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Archive For September, 2009

Announcement: Super Meat Boy Coming to Steam in Q1 2010

September 25, 2009 9:53 AM | Tim W.

A couple of us had known about it for some time now, but you can pretty much say it is confirmed that Super Meat Boy will be available for purchase on Steam (Windows only) when it is released sometime in early 2010. Edmund even drew the header image for the Steam preview page in preparation for next week's announcement. (which you can see below)

If Edmund and Tommy's fantastic track record holds any weight, then this is definitely one of those must-buy games to add to your list come next year.

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Trailer: Extreme (Jan Willem Nijman)

September 24, 2009 11:19 PM | Michael Rose

A teaser for Jan Willem Nijman's latest project which appears to be called Extreme. I honestly have no idea why. No idea. (Source: Offworld)

Dyson Gets Release Date and... Name Change?

September 23, 2009 11:18 PM | Michael Rose


Here's some interesting news. Not only has Alex May and Rudolf Kremers' Dyson been given a new release date after being delayed - we can expect it to hit our PC screens on October 20th - but it would appear that the guys have decided to opt for a name change.

A competition is now being held over at Direct2Drive named 'The Game-Formerly-Known-As-Dyson Naming Competition'. The blurb reads as follows:

Come up with a new name for Dyson that best encompasses the mood and themes of the game. All entries will be emailed to the developers, who will pick and announce the best name on or around Tuesday, September 29th. When the game releases on approximately October 20th, it will be titled with the winning name!

The winner will receive a copy of the game plus any two other games of their choice from D2D. Rules for the contest can be found here.

I queried Rudolf on the matter and he explained that the duo were not asked to change the name, but decided it was 'better to avoid confusion' with a certain brand of the same name.

Other than that, it's worth noting that pre-orders are now being taken on the game, with 25% off for anyone who grabs it before release.

Freeware Mod Pick: Hazard - The Journey of Life

September 23, 2009 2:44 PM | Tim W.

Hazard - The Journey of Life is a 3D exploration game that features a host of creative puzzles to solve, but contains no real danger or enemies in sight. You begin in a room called the HoloChamber, which acts as a central home that you can teleport to using the escape key at any time. The map on the wall shows the rooms which you have explored previously, and you can click on it to activate a teleporter that sends you to that location immediately.

The mod requires both Unreal Tournament 3 and the 2.0 patch installed before it can run properly, but it is definitely worth going through all the trouble just to play this one-of-a-kind experience. Alexander's creation was also recently selected as one of the ten finalists for the upcoming Sense of Wonder Night 2009 event.

Freeware Game Pick: ASCIIpOrtal (Joe Larson)

September 22, 2009 6:52 PM | Tim W.

The much-publicized 2D remake of Valve's Portal is now out, with links to binaries for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems all available from the Cymon's Games site.

In ASCIIpOrtal you can fire up to two portals with your hand-held portal device, then enter through one before coming out of the other for some mind-bending teleportation effect. Some of the puzzles include manipulating switches using blocks, placing portals on the other side of chain links, dodging boulders before they crush you, and avoiding laser fields that will burn your flesh instantly on contact.

Trailer: Life/Death/Island (cactus)

September 22, 2009 5:28 PM | Tim W.

Caution: loud music.

Demo: Particle (flowfase)

September 22, 2009 12:58 AM | Michael Rose


Particle is a puzzle game controlled only with the mouse which attempts to 'stimulates your eyes, your ears and your mind at the same time'. It looks and sounds very much like recent ambience puzzler Osmos, but gameplay-wise it's actually nothing like it.

No, what Particle actually is is quite difficult to explain. The key is to work out where your glowing particle needs to be moved on each level, an each solution appears to be quite different. What it does have in common with Osmos is the selected soundtrack with track names such as "Oceanic", "Parallax", "Shanana" and "Solitary".

The flowfase site doesn't give any details on when the full game will be available and this demo is extremely short (about 5 minutes worth of gameplay) but it's worth checking out just for the odd calmness of it all.

Kickstarter and Indie Games

September 22, 2009 12:35 AM | Paul Eres

kickstarter.pngRecently a lot of indie game developers have been setting up pages on Kickstarter, previously mentioned in this blog here. Kickstarter is a site where people can fund projects, often in exchange for rewards at different donation levels; you can read about it here. It is currently only available to indie developers in the US (although you can donate from anywhere, as long as you have a credit card -- it doesn't accept PayPal). Unfortunately Kickstarter has no tagging mechanism, and its search feature shows the first 16 results only, so it's pretty hard to search for indie games on it.

So I created this list (in the extended part of the entry). You might recognize some of the games and developers. The amounts are current as of yesterday, current numbers may vary. If you'd like to see any of these games get made or are interested in any of the rewards offered, take a look. The rewards vary from pre-orders to every game I ever make forever to t-shirts to characters named after you to soundtracks to a cigarbox oscillator instrument hand-made by Messhof.

Trailer: RunMan: Race Around the World (Tom Sennett and Matt Thorson)

September 21, 2009 11:27 PM | Michael Rose

RunMan coming October 1st. What more is there to say besides RUNMANRUNMANRUNMANRUNMANRUNMAN...

Browser Game Pick: Icycle (Damp Gnat)

September 21, 2009 3:57 PM | Tim W.

The story of Icycle is set in a time when the entire world has been frozen solid, save for a man who was cryogenically preserved together with a bicycle and an unknown companion that flees the scene just before the game starts. The protagonist can only cycle forward and never move back, but he is still able to control his travel speed and time his jumps to avoid some of the dangers he will face during his adventure.

There are eight stages to play in total, each featuring three or four screens of landscape to traverse.

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