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Vacant Ark  
BusterShoot 'em up9.83 MBClick here to download
(external link)

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.

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Return to Sector 9  
Pug Fugly Games, Chris RoperShoot 'em up10.9 MBClick here to download

Return to Sector 9 is the long awaited sequel to Ambush in Sector 9. Featuring nine game modes, fifteen ships to pilot, plenty of weaponry, and plenty of aliens to use it on.

Each of the fifteen ships has its own special weapon. Once you have unlocked the ships and their weapons, learn which game modes they're best suited to.

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Cloud  
thatgamecompanyAction/Arcade38.4 MBClick here to download
(external link)

Cloud is a third-person computer puzzle game based on weather and atmospheric aesthetics. The game features distinctive hand-drawn art, as well as non-violent, whimsical play inspired by Keita Takahashi's Katamari Damacy.

The object of Cloud varies between the four missions presented in the game. In the early stages, the player is freely allowed to become accustomed to the controls in a type of tutorial. The player experiments with flight, which occurs on a 2D plane. Speed depends on the distance of the cursor from the player's avatar. 3D flight can be attained by holding the 3rd mouse button. There are three types of clouds in Cloud.

Neutral Clouds: Gray in color, these clouds do not respond to the player. If they come into contact with white clouds, they will be purified and turn into white clouds.

White Clouds: White in color, these clouds belong to the player and will follow the player in flight. If the player travels too quickly, however, these clouds will break away from the player's pull. A connection can be reestablished by flying close to the white clouds.

Dark Clouds: Black in color, these clouds can be considered the game's enemies. When the player flies into a collection of black clouds, the player's white clouds will combine with the dark clouds, eliminating both of them and forming rain. Numbers play an important role in this aspect of the gameplay. A large number of white clouds will more easily overpower a small number of dark clouds, and vice versa.

The shift key and left mouse button combination is utilized to gather white clouds inside the player, though there is a limit to this. If the player holds the control key while stationary, a single cloud will form that will increase in height. A short white cloud cannot purify a tall dark cloud, and so the white cloud must be made taller in order to conquer a large dark cloud.

If the control key and left mouse button combination is pressed while moving, individual white clouds will be released one by one along the flight path. This allows the player to draw intricate drawings in the air for both primary mission-based objectives and secondary puzzle levels.

Additional files/mirrors

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Swarm Racer  
- Windows, Mac
Joseph White, lexaloffleAction/Arcade0.74 MBClick here to download

Swarm Racer is another Ludum Dare competition entry by lexaloffle, creator of Zen Puzzle Garden and Neko Puzzle. The objective of the game is to guide a swarm of bugs to collect all gems in each level. This is achieved by using the cursor keys for directional movement and the Z or X key to change bug formation.

Get all gems before the time limit expires to progress. Certain tiles have different characteristics, all conveniently outlined with sparse but fairly complete instructions found in the main menu.

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The Spirit Engine 2  
Mark PayRPG209 MBClick here to download
(external link)

The Spirit Engine 2 is the follow up to the freeware game The Spirit Engine, first released in November 2003. Set in a new world, with new characters, new graphics and a rewritten game engine, TSE-2 improves upon the game experience of the original in every possible way.

The story is about three citizens who discovered their paths crossing in an act of charity one dark night, finding themselves burdened with the responsibilty of not only defending the nation but deciding whether to save civilization as they know it. TSE-2 offers an updated real-time combat system with greater control over characters, combat speed options and action synchronisation controls to make battles more tactical and more fun.

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Redder  
dessgeegaPlatformerBrowserClick here to play
(external link)

In Redder you play as an astronaut forced to make an emergency landing on an alien planet after finding out that she has run out of crystals to power her ship. This 2D platformer features a world map, regular checkpoint locations, and an unlimited number of retries to assist players who are unaccustomed to difficult challenges. The game takes about an hour to play through.

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xWUNG Flash  
cactusAction/ArcadeBrowserClick here to play
(external link)

This version of xWUNG is a port of cactus' earlier release, originally created using the Game Maker engine. You play by moving the mouse to swing a ball. The ball is attached to a wire, and both of them eliminate enemies on contact. Debris will destroy your ship, so avoid them whenever possible.

There are bosses that appear with regular intervals, and new enemies are introduced as the game progresses. The single power-up found in the game allows you to nullify certain enemy projectiles. Good scores can be achieved by making successive combos.

Instructions/walkthrough

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Fedora Spade Episode 4  
Orchard-LAdventure26.6 MBClick 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.

Instructions/walkthrough
Additional files/mirrors

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Nobody Shooter  
0relShoot 'em up0.10 MBClick here to download

Nobody Shooter is a remake of Jonathan Mak's Everyday Shooter, where players would have to collect coins from the enemies they've defeated to acquire enough points for an entry in the high score table. Hold the W, A, S or D key to shoot in any direction, and use the cursor keys to move your ship around.

There is only one level to play. Your final score is submitted online automatically once the song ends, as indicated by a progress bar at the bottom of the screen. The game window can be moved around by dragging the uppermost area where a title bar should be located at.

Instructions/walkthrough

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Gamma Bros  
- Windows, Mac
Pixeljam GamesShoot 'em up19.5 MBClick here to download

The name Gamma Bros sounds like a platformer but it is in fact a shooter. Use the W, A, S or D key to shoot in any of the four directions. Collect coins to purchase upgrades or health, and get close to an enemy to fire rapidly. You can change characters by touching your partner's ship when it appears on the screen.

A password save function is available, allowing players to continue from the last stage attempted. Access it by pressing the arrow keys while viewing the main menu. There's a Mac version as well.

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