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Archive For October, 2008

Preview: Naumachia - Space Warfare (AureaSection)

October 10, 2008 1:08 PM | Tim W.


Naumachia: Space Warfare is an upcoming multiplayer space battle simulator which allows players to pilot individual fighters using FPS controls, but once they've advanced in rank the game then turns into a RTS. Squadrons of ships can be commanded and directed as the three conflicting factions attempt to wrestle for control of limited resources in a war waged against one another. (source: Indiegamer)

Freeware Game Pick: Skullpogo (ChevyRay)

October 10, 2008 11:16 AM | Tim W.

Skullpogo is a score-based action game which involves stomping on vampire bats and pigs to keep your combo meter going while leveling up before time runs out.

Use the cursor keys to move and set your bounce height. Stomp on every single power orb when they appear to increase your level, indicated by the reddish gauge on the top right of the screen. Power ups will also spawn more frequently as the level count increases, although certain collectibles do more to hinder players from chaining combos instead of assisting them with it. (source: AuthenticKaizen)

Name: Skullpogo
Developer: Chevy Ray Johnston, Brittney Cloud, Marius Schneider
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: This Game is Wizard (James Dewar)

October 9, 2008 6:56 PM | Tim W.


Spoiler alert: video contains solutions to levels Stop 0 and The Trial.

This Game is Wizard is a one-screen platformer created by James Dewar of Square Earth Games, where players assume control of a wizard who has to find a way to reach the exit in each of the thirty-eight levels included.

Use the cursor keys to move, hold the space key to jump, and press the left control key to cast a spell. Hold the space and down arrow key to jump down through thin platforms. Exit the game by pressing the left alternate and F4 function key at the same time, or click on the close button at the top right of the window for the same effect. The R key can be used to restart a level.

Collect all trophies without getting hurt to acquire a perfect rating. The game saves your progress automatically.

Name: This Game is Wizard
Developer: James Dewar
Category: Platformer
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
Direct download link: Click here

Browser Game Pick: Building Houses with Side Views

October 9, 2008 11:59 AM | Tim W.


Building Houses with Side Views is a simple Java-based puzzler with a novel premise. Players build houses using basic square blocks as construction pieces, but the building only has to look correct from three different angles, hence block pieces can be conserved when creating a structure that fulfils only these three requirements.

You gain five points for completing a structure that matches the views, but a total of ten points can be acquired by using the least number of cubes possible when constructing the building from scratch. Use the left mouse button to add a block, or right click to remove one. Click on either the build or break down radio button to reverse mouse controls for block placement and removal. Hold the mouse button when your cursor is over the right side of the window to move the camera view around. (source: Makorz)

Name: Building Houses with Side Views
Developer: Peter Boon
Category: Puzzle
Type: Browser

Bytejacker Episode 11

October 9, 2008 9:39 AM | Tim W.

This week on Bytejacker: Hayden Scott-Baron's Tumbledrop, Beau Blyth's Armed Generator Doom Machine and Fred Wood's Love. (YouTube video)

Bytejacker episode 11

Browser Game Pick: Booty Juggler (Robin Davey)

October 8, 2008 5:14 PM | Tim W.


Booty Juggler is a score-based action game where players take control of Patch the Pirate Octopus, who has six free hands to juggle items with. The objective is to protect the treasure you've hoarded from being blown away by bombs, using either the keyboard or mouse for controls. Bombs will explode five seconds after touching a hand, but no harm is caused if they explode in the air. The colour of the trail provides clues on which hand an item will land on, while fish, hooks and hearts can be collected to increase your score or replenish treasure and hands.

The game is best played with a friend, each controlling one side of the keyboard.

Name: Booty Juggler
Developers: Robin Davey, Thought Den
Category: Action
Type: Browser

Freeware Game Pick: Mujeo (OUEO factory)

October 8, 2008 3:00 PM | Tim W.


Mujeo is a short puzzle game created by the developers of Beltality and Debrysis, controlled entirely using only the mouse and either buttons to interact with the objects on a floating island.

The rectangular indicator jutting out of the left side of the screen shows the current game state, and can be raised higher by completing obscure tasks around the island. Once it has reached a certain point, a short but sweet ending will be shown as a tiny reward for your accomplishment. (video walkthrough)

Name: Mujeo
Developer: OUEO factory
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

Freeware Game Pick: Little Machines Still Goes Deeper

October 8, 2008 2:10 PM | Tim W.


Another game by prolific Russian developers OUEO factory, Little Machines Still Goes Deeper allows players to control the travel direction of a group of drilling vehicles, but not their speed. Hold the left or right mouse button over a driller, then drag an arrow away from it to set a new direction. Boulders and small rocks should be avoided at all costs, as there are only nine drillers available for each game.

Name: Little Machines Still Goes Deeper
Developer: OUEO factory
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

Browser Game Pick: 41st Reality (alillm)

October 8, 2008 4:30 AM | Tim W.


41st Reality is a new arena shooter from the developer of Abstract Sea and Neon. Use the W, A, S, D or arrow keys to move, and press the left mouse button to activate a power-up. The P key can be used to access the pause menu at any time.

Certain power-ups are activated automatically once collected, while others can be stored in your item slot for emergency situations. The game does end once a certain point is reached, where a congratulatory is shown and you will be allowed to submit your score online.

Name: 41st Reality
Developer: Ali Maunder
Category: Shooter
Type: Browser

For Free or Not For Free: The Indie Pricing Row

October 8, 2008 3:58 AM | Tim W.

Article written by Tom Sykes

When Braid's price was finally announced - 1200 in Microsoft Points (or about $15) - there was a bit of an uproar. "Bit of" meaning "Quite a lot", of course, in understated Britishspeak. Spoiled by years of (relatively) cheap Xbox Live Arcade games, not to mention the hundreds of free indie titles readily available online, many gamers saw this price as an insult.

Pixel spent years meticulously crafting Cave Story, before releasing it gratis. Blackeye Software's wonderful Eternal Daughter was birthed unto the formative indie community, for absolutely zero money. And there are many more examples than that.

But why would anyone dedicate substantial amounts of their free time to a project not designed to bring in the readies? Obviously, Passion and Response. Sweating over a hot stove to cook a lovely meal for your partner (only to watch them devour it in seconds and ask for more). People like creating things, and most do it for free, probably because they don't believe they should charge for a project that has arguably benefited them more than its consumer (as in emotional rewards, the joy of Achieving Something).

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