Gem Tower Defense by Peter Holko and Dorian Cox is, yes, another of the hundreds of flash tower defense games. But this one has a few new interesting mechanics: you place down five towers each round, but can only choose to keep one, the rest become rocks. You can also combine two of the five if they are the same level and color to make a stronger one. There are also special towers that you can create using special ‘recipes’ of other towers (the recipe list is shown under the game window).
I enjoyed it because of that mechanic, and because it also doesn’t suffer from a common problem in similarly structured “mazing” tower defense games such as Desktop Tower Defense — juggling, a cheap technique where you open and close routes to keep creeps wandering perpetually, which assures total victory if you know how to do it. It avoids it by not letting the player build during the battle period.
One big problem with the game is a lack of sound or music of any kind, but I assume the game is still being worked on. Recommended if you like the tower defense genre, ignore it if you don’t.
Possibly one of the most useful application that a game developer could have. DrPetter has written a program 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.
Motnxoqe is a rather clever strategy game of a variety that I don’t recall ever seeing before. You have no direct control over the units in your “army”, instead placing and removing road blocks on the map with the left mouse button. Any units that encounter an obstacle, either a wall or a roadblock, will turn 90 degrees clockwise and continue on their way.
You must guide your army (represented by the blue numbers) to the enemy base and destroy all enemy units on the screen to clear each stage. The key to victory is passing your units through the PI symbols located around the map, which will increase the value of your units and allow them to take out multiple enemy units before before being destroyed.
You can shift your view around with the arrow keys or the right mouse button, although I found the mouse technique to be somewhat cumbersome.
Unbound: A Wound Vignette is a sequel to Heartland Deluxe, and the second in a series of three short introductory games based on the backstory of an upcoming full-length game entitled: Wound. This release is shorter than it’s predecessor, and will take less than five minutes to complete.
Samurai High Jump is a new Flash release from GamePure with a passing resemblance to Nanaca Crash, but not quite as addictive. Left click to plant the pole, then repeat the same action to control your ascent. The game doesn’t end unless you make three mistakes consecutively, while the height of the bar is incremented progressively for each successful jump.
Name: Samurai High Jump
In Rakukore, the aim of the game is to guide a ball towards it’s end level destination while attempting to collect as many black dots as possible. The left and right cursor key can be used to change it’s screen position. Tap the left shift key to jump. Press the same button repeatedly to execute a double or triple jump. Use the control key to pause the game or cancel a selected option.
MattC – “There are actually five difficulties with four levels each. Once you beat a set it opens up the next. After all five there is a “high speed” version of each. Once a level is available in campaign mode, they’re available in free mode as well. Ctrl is pause/back.”
BenW’s Chain Reaction is an arcade game with a simple premise, in which players have to continuously move towards the right of the screen while trying to avoid falling off collapsing tiles or contact with red blocks. Use the cursor keys to move your block around, or press the Alt and F4 function key to quit at any time.
Santa Claus Vs the Ice Demons by Ablach Blackrat is another Game Maker winter’s contest entry. This one’s a danmaku game. I found it pretty easy until level 7, then increasingly difficult. Use Z to shoot and X to move slowly for more accurate movement. Your belt buckle is your hit-target.
It’s not too special compared to the better games in the danmaku genre, and is pretty rough in a lot of places, but it’s sometimes fun to have a nice warm cup of danmaku now and then in the cold winter months. I recommend that you turn effects off if you have a slow computer, it really helped the frame rate for me.
MinishoterRS is a horizontal shooter by Peposoft which features multiple ships to choose from, each with it’s own strengths and weaknesses in combat. Hold or tap the Z key rapidly to alternate between your ship’s primary and secondary weapons. Use the X key to activate a temporary speed boost, handy for dodging bullets or reaching a certain spot on screen quickly. Press the F2 function key to cancel a selection or exit a game in progress at any time.
This release boasts more than ten stages, with different routes to undertake and end level bosses to defeat. Press the Alt and enter key to switch between full screen and windowed mode, or use the Q, W and E keys for the same effect. Additional omake bonuses are unlocked when you have beaten the game and fulfilled certain conditions.
Grilled Box is an action game which resembles Every Extend, developed by TERU-soach for a recent Three Minute Game competition. Blocks appear from the top of the screen at a steady rate, and players have to destroy as many blocks as they can before they reach the bottom. Left click on a block to start a chain reaction, or right click to use the magnet and bring the blocks closer to each other. Use these two actions sparingly, as clicking rapidly will decrease their charges faster and render them inactive for a short while when completely depleted. A time penalty is incurred for every block that escapes intact.