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Archive For August, 2009

Freeware Game Pick: Mr Jones' Dream (Theta Games)

August 8, 2009 8:53 AM | Tim W.

Mr Jones' Dream tells the story of a businessman who had just lost his job, at home one evening trying to get a good night's sleep. The game starts off with dear old Jones already lost inside his own dream, a little confused yet lucid enough to do a bit of exploration after receiving instructions from an indiscernible object.

None of the puzzles are particularly difficult, save for one that requires figuring out a four-digit sequence correctly to unlock a door. Mr Jones' Dream was created with Game Maker for TIGSource's Adult/Educational Competition.

Browser Game Pick: This is the Only Level (John Cooney)

August 8, 2009 7:18 AM | Tim W.

This is the Only Level is a short puzzle platformer that can be completed in roughly ten minutes or so. The objective here is to guide a blue elephant towards the exit pipe safely, but in order to achieve that you would first have to unlock the door which blocks your path to freedom.

Players are allowed to retry a level as many times as they want. If you happen to get stuck, just press the panic button to reset everything back to their original positions for another go.

Browser Game Pick: Elements (Zanzarino)

August 8, 2009 1:57 AM | Tim W.

If you are heavily into card games like the popular Magic: The Gathering series, then be prepared to kiss your free time goodbye. Elements is a strategy-based fantasy card game that features both single-player and online multiplayer modes, deck building options, and no micropayments needed for acquiring new cards (not yet, anyway).

There are twelve elements to specialize in, and you can customize your deck even further after winning matches and spinning for rare cards. The objective of the game is basically to reduce your opponent's hit points to zero and win the duel before he does the same to you. An elemental master can also lose the duel if he or she runs out of cards to play.

The tutorial does a great job of easing new players in quickly. You begin each round by placing pillars to generate quantums, which are then used to cast spells or summon creatures to do your bidding. A white bar will appear under the quantum cost of a card if you have enough quantums of the right colour to put the card into play.

Players who are familiar with M:TG will notice that enemies do not block any damage inflicted on their elemental masters at all. Some gameplay balance issues still exist, but if you can look past that then Elements is pretty much the best free fantasy card game out there. (basic game rules, Elements Wiki)

Majesco to Publish Jason Rohrer's New DS Game

August 7, 2009 10:37 PM | Tim W.

In a recent interview with Jason Rohrer posted over at Press Pause Reflect, the developer of 2009 IGF Innovation Award winner Between has revealed that his next project will be a new game for the Nintendo DS (not pictured). Set to be published by Majesco sometime in 2010, he describes the project as "a two-player strategy game about diamond trading in Angola, on the eve of the passage of the Kimberley Process".

Should be interesting to see how his idea translates to a handheld gaming device, as Jason already has some experience in this area from porting Passage and releasing Primrose for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Majesco To Publish Passage Developer's DS Game (GameSetWatch)

Indie Game Steam Package Deals

August 7, 2009 9:23 PM | Paul Eres

Seems Steam has answered the indie games D2D package with a package deal of its own (two, in fact): Audiosurf, Blueberry Garden, Braid, Crayon Physics Deluxe, Darwinia, Everyday Shooter, Gish, Mr. Robot, The Path, World of Goo, all in one package for $30. And a subset of five of those for $20. Ends Monday.

Dream Build Play '09 Showcase: Guru Guru Trailer

August 7, 2009 6:20 PM | Tim W.

GamerBytes had begun posting about noteworthy Dream Build Play '09 entries, with today's mention going to Guru Guru - a physics-based platformer currently being developed by Gasp Games.

Very little information is known about it at this stage, but trust Ryan to keep you updated with any news regarding the game when they surface.

Dream-Build-Play '09 Showcase - Guru Guru (GamerBytes)

Round-Up: Gamasutra Network Jobs, Week Of July 31

August 7, 2009 4:58 PM | Simon Carless

In our latest employment-tastic round-up, we highlight some of the notable jobs posted in big sister site Gamasutra's industry-leading game jobs section this week, including positions from CCP China, Toys For Bob 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 our main market area this week include:

Osmos Priced at $10

August 7, 2009 1:40 PM | Michael Rose

Along with the above trailer, Hemisphere Games today announced that their IGF-award winning Osmos will cost you $10.

Coming on August 18th, there are also some very interesting deals going for those who pre-order the title. Steam will be doing their customary discount for those who pre-order (expect 10-20% off), but Direct2Drive's deal is the one to check out - everyone who pre-orders the game through their site 'will receive a coupon to gift Osmos to a friend for $1'. That's two copies for $11! Pretty fantastic deal, if you ask me.

Pre-order the game via D2D right now - expect it to appear on Steam sometime very soon. IGN also have an interview with Hemisphere Games regarding their game.

Browser Game Pick: Boxgame (Sophie Houlden)

August 7, 2009 1:07 PM | Michael Rose


Boxgame is a puzzle platformer in which gravity is ruled by big, transparent boxes in the centre of each level. Jumping off a ledge will result in some crazy re-orientation, after which you most likely won't be standing on the same plane anymore.

Which, of course, leads to lots of lovely puzzles. Sophie has clearly put a ton of thought into some of the solutions (especially towards the end) and, while it never gets incredibly taxing, you'll definitely need to use your brain! She also promises new levels soon to add to the fourteen already there, so it will worth going back to again once she adds the new content.

Play it on her site.

Preview: Max Blastronaut (Coin App)

August 6, 2009 10:07 PM | Michael Rose

Entered into this year's Dream-Build-Play competition, Max Blastronaut is a space-based action blaster from Coin App.

Why should you be excited? How about 4 player co-op fun, 24 different planets to explore and the ability to grab an enemy and swing them round and round by their legs? Expect to see this on the Xbox at some point in the near future - maybe even as an Xbox Live Arcade title if the Coin App guys' entry comes up trumps.

Check out more details on the recently-launched Max Blastronaut site (Source: Blurst Blog)

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