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Archive For July, 2008

Browser Game Pick: Red Baron (Evan Greenstone)

July 20, 2008 2:23 AM | Tim W.

Red Baron is a 2D scrolling action game with shades of Castle Crashers, where the objective is to square off against hordes of enemies while collecting coins along the way to finance your finer weapons purchases.

Tap the A key to attack, hold the D key to block, and press the S key to switch weapons. Execute multiple combos to earn additional coins, which can then be used to bargain for special items with the trader. Weapons available for looting include a double-edged broadaxe, scythe, claws and even a light saber.

Name: Red Baron
Developer: Evan Greenstone
Category: Action
Type: Browser

Browser Game Pick: FlashMinesweeper:MP (zproxy)

July 20, 2008 1:02 AM | Tim W.

FlashMinesweeper:MP is a multiplayer version of the well-known puzzle game, complete with chat features and penalty-based restrictions to encourage teamwork among players.

A tile is revealed by left-clicking, and marked as unsafe by holding down either the left control, alternate or shift key before pressing the left mouse button. New players cannot join a game in progress when more than half of its field has already been solved. (Kongregate mirror)

Name: FlashMinesweeper:MP
Developer: zproxy
Category: Puzzle
Type: Browser

Browser Game Pick: Stick Ranger (DAN-BALL)

July 18, 2008 9:23 PM | Tim W.

Stick Ranger is a new Java-based application by the developer of Powder Game, where players will manage a party of adventurers by dragging them towards the enemies to engage in either ranged or melee attacks. Health is restored by consuming rice balls, while experience points can be spent to improve the skills of any character.

The current build contains ten playable stages only, though more additions can be expected in the coming weeks.

Name: Stick Ranger
Developer: Ha55ii
Type: RPG
Category: Browser

Freeware Game Pick: Destructivator (Pug Fugly Games)

July 18, 2008 10:25 AM | Tim W.

Destructivator is a new retro-style platform shooter by Chris Roper, developer of The Pyramid and Return to Sector 9. The objective of the game is to clear an entire screen of enemies to progress from one stage to the next.

Players can duck enemy bullets or shoot while clinging to a ladder, but your weapon cannot be fired when the main character is in midair. There are twenty levels included in total, which will take some time to beat as the game does not allow continues.

Name: Destructivator
Developer: Pug Fugly Games
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
Direct download link: Click here

Preview: Machinarium (Amanita Design)

July 17, 2008 12:09 AM | Tim W.

Small gameplay clip from Amanita Design's upcoming commercial venture Machinarium. Best watched in HD, full screen mode.

Preview: Minotaur China Shop (Flashbang Studios)

July 17, 2008 12:01 AM | Tim W.

An unannounced Flashbang Studios' project in the works.

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Browser Game Pick: Inquisitive Dave (Eddy Larkin)

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

Inquisitive Dave is a modern take on the Dizzy series, where players will embark on an important quest to save the world by using odd treasures or trinkets they've scavenged when revealing new areas and inch their way closer to the final boss battle.

The game is extremely linear to a fault, with only one action button assigned for all interaction and dialogue forwarding purposes. There is also a lot of backtracking to be done, though the adventure itself is rather short and shouldn't take more than half an hour to complete. Inquisitive Dave only gets a tad more interesting towards the end, but the payoff may not be nearly enough to justify the dull bits which players would have to endure before the story gets going. (Kongregate mirror)

Name: Inquisitive Dave
Developer: Eddy Larkin
Category: Adventure
Type: Browser

Preview: Castle Crashers (The Behemoth)

July 16, 2008 6:53 PM | Tim W.

Playthrough of the first level by a couple of GameSpot staffers. Coming out on XBLA real soon. (devlog)

Freeware Game Pick: Pazzon (Jesse Venbrux)

July 16, 2008 3:12 PM | Tim W.

Pazzon is a short 2D exploration platformer by the prolific Jesse Venbrux, featuring blocky graphics and the use of high contrast for colours. The game starts off with a simple premise, and as you meet the denizens of this dream world you'll learn more about their history and perhaps even acquire a special ability or two along the way.

Note that the protagonist can execute multiple jumps in the air by tapping the up cursor key repeatedly. (download instructions)

Name: Pazzon
Developer: Jesse Venbrux
Category: Platformer
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

Preview: Fedora Spade Episode 4 - The Last Job

July 16, 2008 12:22 PM | Tim W.

Get Episode 1 - 3 here. The final chapter will be available for download sometime next week. Note: there are SPOILERS, so don't watch it if you don't want something about Episode 4 spoiled.

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