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Archive For May, 2011

Browser Game Pick: Grow Nano 4 (EyeMaze)

May 2, 2011 5:37 PM | Cassandra Khaw

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D'aww. Not many developers commemorate fan-made memorabilia by designing a mini-game around it but it looks like the people behind the GROW series definitely fall under the category. GROW Nano 4 is positively tiny in comparison to some of the other titles within the franchise. With only four items to work with, it won't take long for even the novice player to solve this one.

As always, the visual design is bright, quirky and filled with strange things that don't really have connection with each other - fanged monsters and cake aren't normally the best of friends, after all. Either way, fans of the series should definitely spend a few minutes with this.

Click here to play.

Browser Game Pick: Officer Alfred (Arvi Teikari)

May 2, 2011 5:00 PM | Tim W.



In Officer Alfred you play as the titular character who has to escape from a research facility after it had been discovered by the enemy, guided along by a voice that's coming through the building's PA system. The game features a time shield gimmick that prevents you from getting hurt by the complex's automated defensive weapons, plus if Alfred does get killed he can be cloned from the save point that he last passed through.

There are some places where a couple more hours' worth of development could have benefited the game thoroughly, but don't let the lack of extra polish stop you from trying this Ludum Dare submission out. Officer Alfred is playable on any Flash-enabled browser by clicking here.

Browser Game Pick: The Legend of Mulida (Nora Shishi)

May 2, 2011 3:30 PM | Tim W.



The Legend of Mulida is a 2D platformer made by Nora Shishi (Norapoly) for the Ludum Dare 20 competition. You're a tunic-clad hero who is on a quest to save the princess, stuck in a cave with very dangerous things falling from the ceiling. The entire game can be controlled with the mouse, and there's an option to increase the window size if you feel that it's too tiny for your eyes to see.

Our brave adventurer can withstand up to ten hits before succumbing to his injuries, but do be careful about where you land after a jump since it takes just one misstep for your quest to end abruptly. The Legend of Mulida isn't that challenging of a game (according to the developer, Murida means impossible in Japanese), although this is one instance where we're glad that his (or her) name doesn't have too many characters in it when spelled out.

You can play The Legend of Mulida by clicking here.

Free SpaceChem Update Adds Level Editor, More Puzzles

May 2, 2011 12:30 PM | Michael Rose

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There's a chance you still haven't played SpaceChem yet. If this is the case, here's a reason to go pick it up - a free update was released today that adds a whole boatload more content, including some Steam-related goodies.

The biggest new addition is a level editor, allowing you to create your own brain-bending concoctions and then spread your genius around the world. A new chapter called The Journal of Reaction Engineering is also available, adding 12 new levels. That's around three hours of extra play right there.

Steam-wise, you've got new Steam achievements to collect, as well as Steam leaderboards for checking how well you fare against other Steam users. Finally, anyone who owns both SpaceChem and Team Fortress 2 on Steam gets three special TF2 items, including the mysterious Moustachium Alloy. I've not checked what these are yet, but I'm going to assume at least one of them is a hat.

The update is available for both the Steam version and the version downloaded from the SpaceChem website. If you need guidance on whether you should pick the game up, here's our review, and here's our podcast with developer Zach Barth.

Browser Game Pick: Block Push Championship (Stephen Lavelle)

May 2, 2011 10:30 AM | Tim W.

Block Push Championship is a puzzle game made by increpare for the Ludum Dare 20 event, where the player's objective is to push a set of blocks to their target spots in every level (marked by a red tile on screen). It plays rather similarly to most Sokoban remakes out there, but Stephen had also implemented a tiny change to meet the theme requirements of the LD competition as well.

It's a pretty short romp with just a handful of levels to play through, and uncharacteristically a lot easier to beat (which is a good thing) than most of the author's other works released in the past. Block Push Championship can be played by clicking here.

Browser Game Pick: Sci-Fighters (Dim/Flukeduke)

May 1, 2011 5:31 AM | Cassandra Khaw

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"Oh, god." Two words I don't expect to reveberate on loop when I'm playing a quirky little Flash game. While there is not even a whiff of cartoony violence anywhere to be seen, Sci-Fighters is strangely horrifying once you've gotten into it.

A collaborative effort between Dim of Super Flash Bros and Flukeduke with musical accompaniment provided by Evan X Merz, Sci-Fighters is basically this top-down arena death match that will have four players struggling to elude a hungry monster. In most normal games, this would mean a panoply of weapons and people co-operating to kill the abomination out for their blood. Not so, however, with Sci-fighter - the objective here is to feed your friends to the monster and be the last person standing. To accomplish that, you'll have things like the bait-gun to wield; it's a device that will coat anything it touches with appetizing goo, making it the prime target for the monster.

I've been playing this with another friend for about fifteen minutes now and I still myself going 'Oh, god' repeatedly as we cram into a corner of the room, hoping frantically that luck will have the hungry alien pick someone else first. Sci-Fighters definitely holds true to the old saying, 'With friends like these, who needs enemies?'

Click here to play.

Freeware Game Pick: The Wager (Surprised Man)

May 1, 2011 2:00 AM | Tim W.



The Wager is a Colonization-style exploration game that first saw light as a Ludum Dare submission last year, but has since been updated with new content before being re-released just a few days ago. Sir Marwood is an arrogant man who thinks little of your seafaring skills, so he challenges you to a treasure hunt expedition that will send the both of you to the furthest corners of the map. Whoever gathers the most gold pieces after twelve months will be declared the winner.

Everything in the game occurs in turns, and special events may happen regardless of whether you're on land or at sea. Food has to be replenished often, you need at least one crew member to help you man your ship, and Mr. Marwood is somehow always keeping a watchful eye on your progress. You can replenish your food supply and hire more men back at port, plus the shopkeeper is also keen on buying any maps of new islands that you may have charted during your adventures.

Any extra cash earned can be spent on ship upgrades as well. Newly-colonized islands may also be willing to sell you food supplies for a price should you need any.

The Wager can be downloaded from Surprised Man's site.
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