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Archive For December, 2008

MDickie's Final Game: The You Testament

December 9, 2008 3:03 PM | Tim W.

The You Testament is a fitting swan song to Mat Dickie's decorated indie game development career, in which players are invited to experience life as a disciple of Jesus and witness the birth of Christianity with their own eyes. You start off by designing a suitable look for your avatar, then proceed to guide your chosen disciple on a long and arduous journey of self-discovery and revelation. This may involve lots of meditation to gain divine powers, preaching, stealing, drinking, fathering children, beating sense into people, submitting to torture (or dishing them out), and perhaps even perform a miracle or two.

Note that the demo allows you to play the game up to three times before locking it, with further access only granted after you've purchased the license. (gameplay videos)

The You Testament (

Freeware Game Pick: Ropor (Tom Beaumont)

December 9, 2008 12:17 PM | Tim W.

Ropor is a simple one-switch game which involves collecting the minimum number of treasures required to reveal the warp gate exit in each level, shown as a dark green counter at the top of the screen. Press the action key to weight yourself down at the apex of a swing, then tap the same button to release and hopefully propel the robot towards the next swing point which it can tether itself to.

Hold a button to select an option from the main menu, or tap it repeatedly to cycle between menu choices. Each difficulty level contains ten stages with slightly different area layouts. You can remove the glow effect by decreasing the glow brightness slider setting all the way to zero.

Name: Ropor
Developer: Tom Beaumont
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

Freeware Game Pick: Night Cruising (PsySal)

December 9, 2008 10:35 AM | Tim W.

Night Cruising is an arcade game which tells the story of a troubled man who goes for a short drive on the highway to help him forget his worries for a couple of hours. Use the cursor keys to accelerate, decelerate and switch lanes. Press the space key to advance cutscene sequences and select menu choices.

This remake of Road Fighter was created in under three days, hence the lack of additional development time to tie up loose ends such as minor bugs, gameplay balance issues, and missing sound effects.

Name: Night Cruising
Developer: Calvin French
Category: Arcade
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB
Direct download link: Click here

Unfinished Games by cactus

December 9, 2008 9:20 AM | Tim W.

cactus had posted six incomplete games of varying quality on his site today, citing that these projects should really be treated as experimental works instead of full releases due to their lack of polish. Some of the games posted are worth downloading if you're a hardcore cactus fan, especially since they aren't included in the Cactus Arcade compilation released a couple of months ago.

Some old games I never finished (Cactus Squid)

Meat Boy Map Pack Released

December 9, 2008 7:42 AM | Tim W.

A map pack for Jonathan McEntee and Edmund McMillen's Meat Boy was released just today, featuring seventy new levels designed by the community (one from Tom Fulp himself), four new skins, and four new endings. (PC and Mac standalone)

On a related note, Edmund McMillen will also be making an appearance on next week's episode of Bytejacker via webcam videoconferencing, so if you have any questions, praises, challenges or comments you'd like to be read on the show then be sure to send it in via any of the four methods highlighted in this post.

Meat Boy Map Pack (Newgrounds)
Special Guest Next Week: Edmund McMillen (Bytejacker)

Braid in TIME's Top 10 Video Games

December 8, 2008 5:53 PM | Tim W.

Braid has been ranked a prestigious no. 2 in TIME's Top 10 Video Games of 2008 list, beaten only by Rockstar Games' titanic bestseller Grand Theft Auto IV. Hunted Forever is also an interesting inclusion (in at no. 8), proving that you can make a game with little or no budget and still get to mix it with the big boys of the industry.

Jonathan Blow on the cover of TIME magazine soon?

Four indie games were also featured in Gamasutra's Best of 2008: Top 5 Downloadable Games list, posted just today. A sign that indie games are making an impact in a very big way indeed.

Top 10 Video Games (TIME magazine)
Best of 2008: Top 5 Downloadable Games (Gamasutra)

TIGSource's Commonplace Book Competition Entries

December 8, 2008 5:43 PM | Tim W.

Shown above, a compilation of short gameplay clips from selected Commonplace Book Competition entries. Download links to all thirty-three games can be found in TIGSource's voting forum thread.

Free Indie Rapid Fire: Auditorium, Seppukuties

December 8, 2008 4:54 PM | Tim W.

Bytejacker's Free Indie Rapid Fire feature is delivered to you in a new widescreen format this week, while iPhone owners can now catch the show on the go without missing a single episode. Games featured today: Cipher Prime's Auditorium, Miguel Sternberg's Night of the Cephalopods and Antony Lavelle's Seppukuties.

Free Indie Rapid Fire 12/08/2008

Freeware Game Pick: Rara Racer (Stephen Lavelle)

December 8, 2008 10:13 AM | Tim W.

Rara Racer is a short action game which involves navigating your race kart around cones haphazardly placed around the track. Use the arrow keys to move, and press the space key to start a race from the main menu.

The game automatically quits back to the desktop once your two minutes of play time is up.

Name: Rara Racer
Developer: increpare
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
Direct download link: Click here

New Blogs: cactus, Jesse Venbrux

December 8, 2008 9:36 AM | Tim W.

cactus had started up a new blog to update fans on his latest projects, art, releases and even collaborations, while Jesse Venbrux's blog was created nearly a month ago for similar purposes as well.

Cactus Squid
Jesse Venbrux's blog

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