|Shift ||Antony Lavelle||Platformer||Browser||Click here to play|
Shift is a platformer with puzzle elements based on the idea of shifting dimensions, not unlike one of Nitrome's controversial release from last year. 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 game is rather short, but an online high score table which tracks players with the quickest completion time has been included to increase replayability by a small measure.
|Noitu Love and the Army of Grinning Darns ||Joakim Sandberg||Platformer||7.59 MB||Click here to download|
With a quirky name which is actually evolution spelled backwards, Noitu Love and the Army of Grinning Darns is quickly gaining widespread recognition for it's classic platforming goodness.
Controls are stripped down to basics, featuring the standard punch and jump plus two more attack variations assigned to both the left control and shift key. Much like Capcom's Mega Man series, you get to utilize certain devices to change form and access special powers. The first few levels may seem repetitive but the game does get better after the second stage.
Most of the highlights occur during boss battles, where each leader has to be defeated using different strategies. The final boss encounter is simply amazing, even when compared to other platformers freeware or otherwise. A word of advice, you'll miss out on quite a bit if the easy difficulty setting is chosen. Press alt-Enter to play in full screen mode.
|ro9 ||Justin Smith||RPG||1.41 MB||Click here to download|
ro9 is a turn-based role-playing game in which you get to control the actions of nine different characters at the same time, using only one set of controls for all. The objective here is to get all of your heroes down to the ninth and last level of the dungeon to loot the treasure, although you can still win if some of them succumb to their injuries before reaching the goal.
There are three types of monsters in each level. Humanoids are easy to defeat, while animals or creatures take a couple more shots to kill. Bosses are the strongest, and will take quite a beating before they drop an ankh. Collecting an ankh resurrects all rogues that died on the same dungeon level.
The basic strategy here is to win enemy encounters and increase your level before proceeding down the stairs, indicated by the number of yellow squares inside the window of each hero. The red outline that surrounds each view shows the amount of damage a character has taken, and players are advised to look for a health potion if it starts to turn bright red.
|Vacant Ark ||Buster||Shoot 'em up||9.83 MB||Click here to download|
Vacant Ark is a strange departure from standard horizontal shooters, featuring excellent sprite designs by Buster but employing a slightly awkward gameplay system. You can only store and use up to six bullets at any time, although this supply can be replenished by collecting blue gems from vanquished enemies.
You lose all your energy stock if an enemy bullet grazes your on-screen character. A life is lost if you have no energy left when receiving damage. Your pod can also turn enemy bullets into gems when not in use for a few seconds.
Each end level boss requires a different strategy to beat. Some weapons are more effective in certain situations. You can only progress to the next zone if none of the bosses escape.
|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.
- Windows, Mac
|namako team||Action/Arcade||1.27 MB||Click here to download|
dive is a small action game in which players are given the chance to venture into the sea for a bit underwater exploration. Communicate with friendly blue creatures by pressing the Z key to acquire more air. You will lose a small amount of air if you touch any of the dangerous creatures.
Press the plus or minus key to change window size, and use the alt and enter key to enter full screen mode. The game has a proper ending.
|Powder Game ||DAN-BALL||Application||Browser||Click here to open|
The Powder Game is an interesting web toy with no specific challenges or goals. The author has offered plenty of variables to experiment with, and continues to add to that number with every update.
Choose an object using the left or right mouse button, then click on the screen to place the selected item.
|Poyo ||Lazrool, Lazrael||Platformer||4.22 MB||Click here to download|
From the wonderful world of Game Maker comes Poyo, a new platforming adventure which took Lazrael only one month to complete. You control the main character using the arrow keys, but most of the puzzles in the game can only be solved by figuring out the proper way to utilize your warp ability. Tap the X key to jump and use the Z key in conjunction with a directional arrow key to dash past traps or activate switches.
Press the down arrow key while standing in front of another creature to start a conversation. Instructions are printed on a text file which can be found in the zip package.
The F4 key can be used to switch between windowed and full screen mode. Features forty-five levels and six boss encounters.
|Mighty Jill Off |
|dessgeega||Platformer||28.8 MB||Click here to download|
Mighty Jill Off is dessgeega's tribute to the fantastic Bomb Jack series, created with collaborative efforts from James Harvey and Andrew Toups. Players jump with the Z key, and can cancel this action at any time by pressing the same button again for a smaller leap. Tap the Z key rapidly to reduce the speed of descent while in mid-air.
The game can be finished in roughly ten or twenty minutes with the first try.
|Fedora Spade Episode 4 ||Orchard-L||Adventure||26.6 MB||Click here to download|
Fedora Spade Episode 4: The Last Job brings closure to the four part adventures of the suave detective, where more is revealed about his mysterious past as Daphne seeks the truth behind the loss of his brother and Spade's ex-partner.