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Archive For October, 2008

Browser Game Pick: Infinite Mario Bros (Notch)

October 5, 2008 5:42 PM | Tim W.

Infinite Mario Bros is a Java-based browser game which offers unending 2D platforming action, featuring the lovable plumber in another one of his princess rescue missions. Use the arrow keys to move Mario around, press the S key to jump, and hold the A key to run faster or pick up shells.

A new random seed is set whenever the applet is loaded, then all areas and level selection maps are generated from that single seed. No secret rooms in this build, but the entire source code is made available for download by the developer. (source: Retro Remakes)

Name: Infinite Mario Bros
Developer: Markus Persson
Category: Platform
Type: Browser

Browser Game Pick: I Wish I were the Moon

October 5, 2008 1:07 PM | Tim W.

Note: video contains spoilers.

I Wish I were the Moon is a short puzzle game designed by Daniel Benmergui, where players must figure out the correct solution to achieve any of the five possible endings in this story.

Use the camera frame to take pictures and relocate objects onscreen, or press the R key to reset the scene for another attempt. (original post, complete walkthrough)

Name: I Wish I were the Moon
Developer: Daniel Benmergui
Category: Puzzle
Type: Browser

Freeware Game Pick: Snakoban Dash (Tom Beaumont)

October 5, 2008 11:51 AM | Tim W.

Note: video contains spoilers.

Snakoban Dash is a puzzler designed by Tom Beaumont as an amalgamation of Boulder Dash, Snake and Sokoban. The objective of the game is to push blocks onto their designated areas, all the while trying to avoid getting trapped in an inescapable position or blowing yourself to smithereens.

Use the cursor keys to move the snake, hold the space or Z key to activate your unlimited undos, and press the escape key to bring up a pause menu. The left alternate and enter key can be used to switch between full screen and windowed mode. Alternate keys for each action and retro display emulation controls are explained further inside the text manual which is included with the game.

Snakoban Dash features roughly forty levels in total, although the save feature isn't implemented yet and all progress is lost when a player quits back to the desktop. Click on the attached file at the end of the first post to download. (gameplay video)

Name: Snakoban Dash
Developer: Tom Beaumont
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

Browser Game Pick: Escape the Room Game (nekogames)

October 5, 2008 10:30 AM | Tim W.

A small escape the room game by the developer of Cursor*10 and the Hoshi Saga series, where objects are rendered in a 3D wireframe format and a text user interface is implemented to accept commands from the player.

Type L, R, F or B to move around the room. Use the LOOK command to examine an object, or input ITEM to review your inventory. Japanese text only. (walkthrough)

Name: Escape the Room Game (prototype)
Developer: Yoshio Ishii
Category: Adventure
Type: Browser

Top 5 Free Indie Games, Sept 2008 (Casualty Gamer)

October 5, 2008 5:47 AM | Tim W.

A selection of the best five indie games the Casualty Gamer review crew had played during the month of September 2008. (video link)

download links here

Freeware Game Pick: Broken Sword 2 - The Return of the Templars

October 4, 2008 6:59 PM |


Fans of adventure games in the 21st century should at least understand German - it's the original language of every other game in the genre nowadays. And not all of them get translated as quickly as today's pick. Baphomet's Fluch 2.5 known to the non-German world as Broken Sword 2.5: The Return of the Templars is a faithful fan-made addition to the Broken Sword series that attempts to link the second and the third episodes.

George Stobbart finds himself in trouble again: a mysterious telegram saying that Nicole Collard is dead summons him to Paris from the USA. On arrival George sees Nico alive and well but acting odd. She's not at all happy to see the old friend, and soon George learns that Nico's been hanging out with the Neo-Templars, who are up to something evil again.

As George you get to visit lots of locations - both new and a number of redrawn oldies. Also expect tons of references to the previous games of the series. Voices are German (and sound surprisingly good) but English subs are included.

The humour is mostly funny. "Mostly", because offering a "pick up" icon as the only way of interacting with a building and then making jokes at the player who tries to do so (as if one has any choice) isn't really fair.

Haven't finished the game yet but the puzzles seem rather clear and logical. Just don't forget that right-clicking items in the inventory is sometimes necessary. To make things easier the few hotspots on each screen are highlighted when you press Space.

Name: Broken Sword 2.5: The Return of the Templars
Developer: Mindfactory
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 700MB

In other news:
There has been some movement on the Day of The Tentacle 2 website (German). Now the ticker system displays development progress.

Browser Game Pick: The Heist (JTS)

October 4, 2008 10:05 AM | Tim W.

The Heist is an action game where players take on ten missions to steal from the rich and make a name for themselves by puliing the biggest crime spree in the country. Your task is to drive the getaway vehicle, navigate heavy traffic, and lose the cops who are hot on your tail before tallying your loot for the day back at the hideout.

Talk to your female colleague to hire new operatives. Choices are limited to the amount of street cred you gain from missions successfully completed. Operatives also contribute indirectly to your haul at the start of a getaway chase. The mechanic will fix your van with better engines or new weapons at the cost of some credits. Additional armour can also be installed to reduce the amount of credit you lose whenever your escape van collides with another vehicle on the highway. The same heists can be attempted numerous times to increase your resources before embarking on a difficult job.

Use the cursor keys to move, press the space key to mobilize or deploy your weapons, and hold the shift key to activate the slow motion mode. Press the escape key to bring up a pause menu during gameplay.

The Heist does have a couple of glaring flaws. Window size is rather small, and players are often penalized instead of rewarded for stopping cop cars as well. Repetition is also a problem, as later missions cannot be unlocked without first acquiring the right personnels for the job.

Name: The Heist
Developer: JohnnyTwoShoes
Category: Action
Type: Browser

State of the Indie: Cave Story on WiiWare

October 4, 2008 7:46 AM | Tim W.

By now you’ve undoubtedly heard the news that is shaking the independent community at its core. Our holy scripture; our veritable Indie Manifesto as it were, as writ by one of the greatest (if not the greatest) gamesmiths of our time. I speak, of course, of Daisuke Amaya (real name: Studio Pixel). His masterwork, Doukutsu Monogatari (Which when untangled from the shackles of the Nihongo tongue, translates roughly as Cave Story), is the single document that liberated our lost souls from the tyranny of consumerist culture. Cave Story is, for all intents and purposes, our Declaration of Indiependence; the inciting force behind our rejection of ’British East India Gameplay’ for statements of ‘Haughty Artistic Merit.’ Amaya, the benevolent host of our Nintendo Tea Party.

State of the Indie: Cave Story on WiiWare

Cave Story on WiiWare: Update

October 4, 2008 3:20 AM | Tim W.

A fact sheet for the WiiWare version of Cave Story was posted on the web site today. The summary is as follows:

- offers standard definition and Wii-exclusive progressive (480p) graphics
- 4:3 and 16:9 resolution support
- new character designs by creator/designer, Daisuke Amaya (Pixel)
- 10 unique weapons to find and upgrade
- Over 20 boss battles through Mimiga Island
- 15 levels to explore in the vast world
- Classic Controller support
- Three unique endings
- WiiWare version developed by Nicalis

Cave Story Wii official site

World of Goo Release Date Confirmed: Oct 13th (WiiWare)

October 3, 2008 6:48 PM | Tim W.

Shown above, an updated trailer for the upcoming PC and WiiWare release from 2D Boy. World of Goo will be launched on WiiWare this coming Monday, October 13th. Customers who pre-ordered the PC version will be getting the game in three days' time. (6th of October).

Interview: Kyle Gabler (Casualty Gamer)

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