Frictional Games released Amnesia The Dark Descent today for $20.00. Its available in Windows, Mac and Linux. We will post a review in the next few weeks.
Frictional Games released the demo of their new horror survival game called Amnesia: Dark Descent. Here’s the link to a the game demo. They plan to release the game for the PC, Mac and Linux.
Here are two screenshots:
Astro Driller Game Review by Matt Bird
Game Rating = 3/5
Game Review Summary
You should buy this downloadable game if:
– You like testing your reflexes
– You enjoy a lack of story
– You like classic arcade-style games
You shouldn’t buy this downloadable game if:
– You prefer a slow pace
– You have bad memories from the early days of gaming
– You’re picky about fonts
Astro Driller sounds like should be a great downloadable game by default. That name is gold, as it sounds exactly like the kind of classic you’d find on the Atari or the NES. In practice, though…?
Astro Driller is a fast-paced downloadable puzzle game. There’s no story behind this sucker: you’re just an astro miner, and your little guy at the top of each screen is busy carving chunks of asteroid off a giant gray one that fall into a series of vacuum tubes at the bottom. You need to use a series of laser lines to grind the asteroid bits to pieces, revealing the colored gems beneath before they’re collected in the vacuum tubes.
Sounds simple enough, and it is – though it gets frantic. There’s often more than one carver up top, peeling new asteroid chunks, and occasionally other obstacles along the way may or may not impede your progress. You’ll also start getting different colored vacuum tubes that match the colors of the rocks, and using your laser lines you must grind the rocks down to their crystalline forms and guide them to the right tubes.
It is, in essence, a straight downloadable action puzzler. Guide rocks, get points, move on. And in this sense it’s relatively fun… if a little sparse. Granted, the game gets more complex as you go along, but in the end you’re always doing the same thing, over and over. This wouldn’t be so bad if it were a bit more cerebral, but Astro Driller is more about quick reflexes than complex thinking: if you’ve got a swift wrist, you’ve probably got this game in the bag.
If there’s one thing Astro Driller has going for it it’s the controls. All you need is your mouse hand (and, presumably, a mouse – it would be way too difficult to play this with a laptop pad) and you can take care of everything with a few quick clicks. The tutorial is confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it controlling your lines is a breeze.
That said, Astro Driller’s big flaw is its presentation. Normally lackluster graphics aren’t a problem, and for the most part they aren’t in Astro Driller. It looks decent enough. Problem is, the programmers decided to pick a truly awful font for their menus and directions, and it’s really difficult to read. Trying to learn what to do will probably strain a few eyes, and may be enough to dissuade a few would-be players. The game also doesn’t seem to have any music, despite volume controls, though that may not be a problem for everyone.
Overall Astro Driller is ho-hum. It’s fun but not overwhelmingly so. Still, it’s a good way to kill an hour, and may prove enjoyable enough for some to buy – but not this reviewer.
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Tidalis Game Review by Matt Bird
Game Rating = 5/5
Game Review Summary:
You should buy this game if:
– You love puzzlers
– You love a challenge
– You love off-beat humor
You shouldn’t buy this game if:
– You want a relaxed, easy experience
– You dislike puzzlers
– You’re crazy – just buy it (more…)
Inner Quest Game Review by Brandon Rutter
Game Rating = 4/5
Perfect for the casual gamer, Inner Quest offers a unique and relaxing puzzle game experience.
Reasons to buy:
– You are a fan of colorful slide-matching tile puzzles akin to Bejeweled.
– You want a calm, casual game. Inner Quest even has a “casual mode” wherein one can play levels without the stress of a timer.
– Inner Quest is a puzzle game, pure and simple. There isn’t a story; there are no gimmicks. (more…)
Alice’s Tea Cup Madness Game Review by Danny Kalis
Game Rating = 4/5
Alice’s Tea Cup Madness is a game much like the popular “Diner Dash” series. In this game, players are Alice (from Wonderland), running a Tea shop, and attempting to serve all your customers in a timely and efficient manner. Customers are all characters from the Lewis Carroll classic including the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and the Cheshire Cat. If Alice’s customers are not served in the correct manner they will leave or attempt to steal from her. Success, in the game, is based upon goals for each day at Alice’s tea shop, which are attained by properly serving a majority of customers in a given time. Goals increase in difficulty as the game progresses throughout over 60 challenging levels. (more…)
Phinew Studios released the latest Dale Hardshovel and the Bloomstone Mystery. Here’s the video trailer.
You can download the game from their web site here.
Game Review by Josh Komon
Game Rating = 4/5
VVVVVV is an interesting name for a downloadable game. Likely, it was chosen to represent the spike strips that litter each stage of this classic style puzzle adventure. The creators of this game took many chances in design, relying more on game play than spiffy graphics. It might have been a worthwhile gamble.
Game Review by Bruce Tyson
Game Rating = 3/5
Awesome Soccer is an austere soccer game available for Windows, Linux and Mac. Play is fast and easy. This is a fun game with some remarkable options for a game in its price range.
Reasons to buy the game
• Simple game controls
• Basic graphics
Reasons not to by the game
• Poor view of the pitch
• Limited player control
• Limited options
Tyler Glaiel and Jon Schubbe released this trailer for their puzzle platformer scheduled to be released in 2011 for both Mac and Windows.