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Archive For July, 2010

Trailer: Nikki and the Robots (Joyride Laboratories)

July 15, 2010 12:41 PM | Michael Rose

While this concept trailer for upcoming platformer Nikki and the Robots doesn't exactly give much away in terms of how the game will play, there's just something about it that really appeals to me.

The protagonist Nikki cannot use weapons or equipment throughout the entire game, and instead enlists the help of robots. She can hack into terminals to take advantage of each robot's unique abilities, solving puzzles and overcoming obstacles.

Should hopefully be some good, solid fun. Nikki and the Robots is coming to PC, Linux and Max soon. Visit the official site for more details and some lovely screenshots.

Freeware Game Pick: DreamCherry (Rabid Media)

July 14, 2010 11:00 PM | Tim W.

Dream Cherry is a NES-style platformer in which you play as Cherryboy, a cherry-headed hero who has to drive back the nightmarish creatures that seek to destroy everything in the realm of the Dream World. You can jump on or throw star at enemies to defeat them, although the latter method is preferable because some creatures will hurt you when you try to step on them.

One thing to take note of is that you have to do running jumps to clear most of the walls or obstacles that you come across in the game. If Cherryboy is in a stationary position before attempting a jump, the height of the leap will be much lower than when he is in motion.

There are five levels to play in this demo. (Windows, 9.05MB)

Indie Game Links: Edge of Darkness

July 14, 2010 10:00 PM | Tim W.

Today's collection of independent game links includes more competition announcements, a couple of game development updates, and the usual interviews with indie game developers from around the 'net. (image source)

The Journey Down: Over the Edge
"The Journey Down (pictured) is a classical point and click adventure game that has been a project of mine for over four years. I am aiming for a release of chapter one, Over the Edge, some time late August."

xnPlay: 5 Recommendations For Today
"I figured I’d punt a few titles under your noses that you really should take a look at. Each and every one of these games comes with the xnPlay Recommended seal of approval."

MochiLand: Announcing The Mochi 'Made For Mobile' Contest With Adobe
"Create games for the Android mobile platform that run in Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for a chance to win, with more than $15,000 in cash prizes up for grabs."

Kongregate: Mobile Flash Game Contest with Adobe Flash
"Adobe and Kongregate are working together to bring you the Mobile Flash Game Contest with Adobe Flash, which we're giving away nearly $30,000 in prizes."

Oxeye Game Studio: The Dubai Grand Prix Scandal
"During the No More Sweden 2010 event we created a 48-hour game called The Dubai Grand Prix Scandal. It’s a game intended for two people using two game pads, but we’ve added keyboard support as well."

GameSetWatch: New, Improved iPhone Edition Of Kenta Cho's rRootage Released
"If you're a fan of indie game designer Kenta Cho and his shoot'em ups, run out (or pick up your iPhone) and grab rRootage Online from the App Store, a new, improved and free adaptation of 2003 PC shmup rRootage, ported by Miko Wohlgemuth."

Gamasutra: Get Risky On Digital Download
"Speaking at Develop 2010, Hello Games' Sean Murray suggested that the most successful games on digital download are those that are self-published, and that Joe Danger -- which sold 50,000 units week one on PSN -- helps add proof."

Browser Game Pick: Love Letter (Jonathan Whiting)

July 14, 2010 3:09 PM | Michael Rose

love.PNGUtterly loving the idea behind this one. Love Letter is a standard platforming collectathon with a twist - the first player to complete it will be allowed the change the title screen.

Created for the TIGSource 'A Game By Its Cover' competition, the idea is to collect all 50 hearts and not die a single time. The first person who manages to complete this feat will be able to change the love letter presented at the start of the game. It sounds a little risky - I mean, have you seen the kinds of things people write on the internet? - but I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what ends up being set in stone.

Play here, and see if you can win!

Browser Game Pick: Faultline (Nitrome)

July 13, 2010 6:00 PM | Michael Rose


Faultline is your fix of clever platforming for the day, hell, the week. You take control of a robot who can fire his hands at nodes, then fold the nodes over each other, taking entire sections of the level with them.

Whenever there are two purple nodes in view, clicking one and holding, then moving to the other and releasing will cause the entire level to fold together, losing everything that was between the two points. Hence, if there is a wall in the way, and it is between the two nodes, you can simply fold one node on to the other, and hey presto, the wall no longer exists. Nodes can then be clicked once more to retract your arms and reveal the level again.

It's really clever stuff, and you should play. Go and do this now.

Indie Game Links: We Like Monkeys

July 13, 2010 5:00 PM | Tim W.

Today's collection of independent-related links includes more indie game previews, a couple of development updates, and the usual interviews with developers from around the 'net.

Develop: Why publishers nixed Joe Danger
"Hello Games struggled to convince publishers that Joe Danger (pictured) would sell. Sean Murray, a programmer at the studio, went through a list of reasons why the game was turned down, quoting what he had heard from various publishers in meetings."

Indie Superstar: Eitan Glinert, Andy Moore, Jeff Rosen
"What really goes on behind the scenes of indie game development? Did you know that most indies know each others’ darkest secrets? We climb into the cage with three devs and let them fight it out."

GamerBytes: Nexuiz To Use CryEngine 3
"The Indie PC shooter Nexuiz will be leaving it's original Quake One roots when it comes to the XBLA and PSN -- it will be moving to the far-flung future by using CryEngine 3."

The Witness: Location Development
"Gameplay is the utmost concern; this being a puzzle game, you spend a long time solving puzzles, so it’s important to make that feel good."

Kotaku: The Man Who Will Bring Us To The Fourth Dimension
"Marc ten Bosch really is a man who sculpts in 4D, and his chisel is programming code. The statue emerging from his block of marble is a video game called Miegakure, a game that could teach us how to think and move in the fourth dimension."

GameSetWatch: Rohrer's Primrose Releases On DSiWare
"Sabarasa has released Primrose, the serene puzzler from art game designer and 2009 IGF Innovation award winner Jason Rohrer (Between, Sleep Is Death), for DSiWare today. Previously released for iPhone, Primrose is now available through the Nintendo DSi's download service for just 200 Points."

Touch Arcade: Gaijin Games' WiiWare Title Bit.Trip Beat Coming to iPhone, iPad
"Gaijin Games has teamed up with Namco Bandai to bring an adaptation of their Wiiware title Bit.Trip Beat to the App Store."

KwikLook Blog: Sulkeis
"Sulkeis is a ‘demake’ of the popular 2003 GameMaker game, Seiklus, as indicated by the game’s title. This brilliant adventure has a great chance of being awarded in Game Jolt’s ‘Indie Game Demake’ contest."

GDC 2011 Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Calls For Papers, Adds Board Members

July 13, 2010 4:02 PM | Simon Carless

Game Developers Conference organizers have announced the opening of the call for submissions for the show, to be held in San Francisco on February 28th to March 4th 2011. The call for submissions to present lectures, roundtables and panel sessions for the 2011 Game GDC -- the historic 25th anniversary show -- is now open through Wednesday, August 25th.

The main GDC advisory board is looking for submissions in the following game-related areas/tracks: Audio, Business and Management, Game Design, Production, Programming and Visual Arts, to be showcased on the prestigious Wednesday to Friday main conference of Game Developers Conference 2011. (Submissions for the GDC Summits -- including the Independent Games Summit -- will open later in the year.)

A talk abstract is required alongside a more detailed description and speaker information, and the GDC Call For Papers page has multiple annotated examples of previous submissions, giving detailed, precise instructions on speaker criteria and the selection process.

Alongside this year's call for submissions, the GDC 2011 advisory board has been expanded, adding several leading industry figures in the social and independent gaming spaces.

In particular, new board members include Media Molecule studio director Siobhan Reddy (LittleBigPlanet 2), EA2D designer/programmer Soren Johnson (Civilization IV, Spore), independent developer Adam Saltsman (Canabalt, Flixel), and Playfish San Francisco GM Dan Fiden. Also added for their art and audio expertise respectively are Undead Labs' Steve Theodore and Microsoft's Scott Selfon.

Trailer: Where is my Heart? (die gute Fabrik)

July 13, 2010 3:00 PM | Tim W.

Four new mini-trailers for the upcoming PSP game Where is my Heart? were posted on Bernie Schulenburg's site yesterday, demonstrating some gameplay and the clever Comic Panel Effect in motion. Basically what the Comic Panel Effect does is split up a level into small windows of various sizes before placing them randomly across the screen, and it is up to the player to figure out which piece goes where.

More background info on this former IGF Student Showcase winner can be found here, and all four clips can be viewed at Bernie's site.

Browser Game Pick: Noggins (Chevy Ray Johnston)

July 13, 2010 1:22 PM | Michael Rose


Noggins is a unique arcade game about big, square heads. Presented with a variety of differently coloured and sized bonces, your job is to create a square of the same size and colour which fits perfectly around each.

It's a lot simplier to play than explain, so you're best to just have a go. It's all done against the clock, with later heads expanding and retracting and powerups available. I don't think I've seen anything like this concept-wise before, and the look on each subject's face did make me chuckle.

Play here.

Join the Dejobaan Fan Club, Get Free Games

July 13, 2010 10:49 AM | Michael Rose


Dejobaan Games (of Aaaaa! and The Wonderful End of the World fame) has started a fan club for those people looking to keep up to date with all the latest news from the indie developer, and also anyone looking to grab some free games.

Every now and again, free games will be delivered directly to your inbox. As of yet, there are two available, both of which are variants on Aaaaa! In a nutshell, it's a way for Dejobaan to experiment with its games and see how the audience reacts.

You can't knock free games, so join the club here.

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