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Archive For November, 2008

Browser Game Pick: 99 Bricks (WeirdBeard Games)

November 4, 2008 8:40 PM | Tim W.

99 Bricks is a physics-based variation of Tetris created by WeirdBeard Games, where the objective is to build the highest tower possible out of ninety-nine tetromino shapes. Use the cursor keys to rotate and place blocks, or press the C key to discard a brick currently in play. Hold the Z key to zoom out and get a complete view of the tower, and press the P key to pause the game at any time.

Only registered Kongregate members are allowed to access and submit their scores to the online high score table.

Name: 99 Bricks
Developer: WeirdBeard Games
Category: Puzzle
Type: Browser

Freeware Game Pick: Dyson (Alex May, Rudolf Kremers)

November 4, 2008 12:38 PM | Tim W.

Dyson is a real-time strategy game which involves commanding an army of seedlings with the aim of colonizing an entire asteroid belt, one asteroid at a time. Structures and buildings commonly found in RTS games have been replaced with two types of trees, although there is a limit to how many trees you can have on each asteroid. The Dyson tree allows you to grow new seedlings, while defensive trees produce exploding pods that automatically home in on invading seedlings sent by your adversaries. Both trees cost fifteen seedlings per unit to generate, so an asteroid with less than fifteen seedlings occupying it will not be able to grow any new trees.

Left click and drag from one asteroid to another to send all available seedlings to their new destination. Right click repeatedly on an asteroid to add individual seedlings to a new invasion party, then left click on a nearby asteroid to send this party to forage or invade.

Other than the inclusion of defensive pods, version 1.08 also introduces a sphere of influence limiting the distance in which a group of seedlings can be sent to. The three-page tutorial is a new addition as well, and does a decent job of briefing players on how the game works. Dyson requires the installation of .NET 2.0 Framework to run.

Name: Dyson
Developer: Alex May, Rudolf Kremers
Category: Strategy
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB
Platforms: Windows, Linux

Browser Game Pick: The irRegularGame of Life

November 2, 2008 11:28 PM | Tim W.

The irRegularGame of Life is a puzzle game based on Conway's fascinating Game of Life theory, where cells in a grid stay alive, die or multiply from one generation to another based four simple mathematical rules.

This concept is applied here as a series of puzzles, in which players would have to figure out the correct placements of starter cells on the grid so that the goal for a specific level is achieved. A sandbox mode is included to allow for easy sharing of user creations, and there is even an option to change the colour of cells if grey isn't your thing. (mirror)

Name: The irRegularGame of Life
Developer: irRegularGames
Category: Puzzle
Type: Browser

Freeware Game Pick: Lynchmob HD (Jan Willem Nijman)

November 2, 2008 6:04 PM | Tim W.

Lynchmob HD is an action game created by JW in under three hours, where players score points by moving the yellow target over enemies to wipe them out, or by collecting power-ups to send a strong blast in the direction which the reticle is pointing at.

Use the W, A, S and D keys to move. Press the F4 function key to switch between full screen and windowed mode. (Poppenkast thread)

Name: Lynchmob HD
Developer: Jan Willem Nijman
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
Direct download link: Click here

Browser Game Pick: Zompocalypse (Toadtrip Studio)

November 2, 2008 3:31 PM | Tim W.

Warning: contains strong language and graphic scenes.

Zompocalypse is a 2D action game created by the developer of My First Skydiving Academy, featuring voice acting by Mark Johns (Space Barnacle, Standard Bits). In it, you assume control of a cop named Chuck McPain who has to take out zombies hungry for human flesh.

Use the W, A, S, D, or cursor keys to move, and tap the Z key repeatedly to shoot. Press the X key to reload your gun whenever you run out of ammunition. Earn experience points to increase your level and unlock a new weapon.

Name: Zompocalypse
Developer: Toadtrip Studio
Category: Action
Type: Browser

Mac Game Pick: Millenipede (Chris Allcock)

November 1, 2008 11:05 PM | Tim W.

This Centipede remake was recently updated to version 1.2.0, featuring a host of new additions such as power-ups, statistics tracking, an online high score table, new music and improved visuals. Millenipede is available in both Windows and Mac flavours. (source: Retro Remakes, original article)

online high score table

Mac Version of World of Goo Now Available

November 1, 2008 10:48 PM | Tim W.

Mac users out there can now sample what they've been missing out on for the past couple of weeks, as the Mac version of 2D Boy's debut release has been made available for download at the official site. The Mac demo for World of Goo can be acquired from this page.

Mac version now available (2D Boy forums)

Browser Game Pick: Estamos Pensando (Daniel Novais)

November 1, 2008 10:32 PM | Tim W.

Estamos Pensando (Portuguese for We Are Thinking) is essentially an art game which takes about ten or fifteen minutes to play from start to end. Reading too much about Daniel's project might ruin the enjoyment it offers from experiencing the game firsthand, so no spoilers will be revealed by elaborating on it further in this text. (source: Maggie Greene, Kotaku)

Freeware Game Pick: Innoquous (NAL)

November 1, 2008 10:18 PM | Tim W.

Innoquous is a short 2D platformer which incorporates a gravity switching gimmick to disorient players and hinder them from reaching the exit in each level with ease. Use the arrow keys to move or jump, and press the space key to start a new game. The F4 function key can be used to switch between full screen and windowed mode. There are ten stages to clear in this game.

Name: Innoquous
Developer: NAL
Category: Platformer
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

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Freeware Game Pick: 10800 Zombies (Jan Willem Nijman)

November 1, 2008 9:49 PM | Tim W.

10800 Zombies is a 2D action game which tells the tale of a random hero who must venture from one room to another, all the while blasting hordes after hordes of zombies that stand in his way.

Though fun to play, the game does have a couple of odd design decisions. For starters, you lose health at a very rapid rate when coming in contact with any zombies. Players can end up without a loaded weapon if they're not mindful of where they drop their guns. Graphical glitches still exists in this version, and a couple of sounds effects are taken from other games as well.

Since the original window resolution is a miniscule 320 by 240 pixels, playing in full screen mode also results in blurry graphics. (Poppenkast thread, GMC discussion)

Name: 10800 Zombies
Developer: Jan Willem Nijman
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

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