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Archive For August, 2008

Freeware Game Pick: Jumper 3 (Matt Thorson)

August 21, 2008 3:41 AM | Tim W.

Jumper 3 is the much-awaited sequel to Matt's series of frustratingly difficult platformers, where players will once again be able to assume control over Ogmo as he traverse and explore over fifty levels' worth of challenges while acquiring new abilities along the way.

Use the S key to jump or select a menu option. Press the A key to cancel a selection or use a special ability, and hold the space key to restart a level. Full screen mode can be enabled from the options menu. (more screenshots in the extended)

Name: Jumper 3
Developer: Matt Thorson
Category: Platformer
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB
Direct download link: Click here

Browser Game Pick: Mad Monday (Mausland Entertainment)

August 20, 2008 3:45 AM | Tim W.

Mad Monday is a new action game from Felix Wiesner, developer of the seafaring adventure Treasure Seas Incorporated. You can use your Mustang to drive other vehicles off the road when bullets aren't enough to get them out of your way. Weapons and medikits can be collected during the chase to upgrade your guns or restore health.

Use the cursor keys to change lanes, and hold the A key to shoot. Press the space key to activate your flamethrowers when acquired. The game ends when you've arrived at your destination in Mexico. (Newgrounds mirror)

Name: Mad Monday
Developer: Mausland Entertainment
Category: Action
Type: Browser

Freeware Game Pick: The Official EDGE Computer Game

August 20, 2008 2:39 AM | Tim W.

The Official EDGE Computer Game is a small mini game created by Nifflas during the EDGE 2008 festival, featuring artwork and contribution from many of the visitors who attended the event. Players are given a hundred seconds to collect as many gems as they can, while trying to avoid contact with dangerous obstacles or harmful denizens of the underground network of caves and rooms.

Left click on the round object to set a direction, then release the button to see it take off.

Name: Det Officiella EDGE Dataspelet
Developer: Nifflas
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB

Magnetic Shaving Derby (nyarlu labs)

August 19, 2008 10:04 PM | Tim W.

From the2bears: The objective of Magnetic Shaving Derby is simple - attract the razor using the magnet as you attempt to make a clean shave without incurring any injuries. This homebrew release works on both DS consoles and emulators. (YakYak thread, The Hairy Chestival)

Browser Game Pick: Putt Base (Gawang Jayc)

August 19, 2008 9:19 PM | Tim W.

Putt Base can be described as a combination of mini-golf and The Incredible Machine, where blocks are used to direct a white golf ball towards the target hole to earn keys which unlock later levels. Click and drag the green arrow located next to the ball to set the travel direction. Use the space key to quickly release the ball or restart the level, and press the escape key to remove all blocks from the field.

Achievements in the shape of bronze, silver and gold coins are awarded based on distance traveled by ball, number of unused blocks and the time taken to solve each puzzle. (Newgrounds mirror)

Name: Putt Base
Developer: Jayc Santos
Category: Puzzle
Type: Browser

Browser Game Pick: Breaking the Tower (Markus Persson)

August 19, 2008 6:17 PM | Tim W.

Breaking the Tower is a strategy game which involves careful resource management as you attempt to destroy the stone tower located at one end of an island. Peons cannot be controlled directly, though you can influence their routines and decisions by creating the appropriate buildings which would then assign tasks to the settlers automatically.

Place masons around the tower to bring it down one level at a time, but note that more monsters are unleashed as the height of the tall building decreases. ( thread)

Name: Breaking the Tower
Developer: Markus Persson
Category: Strategy
Type: Browser

Browser Game Pick: FkConflict (Blaine Hodge)

August 19, 2008 4:58 PM | Tim W.

FkConflict is a simplified version of the popular strategy game created by Blaine Hodge, who was also responsible for the 4K SimCity remake released last year. Some rules were changed or removed entirely to accomodate the strict regulations of the Java4K competition, where entries submitted may not exceed the 4096 bytes file size limit.

All territories will get a turn to move in random order, and clicking on an adjacent territory sends half of the armies in that direction. A territory receives one new army at the start of each turn, while victory is achieved when one player occupies all territories on the map. (Java4K results)

Name: FkConflict
Developer: Blaine Hodge
Category: Strategy
Type: Browser

Browser Game Pick: OmniLudiCon (Zara Tustra)

August 19, 2008 4:05 PM | Tim W.

OmniLudiCon is a browser-based development toolkit which consists of a fully-featured editor and a host of example games for users to test out or experiment with. The tutorial does a decent job at covering the basics, while games can be sorted either by authors' names or ratings. Existing templates can even be modified to suit your needs if the idea of starting afresh does not sound too appealing.

Name: OmniLudiCon
Developer: Zara Tustra
Category: Action
Type: Browser

Freeware Game Pick: Torque (Jesse Venbrux)

August 15, 2008 9:10 PM | Tim W.

Torque is a new arena shooter by the developer of Frozzd and the Karoshi series, where players assume control of a rotating ship engaged in an intergalactic war with a nameless alien race. Use the cursor keys to move, hold the Z key to concentrate your fire in one direction, and press the space key to pause. The F4 function key can be used to switch between windowed and full screen mode.

Note that the multiplier resets back to one whenever you lose a ship. (download instructions)

Name: Torque
Developer: Jesse Venbrux
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: The Vacuum (David Proctor)

August 14, 2008 8:44 AM | Tim W.

Warning: contains strong language and graphic scenes.

The Vacuum is a sci-fi adventure game which tells the story of a couple traveling home inside a cargo ship when a pair of explosions set off a chain of events that will forever change both of their lives. The final outcome is influenced by key decisions made by you during the course of your investigation, though most of the endings contain only minor variations in comparison.

Use the tab key to display or hide your objectives. There is an option to skip walk animations with the space key in the settings menu.

Name: The Vacuum
Developer: David Proctor
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB
Direct download link: Click here

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