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Archive For July, 2010

Browser Game Pick: Streemerz (Arthur Lee)

July 23, 2010 10:00 AM | Tim W.

We've written about the Windows version of Streemerz before, but now there's a Flash port of this Action 52 remake that includes new gameplay modes and a separate story campaign to beat (called Streeeeemerz Mode). In Streemerz you play as Joe, a super soldier who can shoot out streamers from his hands. These streamers can be used to reel you towards the hook, and letting go of the button also propels Joe forward and upwards.

Though the control instructions might sound complicated at first, it only takes about a minute or two to familiarize yourself with moving Joe around and over obstacles. Note that the game isn't very kind towards a few indie game developers, so if you're easily offended then our advice is to avoid Streemerz completely.

Demo: Recettear (Carpe Fulgur)

July 22, 2010 12:02 PM | Michael Rose

Recettear is a tongue-in-cheek Japanese RPG from 2007, now translated into English. It follows the story of a girl who is about to have her home repossessed, and so opens an item shop in the hope of paying the loan off.

If you've ever wondered what all those shopkeepers in RPGs do when they're not selling their wares, Recettear has all the answers. Buying low and selling high is the aim, and you'll be selling a wide variety of RPG item favourites, such as swords, shields and random things you find on dungeon floors. You can hire an adventurer to hunt down treasures for you to sell in your shop too.

The demo is really quite long and definitely worth a play. If you're allergic to hefty amount of dialogue and/or don't particularly enjoy RPGs, give it a miss. Everyone else should grab it here.

Shank Coming to PSN and XBLA on August 24th/25th

July 22, 2010 11:22 AM | Michael Rose

I don't know about you guys, but every time a new video is released for Klei Entertainment's side-scrolling beat-em-up Shank, I think about how amazing the art style is, and then hope that the gameplay is equally as nice.

The addition of a co-op multiplayer mode has now tipped the balance for me, and from here on in I'm going to assume the game will be awesome. There's only a month left to wait for it too, as it's released on August 24th on PSN and August 25th on XBLA ("wot, no PC release?" says the commenters) and will cost $15.

Totally Tiny Arcade Totally Free Until Monday

July 22, 2010 3:00 AM | Tim W.

Totally Tiny Arcade is the new name for the updated version of Joystick Johnny, which was a collection of more than twenty minigames inspired by arcade classics from the 80's. Originally released back in 2007, the retitled game has been updated with numerous small fixes, graphical updates and gameplay improvements. Not only that, you can also get Totally Tiny Arcade for free if you download it before Monday. The only requirement here is that you provide a valid email address to receive the download link, and the developer has promised that no spam will be sent to your mail account.

These minigames aren't just straight remakes with minor graphical changes though. Similar to the WarioWare series, each game gets a bit more difficult with the introduction of new enemies or obstacles as you progress from one level to another.

Fans of arcade cabinets and coin-operated games should definitely not miss out this promotion. Get Totally Tiny Arcade for free here. (source: Warp Factor Awesome)

Browser Game Pick: Inside a Dead Skyscraper (Molleindustria)

July 22, 2010 1:00 AM | Tim W.

Inside a Dead Skyscraper is a new experimental work from Molleindustria, developer of games like Every Day the Same Dream and Run Jesus Run. Here you play as a man (or a woman, you can never really tell) in a hazmat suit, who was given a strange device by his partner and advised to explore his surroundings. The device in your hand can be used to read the thoughts of other people you meet, but you need to be standing really close to a person for the gadget to work properly.

This game was made to promote the work of a musician, but it is a missed opportunity not to design at least one puzzle around a key moment just to flesh out the story a little bit. Inside a Dead Skyscraper is still worth a look, especially if you're a fan of experimental stuff from developers that try to do something different every once in a while.

Freeware Game Pick: Not Tetris (Maurice)

July 21, 2010 7:00 PM | Tim W.

Not Tetris is a variation of Tetris plays rather similarly to Alexey Pajitnov's classic puzzle game, but instead of making complete horizontal lines with the tetrominoes the objective here is to fit as many blocks as you can into the well before it reaches the top of the screen. Players can rotate blocks with the A and S key, but when one tetromino touches another it will then be at the mercy of physics and gravity.

Only the Windows version is available for download, but if you are a Linux or OS X user you can try downloading the LÖVE engine (used to develop Not Tetris) for your operating system and try running the source code. There are a couple of audio issues in this build, but Maurice is already hard at work on a sequel that resolves all of the problems and will include the cutting of pieces when a line is ninety-percent full. (source: GameSetWatch)

Minecraft Meets Portal via Texture Pack

July 21, 2010 5:00 PM | Tim W.

Minecraft is still a very popular sandbox game if the Notch's sales numbers are to be believed, raking up sales of a hundred copies or more every day. Fans have been posting tons of mods for the game, but this Portal texture pack (clip featured above) is probably high on every Minecraft owner's request list. You might recognize the obvious nods to Valve's highly-acclaimed game, portals work both ways, and it even has a cameo from an old friend.

As pointed out by Joe Larson in this Bytejacker post, it would have been cooler to be able to view into a portal to see the other side, but don't rule that option out yet since Markus himself is a very capable coder and he could make it work if he wants to.

The Portal texture pack thread is here, and more mods can be found here. (source: Bytejacker)

Limbo Released on XBLA + Contest Winner Announced

July 21, 2010 2:00 PM | Michael Rose

The most wonderful game landed on Xbox Live Arcade today. It is known as Limbo, and if you own an Xbox 360, you should go and buy it. Right now.

A unnamed child makes his way through a dark, colourless world, traversing deadly traps in an epic journey to find his sister. It's really fantastic stuff, and is really giving VVVVVV a run for its money as my 'Indie Game of the Year' so far. Definitely one of the best games on XBLA to date, you should go and pick this up right now. Oh, and if there is a single "I'm not paying 1200 MS points for a 3 hour game" in the comments, I will shed real tears.

One of you lucky readers won't have to shell out 1200 points, however, as our Limbo contest is now over! We had some pretty amazing entries - some of you have very twisty bodies, and you should probably get that checked out, it's unnatural - but reader Apfelpriester just won it by a whisker, with an incredibly painful-looking pose. Congratulations to him!

All the entries can be viewed below the cut. Thanks for playing, people!

Trailer: Wingmen (Labu Games)

July 21, 2010 1:01 PM | Michael Rose

Wingmen is a sort of cross between Gratuitous Space Battles and Altitude. Two teams battle it out in the sky, sending hordes of fighter planes to take each other out.

You can't control your planes directly, but instead spend money on aircraft then watch them divebomb into action. Money is earned when an enemy ship is taken down, and this can then be spent on more planes. Managing your army and choosing the right craft for the right job is a must.

There's no multiplayer, which is a bit of a downer, but it's still good, strategic fun. Coming very soon to a browser near you!

Freeware Game Pick: Stream (Roger Hicks)

July 21, 2010 10:47 AM | Michael Rose

Stream is a time-bending platformer with some really interesting ideas. Your soldier can place wormholes down, then travel back in time to where the hole was placed, allowing him to then co-operate with past version of himself.

Of course, the whole 'go back to time and help yourself out' mechanic has been done many times over, but Stream comes with a few ideas I'm pretty sure I've never encountered before. The music is also utilized well, gradually building up as you pass each obstacle. The only problem is that it all feels a little shoddily made, plus it's extremely short.

Definitely still worth giving a blast, however, as some of the puzzles are real mind-benders. Download the game from Roger's site, and check out the full video walkthrough below the cut.

(Thanks to Jhon Candy for the heads up!)

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