|Vanguard Princess |
|Sugeno Tomoaki||Action/Arcade||167 MB||Click here to download|
Vanguard Princess is a freeware versus fighting game created with Enterbrain's 2D Fighter Maker engine, featuring the sort of quality normally reserved for full-price commercial releases. There are ten playable characters to choose from, an assortment of special moves distinct to each combatant, excellent sprite work, creative costume designs, and even a multiplayer mode that is unfortunately limited to just two people playing on the same computer with no online capabilities. Depending on your interest in the genre you could still squeeze out an hour's play or two from it, although the end sequence for every character is practically the same.
The game will only work on Windows operating systems which can read names of files and folders in Japanese, or those that already have the Japanese language pack already installed. You can switch between full screen and windowed mode by using the left Alt and Enter key, while the button configuration option is accessible via the menu bar.
|Pyramid, The ||Pug Fugly Games, Chris Roper||Shoot 'em up||3.82 MB||Click here to download|
In The Pyramid, your objective is to guide a protective capsule through the corridors of a pyramid while shooting at any object with the intent to harm. Sacrifice your enemies to the level guardian to open a new passage in each room.
A pretty good remake by Chris Roper, with nothing less than four control options made available to the player. Plenty of additional accessibility functions have been included, such as a difficulty setting, an autofire toggle, display modes, everything but the kitchen sink apparently. Having a monster book to record your previous encounters with the denizens of the sacred tomb is a very nice touch as well.
|Duty and Beyond ||Wandering Adventures||Adventure||4.25 MB||Click here to download|
Duty and Beyond is an AGS effort which took Wandering Adventures three months to develop, and much like Gamma Bros it features characters and objects made out of small pixel counts. You assume the role of Piet the pizza delivery guy on a quest to earn some additional pocket money during his working hours. A peculiar order takes him to a mysterious mansion with the owner nowhere to be found.
- Windows, Mac, Linux
|The Freecol Team||Strategy||22.9 MB||Click here to download|
FreeCol is an open version of Colonization, a Civilization-like game in which the player has to conquer the new world.
You start the game with one vessel and two colonists. In the beginning you'll be able to send ships back to Europe in order to sell the goods you've produced or to bring back some colonists. Getting colonists into the new world is an important aspect of the game as each turn takes one year and later on even one season and as a result colonies don't grow as rapidly as they do in Civilization. You can pay colonists to come to the new world or you can attempt to persuade them with the religious freedom of your people in which case they will hop on your vessels for no money at all.
Another important aspect is trade, the source of all income apart from Inca and Aztec gold. In a land filled with precious resources it is important to build your colonies at the right location and to place crafstmen where they belong. This is not only to have an income but also to be able to live off the land when you can no longer count on the support of Europe.
Through all this you'll have to decide whether or not you want to live next to the native americans peacefully. They can teach your colonists new skills that cannot be taught anywhere else and they will offer you goods in case you choose to treat them as your friends. On the other hand, their villages can be attacked and their valuable goods can be taken from them and sold in Europe.
Other European forces are also busy occupying their piece of the new world. Should their borders go too far then take over some of their colonies by force because they wouldn't hesitate to do the same thing to you.
The object of Colonization is to declare your independence and survive an attack of the King's forces. Before declaring your independence you need to have the majority of the people behind you. This can be done by promoting free speech and by providing a strong governmental system.
|GearToyGear ||Kenta Cho, ABA Games||Shoot 'em up||2.24 MB||Click here to download|
GearToyGear is a 3D tunnel shooter which plays like Kenta Cho's Torus Trooper, although in this mission you are only able to control the speed and flight direction of the ship that you pilot. Shots are fired automatically, and if your initial ship stock isn't enough you can also earn extra lives by scoring more points in the game.
The ship's current speed is indicated by the multiplier shown at the top right corner of the screen. The faster you go, the more points you score. Try not to crash into an obstacle or fly into the path of a laser beam while moving at breakneck speed.
For Windows users, the installation of XNA Framework 3.1 is required to get GearToyGear working. Playing the game with an Xbox 360 controller is recommended.
|Hoshi Saga ||Yoshio Ishii, Nekogames||Puzzle||Browser||Click here to play|
Hoshi Saga is a brain teaser consisting of thirty-six stages in total, each with the same objective of discovering stars which are cleverly hidden by the author. No instructions are given, and players are expected to solve puzzles by experimenting with the elements found in every stage.
|Tobioriya ||Ikiki||Action/Arcade||0.38 MB||Click here to download|
Tobioriya is a new action game by Ikiki, author of Tekkyuuman, Nikujin and Bokorin. In it, you play an archer with the mission of shooting as many suicidal jumpers as possible in under one minute. The calculation of your final score is based on the number of hits, misses and accuracy percentage. Press the F2 function key to restart at any time.
|Psychosomnium ||cactus||Platformer||1.51 MB||Click here to download|
Psychosomnium is a freeware 2D platformer created by cactus, a game where players find themselves in a sparse dream world filled with a cast of quirky characters. Use the cursor keys to move, and press the Z key to carry out a specific action when available.
|Amanita Design||Adventure||31.6 MB||Click here to download|
Machinarium is a 2D adventure game set in strange rusty metallic place populated only by robots. The story is about a little robot named Josef who has been unjustly thrown out to the scrap yard behind the city. In the game he returns to the town where he meets the bad guys from Black Cap Brotherhood - they are just preparing a bomb attack on the central tower where the town ruler has residence in. Of course our hero must stop them and also rescue his friend robot-girl.
|musagi ||DrPetter, Tomas Pettersson||Application||2.07 MB||Click here to download|
Musagi is a fairly sophisticated music editor and synthesizer which is more polished than most shareware or commercial products available in the market. The program comes with a broad range of instruments, from predefined retro sounds that can be customized to a MIDI interface and a WAV sampler.
Even if you're not a composer and do not hook up your musical instrument to record tunes on your PC or use the keyboard to play them, you can ignore the more advanced sound-editing features and start composing a nice melody right away.
Be sure to read the text file in the documentation folder, then check out the nicely written step-by-step tutorial that will guide you in composing your very first tune. - Lim-Dul