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« on: February 02, 2007, 12:32:56 PM »

Hey guys, I figure if we post links to our favorite downloadable games we can save on individual leg work. There's too many to try out and it's a hassle  spending 3 hours downloading a game that isn't really that fun.  Free and shareware are both good.




Crimsonland (Shareware):  http://crimsonland.reflexive.com/
Shoot at a ton of monsters with really over the top weapons. Twitch gaming boiled down as simple as possible.  Grin



Warning Forever (Freeware)
Lots of really fun shooters but this is my favorite from this programmer. Fight a shooter boss over and over with him evolving to defeat your playing style.
Site: http://www18.big.or.jp/~hikoza/Prod/
DL: http://www18.big.or.jp/~hikoza/Archive/wf107.exe




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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2007, 01:14:06 PM »

Tom, I added some screenshots to your post - hope you don't mind.  I love screenshots! Cheesy



Doom the Roguelike (http://doom.chaosforge.org) puts one of my favorite games into a genre that I really admire.  One of the simplest, most fun RL's out there.  And I may or may not be working on a graphical tileset for it in my limited free time (see my avatar)!
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2007, 08:38:46 PM »

Tom, I added some screenshots to your post - hope you don't mind.  I love screenshots! Cheesy

Nah, it's cool, mang.

Lol, that's amazing.   Which guys have you not done yet, I think I want to do a chibi zombie doing the two step anyway. ;p
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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2007, 10:40:11 AM »

Tom, I added some screenshots to your post - hope you don't mind.  I love screenshots! Cheesy

Nah, it's cool, mang.

Lol, that's amazing.   Which guys have you not done yet, I think I want to do a chibi zombie doing the two step anyway. ;p

Thanks!  I've done most of 'em already, barring a couple of enemies that haven't been added to the game yet. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2007, 10:37:42 PM »

Two downloadable games come to mind.

* The first is Star Control II, which also happens to be my favorite game of all time. (I'm hoping Mass Effect will change that, but I doubt it)
If you haven't played Star Control II yet, you are missing out on one hell of a ride. And no, playing the game and dieing on the first battle doesn't count.

Windows Download

Mac OS Download

Link with extra music and Linux downloads



What makes it so good?
Star Control is a rare creation that uses every feature in its game in the very best way possible, except maybe voice acting. I can tell you now, you've never played a game like this before. The game is built on a galactic scale, which actually makes you feel lost in space at times. Exploring the universe has never been more rewarding. The music fits perfectly, the dialog is outstanding and you quickly find yourself pulled into this game. No game has created a more impressive experience with a game that lets you be the character and not put you in the feet of a pre-created one. Back when it was first released, it was years ahead of its time. Non-linearity like this was non-existent, such a verity of intelligent life, which is brilliant in every way, was never made until this day.



Eventually, this game could not run on current PCs, so a few dedicated fans along with some of the original developers had worked very hard to release a freeware version. They are still fixing bugs all the time, but hey, when have you ever heard about developers coming back to help the fans for free? Such a great game surly was created with love and now, if you didn't try this game, do it now.

For more information about it Click here




* The second game which comes to mind is Eternal Daughter. Yeah, you should know it if you're in these forums.



Download here


What makes it so good?
This is the greatest example of a single player, freeware, game. The game is not the average platformer, but not something evolutionary either. However, this is one of its strongest points. Many gamers have played 2D platformers for years. Slowly following the next chapters in the better franchises. As hardware became stronger, graphics improved along with it.  Inevitably, Adventure games and Platformers, which are rarely found these days, suffered from graphical improvements. Eternal Daughter brought to us what we all learned to love over the years and miss as time went by.



Eternal Daughter introduces an original fantasy world which would put to shame many triple-A titles. It's musical track is something that you can't imagine playing without once you heard it, unlike many games where you would rather put that Winamp to use. The characters and creatures are all unique and great in their own way. The art direction for this game is perfect and is something you have to see yourself to appreciate. And finally, it's challenging. Many games seem to forget that, they either create easy or cheesy. This game might be a bit though for some, but you just want to come back for more.


About both these games:
Both of these games deserve a special award that almost every story-based game f*cks up. They both have an outstanding climactic buildup, which make you know that you just played a beautiful game. Developers should learn from these games. When you finish a game, you want to be rewarded for what you did. Building a climax for that moment and putting a great ending are the key.

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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2007, 11:20:52 AM »

Someone had to post it:
Cave Story

The game is definitely awesome. The graphics and music seem old-fashioned, but they are brilliant in a way only gamers can appreciate. The world is brilliantly crafted 2D level design, challenging and full of lovely detail and secrets. From the floaty-light feeling of the controls, to the ever-stronger arsenal of weapons, Pixel takes old game conventions and merges them into a pretty unique experience. I've played through countless times, and not just to get to the secret ending. The story is actually worth paying attention to. Memorable characters are expressed through just a handful of pixels and a load of superbly-translated text. And theme music. Balrog is awesome. And it gives me that funny feeling in my tummy.
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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2007, 11:49:12 AM »

Binary Crac-- Er I mean,

Blocksum



So yeah, Tim posted this on TIGSource and its like... a drug. Only its a game. Yeah.

Dude...

You probably shouldn't download it.
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« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2007, 04:06:21 PM »

YoooouuuuuuuuUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!! 

I had just got my mind off of it for 1 day.  YYArrrrGGGGGG!

We're gonna put a bounty on your head.  And your keyboard.  Good advice though, and "visual" description.
 
Binary Crac-- Er I mean,

Blocksum

So yeah, Tim posted this on TIGSource and its like... a drug.
HA to the 2000th power!   Grin Cry Grin Cry Grin Cry Grin Cry Grin Cry Grin Cry Grin Cry Grin Cry Grin Cry Grin Cry Grin Cry Grin Cry Grin Cry Grin Cry Grin Cry Grin Cry Grin Cry Grin Cry Grin Cry Grin Cry Grin  this is your brain on Binary Crac.



Every Extend




I know you all have played this.  This is what the PSP version, Every Extend Extra, is based off of.  This was the crack-POP, but I'll be darned if Block-o-Krak doesn't take the cake!

Every Extend Download
http://www.download.com/3000-2099-10347823.html


One last one that Derek and Tom actually posted in the "Games We've Loved.."  section.  Just thought I'd post the download link here in all of it's downloading glory.




http://www.anotherworld.fr/anotherworld_uk/index.htm



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« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2007, 11:19:08 PM »

And since you mentioned Streets of Rage! Cheesy



http://www.bombergames.net/sorr.htm

The Streets of Rage Remake: all the characters from all the games running around in levels inspired by the entire series.  And extras!  It's not perfect, but it's pretty damn fun nonetheless.
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« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2007, 11:51:25 PM »



Argh. I wish I had a contribution. I would post Maple Story but I'm pretty sure most of you have heard of it and equally detests it also.  Azn
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« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2007, 03:29:49 AM »

And since you mentioned Streets of Rage! Cheesy



http://www.bombergames.net/sorr.htm

The Streets of Rage Remake: all the characters from all the games running around in levels inspired by the entire series.  And extras!  It's not perfect, but it's pretty damn fun nonetheless.


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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2007, 03:31:44 AM »

YYeeesssssssssss Cool
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« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2007, 06:37:30 AM »



Argh. I wish I had a contribution. I would post Maple Story but I'm pretty sure most of you have heard of it and equally detests it also.  Azn

I detest it more than everyone else.
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« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2007, 11:47:08 PM »



Argh. I wish I had a contribution. I would post Maple Story but I'm pretty sure most of you have heard of it and equally detests it also.  Azn

I detest it more than everyone else.

It is overly exerted. And the most unfree downloadable game in existence.
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« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2007, 05:35:56 AM »

Just thought i'd add this.
it's called Flow

http://intihuatani.usc.edu/cloud/flowing/
FLOW-test your attention span

This was one I had next for posting.  I got beat though with Derek's post on TIGs. Huh?  And it brought out the pirana and some good talks too.  This game looks nice.  It's one of those "I could have thought this up" games.  (hope you don't have a short attention span).  And the guy, Jenova Chen http://www.thatgamecompany.com/ , who did this for his "MFA thesis"   Shocked    got a nice deal on Sony's PS3.  I don't know Block Sum....   ehh?  or not.

It's downloadable.  It just has a nice flowing, soothing feel to it.

I could see this maybe on the DS and Wii too.   or not.
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