Saturday, February 23, 2013

Binary Boy

Seems these days a lot of games focus on unnecessary things like "jumping" and "shooting" and what have you. Well, Binary Boy says "No!" to all that useless banter and makes you walk left and right.

Oh, you can flip, too. Binary Boy is a short game, only five stages that you progress through by flipping up and down on a tightrope while you head to the right. It does a good job at making use of the mechanic, and throws some interesting boss fights at you along the way. The whole thing can be done in about twenty minutes, so give it a go online over here, or download it if for some reason your browser can't handle it.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Which?


Which? is a game prepared to ask the tough questions. Which soft? Which living? Which cleanness? And, it's up to you to answer those questions. You must spin, scratch, swivel, drag and drop your way around two different balls to determine, well, Which?

The game only takes a few minutes to play through, and discovering the differences in each ball is a delight. Play it here and find out which is which.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

NEO XYX / Neo Zaikusu / ネオ ザイクス

The always fantastic NG Dev Team has released a new trailer for their upcoming Dreamcast and Neo Geo shoot-'em-up NEO XYX.

The main thing to take away from the trailer is that the game is quick. Enemies don't linger on the screen waiting for you to blow them to smithereens, most of them fire a few shots and get the hell out of there, with only the bigger ones sticking around long enough to kill most of the time. You'll have your hands busy dodging everything coming at you.

NEO XYX will see an April release for the Neo Geo MVS, followed by the Dreamcast version in June. Pre-orders are now open for the Dreamcast version on their website, with the Neo Geo version strangely missing. There's even a Collector's Edition limited to 300 units that includes both the regular and limited editions of the game, as well as a t-shirt and some other goodies for ~$120 USD.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Adam

Adam is a short puzzle-platformer developed as part of the Indie Speed Run 2012. You're a scientist on the moon who has a built a time machine powered by it's own time leaps. To gather energy for larger time leaps, you must make sequences of smaller leaps without touching the past you that is setting up the leaps you've already made.

The mechanics are polished, and if you've ever made a mistake you can't correct, you can restart the level instantly. There's no save feature, but that's fine, since the game is only five levels long, and can be finished in less than fifteen minutes. I'd have liked to see more difficult stages making use of the time-travel mechanic, but, as is so often the flaw with these short-form competition games, the game loses out by being too short. Take some time and play Adam over on newgrounds.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

CoD of Duty

War is hell. Especially a war against those scaly bastards. My grandfather lost his life fighting them, and I'll be damned if I lose mine.

At least, that's what I thought when I started playing CoD of Duty, a recently released parody by developer Ryan Evans. In case you couldn't tell, it's a play on the ever-popular Call of Duty releases. Similar to call of duty, CoD of Duty will task you with shooting fish in a barrel. The difference being, in CoD of Duty, it's rather literal. Eventually more fish show up, this time with guns and all the accuracy of enemy goons in the real CoD games. The game is made up of some alright jokes, but it suffers from the slow mechanics of the game dragging it out. Even so, it only takes about 15 minutes to complete, and you can play it online through the Unity webplayer, so it's no effort on your part for some entertainment, and that's all we can ever ask for.

The game is up to play online, or download over at http://rjevans.net/

Friday, January 25, 2013

Duplicity

Imagine you were playing Tetris. Remember that competitive 2-player mode that Tetris sometimes has? Okay, take that, flip it sideways so both players are dropping blocks towards each other and make it a war for the middle-ground.

That's Taco Graveyard's Duplicity. The upcoming game, made for the OUYA Create game jam, looks like the most nerve-wracking game of sideways-Tetris you've ever played. You can check out a developer post-mortem, and wait for the OUYA, PC, and (maybe) mobile release.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Kickstarter: Radio the Universe

I have a hard-on for gorgeous pixel art. The same goes for sci-fi, zelda-like, action-adventure titles. This is what Radio the Universe looks to be about.

The recently launched(and already funded) Kickstarter project shows off an oh so sexy sci-fi world promising challenging gameplay, mindful level design, old-school save points/checkpoints, some interesting combat situations, and more. There's a trailer on the Kickstarter page that shows off bits of the game in action. Check it out, I know I'll be keeping an eye on it.