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Archive For March, 2009

Freeware Game Pick: Atomic Super Boss (JW)

March 1, 2009 10:06 PM | Tim W.

Atomic Super Boss is a score-based vertical shooter, in which players rack up points by firing at an enemy while dodging bullets for as long as they can. The closer you are to the boss, the more points you earn. Enemy projectiles will only destroy your ship if it touches the cockpit.

The game comes with an online high score submission feature.

Name: Atomic Super Boss
Developer: Jan Willem Nijman
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

Browser Game Pick: The Linear RPG (Sophie Houlden)

March 1, 2009 8:28 PM | Michael Rose


The Linear RPG is Sophie Houlden's entry into RPGDX's "LoFi" Indie RPG Jam. Play is set along a single line and battles happen automatically, with health and experience being altered randomly.

Along the linear mission there are circles which represent inns, places to restore your health. To make it all the way to the end, players need to work their way forward and back along the line, visiting previous inns in order to build their experience up before tackling harder and longer lines.

It's not a breakthrough in RPG gameplay, but it's an interesting concept and the story which is simultaneously told in the background adds to the experience. Walk the line over at Sophie's site.

Preview: Don't Look Back (Distractionware)

March 1, 2009 4:39 PM | Michael Rose


Terry Cavanagh has had this finished for a while now, but he's been holding it back while looking for sponsorship - and thank goodness he finally has, as Don't Look Back is really rather nice.

From the creator of the brilliant Pathways, Don't Look Back is a challenging platformer with quite a dark side. Everything from the hell-like visuals to the atmospheric soundtrack set the scene perfectly and it has all the elements you'd expect from a platformer - pitfalls, speedy baddies and big boss fights.

It's nice and lengthy too, providing a good amount of gaming. Don't Look Back is definitely going to be worth a play. According to Terry we're looking at a release sometime early next week.

Browser Game Pick: Pixeloids4k (Morre)

March 1, 2009 3:11 PM | Michael Rose


Pixeloids4k may just be 4KB in size, but that doesn't mean it ain't packing a whole lotta gameplay. Given a play-area full of goo, the task is to create shockwaves and force the goo into the designated target zone, then keep it there for 5 seconds.

Of course, goo being goo, it won't just sit around nicely for you and, especially in later levels, you'll have a hard time keeping it exactly where you want it. It's an interesting idea and certainly a good time-waster. Give it a goo (I'm sorry) now.

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