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Archive For July, 2008

Indie News: July 9th

July 9, 2008 2:12 AM | Tim W.

Sense of Wonder Night: GameSetWatch had posted a link to the news release for the inaugural Tokyo Game Show event, packed with information about date, time, venue, submission guidelines and judging panel. (source)

Braid: Number None's debut XBLA release has passed certification.


Galcon: The multiplayer version of Phil Hassey's popular strategy game will be arriving on InstantAction soon.

Dyson: The official web site for Alex May and Rudolf Kremers' real-time strategy game is live.

Chronometer: Details about Introversion Software's sixth game revealed.

Interview: Erin Robinson (Spooks, Blackwell Unbound)

July 9, 2008 2:10 AM | Tim W.

What follows is our informal chat with Erin Robinson, a respected indie game developer in the AGS scene held in high regards by industry veterans Dave Gilbert and Heather Kelley. Her fresh portfolio already includes involvement in the creation of a successful commercial game and the releases of two full-length freeware adventure games.

Hi Erin, shall we begin with a little introduction?

Okay, let's see... I'm a 21-year-old indie game developer who has developed two original freeware games (Spooks and Nanobots). Additionally, I did the background art and sprite animation for Wadjet Eye Games' Blackwell: Unbound.

Are you a student as well? Or do you have a full-time job while moonlighting as a game developer for kicks?

I graduated from university a month ago, actually. I just got a degree in psychology and I'm currently working in neuroscience. I have a full-time job now, but this game development thing continues to be a favourite hobby. It's kind of funny, really... most of my coworkers and family don't know about my alter ego.

How did you came to join the Notes on Game Dev's Aspiring Women Game Artists competition (which you eventually won)?

Dave Gilbert actually tipped me off to the contest months ago, and I saved a link on my desktop but had nearly forgotten about it. Then about a week before the deadline I stumbled upon the contest website and thought, "Hmm, I could probably write 500 words about my dream."

Browser Game Pick: Totem Destroyer (Gabriel Ochsenhofer)

July 7, 2008 9:39 PM | Tim W.

Totem Destroyer is a physics-based block elimination game, where players must attempt to remove a certain number of blocks in each stage to progress. Blocks can be destroyed by left-clicking on them, and the level quota is always displayed on the upper right side of the screen. You will have to start all over if the golden idol touches the ground at any time.

Name: Totem Destroyer
Developer: Gabriel Ochsenhofer
Category: Puzzle
Type: Browser

Freeware Game Pick: Man Boy vs Doctor Sock (Ben Chandler)

July 7, 2008 8:15 PM | Tim W.

Man Boy vs Doctor Sock is a short adventure game which tells the tale of our hero trapped in an alternate dimension by his nemesis, and must find a way to transport himself back to Earth before he misses the awards presentation ceremony held to honor his heroic achievements.

Use the left and right cursor keys to move, and press the space key to interact with an object while standing in front of it. Hold the left control and Q key to quit at any time. (download mirror)

Name: Man Boy vs Doctor Sock
Developer: Ben Chandler
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Freeware Game Pick: How Many (Aki Ahonen)

July 7, 2008 7:08 PM | Tim W.

Warning: Contains blood, gore, and graphic scenes.

How Many is a short AGS adventure game in which players must figure out a way to replace a light bulb and make it through the entire morning with minimal injuries. There are only two rooms to explore in total.

Name: How Many
Developer: Aki Ahonen
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB
Direct download link: Click here (right-click to save)

Freeware App Pick: Universe Sandbox (Dan Dixon)

July 7, 2008 12:10 AM | Tim W.

Universe Sandbox is a physics and particle simulator that simulates applied gravity to planetary bodies. This educational toy for Windows based computers can run scale simulations of our solar system while giving you the power to control gravity, time and everything in it.

Press the left alternate and enter key to switch between full screen and windowed mode. Universe Sandbox requires .NET 2.0 and the latest version of Direct X installed to work properly. (SA thread)

Name: Universe Sandbox
Developer: Dan Dixon
Category: Application
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: Nicewrench (Jonathan Blow)

July 6, 2008 5:31 PM | Tim W.

Nicewrench was created by Jonathan Blow as a riff on the design of Flywrench, a game originally released by messhof. Some of the stars in Nicewrench can be collected at any time, while others are precariously tied to the colored beams. These stars are lost if you fail to pass through the beam on the first try.

The game was written in roughly two days, back in February 2008.

Name: Nicewrench
Developer: Jonathan Blow
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Freeware Game Pick: Iffermoon (Scott Games)

July 6, 2008 4:45 PM | Tim W.

In Iffermoon, you will explore a new world and meet many unique characters who are willing to join your party, helping you on your quest to defeat a creature named Cosmose. Customize your party into a formidable fighting team for action based battles, engaging in physical combat as well as traditional RPG style commands.

There are also three complete games within, accessible through arcade machines, each with their own rewards to improve your abilities on your central quest. - Scott (GW thread)

Name: Iffermoon
Developer: Scott Cawthon
Category: RPG
Type: Freeware
Size: 250MB

Petri Purho, Jonathan Blow Sessions

July 6, 2008 3:25 PM | Tim W.

Petri Purho will be one of the speakers at Assembly 2008 Summer (Finland's largest computer festival in Helsinki) from July 31st to August 3rd 2008. The exact date and time of the session will be announced soon. (photo: 1UP show)

Jonathan Blow and Mark Morris from Introversion have also been confirmed as speakers for Games:EDU South (part of the Develop Conference and Expo), taking place on the July of 29th at the Brighton Metropole Hotel. Tickets can be acquired from the Games:EDU web site.

Assembly 2008 Summer - How I Got Lucky and Won the IGF
Games:EDU South 2008 - Speakers for the Brighton event

Preview: Rolando (Handcircus)

July 6, 2008 12:36 PM | Tim W.

Rolando is a physics-based platform/puzzler designed for the iPhone and iPod touch. The game will be released sometime this summer 2008. (Fun-Motion thread)

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