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Archive For December, 2008

Aquaria Out on Steam for $16

December 16, 2008 12:59 AM | Tim W.

Aquaria makes its debut on Steam today, and at $15.99 the award-winning 2D exploration game is now cheaper by half of what it was selling for last week. The 20% discount offered by Steam is only valid until 31st of December, 2008. (trailer)

Aquaria on Steam

Design Tour Week 3: Gish (Chronic Logic)

December 16, 2008 12:27 AM | Tim W.

The strengths and flaws of Chronic Logic's unprecedented physics-based 2D platformer is examined in detail by David Rosen this week. Edmund McMillen (co-creator of Gish) also makes a guest appearance on the special episode of Free Indie Rapid Fire to reveal his three indie game picks. (YouTube video)

Gish design tour (Wolfire Games)
Get a Free Copy of Lugaru (Wolfire Games)
Free Indie Rapid Fire 12/15/2008 (Bytejacker)

Remake Game Pick: Kung Fu 2 (Gary Gasko)

December 15, 2008 6:26 PM | Tim W.


Kung Fu 2 is a remake of Spartan X (known as Kung-Fu Master in the States), where you assume the role of a martial arts master on a quest to save his girlfriend from the evil clutches of Mr. X. Controls can be configured from the settings menu, and pressing the escape key switches between full screen and windowed mode.

You can shake off enemies by tapping the left and right cursor keys rapidly. The competition build has six complete stages, with the boss encounter in stage seven currently unbeatable. A full release can be expected sometime next week. (forum thread)

Name: Kung Fu 2
Developer: KNPMaster
Category: Action, Arcade
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: The Eggyard (Yxxa Zu, Monochrome)

December 14, 2008 11:33 PM | Tim W.

The Eggyard is a single-screen art game mashup of Custer's Revenge featuring Dizzy as the main character. In it, players attempt to guide our old buddy to the end of a short level without being hit by coffins falling from the sky.

Use the right arrow key to move, and press F1 to bring up a help page. You can also switch between full screen and windowed mode with the F4 function key.

Name: The Eggyard
Developer: Yxxa Zu, Monochrome
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
Direct download link: Click here

Remake Game Pick: Ultimate Bruce Lee (Smila, Stu Collier)

December 14, 2008 8:35 PM | Tim W.

Ultimate Bruce Lee is a remake of the Commodore 64 platformer with updated graphics, new gameplay modes, unlockable extras, and the original 1984 release recreated faithfully to please fans of all things retro. You assume control over the legendary martial arts master on a quest to retrieve the elixir of immortality hidden deep inside a wizard's fortress. This will involve collecting lanterns, jumping over traps and defeating numerous evil minions as you make your way from one room to another.

Use the cursor keys to move, duck and jump. Press the Z key to strike at an enemy. Collect all lanterns from the first three screens to reveal a hidden passage to the next area.

Name: Ultimate Bruce Lee
Developer: Trevor Storey, Stuart Collier, Chris Nunn (music)
Category: Platformer
Type: Freeware
Size: 30MB
Direct download link: Click here (mirror)

Freeware Game Pick: Devil Ronin (Howard Kistler)

December 14, 2008 4:27 PM | Tim W.


Devil Ronin is an original C64-style game created for the Retro Remakes 2008 competition, where players assume control over a rebel oni (demon) who has sided with humanity and seeks to rid Japan of the demon scourge plaguing the entire country. This will involve travelling from one prefecture to another as he makes his way north for the final showdown with his ex-master, the Demon Shogun.

Use the cursor keys to move, press the left shift key to attack, and hold the space key to jump when in castle combat mode. Visiting areas with a story scene rewards your warrior with a suit of armor or full health. To navigate the map, simply press the corresponding arrow key shown under the name of any neighbouring prefecture.

Name: Devil Ronin
Developers: Howard Kistler, Paul Pridham (sprites), Mike Fraley (music)
Category: Action, Arcade
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB
Direct download link: Click here

Interviews: The Next Great Game Gods (Spike TV)

December 14, 2008 9:44 AM | Tim W.

Dylan Cuthbert, Dylan Fitterer, Kyle Gabler, Ron Carmel and David Hellman were all recently interviewed by Geoff Keighley for a Spike TV special feature. Parts two, three and four in the extended. (source: David Hellman)

Mountain Dew is also currently sponsoring 7,000 downloads of nominated games for the Best Independent Game of the Year category. This would require submitting your name and email address for a random drawing, with winners to be notified by mail within three days after the game giveaway entry period ends (on 14th of December, 2008 at 9PM ET). Games up for grabs are: Braid (XBLA), Pixeljunk Eden (PSN), World of Goo (WiiWare) and Audiosurf (Steam).

Dew the Download Giveaway Sweepstakes (Spike TV)

(Mostly) Free Games For the Weekend

December 13, 2008 10:18 PM | Tim W.

The best free games to play (GamesRadar)
A six-page article with select indie and freeware games, although some of the titles were mentioned previously on the same site, while others (e.g. Eternal Daughter, 2 BC *) have been around for several years now. There might be a couple of games in it which I'm sure a few of us had missed, so the list could still come in handy for the holidays. (source: Paul Eres)

2008 Puzzle/Sim Game of the Year (GameTunnel)
Nominees and winners for GameTunnel's 2008 Game of the Year in the puzzle and simulation categories have been announced.

Aquaria 1.1.1 for Windows Released for $20
Bit Blot's award-winning debut commercial release is now cheaper by a tenner.

Scrap Collector (messhof)
A new 2D platformer by the developer of Flywrench and You Found a Grappling Hook.

Best Of 2008: Top 5 Indie Games (Gamasutra)
Editors' picks for the top five independent games of 2008, with ten more notable indie games getting honorable mentions.

* BC - before Cave Story

Interviews: Petri Purho, Jonathan Blow, Cliff Harris

December 12, 2008 9:04 AM | Tim W.

Links to some of the recent interviews with prolific or high-profile indie game developers of today:

Interview: Petri Purho (text)
The first of three interviews conducted by Erin Robinson at the recent Gamma3D event.

Interview: Alec Holowka (text)
Alec Holowka chats with the developer of Nanobots about Aquaria and their new startup, Infinite Ammo.

Interview: Jonathan Blow (text)
The inspirational Jon Blow, talking about his inspirations.

The Reticule: Cliff Harris Interview (text)
Cliff on the usual topics of DRM and piracy.

Kivi's Underworld: Mac Game Development (text)
Steven Peeler discussing about the advantages of releasing your game for both Windows and Mac platforms.

Destructoid interview: Nathan Fouts (text)
Brad Nicholson talking to the developer of Weapon of Choice, again.

Round-Up: Gamasutra Network Jobs, Week Of December 12th

December 12, 2008 1:01 AM | Simon Carless

In this round-up, we highlight some of the notable jobs posted in sister site Gamasutra's industry-leading game jobs section, including positions from Insomniac Games, Planet Moon, Activision, Telltale Games, and more.

Each position posted by employers will appear on the main Gamasutra job board, and appear in the site's daily and weekly newsletters, reaching our readers directly.

It will also be cross-posted for free across its network of submarket sites, which includes content sites focused on online worlds, cellphone games, 'serious games', independent games and more.

Some of the notable jobs posted in each market area this week include:

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