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Archive For May, 2010

Freeware Game Pick: His Dark Majesty (Jakub Debski)

May 5, 2010 10:00 AM | Tim W.

His Dark Majesty is a turn-based strategy game for 8-bit Atari computers, where players get to command troops in battle by issuing orders to units one at a time. The first few stages do an adequate job of teaching players about individual unit specialties and battle strategies, but to learn what each icon and status symbol stands for you will have to visit the FAQ section on the official site.

The one-button control works fairly well for issuing commands to your troops, and you can cancel orders by holding the assigned action key for a few seconds while the selection box is over a friendly unit. Carrying out the same action on an unoccupied tile ends your turn, and you can even examine an enemy unit's movement and attack range by selecting them.

Fans of strategy games who don't mind booting up the emulator will enjoy His Dark Majesty quite a bit, although large skirmishes and battles could take over an hour to play when both sides have plenty of units to order around.

The Humble Indie Bundle

May 4, 2010 7:09 PM | Michael Rose

Is this the greatest indie gaming bundle ever? The Humble Indie Bundle contains five big indie releases, DRM-free, choose how much you pay for them, part of your payment goes to charity... yep, sounds like the real deal to me.

The five games in question are World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru HD and Penumbra Overture. Altogether they cost a total of $80, but for the next 7 days they can be yours for any price you like. Part of your donation also goes to the Child's Play and Electronic Frontier Foundation charities.

The nicest thing about this bundle is that you can customize how your payment is split between the developers and charities. If you'd rather it all went to charity, you can select that. If you love World of Goo so much that you feel it all deserves to go to 2D Boy, that's possible.

If you don't own all five of these games, you need to grab this bundle sometime in the next week. In fact, go and grab it right now.

Indie Game Links: High Speed Chases

May 4, 2010 12:00 PM | Tim W.

Today's collection of independent game links includes the announcement of a new Experimental Gameplay Project theme, the continuation of Edmund's entertaining game design articles, and a new one-button game by Crayon Physics creator Petri Purho. (image source)

Experimental Gameplay Project: High Velocity
"Given how quickly some of you guys belted out games last month, I’ll be surprised if we don’t see any games developed speedily within the week."

Everything, By Everyone: Teaser Trailer (video)
"Everything, By Everyone is a film about Newgrounds and the online cultural trends it helped create and drive over the last decade or so."

Team Meat: Extra credit
"More of Edmund McMillen's thoughts about game design. This week's topic is about risks and rewards."

Kloonigames: Men On The Flying Trapeze
"The theme for this year’s Gamma IV was 'one button games'. We decided to give it a go and did a two player version of The Amazing Flying Brothers."

Tale of Tales: The Path Soundtrack
"You can now pre-order The Path Soundtrack CD, or choose the absolutely beautiful CD and T-Shirt package."

Gamereactor: ThatGameCompany interview (video)
"We had a chat with ThatGameCompany's Kellee Santiago at GDC 2010, about the state of indie games, her company and what we can expect from them after Fl0w and Flower."

Byteside: Independent Games (video)
"Our panelists explore the importance of independent games development, why it’s resurgent today, and the challenges indy developers face in the years ahead. With one of Australia’s best young indy devs, Glen Forrester (Radix), on the panel, we dig deep into the indy games and dev communities that matter right now."

Trailer: The Dark Void (DigiPen)

May 4, 2010 2:00 AM | Tim W.

This is a presentation trailer for a DigiPen second semester freshman game, created by a team of four students. The Dark Void is an Advance Wars-style tactical turn-based strategy game that features diverse gameplay elements, challenging AI and realistic explosions.

The restriction for the project was that it had to be an ASCII-based game coded with C. Charlie Ngo (alias Kairos, creator of Varia) is one of the members on the team, so you know the game is just going to be awesome. The Dark Void was also one of the five freshman games selected for presentation at the DigiPen Student Showcase.

IndiePub's $100,000 Indie Developer Competition Begins

May 3, 2010 11:57 AM | Michael Rose


Remember the 2BeeGames developer competitions? Well the guys have changed their name to IndiePub, ramped up the cash prizes and started a third contest. If you're a developer and want to be in with the chance of winning $100,000, read on.

Up until July 31st 2010, indie developers can submit their work into the competition. Then from August 1st to the start of September, visitors to the site will have the chance to vote for their favourite games until the winners are announced on September 14th.

There's the main prize of $100,000 for the big winner (along with the chance to get your work published), then lots of smaller prizes - $5,000 for the 'Community Favourite', and $1,000 for five entries in special categories.

Past winners include Auditorium and Climb to the Top of the Castle. For all the rules and more information, get yourself over to the main competition site.

The Independint Charles Show: Episode 1

May 2, 2010 6:39 PM | Michael Rose

You wouldn't believe that this was an official Microsoft video series if it weren't for the logo at the start. Kudos to MS for picking up Scottish comedy writer Robert Florence for what turns out to be hilarious, and kudos for giving Xbox Live Indie Games a bit of much needed publicity, even if it is only 2 games!

Freeware Game Pick: Hero Core (Daniel Remar)

May 1, 2010 8:00 PM | Tim W.

Hero Core is a Metroid-style action shooter that tells the story of Flip Hero, on a mission to destroy his nemesis Cruiser Tetron for the final time. But before taking on the machine warlord in his hideout, there's a bit of exploring to do since every weapon, item or suit upgrade found will actually assist you in completing the main and secondary mission objectives.

The first few rooms act as a tutorial that teaches new players about their suit and weapon controls, the autofire feature, progress saving, and the teleportation ability that warps your hero to a save point previously visited. Because of its non-linearity, you can choose to fight the end boss whenever you want, although players are advised to power-up both their main weapon and suit by at least a couple of levels before tackling that last challenge.

It takes about two hours to explore the entire map in the main story campaign, but there are also other bonus modes to try out, while the hard difficulty offers a completely different gameworld to explore. Get Hero Core here, or download the soundtrack from here. (Windows, 2.41MB)

Freeware Game Pick: Eternally Us (Ben Chandler and Steven Poulton)

May 1, 2010 11:00 AM | Tim W.

Eternally Us is a short 2D adventure game that tells the story of Fio and Amber, two friends who have known each other since childhood. An incident occurs that separates the both of them while they were feeding birds in a park, so it is up to the player to help reunite the best buddies together again.

None of the puzzles should trouble you too much, since any inventory item acquired will be used in the same room that it was found at. Download the game here. (Windows, 43.4MB)

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