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Archive For July, 2010

Browser Game Pick: Wine Pong (This is Pop)

July 2, 2010 10:00 AM | Tim W.

Wine Pong is a pimped out version of the popular party game beer pong, where players on either side of a table try to place ping pong balls inside all of their opponent's glasses. Every time a ball lands inside a glass, that glass will be removed from the table. A winner is declared when their adversary has no glass left on their side of the table.

You can choose between two styles of play, each one affecting the way the ball is thrown. For slingshot mode, all you have to do is drag and release the ball to shoot it away from your end of the table. The freestyle method requires more skill among the two, since you need to flick the ball using careful hand and wrist motions to get it into an opponent's cup.

Occasionally a gem will appear at the top of a glass, and an extra free shot is given to the player if they manage to throw a ball into it before the jewel goes away.

There are ten characters to beat in the game.

Sale: P.B. Winterbottom Only $2.50 on Steam

July 1, 2010 7:02 PM | Tim W.

The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom is 50% off at Steam today, bringing the price down from $5 to a very affordable $2.50. One problem is that there's no demo for the game, so your purchase will have to be based on reviews and word of mouth alone. Good thing there's plenty of that around, and the PC release is considerably cheaper than the 800 MS points (or 400 MS Points if you get it during the XBLA Deal of the Week promotion) that you have to pay to own the XBLA version.

The Odd Gentlemen team is also giving away sweet Winterbottom 360 faceplates to ten lucky people. All you have to do is follow them on Twitter, or just retweet their message to enter. (image source)

E3 Video: Gemini Rue Designer Interview

July 1, 2010 6:00 PM | jeriaska

Neo-noir sci-fi title Gemini Rue (formerly Boryokudan Rue) for the PC first attracted attention among enthusiasts of point-and-click adventure games when it was given the top prize at the 2010 Independent Game Festival's Student Showcase. The dark, story-driven tale features art, writing and programming by Joshua Nuernberger, with an atmospheric music score by composer Nathan Allen Pinard.

The JBurger was on hand at this year's E3 IndieCade booth, where Gemini Rue was playable alongside Puzzle Bots, B.U.T.T.O.N., Miegakure and other indie titles. In this video interview with Adam Robezzoli of Attract Mode, filmed by the Nobuooo site, the Adventure Game Studio contributor provides an introduction to the title's subtly intertwined dual storyline. The designer also shares his perspectives on the value of organizing game-related events (such as at E3's headquarters in Los Angeles) and the role of narrative in interactive media. Gemini Rue is currently planned for release later this year.

Freeware Game Pick: Wonderful World (ainefill)

July 1, 2010 3:00 PM | Tim W.

Wonderful World is a freeware versus fighting game created with Enterbrain's 2D Fighter Maker engine, featuring thirteen playable characters to choose from, an array of basic and advanced special moves that are distinct to each fighter, and a combo system which expert players can use to chain a series of attacks on their opponents.

The assortment of moves available to you is displayed at the character selection screen, but you can find control instructions for every character in the html manual included with the game zip file as well. Note that you'll need to configure the keys first before starting the game, unless you wouldn't mind guessing what the default key configuration settings are.

You can switch between full screen and windowed mode by using the left Alt and Enter key, while the button configuration option is accessible via the menu bar. The latest version of Wonderful World can be acquired by clicking on the green-coloured 'Download Now' button at this page. (Windows, 149MB)

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