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Archive For September, 2008

Sense of Wonder Night 2008 Finalists Announced

September 17, 2008 9:46 PM | Tim W.

Finalists for the Sense of Wonder Night 2008 event (to be held at the Tokyo Game Show venue) have been revealed, with all twelve participants required to present and demonstrate their games to attending visitors this coming October 10th, 2008.

Here's a list of links for the games to be presented at SoWN 2008 (translated English titles by Wired):

Camera, by Yareyare
Depict, by Jesús Cuauhtémoc Moreno Ramos (trailer only)
Genocide Automation (download available)
Trash Box, by Trash Box Team
The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom (trailer only)
Moon Stories, by Daniel Benmergui (playable build available)
Nanosmiles, by Yu Iwai (download available)
PixelJunk Eden, by Q-Games
Randy Balma: Municipal Abortionist, by messhof (download available)
Twintower, by OMEGA (download available)
Whitespace, by Ian Dallas *
World Icelansista, by Ambition

* no demo available, but there is a game created by Shawn White with a very similar concept called Whitewash (demo playable only on browsers installed with the Unity plugin)

list of finalists for SoWN 2008
SoWN 2008 information page
Wired: Games of Tokyo Game Show's Indie Showcase
Opinion: Why TGS' 'Sense Of Wonder Night' Matters

Browser Game Pick: Bounce Shot (Nigoro)

September 17, 2008 9:11 PM | Tim W.

Nigoro's Bounce Shot can easily be summed up as a cross between Breakout and Space Invaders, where players are entrusted with the mission of driving back an invading alien force and save planet Earth in the process.

Similar to classic arcade shooters, you're only allowed to have a limited number of bullets on screen. This limit can be increased by shooting at Blue Bouncians just as they turn white, and those which blinks before the start of each stage will surrender power-up capsules when taken out. Note that only bullets fired from a ship with a little swerve applied will bounce off walls and ceilings.

You can hold your ship in a stationary position when firing shots to eliminate the need for dodging your own bullets, though certain Bouncians are well-protected and can only be destroyed with bounced shots. You will lose a ship and all of your acquired upgrades if you collide with a bullet fired from either your ship or by the enemies.

A boss battle awaits on the tenth level, and every ten stages after.

Name: Bounce Shot
Developer: Nigoro
Category: Shooter
Type: Browser

Freeware Game Pick: Alien Assault (knpmaster)

September 17, 2008 1:22 PM | Tim W.

Alien Assault is an homage to classic vertical shooters created by the developer of Super Bubble Blob and the Hurdler series, where every stage only lasts for about a minute long before a boss fight begins. Keys can be reconfigured by pressing the F5 function key, and the window size is altered by pressing any number between 1 to 8. Note that your button configuration settings are not saved when exiting the game.

There is only one shoot button, but random power-ups will appear whenever you defeat a boss. An online high score submission feature is included, and the installation of the Vitalize 4 plugin isn't necessary if the game is downloaded in zip file format.

Name: Alien Assault
Developer: knpmaster
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
Direct download link: Click here

Preview: Flippers (C-Ator9)

September 17, 2008 12:21 AM | Tim W.

There is music eight seconds into the video, so don't flip out and turn up the volume during that period just because you're not hearing anything. (source)

Freeware Game Pick: Squish (distractionware)

September 16, 2008 11:53 PM | Tim W.

Squish is a remake of the PSP puzzle game Crush in 2D by Terry Cavanagh, where players would have to collect all marbles in each level to open the exit door. Platforms can be squished into a single flat line by using the X key, allowing you to collect marbles which are previously unreachable at first. Your character will always be standing on the lowest row when the platforms are unsquished.

Windowed mode can only be enabled in the current build by editing the config.ini file.

Name: Squish
Developers: Terry Cavanagh, Josiah Tobin
Category: Platformer
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

Trailer: CellZenith (Faramix)

September 16, 2008 11:49 PM | Tim W.

Coming soon to Direct2Drive and GamersGate this September 30th.

FEIST (Florian Faller and Adrian Stutz)

September 16, 2008 4:30 PM | Tim W.

Trailer for FEIST, a game developed with the Unity engine. Due out next month. Controls for the beta are:

Arrow keys - move
Ctrl - take, drop
Alt - throw, hit

download Mac OSX beta (no Windows version)
high quality trailers

Game Development: Construct, musagi, protoshop

September 16, 2008 1:00 PM | Tim W.

DrPetter (creator of sfxr) had recently updated his music editing tool musagi with a number of new features and bug fixes. An OpenGL paint application called protoshop was also released to the public, which should be receiving regular updates in the coming weeks.

Developers looking for a freeware game development tool might want to take a look at Construct. There are a few examples to download which demonstrates the engine's basic features in action, and a showcase section in the forums where members would regularly post their creations to.

Construct still has some ways to go before achieving the popularity or versatility of Game Maker and MMF (lack of comprehensive tutorials isn't helping), but what's already available so far does show promise.

Freeware Game Pick: Avert Fate

September 15, 2008 4:21 PM | Tim W.

Note: video contains nudity.

Avert Fate is a first person shooter created by Raimund Schmacher and Forest Johnson to showcase the capabilities of the Unity engine. Considered as the flagship Unity 2.0 stand alone demo, this one level build has been optimized to run on just as well on mid range machines by offering a number of preset graphical configurations to choose from.

This playable preview is available for both Windows and Mac users. (high quality video)

Name: Avert Fate
Developers: Forest Johnson, Raimund Shumacher, Cavan Fyans
Category: FPS
Type: Freeware
Size: 90MB
Platforms: Windows, Mac
Direct download link: Click here

Trailer: Syndrome09

September 15, 2008 3:00 PM | Tim W.

(Italian version of the same trailer)

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