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Thursday, 11 November 2010

You may have noticed that I haven’t been publishing as many articles on this site in recent times, well that’s because I’ve been spending a whole lot of time writing articles over at Adventure Gamers, one of the biggest on-line publications for the Adventure Game genre. It’s been a great experience working with the peeps over at AG and real learning curve for me also, one that will no doubt, shape and improve my writing abilities over time.

As far as Computer+Adventure is concerned, not too much has changed, I’m still planning on producing more content for the site and perhaps even make some changes to the site layout  at some point in the future. It may mean I post less frequently but with higher quality content or more frequently but with shorter articles, either way you’ll still receive plenty plenty of underground goodness and the info on the Indie scene that you’ve come to expect.

Moving on…

I’m going to give you a quick round up of some the best new games in the freeware indie scene -

 

Dash and the Stolen Treasure

 

 

Dash and the Stolen Treasure is a freeware platform game that very much follows in the footsteps of Jax and Daxter in terms of playability. When I first saw the trailer for this game, I thought it was going to a commercial product, imagine my delight when I discovered It was freeware!  The game has been created as a university project by five Spanish students and is approximately 166 Mb to download. Check out the website here.

 

The Journey Down: Over the Edge Part 1

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The Journey Down: Over the edge is an old school adventure game with lots of Voodoo flavour,the game uses an amazing story line about an alternate world filled with a voodoo doll-like people. The Journey Down has all the hallmarks of a Monkey Island 2 game but in a modern settings, the graphics are amazingly beautifully and perhaps only let down by the authors choice of using a low resolution to depict his artwork. In game puzzles are well designed and challenging to get through and the title is the first of three part series under development. Help Bwana and his sidekick Kito on their adventures and escape the corrupt gangsters that are attempting to track them down. The game is free to download and is available here.

 

DreamBall 64

 

DreamBall 64 is a game that combines some of the best elements from modern platform games and physics based ball games such as Marble Madness and Super Monkey Ball. The game concept is simple, guide your ball through a series of hoops until all of hoops on the level have changed colour, then proceed to the exit. Sounds easy but there are some very tricky puzzles platforms, puzzles and physical challenges along the way!  A very enjoyable freeware title, download from the developers website here. 

 

SP A.I.

 

 

 

SP A.I. is a unique game which is a combination of a platform and puzzle game in one and merges some real time and turn based gameplay in different sections of the game. You control Aiva an artificially Intelligent infiltration program that can be used to hack systems, break open firewalls and around with a systems security protocols. The purpose of the game is to attack an enemies mainframe and either shut it down or acquire information, you do this through the information superhighway, the ultimate modern day battleground. For any one who’s watched the movie Tron, this will seem altogether familiar, which can only be a good thing. There’s definitely some fun to be had with SP A.I. , the main website is located here.

 

Enemy 585

 

Enemy 585 is a rather fun browser puzzle game which opens with an introduction of a Mario style game as a tease but then slowly introduces you to an altogether different type of game as play begins. You assume to role of a block in the castle, who feels sorry for the one remaining enemy, who hadn’t been stomped by the Mario style hero who run in to rescue his girlfriend. Determined to give the little fellow a chance, you act as a floating and moving platform through out the game, guiding Enemy 585 from right to left until he reaches what would be normally considered the beginning of the level. In likewise fashion you play from the last level of the game until you reach what would essentially be the beginning of the game for the Mario character. Enemy 585 is probably one of the best browser games I’ve played in a very long time, not only is it packed with clever game play, the game is very visually appealing and has a luscious array of chip-tunes to accompany it. You can play Enemy 585 here.

Q.U.B.E.

 

Q.U.B.E. Is a first person perspective freeware puzzle game that sees you solving a number of environmental problems in order to progress. The object of the game is beat each level by manipulating a number coloured cubes that appear through each course which in turn helps you solve a puzzle that allows you to progress further in that level. Q.U.B.E. is a game for people who love their puzzles and is available here.

 

Pirates of New Horizons

 

Pirates of the New Horizon is a freely available prototype of a hack and slash platform game by Exit Strategy Entertainment. The game is due to be sold commercially some time in the future, however in the mean time it’s free to play and free to download. You play as the young space pirate Annh, who travels the void in search of many hidden treasures. The game will involve some puzzle solving, along side combat and a bit platform action too! Make sure you get a copy of the prototype here.

 

The Creature

 

The Creature, use your legs, tongue and horns or roll into a ball as you make your way through this crafty and unusual platform game. Packed full of puzzles and environmental obstacles, the creature will have you rolling on the floor, literally! Check out the developers website here.

 

Magnesian

 

Magnesian is a futuristic platform game that sees you controlling a Robot who has the ability to activate two types of  magnetic energy beams from his hands, it works around the concept of manipulating objects with magnetic polarity either with negative or positive polarity. Magnesian is a fast paced an interesting game, definitely worth a look – here.

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