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Archive For August, 2008

Freeware Game Pick: Big Building Boom Blues

August 7, 2008 1:04 AM | Tim W.


Big Building Boom Blues is a new arcade game created by FrankieSmileShow and Untitled for a friendly Poppenkast competition. The action involves scaling down a tall building with uneven walls using only your rope, just shortly after activating the detonator for a bomb that you've just placed at the top of the towering structure.

Use the up and down arrow keys to change your speed. Press the Z key to skip, or wait until you've bent your knees fully to make a high jump. The F4 function key can be used to switch between full screen and windowed mode. (gameplay video)

Name: Big Building Boom Blues
Developer: FrankieSmileShow, Untitled
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: Pittoch (Masataka Anahara)

August 6, 2008 11:01 PM | oranda

Pittoch Screenshot


Pittoch is the latest game from the creator of Crocodile Garden. Join up with all of the other blobs, collect all of the keys on a level and get one of the blobs to the exit to clear each stage. But, be careful, as each blob can only hold one key, and once connected are inseparable, which may make it impossible to maneuver your super-blob into the correct position to get the next key.

Highly recommended, this is puzzling goodness at it's best.

Name: Pittoch
Developer: Masataka Anahara
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 1.2MB
Platform: Windows
Direct download link: Click here

Interview: Jonathan Blow

August 6, 2008 10:12 PM | Tim W.


Note: video contains major spoilers.

There a new interview with Jonathan Blow that hasn't been posted anywhere yet, and it comes with two HD gameplay videos embedded at the end of the article. The first one demonstrates how to get one hundred percent completion on World 2 in under ten minutes, while the second video shows some gameplay from the Jumpman level.

Interview with Jonathan Blow
one-minute preview of World 5.5 (spoiler warning)
full achievement list
Braid blog

Feature: Most Addictive Browser Games

August 5, 2008 9:57 PM | Tim W.

New feature added: Most Addictive Browser Games, where we pay tribute to nineteen developers who are responsible for the most addictive Flash and Java-based browser games of all time, or simply prolific enough to create a library of games which most of us have spent numerous afternoons on.

Read on!

Features Index
Feature: Most Addictive Browser Games

Freeware Game Pick: CryptRover (Ido Yehieli)

August 5, 2008 5:37 AM | Tim W.


In CryptRover, you assume the identity of an archaeologist who's trapped in an underground crypt with limited supply of air. Strangely enough, air supply can be replenished by collecting air cans, while health is restored by walking over med packs strategically placed in areas packed with spiders.

Items are collected and used automatically whenever any of your stats are under optimal values. There are twelve dungeons to explore in total.

Name: CryptRover
Developer: Ido Yehieli
Category: Roguelike
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB
Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux
Direct download link: Click here

Lost and Found - Venture Arctic

August 4, 2008 11:29 PM |

[EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a guest post by most excellent Pocketwatch Games founder Andy Schatz, whom you might know from his role as host of the Independent Games Festival Awards for the last couple of years. Venture Arctic is a labor of love for him, so please heed his words.]

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Pocketwatch Games' Venture Arctic was overlooked by many, despite receiving rave reviews. Perhaps it seemed too kiddy, perhaps it seemed too educational, but then again, aren't Planet Earth and March of the Penguins freakin sweet?

Anyways, a Mac version of the game and an updated PC version just came out. It's also available in stores now (via the first-ever-for-a-video-game 100% recycled packaging). Plus an extensive Game Guide just came out for those that aren't convinced of the strategic depth of the game.

For those that aren't familiar, Venture Arctic is a tycoon game in which you build and manage ecosystems of arctic animals. It's the follow up to Wildlife Tycoon: Venture Africa, a 2006 IGF Grand Prize finalist. If you need any more convincing to try it out, let the reviews do the work:

Wired's Geekdad - "9 out of 10"
GameTunnel - Sim Game of the Year
GamersInfo.net - "It's not just a hidden gem – it's a whole diamond mine."
Kotaku, Impressions - "...makes learning about a very important and often forgotten part of the world entertaining"
Hyena's fan review - "9.5 out of 10"
Out of Eight Reviews- "Unique and interesting mechanics with innovative resource management"

For those interested in finding out more, there's an updated Windows PC demo and now a Mac demo available - hope you enjoy.

Braid Arrives Wednesday (on XBLA)

August 4, 2008 11:23 PM | Tim W.


Number None Inc.'s award-winning platformer Braid will be out on the Xbox Live Arcade service this Wednesday morning (August 6th). Gamerscore Blog has revealed that the game will retail for 1200 Microsoft Points; the PC version is set to be released sometime this year. (gameplay videos in the extended)

Freeware Game Pick: Crunch Time (Tandem Games)

August 4, 2008 11:20 PM | Tim W.


Crunch Time is a puzzle game which tells the story of two female agents assigned with the task of eliminating bugs from a big-budget MMORPG title. This is achieved by quickly matching glyphs to increase the size of your stacks and clear the level.

There are nine levels to play in total. (source: PillowFort Games)

Name: Crunch Time
Developer: Tandem Games
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 50MB

Browser Game Pick: The Great Bathroom Escape

August 4, 2008 11:08 PM | Tim W.

The Great Bathroom Escape is the third in a series of flash game collaborations between Karol Konwerski and Mateusz Skutnik, featuring art by Kamil Kochanski. Like its prequels, the game is extremely short and can be completed in a matter of minutes. (walkthrough)

Name: The Great Bathroom Escape
Developer: Pastel Games
Category: Adventure
Type: Browser

Browser Game Pick: Super HyberDoze (John Evelyn)

August 4, 2008 10:53 PM | Tim W.

Super HyberDoze is a cute little action game by John Evelyn, created in a style that fans of Ferry Halim's works would be familiar with. In it, a girl is fast asleep and dreaming of bad thoughts which actually appear in reality to wake her up. Your objective is to ensure that the sleeping beauty isn't disturbed by patting, shaking, popping and throwing the mischevious creatures of nature to knock them off their stride.

Name: Super HyberDoze
Developer: John Evelyn
Category: Action
Type: Browser

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