31 December 2011

Favourite New Games of 2011

Favourite New Games of 2011.
Basically just house-keeping and re-posting of links.  Enjoy!
(In no particular order)

1. Bloons Tower Defense 5.

Like: One of the best Boons version.

play: http://ninjakiwi.com/Games/Tower-Defense/Play/Bloons-Tower-Defense-5.html





3. Kingdom Rush.
Defense game.

Likes: Cartoon art; in-game tutorial; "only" 4 types of towers; soldiers that fight
Dislike: Learning difficulty.
play: http://armorgames.com/play/12141/kingdom-rush


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4. The Battle for Wesnoth.
Fantasy themed turn base strategy game, freeware.

Likes: Fantasy theme, leveling of units, open license; active support base
Dislike: Some missions are too hard.

download: http://www.wesnoth.org/


26 December 2011

Myth II: Soulblighter v1.7.2

Myth II: Soulblighter v1.7.2
Another update from Project Magma.
source: http://projectmagma.net/downloads/myth2_172/
previously: http://joranatplay.blogspot.com/search?q=myth

Below are some of the highlights of the 1.7.2 update:
  • Massive OpenGL optimizations, especially with detail textures (2x - 5x as fast on modern hardware)!
  • New DirectX10/11 rendering backend!
  • New event-based input system that guarantees every character typed will be registered.
  • New preference to automatically save multiplayer films.
  • Elimination of up to two ticks of baked-in latency in the Myth net code.
  • Overhead map zoom level will now be saved between games.
  • Fix for the endless "Waiting for other players..." dialog.
  • Type-to-seek functionality for the new game, recordings and saved game lists.
  • Restored custom plugin images in the single-player new game dialog.
  • Optimized gameplay code, resulting in 30% faster save game loads.
  • New high resolution icons.

Bloons Tower Defense 5

Bloons Tower Defense 5.

Like: One of the best Boons version.

play: http://ninjakiwi.com/Games/Tower-Defense/Play/Bloons-Tower-Defense-5.html


24 December 2011

It's the HORDE! (new Kingdom Rush map)

It's the HORDE! (new Kingdom Rush map)

Like: New map
Dislike: Premium content.

source: http://www.ironhidegames.com/post.php?id=44


Villainous

Villainous.
Play as the horde in the tower defense.

play: http://www.kongregate.com/games/Rete/villainous


Pixel Purge

Pixel Purge.
Arcarde shooter.

Likes: Simple; easy controls
play: http://www.kongregate.com/games/EpicShadow/pixel-purge



Granny Strikes Back

Granny Strikes Back.
From makers of Mushroom Madness

play: http://www.kongregate.com/games/SilenGames/granny-strikes-back



Berkeley Overmind

Berkeley Overmind.
A Starcraft 1 AI, able to beat the top human players.

Joran: The level of AI and strategic understanding is incredible.  I actually found this a few years back but never got around to posting this.

site: http://overmind.cs.berkeley.edu/#desc
video: http://youtu.be/fWtpTu9gB20

The Haunted Ruins

The Haunted Ruins.
Dungeon Crawler.

Like: Simplicity
Dislike: In this age, I don't like crawling back to the town.  Exception: Shining in the Darkness (SEGA)
play: http://www.gamedesign.jp/flash/iseki/ruins.html


18 December 2011

Bastion playable in Chrome browser

Bastion playable in Chrome browser.
Action-rpg game

Joran: Dammit, I missed the 50% discount offer.  You can still get it for USD $14.99.
This appears to be an game that have won many awards, for having a good story and a focused design - "Less is more".  Using Chrome's "Native Client", they are able to run high end codes through the browser.
According to the post on Avault, the developer promised this will not be a watered down version.

Buy here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/oohphhdkahjlioohbalmicpokoefkgid

The Chrome version of Bastion requires:
- Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core or Greater
- Memory: 2 GB
- Hard Disk Space: 1.0 GB
- Video Card: 512 MB graphics card (shader model 2)
(Note: Gamepad controllers are not supported in this initial release.)
requirements obtained from: http://gamethingdaily.com/2011/12/09/bastion-now-available-on-chrome-yes-really/

video link: http://youtu.be/TptJHeWngJs

10 December 2011

Planet Defender

Planet Defender.
Defense game.
By maker of Starcom (flash game, not the toy).

Like: Need to balance between Offense, Defense, and Research.
Dislikes: Can't find a balance, difficulty.
play: http://www.kongregate.com/games/wx3lab/planetdefender


09 December 2011

Home Sheep Home 2: Lost in London

Home Sheep Home 2: Lost in London.
Physics game, platformer.
Help Shaun, Timmy and Shirley work together to get home safely to the barn. Use each sheep’s unique abilities to overcome obstacles along the way!
previously: http://joranatplay.blogspot.com/2010/02/home-sheep-home.html

By Aardman Animations - creators of Wallace & Gromit

Likes: cuteness; easter eggs
play: http://www.kongregate.com/games/aardman/home-sheep-home-2-lost-in-london




05 December 2011

Trigger Knight

Trigger Knight.
One-click scroller
Joran: Make decisions on one-click: buy weapons?  buy armour?

Like: What's next?
Dislike: Difficulty
play: http://www.kongregate.com/games/Mintsphere/trigger-knight


29 November 2011

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii): First impressions

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii): First impressions.

Joran: I know.  The game is at least 4 years old.  Why am I "reviewing" this now?  
Well, 4 years ago, I had jointly bought a Wii set with Gaga, and now I claim it for play.  I'll only cover 2 parts: Graphics and pacing, till I get more familiarity with the game.





Graphics: Visuals are pixelated and unimpressive, perhaps even by Wii standards.  I do like the scenery.

Pacing: My Link woke up to an urgent call to herd goats.  His horse was missing and he tracked him down to a lake, where the boy who take cares of his horse had taken her for a washing.  After herding the goats, Link had to learn how to jump gates.
The next day, Link was woken up by the local kids.  He learnt how to get down ladders.  The local kids told him that a sling is now available in the local store.  He was told by the boy who looks after his horse than he made a fishing rod for him, if only he could look up his mother.  Link then headed to town.
There, the shopkeer's wife is missing her cat terribly and in a bad mood (therefore no sling).  Her husband was trying to knock down a bee's hive.  The horse lad's mother had lost the first cradle she ever made in the river and was in a bad mood (therefore no fishing rod).  Link found the cat by the river, who evaded capture and kept looking hungrily at the fishes (which had to be fished).  After swimming in the river, Link found a monkey holding the cradle but could not find a way to get to it; perhaps a slingshot could get him down...
Link found a way to hop onto the watermill, la la la, and found a way to knock down the beehive, but was no way closer to getting the sling, nor the fishing rod, nor the cradle.

At this time, I had spent a good 50 minutes on the game and was getting pissed off.  "What the hell?!"  Can I start fighting something already?  Is this Zelda?  Or some, help the villagers game?  If it wasn't for the brand, I would have given up on the game.
The pacing in my opinion, is terrible.  I've seen many screenshots and believe the rest of the game should be great.  But non fans shouldn't be treated to hours of puzzles before they start the game proper.  You'll lose new fans that way.

Sexual ambiguity: An extra point for me to add.  The boy who looked after my horse - Epony, had been looking at me with large longing eyes; kinda made me uncomfortable.  If people didn't keep telling me that he's a boy, I would have thought that he's a girl.  I found a picture of him in his grown up stage; I hope I didn't spoil the game for anymore when you see his true sex.
I'm right.

17 November 2011

Wesnoth 1.9.10 aka 1.10-beta1: Development Release

Wesnoth 1.9.10 aka 1.10-beta1: Development Release.

source: http://www.wesnoth.org/


Tuesday, November 8 2011
We finally made it — the first beta for the upcoming stable 1.10 series is ready! Feel free to celebrate the new release with us in this forum thread.
We offer two versions of changelogs: a rather nice to read players changelog that only includes changes every player will probably notice (and often feels empty because devs tend to forget to add their stuff there) and the (rather) complete changelog with (almost) all the details, which might make your head spin due to the technical terms used every now and then...
At the moment the Windows, Mac OS X, Debian and OpenPandora packages are ready. You can find them at the download page. Once the others are done you can find them at the download page, too. Please keep in mind that it is a development release which might include quite many bugs. If you find one, please report it to help us fix them in following releases.
trackback: http://joranatplay.blogspot.com/search?q=wesnoth
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14 November 2011

Kingdom Rush stolen!

Kingdom Rush stolen!

Ironhide:
We didn't made this public earlier because we trusted that Apple would do the right thing and remove the app swiftly when presented with the evidence. Sadly its been around 18 days and the app is still there despite our countless mails to remove it.

We contacted Armorgames of course to make them aware of this and they also got in touch with Apple, we also hired the DMCA.com takedown service, sent over 20 emails along with copyright infringement notices to Apple and although the dev removed the app for a week, they published it again last friday. So since Apple is not answering or doing anything we decided to make this public and seek the support of the online community.

read more: http://ironhidegames.com/post.php?id=38#

Update from Ironhide:
Sat 12th Nov 11 01:55 Apple has removed the game from the store, but we must be careful, it can appear again. THANK YOU to all who are supporting us.

Joran: Sadly, it takes public pressure to force Apple to add.
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05 November 2011

The Battle for Wesnoth, Heir to the throne:Screenshot

The Battle for Wesnoth.
Heir to the throne:Screenshot.


trackback: http://joranatplay.blogspot.com/search?q=wesnoth

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Danger Dungeon

Danger Dungeon
Teens in dungeon crawler.

Likes: good tutorial; easy control
play: http://www.erstgames.com/game/483/danger-dungeon



Cursed Dungeon

Cursed Dungeon.
Fantasy themed attack-attack-dungeon grinder

Like: simple play, short play
Dislike: grinding
play: http://jayisgames.com/games/cursed-dungeon/


30 October 2011

29 October 2011

XenoSquad

XenoSquad.
Turn based squad tactical game.

Like: squad building
Dislike: no unique trait

play: http://bigdino.com/game/267/Xenosquad


27 October 2011

The Battle for Wesnoth

The Battle for Wesnoth.
Fantasy themed turn base strategy game, freeware.

Likes: Fantasy theme, leveling of units, open license; active support base
Dislike: Some missions are too hard.

download: http://www.wesnoth.org/



trackback: http://joranatplay.blogspot.com/search?q=wesnoth

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16 October 2011

WarLight

WarLight.
Risk made better.

Like: Fog of war; bigger maps
play: http://www.kongregate.com/games/FizzerWL/warlight


12 October 2011

Legends of Kong

Legends of Kong.
Platformer.

Like: Sneaking
Dislike: Grinding
play: http://www.kongregate.com/games/nerdook/legends-of-kong


28 September 2011

Fear Is Vigilance

Fear Is Vigilance.
Adventure game.
The students are so complacent that they refused your safety personnel alarms; beat them up

Like: Hyde and Jekyll
Dislike: More of a story than a game
play: http://jayisgames.com/games/fear-is-vigilance/




VirtualNES

VirtualNES.
NES-flash emulator site

Joran: play old NES classics online.
link: http://www.virtualnes.com/list/index.html


19 September 2011

Pixel Legions

Pixel Legions.
Strategy game.

Like: Pixels
Dislike: too fast...
play: http://www.kongregate.com/games/Pixelante/pixel-legions?tab=achievements


Cell Craft

Cell Craft.
Edu game.

Like: "realistic" simulation of how a cell functions
Dislike: slow
play: http://www.kongregate.com/games/CellCraft/cellcraft?tab=achievements




17 September 2011

The Kings League

The Kings League.
Build your little army.

Dislike: Repetitive
play: http://armorgames.com/play/12310/the-kings-league



12 September 2011

Diamond Hollow

Diamond Hollow.
Platformer.

play: http://www.kongregate.com/games/Arkeus/diamond-hollow


Zomgies 2

Zomgies 2.
Run from the zombies horde.
previously: http://joranatplay.blogspot.com/2010/01/zomgies.html

Like: more weapons
Dislike: No replay value
play: http://www.kongregate.com/games/LongAnimals/zomgies-2?acomplete=zomgies


10 September 2011

Zombocalypse

Zombocalypse.
action.

Likes: lots of shooting
Dislike: too slow to get exciting
play: http://armorgames.com/play/12294/zombocalypse
alt: http://www.kongregate.com/games/matskosan/zombocalypsis?acomplete=zomboca