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Archive For June, 2009

Awesome Tribute Boss Fights

June 7, 2009 11:47 PM | Tim W.

Shown above, the Killigant boss fight from stage two of Storm Assault.

The Mother Brain boss fight from Rock Boshers. Ortoslon has a whole collection of gameplay videos from other freeware indie games if you're interested in watching more of such clips.

Also: Cereus Peashy Final Boss Fight (Edmund's Dev Blog)

The Path - Prologue

June 7, 2009 11:22 PM | Tim W.

A prologue chapter for Tale of Tales' horror game The Path is now available for download from the official site and several other download mirrors. In The Path - Prologue you control the Girl in White, who originally acted as a guide whenever any of the six sisters from the full game got lost in the forest.

Both Windows and Mac users can try out the free 50 MB demo, although much of the content found in The Path has been stripped out for this version (including the exploration part inside Grandmother's House).

The Path - Prologue will be playable on Steam starting tomorrow.

“The Path - Prologue”, a new chapter. Free. (Tale of Tales)

Review: Blueberry Garden (Erik Svedang)

June 6, 2009 8:51 PM | Michael Rose


Winning the Independent Games Festival Seumas McNally Grand Prize is always going to be a great boost for any indie developer (both mentally and financially), but it's a tough act to follow. This year's winner Erik Svedang had to follow in the wake of the likes of Crayon Physics Deluxe, Aquaria and Gish - clearly quite a daunting task.

Erik's Blueberry Garden is a playground of exploration and oddities. It's beautifully calming yet fast-paced. It's like every platformer you've ever experienced yet nothing like anything you've ever played. Most importantly, Blueberry Garden is definitely worthy of the prize bestowed upon it.

Machinarium Preview at Resolution Magazine

June 6, 2009 7:49 PM | Michael Rose


Resolution Magazine have a hands-on preview of Amanita Design's upcoming point-and-click release Machinarium, winner of the Excellence in Visual Art Award at this year's IGF.

For those eagerly awaiting its arrival, Chris Evans delves into the game and comes out with some interesting insight.

Cryptic Sea Upcoming Releases

June 6, 2009 11:12 AM | Michael Rose

Not to be outdone by all the big name announcements at E3, Edmund and Alex have released this video showcasing some of their upcoming games.

In order, the games are No Quarter: Hitler's Must Die!, A New Zero and Somnia. The most noticeable thing about Hitler's Must Die! is the addition of that very cool rocket launcher, will be surely cause many a self-blowing-up. A New Zero will soon feature guns, allowing players to shoot down everything that moves. Finally, Somnia is apparently a new game Alex is working on with their new artist Aimee, and it looks very strange indeed. Not that you'd expect any less.

Browser Game Pick: Vector Boom (Hero Interactive)

June 6, 2009 1:06 AM | Michael Rose


Vector Boom is a defense game set in space that involves hordes of enemy spaceships and tons of explosions. Players set a radius for each explosion using the mouse, then watch as their space station obliterates the incoming armada.

Made up of 10 levels, initially holding off the bad guys is fairly easy going but it rapidly gets more hectic. At the end of each level money earned can be spent on upgrading your space station with better blasters and more armour. There's also a survival mode which is basically a 'survive as long as you can' gameplay mode.

While it does get quite frantic, the game never really feels difficult. The music also seems a little out of place - this may be one of those rare situations where dance music might actually be the answer. However, as an overall experience, its a fun little game and one which you should definitely give a go.

Play Vector Boom over at Armor Games.

Meet Pluff, The 'Stuffed Animal Controller'

June 5, 2009 11:49 PM | Michael Rose

Eric over on sister site GameSetWatch spotted this rather odd looking game amongst IndieCade at E3. It's a prototype called Pluff and it pretty much looks like a computer game version of Furby.

Yes, it looks as scary as it sounds. Interacting with the 'controller' will cause the furry fella on-screen to move around and change emotion - for example, petting makes him smile while banging against a desk makes him cry. According to creator Diana Hughes, if you treat Pluff well, he'll be able to learn tricks and play games with you.

Intrigued? Read more about it on GameSetWatch.

Mount & Blade: Warband Gameplay Video

June 4, 2009 5:30 PM | Michael Rose

Paradox Interactive have released the above video today of the upcoming Mount & Blade expansion 'Warband'. Followers of the game will know that the main feature of this expansion is the addition of multiplayer.

According to the press release the game will support "up to 32 players" but will be able to handle up to 64 where Mods are concerned. There's also a number of other great sounding additions, including a complete overhaul of the graphics, improved AI which will have a greater sense of morale and big improvements to the combat system.

There's no word yet on the release date yet, but sometime this summer wouldn't be a bad guess. The original is available from a variety of distributors, but if you're planning on purchasing it, best to get it from the official site - it's a lot cheaper.

Preview: Blackwell Convergence

June 4, 2009 6:20 AM | Tim W.

Another gameplay clip taken from Wadjet Eye Games' upcoming release, The Blackwell Convergence. The third chapter in the Blackwell series should be out sometime before the end of this month.

Blackwell Convergence Trailer Released

Night Game E3 Trailer

June 2, 2009 10:23 PM | Michael Rose

New trailer from E3 for Nicalis' Night Game coming to WiiWare. Very nice indeed.

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