included to teach you the basics. If you don't have a mouse wheel, the cursor keys and page up/down also control the camera.

Dyson is created by Alex May and Rudolf Kremers, with music and sound by Brian Grainger (Milieu). The game requires the .NET 2.0 Framework to run.

[This game is one of the entries into TIGSource's Procedural Generation contest.]

Name: Dyson
Developers: Alex May, Rudolf Kremers, Brian Grainger
Category: RTS
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB
Direct download link: Click here (right-click to save)

Indie Game Pick: Battle of Tiles (Bimboosoft)

June 4, 2008 4:40 PM | Tim W.

Battle of Tiles is a simple yet addictive strategy game, where players have to decide on the attack formation of their army before rushing into combat. The user interface mimics modern-day RTS games, in which units can be selected by clicking or dragging a square around multiple tiles. Hold the left control key while left-clicking to deselect a unit. Use the W, A, D and X keys to move the selected party around, or press the S key to skip a turn.

Units gain experience through battle, and more soldiers can be added to your party by double-clicking on an enemy unit to purchase them. The method of placing melee units in front of archers and wizards works best here, but players are more than welcomed to change formation in the heat of battle as they attempt to overwhelm the enemy with numbers. Units regain health automatically as the party is moved forward. (source: GameTunnel, Andrew Wooldridge)

Name: Battle of Tiles
Developer: Bimboosoft
Category: Strategy
Type: Demo
Size: 20MB

Numbers (gedo831)

June 3, 2008 8:48 PM | oranda


In the very aptly named "Numbers", you slide numbered blocks up along a board, attempting to group the blocks by number. By matching 2 '2's, 3 '3's, 5 '5's, etc, you will clear all connected blocks of the cleared number, and any blocks that are touching a cleared block will be randomly replaced with a different value. You can also chain cleared blocks, increasing your score modifier.

Note that outside of a chain, '1' blocks cannot be cleared, so be careful!

Name: Numbers
Developer: gedo831
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 25MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: Ziczac (0rel)

June 3, 2008 7:35 PM | Tim W.

Ziczac is a simple scoring-based puzzler where players acquire points by making small squares with four tiles of the same colour, or attempt to create large loops for a special multiplier bonus. There are only two keys to use at any time to change the direction of the falling blocks. Additional points can also be scored by placing cells of another colour inside a loop.

The game window may require a resolution of higher than 1024 by 768 to display correctly, and can be moved around by dragging the uppermost area where a title bar should be located at.

[This game is one of the entries into TIGSource's Procedural Generation contest.]

Name: Ziczac
Developer: 0rel
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: Streetwise (Adam Lobacz)

June 3, 2008 3:38 PM | Tim W.

Streetwise is a short action game requiring the use of only one key to play, and consists of a single track which must be completed in under two minutes. Time your button presses correctly to whiz past traps and obstacles in your path as you make your way toward the end of the map.

Name: Streetwise
Developer: Adam Lobacz
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Game Developer Career Guide Calls For Student Feedback

June 3, 2008 12:23 AM | Simon Carless

-[NOTE: We're also giving readers a chance to respond to this because we know from our recent survey that there are a lot of regular readers who are either attending or considering attending game-related schools - please respond if you have opinions.]

The editors of Game Developer magazine,, and are inviting current and prospective students in University game programs to take part in the first-ever Game Developer Career Guide Student Survey.

The survey, which is anonymous, intends to discern in aggregate the types of schools that current game students are attending, the quality and breadth of the courses, and what sort of placement or support programs are in place.

The results of this survey will be included in Game Developer’s Career Guide Fall 2008 issue - due out in late July, available for purchase online, and distributed for free at major game consumer and trade shows, including Penny Arcade Expo, Austin GDC, GDC 2009, and many more shows to be announced.

Highlights of the survey, which is intended to help shape the future of game education by examining current satisfaction levels with existing tutoring, will also be available online on the Gamasutra and Game Career Guide sites following the magazine's debut.

Students, please take the time to complete the brief survey, which takes just a couple of minutes or less to fill out.

Freeware Game Pick: Rescue - The Beagles (Nenad)

June 3, 2008 12:10 AM | Tim W.

Rescue: The Beagles is a new platformer by the developer of Counterclockwise and Ablation, where the objective is to save the required number of dogs from the hands of evil researchers in each stage to progress. Press the up arrow key to jump or climb upwards, which is only applicable if your character can reach the platform above him or her. Press the down arrow key to descend downwards, or tap the same button twice in quick succession to use a parachute when you have at least one in possession. You lose a life if you fall from too high of a height, touch a red lip balm or allow a beagle to go unrescued.

Press the up arrow key twice to use a rope. Ropes are among some of the items which can be collected as you make your way forward in search of more beagles. Press the Z key or space key to throw an owl at enemies, and use the P key to pause the game. (more information in the readme.txt file, included with the download)

[This game is one of the entries into TIGSource's Procedural Generation contest.]

Name: Rescue: The Beagles
Developer: Nenad
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB
Direct download link: Click here (right-click to save)

Online high score table

Kaiten Patissier (Alpha Secret Base)

June 2, 2008 12:27 AM | oranda


Kaiten Patissier is the latest game from D.K., several months in the making, and which I highly recommend. It uses the same "collect-them-all" mechanic as Good Luck Natsuki, but is built entirely around the concept of rotating the levels to re-adjust the locations of platforms, boxes, walls, floors, and ceilings (Kaiten is Japanese for "rotate"). After collecting all but the last item in each level, a bonus item will appear somewhere in the level, so be sure to keep an eye out for the bonus items if you want to get 100% completion.

As a note, I contributed several of the levels in the game, so you'd better download it and check it out!

The zip file contains versions for Windows, Debian Linux (should work okay on other distributions as well), and the GP2X.

Name: Kaiten Patissier
Developer:Alpha Secret Base
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 15MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: The Jackyard (Richard Hofmeier)

June 1, 2008 10:12 PM | Tim W.

The Jackyard is an art game by Richard Hofmeier, with an emphasis on exploration and little else. Use the cursor keys to move, and press the space key to jump. Hold the up arrow key to use or examine objects whenever applicable. (source)

Name: The Jackyard
Developer: Richard Hofmeier
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB
Direct download link: Click here

Indie Game Pick: Stardrone (Orb Games)

June 1, 2008 10:04 PM | Tim W.

Stardrone is a arcade-puzzle game by independent developer Orb Games. You take control of a drone and make your way through 53 stages with varying mission objectives. It entered the 2008 IGF competition.

The gameplay of the game is rather unique, and gave me a hard time when I had to classify this game. You have almost no direct control over your drone, except at the begining of each level, where you choose in which direction you would like to be blasted towards. To change your direction and speed, you have to hook up to anchors using a light beam by clicking the left mouse button. You will orbit around them till you release the button. It takes some time to get used to. But the first few levels serve as tutorials.

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