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Archive For January, 2009

Feature: Best Freeware Shoot 'em ups 2008

January 3, 2009 6:18 AM | Tim W.

[From now until early January, IndieGames.com: The Weblog will be counting down the best independent and freeware games of 2008, with descriptions, screenshots, and links of the best games in each major category.]

The seventh of the 2008 Best Of Features here on the IndieGames.com blog, we're proud to present twenty of the best freeware shoot 'em ups released in 2008.

Fans of Galaga, Space Invaders, Warning Forever, and Everyday Shooter, step right up. Only a courageous pilot would stand any chance of saving Earth from being enslaved by an invading alien race, once again. Leave your Zero Wing quotes behind, because you will need every ounce of your arcade skills to make it through our picks for the best twenty freeware shoot 'em ups of 2008 alive.

Here's the top freeware shoot 'em ups of the year:

Best Freeware Shoot 'em ups 2008

  1. Alien Assault
  2. Nobody Shooter
  3. Debrysis
  4. Harpooned
  5. Pasta Master
  6. Nanosmiles
  7. Armed Generator Doom Machine
  8. Hello Panda
  9. Ceramic Shooter
10. Made in Wired
11. The Hordes
12. G:plus
13. War Bus
14. Self Destruct
15. Artificial Nature
16. The Last Canopy
17. Attack of the Meeplings
18. 41st Reality
19. Areas
20. pararalyzer

[Got feedback? Reasons to disagree? Post a response and we'll do a special 'best of reader comments' round-up at the end of our chart countdowns.]

Feature: Best Freeware Adventure Games 2008

January 3, 2009 5:59 AM | Tim W.

[From now until early January, IndieGames.com: The Weblog will be counting down the best independent and freeware games of 2008, with descriptions, screenshots, and links of the best games in each major category.]

The sixth of the 2008 Best Of Features here on the IndieGames.com blog, we're proud to present twenty of the best freeware adventure games released in 2008.

We've compiled a list of twenty adventure games to proof that the genre is still very much alive, with picks such as a western-themed IF, an educational game for both adults and children, a chatroom simulator, a couple of sequels, and even a remake of a past Sierra classic in full VGA glory to satiate anyone's desire for more questing.

Here's the top freeware adventure games of the year:

Best Freeware Adventure Games 2008

  1. Dirty Split
  2. Life of D. Duck II
  3. The Vacuum
  4. Fedora Spade 4: The Last Job
  5. Yume Nikki
  6. Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire
  7. Broken Sword 2.5: Return of the Templars
  8. Gun Mute
  9. NES Quest
10. Nanobots
11. Sydney Treads the Catwalk
12. Ben Jordan Case 7: The Cardinal Sins
13. Limey Lizard: Waste Wizard
14. Beauties and Beasts
15. Chatroom
16. Questionaut
17. Everybody Dies
18. Daymare Town 2
19. Pragaras
20. The Maze of Madness

[Got feedback? Reasons to disagree? Post a response and we'll do a special 'best of reader comments' round-up at the end of our chart countdowns.]

Freeware Game Pick: Gravity Bone (Brendon Chung)

January 2, 2009 3:59 AM | Tim W.


Gravity Bone is a short standalone game powered by the Quake 2 engine, in which players assume the role of a secret agent who has to undertake a couple of mission-based objectives to advance the story. There are only two short levels to play, and the entire adventure takes about twenty minutes or so to complete.

The game comes in a zip file, no installation is required, and the original Quake 2 is not needed to run it. (source: GameTunnel)

Name: Gravity Bone
Developer: Brendon Chung
Category: Action, Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 20MB
Direct download link: Click here

Round-Up: Gamasutra Network Jobs, Week Of January 2

January 1, 2009 2:03 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 Planet Moon Studios, Microsoft Game Studios, and Blizzard Entertainment.

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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