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Archive For July, 2008

Preview: Flower (thatgamecompany)

July 16, 2008 10:47 AM | Tim W.

Update: Two new gameplay clips posted on GameTrailers.

Zen gameplay (HD version)
Windmills gameplay (HD version)
GameTrailers TV segment (starts around the seventh-minute mark)

Browser Game Pick: Pandemic 2 (Dark Realm Studios)

July 15, 2008 10:13 AM | Tim W.

In Pandemic 2, players are given the chance to exercise god-like powers in deciding how to mutate a certain disease while trying to annihilate mankind in the process. This is achieved by spending evolution points on disease symptoms, resistance or transmission methods to increase the chance and rate of infection.

The game isn't without a couple of setbacks. There is a heavy reliance on a single strategy, making the disease difficult to spot while trying to spread it to as many countries as you possibly can. Once government officials had begun taking preventive measures to stop the virus from reaching their shores, chances are that Madagascar will end up as one of the few countries to be free of the disease due to their lack of contact with the outside world. (tutorial, game guide)

Name: Pandemic 2
Developer: Dark Realm Studios
Category: Strategy
Type: Browser

Freeware Game Pick: Loot (Casey Sillito)

July 15, 2008 5:09 AM | Tim W.

Loot is a casual card game set in a dungeon, in which players are to equip themselves with a deck consisting of potions or spells procured from the rooms they've explored.

You may only move into an adjacent room one at a time, with each new location yielding either a trap, loot or ladder. You lose one of your health points when encountering traps, and can carry a maximum of six cards at most. Players will be forced to discard or use a card immediately if the deck limit is reached.

There are an infinite number of levels to explore, but players must still make their way back to the entrance of the dungeon to win the game and have their points haul recorded on the high score table. Brilliantly executed, but unfortunately the game also relies heavily on the use of a pen and paper for noting down locations of traps.

Name: Loot
Developer: Casey Sillito
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Freeware Game Pick: Deaths (Jesse Venbrux)

July 14, 2008 3:18 PM | Tim W.

Deaths is a 2D experimental platformer by Jesse Venbrux, creator of Execution and the popular Karoshi series. At the start of each game, the last fifty failed attempts by players from all around the world will be loaded and displayed as cadavers in various parts of the current stage.

There are only six levels to play in total, as development work on Deaths has been discontinued due to lack of positive feedback. (download instructions)

Name: Deaths
Developer: Jesse Venbrux
Category: Platformer
Type: Demo
Size: 10MB

Freeware Game Pick: Whodunnit - Think Quickly (Nandrew)

July 14, 2008 3:00 PM | Tim W.

Whodunnit -- Think Quickly is a crime fiction puzzle game where you play a veteran detective faced with the urgent task of finding the perpetrator who poisoned the teapot, from which all dinner guests for the evening had just drank from.

Your objective is to prove all but one of the guests innocent of any wrongdoings, which can achieved by finding either an alibi, lack of motivation or incapability to handle poison. When making your accusation, you'll be asked to explain why each and every one of the other guests are to be presumed innocent.

The stress level will rise slowly during the course of your investigation, but you can stay focused on the matter at hand by relaxing or lighting up a cigarette. Use the F1 function key to view some hints for the game. You will also need a pen and paper to take notes.

Whodunnit... Think Quickly does have a few glaring flaws. Solving cases at the highest difficulty level requires the player to ask too many questions within the time limit, while simpler investigations can be solved just by thinking about all suspects in the room.

Name: Whodunnit -- Think Quickly
Developer: Rodain Joubert
Category: Puzzle
Type: Demo
Size: 2MB

Freeware Game Pick: Dwarf Fortress (Tarn Adams)

July 14, 2008 12:47 PM | Tim W.

The latest version for Dwarf Fortress is out. This is the first public release since the last five months or so, hence if you're looking for a stable version then grab the February 24th update instead.

Download it here

Freeware Game Pick: Savior of Lapratan (Plaid Notion)

July 14, 2008 10:49 AM | Tim W.

Savior of Lapratan is a 2D exploration platformer currently in development. In it, you will assume the role of a mercenary named Dahlia as she embarks on a journey to gather data on the inhabitants of an alien planet called Lapratanians.

The demo consists of only one playable level. (Gravortex)

Name: Savior of Lapratan
Developer: Plaid Notion
Category: Platformer
Type: Demo
Size: 5MB

Trailer: Cowboyana (messhof)

July 14, 2008 9:36 AM | Tim W.

Cowboyana by messhof is a two-player game only which involves running along the tops of train cars (like in North and South), getting drunk, participating in shootouts and doing a little horseback riding. Out tomorrow.


Freeware Game Pick: Derelict (Erik Hogan)

July 12, 2008 9:37 AM |


Derelict is a creepy first-person shooter featuring dark bloodstained corridors, a small team of brave marines and hordes of spawning mutants. Space Hulk fans will sure find this setting familiar. The game plays like a tactical puzzle - soldiers can't outrun enemies and have limited ammo, so walikng aimlessly or standing on a spot nailing down endless waves of bad guys is a sure way to die.

Luckily, each of the five troopers under player's command has an overhead map which not only shows level layout but can also be used to give orders to teammates. Unfortunately, only the CO can see enemies on the map as well. The other four soldiers are a heavy gunner, a demolitions expert, a hacker and a medic - each with their own useful skills.

The game atmosphere is superb - mostly because of the haunting soundtrack, low light levels and Alien-style beeping of motion detector.

Name: Derelict
Developer: Erik Hogan
Category: Action / Strategy
Type: Freeware
Size: 36MB
Direct download link: Click here

Gish 2 Salvation Teaser

July 9, 2008 11:15 PM |

The sexy men over at Cryptic Sea have posted a teaser trailer for Gish 2. It's spooky, interesting and makes me wonder what the hell is going on over at the Cryptic Sea HQ.

Word on the street is that there is a new gameplay video coming soon!

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