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Archive For December, 2008

Freeware Game Pick: Insomnia (Wilson Saunders)

December 1, 2008 10:03 PM | Tim W.


A 2D platformer created by Wilson Saunders, the objective of Insomnia is to reach the top of a tower before you collapse from deprivation of sleep and get dragged down by tentacles into their cold embrace for a really long nap.

Use the cursor keys to move, press the Z or space key to jump, and hold the up arrow key to hook on to the surface of a wall or a ledge. You can also restart a game quickly by pressing the enter key.

As time passes, our energetic protagonist will begin to feel sleepy. Negative effects from drowsiness include impaired view, reduced jump height and decreased mobility. Grab items which increase awareness to counter these illl effects, but try to avoid using syringes or pills unless absolutely necessary as taking medication causes the tentacles to reach higher.

A short congratulatory screen is shown if you manage to reach the top of the tower. (forum thread)

Name: Insomnia
Developers: Wilson Saunders, Anthony Curry (music)
Category: Platformer
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
Direct download link: Click here

Design Tour Week 1: World of Goo (2D Boy)

December 1, 2008 9:07 PM | Tim W.


A new video series in which David Rosen (of Lugaru fame) takes a look at a different indie game every week, emphasizing on technical and design aspects which aspiring game developers can learn from.

World of Goo design tour (Wolfire blog)

Trailer: RunMan - Race Around the World (CoolMoose)

December 1, 2008 9:03 PM | Tim W.


Gameplay trailer for RunMan: Race Around the World, a 2D platformer currently being developed by Tom Sennett (RunMan's Monster Fracas) and Matt Thorson (An Untitled Story, Jumper series).

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