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Archive For January, 2009

Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble Nominated by Writers Guild

January 13, 2009 4:03 AM | Tim W.

The Writers Guild of America had recently nominated Mousechief's Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble for the Videogame Writing Award, with the winner to be announced on February 7th, 2009. A full list of nominees for the prestigious award can be found over at Gamasutra.

Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble is a social board game written and developed by Keith Nemitz, with additional writing by Adrianne Ambrose. A 17MB demo (for both Windows and Mac) is available for download from the official site.

Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble Nominated By Writers Guild (Gamasutra)
Why Dangerous High School Girls Can't Be Ignored (Gamasutra)

Feature: Best Freeware Platformers 2008

January 12, 2009 11:59 PM | Tim W.

[From now until early January, 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 eighth of the 2008 Best Of Features here on the blog, we're proud to present twenty of the best freeware platformers released in 2008.

From the critically-acclaimed Braid to the fan-favorite Cave Story, the indie game development scene is never short on quality platformers to play. Knytt Stories took the title for the best platformer last year, and with Nifflas' Night Game to be released only in 2009, it is time to crown a new heir for the throne.

Here's the top freeware platformers of the year:

Best Freeware Platformers 2008

  1. Iji
  2. The Fancy Pants Adventure: World 2
  3. Shift 3
  4. Spelunky
  5. Treasure Hunter Man
  6. Jumper 3
  7. Rockman 7-FC
  8. Teppomanto
  9. Meat Boy
10. Mighty Jill Off
11. Squish
12. Verge
13. Sh*t Game
14. Seven Minutes
15. The Power
16. Love
17. I Wanna Be The Guy
18. inno vation
19. Boondog
20. Mission Extreme

[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.]

Browser Game Pick: People Stacking (Takaaki Ogiwara)

January 12, 2009 7:50 AM | Tim W.

People Stacking (or Stacking People) is a physics-based puzzle game where players would have to stack people in different poses as high as they can without having the entire structure tumble over. Click on the judge button to initiate the scoring process, with all of the points you've acquired added to your total score before the screen is cleared for another attempt at building a new tower.

You are allowed a maximum of only twenty people to stack in each game. (source: 0stage-blog)

Name: People Stacking
Developer: Takaaki Ogiwara
Category: Puzzle
Type: Browser

Free Indie Rapid Fire: SYNSO, Xycle, Evacuation

January 12, 2009 6:15 AM | Tim W.

Featured on this week's Free Indie Rapid Fire: Ryan Chisholm and Benzido's Evacuation, Robert Fearon's Squid Yes! Not So Octopus! and David Scatliffe's Xycle. (YouTube video)

Free Indie Rapid Fire 01/12/2009

Interviews: Alex May, Rudolf Kremers, Petri Purho

January 12, 2009 5:53 AM | Tim W.

Links to some of the recent interviews with a couple of IGF 2009 finalists and high-profile indie game developers of today:

Tuna Snax Features: Dyson (text)
Rudolf Kremers and Alex May spilling the beans on their collaborative project Dyson.

Site of the Gaming Dead: Gish Creator Talks Xbox Live Arcade (text)
Edmund reveals interesting tidbits about his upcoming games in this special feature.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun: Venture Dinosauria (text)
Kieron Gillen chats with Andy Schatz to find out more about their third game in the Venture series. New Indie Videogame Movement (text)
An article about indie games thriving on consoles.

NPR: Computer Game A Mash-Up Of Crayons, Physics (audio)
A friendly chat with Petri Purho, developer of Crayon Physics Deluxe.

Preview: Snapshot (Kyle Pulver and Peter Jones)

January 12, 2009 4:55 AM | Tim W.

Gameplay video from Kyle Pulver (Verge) and Peter Jones' upcoming 2D platformer Snapshot, a 2009 IGF finalist in the Excellence in Design category.

official Snapshot web site
Snapshot IGF Info Page

Preview: Conflux (Lexaloffle Games)

January 11, 2009 11:28 AM | Tim W.

An ecological action game where players assume control over a peacock-like creature in a looping ecosystem. Conflux is currently being developed for both Mac OS X and Windows platforms.

Conflux page

Feature: The Offworld Guide to the 2009 Independent Games Festival

January 10, 2009 11:42 AM | Tim W.

New Boing Boing game blog spinoff Offworld has published four-page definitive guide to this year's Independent Games Festival finalists, thanks to editor and IGF judge Brandon Boyer - and there's no better summary of what you can look forward to hearing about more frequently in the next few months.

The piece comes complete with descriptions for each entry, videos, links, and everything else that Brandon can cram into this comprehensive article about the best indie games on the planet (this year).

The Offworld Guide to the 2009 Independent Games Festival

Another Indie Game Chart + Free Games for the Weekend

January 10, 2009 3:04 AM | Tim W.

Best Indie Games of 2008
A well-written article by James Murff, although links to the games are strangely missing. (fan art by Niklas Jansson)

 1. Spelunky
 2. Everyday Shooter
 3. Dwarf Fortress
 4. World of Goo
 5. Iji
 6. Mount & Blade
 7. Dyson
 8. Audiosurf
 9. Noitu Love 2
10. Multiwinia

Freeware games of exploration (Update)
Eight must-play freeware 2D platformers, if you have the slightest interest in indie games. (source)

Top 5 Flash Games of 2008 (Casualty Gamer)
Five games to hold your interest while votes for Jay is Games' best Flash and casual games are being tabulated.

Updates and Releases

January 10, 2009 12:10 AM | Tim W.


CasterSpelunky v0.99: Tons of bugfixes, additional config options, tunnel to area 4 added, fully-featured level editor, and plenty more.

Calamity Annie: Version 3 features a download size reduction of one megabyte, optimizations, and a new extra character (for donaters only).

Iji 1.3: Full changelist here.

Knytt Stories: Version 1.2.1 released.


Caster: A third-person action shooter in the style of the Virtual On series, purportedly in production for more than seven years.

Ten Ton Ninja: More grappling hook action in this new freeware game from Addictive 247.

Greentech: A new puzzle game by Mr. Chubigans, developer of the Acidbomb series and Sandbox of God. (download instructions, trailer)

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