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Archive For June, 2008

Indie News: June 29th

June 29, 2008 11:32 PM | Tim W.


Gish 2: Cryptic Sea's web site updated with new teaser image.

Braid: Number None's upcoming debut release has entered the certification phase. Also confirmed, work on the next game has begun and it is not a sequel to Braid.

N+: The XBLA version will be getting three new level packs (consisting of over 750 stages), and one of the packs will be free to download. Subscribers of the OXBM UK mag should also be receiving some very special bonuses soon.

World of Goo: Kyle Gabler has revealed a slightly more specific release date for 2DBoy's upcoming PC and Wiiware release.

Fren-ze: Matt Verran (Ookibloks developer) interviewed by Oddbob.

Browser Game Pick: Bingo Area (Nekogames)

June 29, 2008 11:12 PM | Tim W.


Bingo Area is a new puzzle game by the developer of Cursor10 and the Hoshi Saga series, where players must select one or more cities from the map of Japan in each level to match the required number of square pixels in the box located on the right side of the screen. You'll need to get as close as possible to the red marker to gain an additional 5000 bonus points, but the game ends immediately as well if you go over the red square block. To complicate matters, cities selected in the previous levels cannot be chosen again for consequent guesses. (hints)

Name: Bingo Area
Developer: Yoshio Ishii
Category: Puzzle
Type: Browser

Remake Game Pick: Rockman 7-FC (Mend)

June 28, 2008 4:34 PM | Tim W.


Rockman 7-FC is a project to port the gameplay of Rockman 7 from the 16-bit SNES style to the 8-bit NES-style gameplay. Tap the X key rapidly to shoot, hold the same button to charge up for a special attack, and press the Z key to jump. Hold the down cursor key and the jump button at the same time to slide.

Use the Q key to access your inventory and swap abilities, or press the R key to reset back to the introductory screen at any time. Abilities can be switched using the A and S keys as well. Players start out with Rush Coil, the robotic dog which can be called upon to launch you higher than your normal jumps.

The configuration file can be used to change window size. Press the print screen button on the keyboard to capture a screenshot at any time, which is then saved as a new bitmap file in the game folder automatically. This feature can be very useful when typing in your password to resume your progress. (FAQs)

Name: Rockman7-FC
Developer: Mend (2ch)
Category: Platformer
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB
Direct download link: Click here

Remake Game Pick: Dizzy and the Other Side (Alex Simion)

June 27, 2008 8:14 PM | Tim W.


Dizzy and the Other Side is a fan made game created in the spirit of the famous Dizzy series. Keeping the graphics and gameplay true to the classic series, Dizzy and the Other Side tells an original story, full of funny dialogs and clever puzzles.

You get to control Dizzy with the arrows keys for walking and jumping around. The enter key is used for action and acquiring items. With the escape key, you can bring up the game menu from where you can save and load your progress.

During the five acts of the story, players can additionally collect hidden diamonds, which will get them a better score to post online. An interactive walkthrough can be found on the game's official website as well, for players who are stuck with a puzzle or two.

Name: Dizzy and The Other Side
Developer: Alexandru Simion
Category: Platformer
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Free Games for the Weekend

June 27, 2008 6:10 PM | Tim W.

Metafilter's Guide to Indie Platformers
A guide to some of the best indie platformers that everyone should have played by now - if not, then the weekend is a perfect time to do some catching up. (source: GameSetWatch)

GamesRadar's 50 Free Games
A selection of fifty free games (complete with a number of recent releases), up on GamesRadar for your perusal and download pleasure. Some of the download links are dodgy, so arm yourself with an anti-virus protection program before plunging in.

Game Tunnel's Monthly Round-Up, June Edition
No free stuff here, but definitely worth a read - especially with Everyday Shooter, Droid Assault and Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness fronting the list of indie games reviewed.

Freeware Game: Maximum Racer (happousyu)

June 27, 2008 4:06 AM | oranda

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Maximum Racer is a simple, yet surprisingly fun little racing game which actually convinced me to give it a few tries.

Controls are: use the arrow keys to steer your ship, and the space key to accelerate. I still haven't managed to clear the first checkpoint, so you'll need to really ride the edge of the envelope to do well with this game.

Name: Maximum Racer
Developer: happousyu
Category: Racer
Type: Freeware
Size: 768KB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: Nanobots (Erin Robinson)

June 27, 2008 3:56 AM | Tim W.


Nanobots is a point and click adventure game that lets you control six different robots as they race to save themselves from being turned into scrap metal by an evil professor. Players will only get to control one robot at a time, but can switch between them by clicking on the row of icons at the bottom of the screen.

The game includes a handy tutorial, while helpful suggestions on solving puzzles can be acquired by using Audbot to converse with other characters. (hints, Spooks)

Name: Nanobots
Developer: Erin Robinson, Vince Wesselmann
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB
Direct download link: Click here

TIGSource's PG Competition Results Announced

June 27, 2008 3:48 AM | Tim W.


The results for TIGSource's indie game development competition have been announced, with Nenad Jalsovec's winning entry Rescue: The Beagles (gameplay video shown above) taking first place. Alex May and Rudolf Kremers' colonization game Dyson placed second, while Terry Cavanagh and Annabelle Kennedy's team effort Self Destruct finished third. Full list of competition entries can be found by following the links below.

Results announcement
TIGSource's Procedural Generation Competition page

Browser Game Pick: Bowja the Ninja 2 (Pencilkids)

June 27, 2008 3:02 AM | Tim W.


Bowja the Ninja 2 (In Bigman's Compound) is a point and click adventure game in the style of The Visitor and Hapland. Your mission objective is to infiltrate the enemy's compound and switch off their satellite system, achieved by solving a couple of simple puzzles in each screen to progress.

This episode has some grating sound effects, backtracking, lacklustre puzzle designs and overall isn't quite as charming to play the second time around. (chapter 1, screenshots, video walkthrough)

Name: Bowja the Ninja 2 (Kongregate link)
Developer: Robin Vencel
Category: Puzzle
Type: Browser

World of Goo Update

June 26, 2008 3:13 PM | Tim W.


A couple of interesting announcements posted over at 2D Boy's site, in regards to World of Goo:

- family-friendly ESRB rating confirmed
- five languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German
- Wii version supports multiplayer cooperative play for all levels

Gameplay videos from IGN in the extended. (huge spoilers)

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