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Archive For August, 2008

Weekend Podcasts: Jonathan Blow and Cliffski

August 23, 2008 1:33 PM | Tim W.

Jonathan Blow recently made an appearance on Destructoid's podcast, in which he talks to the Podtoid crew about Braid and answers some reader questions.

Also, Cliff Harris of Positech Games has done a couple of interviews resulting from the interest in game piracy issues.

Interview: Jonathan Blow (mp3)
Interviews: Cliff Harris (mp3 and text)

Weekend Bargains: ShellBlast and Audiosurf

August 23, 2008 10:24 AM | Tim W.

ShellBlast is now available as a free download from Game Giveaway of the Day for the next twenty hours or so.

The price of Audiosurf on Steam was also reduced by half (from $9.99 to $4.99) for this weekend only. Offer ends August 25th.

Freeware Game Pick: Mayhem Triple (Dustin Gunn)

August 23, 2008 9:24 AM | Tim W.

Note: contains strong language and graphic scenes.

Mayhem Triple is an action game which tells the story of Mig Carter, a desert dweller who is stirred from his sleep by strange noises in the middle of the night only to find killer rabbits on the loose. Use the W, A, S, and D keys to move your character around. Press the space key to jump, and hold the left mouse button to shoot. The scroll wheel can be used to switch weapons.

This short demo features three playable levels only.

Name: Mayhem Triple
Developer: Dustin Gunn
Category: Platformer
Type: Demo
Size: 10MB

Freeware Game Pick: Visit 2 (Ted Lauterbach)

August 22, 2008 10:05 PM | Tim W.

Visit 2: Dark Tower is a sequel to Ted's puzzle platformer which was released two months before, where players must solve block puzzles in order to progress from one screen to the next. Use the F1 function key to review the controls, and press the S or down arrow key while standing over a save point to change colors. Tap the left or right cursor key twice to push a block.

The shift key can be used to switch buddies at any time. Press the space or enter key to view the world map, while full screen mode can be enabled from the options menu. The entire adventure should take roughly two hours to complete. (download instructions)

Name: Visit II: Dark Tower
Developer: Ted Lauterbach
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

Browser Game Pick: Mahjong (GameDesign)

August 22, 2008 9:56 PM | Tim W.

GameDesign's version of Mahjong is a single-player implementation of the timeless favorite from the East, where three computer AIs occupy each side of the table with turns taken in a counterclockwise manner. There are plenty of tutorials on learning mahjong available online, but the game basically involves matching four sets of tiles with a pair to win the round before any of your opponent does. Extra points are awarded when a player manages to match more tiles of the same suit, or have a set of wind and flower tiles which are slightly harder to acquire.

Name: Mahjong
Developer: GameDesign
Type: Browser

Freeware Game Pick: Swarm (Alex Vostrov)

August 22, 2008 6:35 PM | Tim W.

Swarm is a customizable strategy game created by Alex Vostrov in one week, where players assume control over a colony of bugs in a two-way battle for supremacy over the map. Health is indicated by two rows of coloured dots at the top of the screen, while waypoints can be moved around by dragging them to a new location using the left mouse button.

Add additional waypoints by clicking on the black flag on the left, choose any location on the map, then left click on the hive and drag a separate arrow towards the new waypoint. Multiple waypoints which are connected to each other can also be designated by using the left shift key when clicking on an existing waypoint.

There are three upgrades to acquire, and AI difficulty can be increased by using command line parameters. (Mac/Windows, 2.06MB)

[UPDATED] Freeware Pick: Hack9 (Cave Story Mod)

August 22, 2008 11:43 AM | Tim W.

[UPDATE: Sorry for the confusion, guys - we were waiting to get more info. This seems to be a Cave Story hack or mod - we're not sure if it's with Pixel's approval or not. Translation help is welcome.]

Hack9 is a Cave Story mod which requires some knowledge of the Japanese language to play, featuring a storyline unrelated to any of Pixel's creations. This version is labeled 1.0, and presumed to have taken the developer over a year to develop.

Use the cursor keys to move, and press the Z key to jump. Tap the X key to shoot when you've acquired a weapon. The status and inventory screen can be accessed using the A key. Choose the first option from the main menu to start a new adventure, or select the second line of text to restore a previously saved game. (additional video and screenshots in the extended, Vector link)

Name: Hack9
Developer: Kazuhiko
Category: Platformer
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB

Browser Game Pick: Shadez - The Black Operations

August 22, 2008 6:17 AM | Tim W.

Shadez: The Black Operations is a new strategy game by Sean Cooper, developer of the Boxhead top-down zombie shooter series. The mission objective is to protect your side of the field from enemy infiltration by recruiting and purchasing units for battle. Health is deducted whenever an enemy unit makes it to the left side of the screen, and the game ends when health is completely depleted to zero.

New types of troops and weaponry can be added to your arsenal at the cost of additional funds. Assign basic orders to certain units by left clicking on them, then selecting an action from the menu located at the bottom of the screen.

Use the shift and arrow keys to view other parts of the map, or click on the mini-map to navigate faster. Press the P key to pause the game at any time, or use fast forward button to advance time quickly. Four difficulty settings with varying terrain patterns and field size are included. (game guide, gameplay video)

Name: Shadez - The Black Operations
Developer: Sean Cooper
Category: Strategy
Type: Browser

Sauna Dismount

August 22, 2008 4:46 AM | Tim W.

Gameplay video from Secret Exit's Sauna Dismount, the freeware prototype based on the Stair Dismount 2's engine which was submitted as Kiuasturvat for the Assembly 2008 game development competition. (Cinnamon Beats preview in the extended)

Bytejacker Episode 4

August 21, 2008 10:26 AM | Tim W.

This week on Bytejacker: Craig Forrester's puzzle platformer Treasure Treasure, OUEO factory's arena shooter Debrysis and Nenad Jalsovec's retro action game Rescue: The Beagles.

Bytejacker episode 4

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