|Opera Omnia |
- Windows, Mac
|Stephen Lavelle, increpare||Puzzle||4.58 MB||Click here to download|
In Opera Omnia you play a state historian who is charged by his politician friend to come up with convenient theories about migration in the past. Basically, you have to think backwards: if people were in this city during a plague, and if plagues reduce population, that means that they had to have had a lot of people in order to survive that plague: thus, plagues actually increase population if you work backwards in time.
The challenge of each level is that you're given something to prove -- such as prove that 300,000 people lived in this city a long time ago -- and you adjust migration patterns that will show how 300,000 people could have lived in that city a long time ago.
The gameplay may be a bit hard to "get" at first, and a lot of the people I've recommended the game to had a hard time wrapping their mind around the concept, but if you do manage to do it you'll find it a clever gameplay mechanic and some interesting challenges unlike most other games. There's also a pretty well-written story over the span of its 20 levels. - Paul Eres
|Samurai Railroad Mansion ||Lurk||Action/Arcade||19.1 MB||Click here to download|
Samurai Railroad Mansion is an action game developed by Lurk using Mark Overmars' Game Maker engine, and has more than a passing resemblance to Nintendo's light gun classic Hogan's Alley. A simple tutorial shown before the start of each level explains the type of enemies a player will encounter, though the advice on offer can be rather vague at times.
Hold the left or right cursor key before pressing the attack button to swing your blade in either directions. Your samurai's face will appear above the section in which he will strike at when the Z key is held. Press the F4 function key to switch between full screen and windowed mode.
Honor is lost when you hit a maiden or an opponent who has submitted to you, but can be restored by one rank for every ten thousand points you acquire. Timing is a crucial element in this game, as certain enemies can only be attacked after a few seconds, while others have to be sliced at the moment they appear on screen. There are only eight stages to play in total.
|Plasma Warrior ||Tom Vine||Platformer||0.89 MB||Click here to download|
Plasma Warrior is a retro 2D platformer created by Tom Vine, where only seven different colours are used in the entire game. Your task is to guide a robot on an exploration mission to uncover the mystery of an abandoned mining operation.
Use the cursor keys to move, press the shift key to jump and hold the left control key to shoot. The down arrow key can be used to read signs or enter doors as well. Press the alternate and enter key at the same time to switch between full screen and windowed mode.
|Swarm Racer |
- Windows, Mac
|Joseph White, lexaloffle||Action/Arcade||0.74 MB||Click 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.
- Windows, Mac, Linux
|DrPetter, Tomas Pettersson||Application||0.05 MB||Click here to download|
Possibly one of the most useful application that a game developer could have. sfxr is a program written by DrPetter which randomly generates a sound effect based on selected options and slider settings. The results can then be saved as .wav files, ready for use in any projects.
|Spyman ||Ikiki||Platformer||0.54 MB||Click here to download|
Spyman (spyman.zip) is a 2D platformer that puts players in the shoes of a secret agent who has to infiltrate the enemy's base and plant a bomb that'll blow the entire place sky high. Your equipment consists of an army knife and a grappling hook that can be used to swing from one location to another.
The game features a password system that you can use to access any levels previously beaten, and even when your the main character is killed he'll just respawn back at the starting point of the same area. There are five levels to beat in Spyman.
|White Chamber, The: International Edition |
|Studio Trophis||Adventure||358 MB||Click here to download|
Warning: Contains strong language and graphic scenes.
The White Chamber: International Edition is a new version of Studio Trophis' debut effort. Smaller than it's predecessor, it includes four new endings and voice acting as well.
There are plenty of easter eggs to be found, and some are hinted at the end of each adventure. Fans of the original certainly won't be disappointed with the extras.
|Ginormo Sword ||Babarageo||Action/Arcade||Browser||Click here to play|
Possibly Babarageo's best known work, Ginormo Sword is a Zelda-like game which involves striking down enemies with your sword for treasure. The gold you've acquired can then be used to upgrade the length and width of your sword, or to acquire new blades with special bonuses.
|Ghosts of Aliens ||Swordofkings128||RPG||82.2 MB||Click here to download|
Ghosts of Aliens is a full-length RPG which has been in production for nearly an entire year, featuring music by one of the developers credited with creating the post-cyberpocalyptic basketball epic, Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden. Playing as the ghost of an alien named Atum, the story tells the tale of this restless soul who is given another chance at life, granted that he undertakes a quest to defeat the five Doom Beasts and save the world of Appalathia.
Use the Z key to run or select a menu option, and press the X key to cancel a choice or bring up your inventory screen. Press the left alt and enter key at the same time to switch between windowed and full screen mode. Progress can be saved at any time.
Combat is mostly negligible, as enemies encountered during the early part of the game only requires two hits or less before surrendering to you. Bosses can be easily defeated using your strongest Magle, while Quencheleth are readily available for purchase from item shops located in towns scattered all over Appalathia. There is however one particular dungeon that will most likely cause excruciating frustration, since entering this area inside a tree will end your adventure in less than two seconds if you're not equipped with the Mark IV blocker. In here, players would have to be mindful of their steps as well, as touching traps would pretty much wipe out all party members without warning.
Ghosts of Aliens isn't without faults and bugs, but anyone who is willing to persevere might find a couple of pleasant surprises to be had with this adventure. The RPG Maker 2000 Font Patch can be used to fix font display problems, but note that the program doesn't come with an uninstaller.
|Alter Ego ||Dan Fabulich||Adventure||Browser||Click here to play|
In Alter Ego, you start off the game by answering a few questions to deduce your personality. Gameplay basically revolves around the use of a tree diagram. You can choose life experiences to explore from this diagram by clicking on the icons. These are social, intellectual, emotional, physical and familial (faces, brain, heart, x-ray and family, in that order).
The hourglass describes your current stage in life and the bar chart shows some stats about your alter ego.