|Black Market |
|Big Block Games||Strategy||Browser||Click here to play|
Black Market is a space trading game in which you play as the pilot of a spacecraft, transporting goods for a quick profit and earning the experience needed to access other planets around the system you're in. At each port you're usually given the options of trading at the commodities market, installing new weapons or ship parts, talk to patrons at the local watering hole, or purchasing a bigger ship in exchange for the old one if your budget allows for it.
Occasionally pirates or law enforcement ships will harass you on your travels, and you can decide whether to surrender your belongings to them or fight it out and take what's theirs instead.
|Nest of Moai 2 ||SKT||Action/Arcade||Browser||Click here to play|
Nest of Moai 2 is basically an entire game based on the objective of touching these strange structures with your mouse cursor.
Move your cursor over as many statues as possible in thirty seconds, although these tiny little guys will attempt to make matters difficult by popping up in odd places. Large statues require some rubbing, but they do contribute quite a bit to your score.
Use the left mouse button or scroll wheel to zoom in for more hidden statues.
|Shift 3 ||Antony Lavelle||Platformer||Browser||Click here to play|
Shift 3 is a new sequel to the series of platformers created by Antony Lavelle, featuring more twisted puzzles based on the idea of shifting dimensions. Use the cursor keys to move your character, and press the space key to jump. The left shift key can be used to switch positions.
The story starts off with a feeling of familiarity but quickly turns into an open-ended adventure with multiple paths to explore. Expect to find a couple of secret passages and areas during your attempt to escape from the laboratory. You will also need to collect all four newspaper clippings to acquire the best ending.
|Cave Story |
- Windows, Mac, Linux
|Pixel||Platformer||0.88 MB||Click here to download|
Cave Story is a freeware sidescrolling platformer title created by Daisuke Amaya, art-name Pixel. You control a cute little amnesiac who runs around helping out these rabbit-ish creatures called Mimigas while trying to find your way out of the giant cave inside the floating island which makes up the game's setting.
You can expand your health meter by collecting Life Capsules in similar fashion to Metroid games, while you can get stronger by collecting energy to boost your firearms' output. Each weapon can be built up to the maximum level fairly quickly, but taking damage will drain energy from its experience meter, sometimes causing it to level down. Given how quickly they power up this only tends to be an issue during boss fights, and even then there's usually plenty of opportunities for collecting more weapon energy.
The game has loads of secrets, too. For a freeware Japanese platformer, it's fairly lengthy and has quite a large amount of text. We're also talking three very different endings, plenty of plot, and quite a cast of charming characters. It really is a superb little gem.
|Ad Nauseam 2 |
(mature content, nudity)
|cactus||Shoot 'em up||1.61 MB||Click here to download|
Ad Nauseam 2 is an intense 2D shooter from the prolific Swedish developer cactus, and fans of Seizuredome or Burn the Trash will find something to like in this release. Press the Z key to shoot, and tap the X key to activate the shockwave effect. Hold both buttons to activate the alternate fire. Using either of these two specials will deplete your circular power gauge, shown discreetly in the background.
Collect four green pluses to upgrade your weapon by one level, but be sure to avoid red minuses which downgrade your ship's firepower. Use the F1 function key to switch between uncensored and safe modes. Press F2 to turn off motion blur, or F3 to disable screen shakes.
The game has three phases in total, and your fastest completion time is submitted online once you've beaten the final boss. Playing on the easiest difficulty setting doubles your time on the high score list.
|1213 Episode 2 |
|Yahtzee||Adventure||4.66 MB||Click here to download|
Yahtzee continues to impress with 1213 Episode 2, a platformer made using the AGS engine. Our clueless protagonist can now be made to run by holding down the shift key, and the environment is no longer limited to a grayish shade.
There is some backtracking as 1213 can only carry one item at any moment, but fortunately less time is required to travel from place to place thanks to his newfound ability.
|Varia ||Kairos||Shoot 'em up||15.6 MB||Click here to download|
Varia is a new vertical shooter from Kairos, featuring four playable levels and a combination of influences from several classic shmups. Rotating powerups can be collected using the Cho Ren Sha 68K method, while options can absorb and mimic enemy attacks.
Hold the Z key to shoot, and use the X key to freeze options in their places. Tap the C key to free the ability of the currently selected option.
|Specter Spelunker Shrinks ||Ken Grafals||Platformer||Browser||Click here to play|
Specter Spelunker Shrinks is a Unity-based platformer in which you overcome obstacles and challenges by growing or shrinking the size of the main character. There are regular checkpoints scattered around the level to save your progress from time to time, although players won't be utilizing them too much as the entire adventure can be completed in half an hour or less.
|Tubopac ||Bloody Monkey||Action/Arcade||2.61 MB||Click here to download|
Not content with the excellent Smash TV homage, Bloody Monkey had set their sights on a Sierra classic to remake. Tubopac is the result, with updated graphics and faster gameplay to delight fans of the original. Your objective is basically to collect all oil pellets in each level to advance, Pac-Man style.
There's a boss fight, bonus stages, a save function and difficulty setting thrown in. Everything but the kitchen sink, as they say. The only problem with this polished production is that it's rather short in length.
|Bullet Time ||Terry Cavanagh, distractionware||Shoot 'em up||Browser||Click here to play|
In Bullet Time, the goal of the game is to survive as long as you can. If things get too hectic, you can activate Bullet Time, which slows down enemy bullets long enough for you to navigate to safety. The highest rank is 'Martha', which requires you to survive for three whole minutes.