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Archive For December, 2010

Browser Game Pick: Time Pygmy (deepnight)

December 20, 2010 5:00 AM | Tim W.


In Time Pygmy you play as a caveman who discovers a time portal inside his cave on a rainy day. Being rather inquisitive he decides to jump into the portal without thinking twice, and finds himself teleported to a cosy house sometime in the distant future. Our protagonist is also given only four minutes to make as many discoveries as he can, before he is forcefully returned to his own timeline to reflect on the amazing adventure he's just had.

Every new discovery that you make will light up a bulb at the bottom of the screen, although the first two discoveries are pretty much given to you as a gift during the tutorial sequence. Some puzzles are solved by placing two objects side by side, while others may require a certain amount of brute force before players can add them to their row of achievements.

The game is also rather short in length, but you'll need at least a couple of playthroughs to figure out every discovery there is to find in this Ludum Dare 19 competition submission.

Beat Hazard + Girl Talk = Pay-What-You-Want

December 19, 2010 5:58 PM | Michael Rose


The second YAWMA pay-what-you-want offer is up - you can now grab Beat Hazard and Feed the Animals by artist Girl Talk for whatever price you fancy, from absolutely nothing to one schquillion American dollars (roughly).

Beat Hazard is a shooter that uses you music to create levels, and definitely worth checking out. To grab the offer, simply visit this page and hit that big PWYW button at the bottom.

Browser Game Pick: 64pixels (asiekierka)

December 19, 2010 5:00 PM | Tim W.


64pixels is a multiplayer open world game that offers a comprehensive set of tools for constructing just about anything a player can dream of. Best described as an ASCII version of Minecraft, this versatile program has a crazy number of features for you to play around with, and clever folks can even build things like the electrical circuitry seen in the video.

There's already a multiplayer server in place for players to connect to (megairc.org), and pressing the T key allows you to chat with other people on the same server. While in chat mode, typing /who also brings up a list of players.

Windows and Linux builds are available to download from official site, and if your internet browser is capable of running Java applets then there's a page that you can visit and play the game from inside your browser window as well. A tutorial that explains most of the GUI and menu options can be found here. (source: jeb)

Humble Indie Bundle 2 Hits $1Million, Now Redeemable on Steam

December 19, 2010 3:48 PM | Michael Rose

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A surprise was promised if (read: when) the second Humble Indie Bundle hit sales of $1,000,000. True to their word, a surprise is here: The Humble Indie Bundle can now be redeemed via both Steam and Desura.

Whether you've already bought the pack, or are just buying it now, if you visit your unique link for the bundle, you'll now find two keys that can be plugged into Steam and Desura. After putting the code in, you'll be able to download Braid, Osmos and Machinarium to your libraries, with both Cortex Command and Revenge of the Titans appearing in your Steam/Desura list once they are added.

As if you needed more reason to pick up the bundle, this is a mighty fine one! The bundle is still available for just over 2 days.

Browser Game Pick: Monomaze (Diffusion Games)

December 19, 2010 3:00 PM | Tim W.


Monomaze is a clever puzzle game that's about creating closed boxes by drawing straight lines from one dot to another. Players can only draw a line between two of the nearest dots, and each time you do so the moves counter will be reduced by one. You can replenish the number of moves you have left by capturing the yellow arrows on the board, and more power-up items will appear if you draw larger boxes instead of just small ones.

Bombs will start to appear around the third level or so, and you would have to remove these from the field too before their timer countdown reaches zero. Drawing a box around them should make them disappear permanently, but you can also collect lightning symbols to destroy all bombs that exist on screen.

Monomaze is playable over at Kongregate.

Indie Game Links: Beware the Extortionists

December 19, 2010 7:00 AM | Tim W.

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

Amanita Design Blog: Machinarium Fan Art
"This is our gallery of Machinarium fan art, check it out. I was unable to find the authors of most of the pictures, so if you are an author or if you know who it is, let us know."

Joystiq: Journey preview
"I laughed when I first saw the scarf worn by Journey's main character. I couldn't help it -- the flair it adds to the enigmatic avatar renders the figure distinctly more charming than spooky. The scarf serves a more functional purpose, too: It's a gameplay meter, measuring your character's ability to fly."

Following Freeware: November 2010 new releases
"This month you can travel to the depths of hell, ascend to a space station in the infinite ocean of the stars or simply head out to a rather unusual house in California. All these pleasures await in the following November releases from the freeware adventure scene."

YoYo Games: Game Maker running on Android
"Recently we’ve been saying that we want to get the Game Maker runner onto the Android platform, and we’re delighted to finally be able to show you the amazing progress we’ve been making. It currently plays all the current games, and we hope to start publishing games on the Android market place early in the new year."

Hemisphere Games: The Russian
"It seems that cyber squatting is once again alive and well on the App Store. Domain name squatting naturally died off after Google arrived on the scene. Now everyone knows that you’re more likely to get the information you need by searching for 'milk' in Google, rather than hope that Milk.com has the information you’re looking for. Unfortunately, the name is still vitally important on the App Store."

Quote Unquote: Chris Roper
"Chris Roper aka Pug Fugly is a veteran Game Maker developer, who enjoys creating videogames those that you might have played in arcade cabinets in the early eighties. He has created such memorable experiences as Return to Sector 9, Destructivator and a remake of The Pyramid that won the Retro Remakes 2006 competition."

GameSetWatch: Hamlet Adventure Game To Be On Mac, iOS
"Publisher Alawar Entertainment has announced that Hamlet, the adventure title loosely based on William Shakespeare's play and developed by Russian indie developer Mif2000, will release for Mac and iOS platforms in January 2011."

Koonsolo Games: Make an RPG with an existing framework and resources
"It’s possible to speed things up by taking advantage of what other people already created. RPG’s seem to be very popular for game development projects, and a lot of people have made their own frameworks or even art available."

A Hardy Developer's Journal: Backdrop pitfalls, and how to avoid them
"Throughout my years of lurking on the Adventure Game Studio forums I have had a chance to analyze a wide range of different backdrops, many professional looking, and many, utterly and completely horrible in their badness. In looking at these various abominations I have come to identify a series of common beginners mistakes."

Browser Game Pick: Bat Country (Greg Sergeant)

December 18, 2010 7:00 AM | Tim W.


Bat Country is a horizontal-scrolling shooter with four levels to play through, featuring silhouette graphics and imaginative enemy designs that'll keep you on your toes from start to end. The story is about a pilot named Thompson who must fly deep into enemy territory to rescue a group of stranded soldiers, even when the odds heavily stacked against him and his copter is well and truly under-equipped for such a mission.

The bombs that you carry on your ship can be thrown one at a time using the space key, and once they are close to your intended target you can press the same button again to detonate them and cause some serious damage. Mastery of the bomb detonation skill is essential if you're planning to survive past the second area, since the difficulty ramps up quite a bit when bigger and badder enemies are introduced into the equation.

You can play Bat Country right now at Armor Games.

First Two Minutes of Fez

December 18, 2010 12:47 AM | Michael Rose


Polytron has posted up a video of the first two minutes of upcoming XBLA title Fez. The gameplay shows protagonist Gomez climbing up to meet Geezer at the top of a little village, before a strange, 3D cube appears spinning above his head.

The game is still set to land in 2011 on Xbox Live Arcade.

Round-Up: Gamasutra Network Jobs, Week Of December 17

December 17, 2010 5:50 PM | Tom Curtis

In a busy week for new job postings, Gamasutra's jobs board plays host to roles across the world and in every major discipline, including opportunities at Rockstar North, Gazillion Entertainment, Tencent Boston, and more.

Each position posted by employers will appear on the main Gamasutra job board, and appear in the site's daily and weekly newsletters, reaching our readers directly.

It will also be cross-posted for free across its network of submarket sites, which includes content sites focused on online worlds, cellphone games, 'serious games', independent games and more.

Some of the notable jobs posted this week include:

Gazillion Entertainment: Senior Engineer:
"NetDevil is at the forefront of game innovation and has grown to over 175 people in its 12 year history. From the space combat MMOG, Jumpgate Evolution, to the highly anticipated LEGO Universe MMOG; our company's passion for launching to new heights of creativity can be experienced in everything we do. If you want to join a fun environment where we play as hard as we work and think you have what it takes to be a part of one of the most innovative MMO development studios in the world; come be a part of NetDevil."

NetherRealm Studios: Senior Software Engineer, Tools:
"NetherRealm Studios, a division of WB Games Inc. seeks a Software Engineer - Tools to work closely with the Koretech technology team behind the Mortal Kombat franchise. This is an opportunity to become an integral part of an extremely talented team of industry veterans focusing on pushing the technology of current and next-gen hardware."

ZeniMax Online Studios: User Interface Designer:
"ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking an experienced UI Designer to work on our world-class MMOG. If you're hardworking, game-loving, experienced, passionate, and know you can contribute to a large-scale MMOG, then let us know!"

Gameloft: Lead Online Developer:
"Gameloft, an international publisher and developer of video games, is seeking a gifted Lead Online Developer to help create the next generation of exciting new games for Facebook. Qualified candidates will work with imaginative teams to create new game IP. Our hit games include - Green Farm, Oregon Trail, Hero of Sparta I & II, NOVA, Avatar, Dungeon Hunter, NFL 2010, Real Soccer 2010, New York Nights, Assassin's Creed, Terminator Salvation, Asphalt 5, Let's Golf and Gangstar 1&2. As a key member of the engineering team you will be responsible for supervising the development and architecture of our multiplayer Facebook network games."

Infinity Ward: Game Designer - Scripter:
"Join our ranks! Infinity Ward, Inc. is an award winning developer of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. We are fiercely dedicated to creating the best games on the market, and strive not only to exceed the standard in game development, but define it. An incredibly talented team, an exciting work environment, and competitive compensation await those who are interested in creating cutting edge games."

To browse hundreds of similar jobs, and for more information on searching, responding to, or posting game industry-relevant jobs to the top source for jobs in the business, please visit Gamasutra's job board now.

Max and the Magic Marker Pay-What-You-Want 48 Hour Sale

December 17, 2010 5:50 PM | Michael Rose


We're in indie gaming bundle heaven! The lovely people over at YAWMA are putting out a series of indie + music pay-what-you-want bundles over the next seven days, and the first has just dropped.

You can now pick up Max and the Magic Marker + music by indie musicians Twin Sister for whatever price you want, with 25% of the profits going to the charity Child's Play. The offer is available for the next 48 hours, at which point a new offer will appear.

The rest of the week will see 'Feed The Animals' + Beat Hazard going PWYW, and then 'Dandelion Gum' + 5 + Multiwinia (Mac). Lovely stuff!

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