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