Posted by: adrianwerner | July 30, 2010

Update (30st july 2010)

2010 GAMES

Cities XL 2011
Upgraded edition/reworking of a game that scored 8.1 at IGN

Conquest of the Americas
News trading game from Nitro games. THeir previous title (East Indie Company) scored 7.7 at IGN, this one promises to take the same concept and improve it greatly.

Star Ruler
Indie 4X game.

Trapped Dead
Commandos-like zombie game

Worms Reloaded
Return to 2D formula.

The Dream Machine
An indie Point & Click adventure game made out of clay and cardboard

Recettear
Indie japanese game about running an item shop in typical fantasy RPG setting.

Delve Deeper
It would have been nice to have some sort of main story mode to accompany the single battle mode, but even without this Delve Deeper is highly enjoyable, even if you aren’t a huge fan of strategy games – and with such a modest price tag, this really is one experience you should look into.- 9.0 from Gamezebo

The Oil Blue
A puzzle simulation game about the the beauty of ocean oil driling

Puzzle Dimension
For those who are able to curb the frustration that meets repeated failure and learn from their mistakes, however, Puzzle Dimension is the kind of addictive encounter that sends your brain into overdrive – foxing you while you’re actually playing it, and dominating your thoughts while you’re not.- 8.0 from Gamezebo

ColorCube
There’s certainly challenge enough in the levels ColorCube serves up of its own accord. Balancing out the need for complexity with the prudence required to keep people on board, the game’s grid-based play is one quandary it’s worth finding the key for.- 8.0 from Gamezebo

Tidalis
Indie puzzle game from the makers of AI War.

Wake
With its dark yet gorgeous atmosphere and huge environment to explore, Wake captures the dire situation perfectly and will make you feel the kind of anxiety you never thought possible from a video game – but in a good way, of course.- 8.0 from Gamezebo

Beat Hazard
Beat Hazard is a short and sweet ten-dollar investment that is given solid longevity as long as you like the tunes in your music library. .- 7.6 from IGN

Dogfighter
Indie action flight game.

Evochron Mercenary
Another entry in great indie space sim series.

FIFA Manager 11

Classic Adventures: The Great Gatsby
Classic Adventures: The Great Gatsby turns the rapidly growing stale HOG format square on its head, creating something that’s familiar yet also brand new. Even if you don’t enjoy the source material (I can’t stand it, personally), if you’ve ever thought for a moment that you might want to try a hidden object game, make sure it’s this one.- 9.5 from Gamezebo

A Gypsy’s Tale
You’ll probably see the climax to A Gypsy’s Tale coming a mile away, but you’ll have had such an enjoyable time getting there that you’re not too likely to care. The finale sets the stage for a sequel, which I’m hoping comes along sooner rather than later.- 9.0 from Gamezebo

KrissX
Although there are some hiccups in some of KrissX’s incidental content, the meat of the game is executed very well, and makes this game a worthwhile purchase for any word game fan.- 8.0 from Gamezebo

Soccer Cup Solitaire
If card games are your forte and you’re keen on football, this may just be a match made in heaven. Soccer Cup Solitaire is addictive fun for both children and adults alike. Make sure to check out the demo featuring one hour of play.- 8.0 from Gamezebo

Burger Bustle
Burger Bustle is a game with a lot of depth that constantly switches things-up to keep you from getting bored. That said, it can be frustrating further along in the game when customers simply just don’t order the foods you need to meet order quotas in a timely manner. This will sometimes prevent you from achieving the gold and silver time medals needed to boost your score quickly. Otherwise, the gameplay is varied and exciting, and the upbeat visuals and charming customer shenanigans balance out the focus-intensive juggling act.- 8.0 from Gamezebo

The Clockwork Man: The Hidden World
My grips with The Hidden World are few. The cutscenes drag a bit because rather than clicking on a bit of dialogue to advance to the next part, you have to wait for the voice-over to finish. The story is a tad trite too, although better than most hidden object fare. In short, fans of hidden object adventures can download this one with confidence.- 8.0 from Gamezebo

Elixir of Immortality
The story of Elixir of Immortality is immensely fun, with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. If only there were more to it. Even taking your time, you’ll be done with the game in two or three hours at best. They’ll be very enjoyable hours, though; consider Elixir of Immortality to be the beach reading of hidden object games.- 8.0 from Gamezebo

Brunhilda and the Dark Crystal
Brunhilda and the Dark Crystal is wonderfully polished, with a funny story and charming characters, but its item searches are frustratingly repetitious and the endless backtracking really got on my nerves. It’s worth trying if only to see how lovely it is – just be ready for some serious déja vu.- from Gamezebo

Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers
While it may be different from what Magic fans expect, is still an entertaining brand of card battle game, with plenty of depth, complexity, and unpredictability to keep you drawing from your library again and again.- 7.5 from IGN

Mass Effect 2: Overlord
The whole package is quite fantastic, but again I have to remind you that it is a bit short. My playthrough clocked in at somewhere around one or two hours. All it took was one easy afternoon and I’d had my fill and earned 15 of the 25 new achievement points. Even so, Overlord is a winner and one of my favorite sets of Mass Effect missions yet. Go give it a try.- 9.0 from IGN

Transformers: War for Cybertron
Transformers: War for Cybertron has taken the magic of playing with plastic and metal toys that turn into cool s**t both alone and with friends and have distilled that into something pretty special. This is a surprise, dark horse contender for best way to spend your time online this summer.- 9.0 from IGN

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is a love letter to fans of the Boy Who Lived. The comedic cutscenes toying with canon, the hundreds of hidden things to find, and the general sense of a great LEGO game paired with a great series really makes this game a standout. There are still a few issues to buff out, but there’s plenty in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 to keep you coming back for more.- 8.5 from IGN

Toy Story 3: The Videogame
Toy Story 3 is an example of when a license game is done mostly right. The cooperative story mode is a nice touch, and the Toy Box mode is still fun despite it’s rather limited customization options, I just wish it’d have had a cooperative options like the other console versions do, as it’s less family or party friendly. Older players might be occasionally bored by how simple the game’s quests can be, but in general TS3 manages to be most everything your kids (or your own inner kid) wanted out of a Toy Story game.- 7.5 from IGN

Dragon Age: Origins – Leliana’s Song
It’s short but packs in a lot of plot twists, fully voiced cut scenes and a number of conversations, as well as experience gain, room to level up, and the opportunity to customize your party to a degree. It’s nothing revolutionary, but a solid addition to the ever expanding stable of adventures in BioWare’s Dragon Age.- 7.0 from IGN

Burn Zombie Burn
Indie action game. PlayStation 3 version scored 8.3 at IGN

2011 GAMES

A Game of Thrones: Genesis
Epic strategy game based on legendary novel series. It’s being designed Cyanide, which is the studio that made Blood Bowl videogame adaptation.

Project MyWorld
A virtual recreation of the real world combined with 3D gaming and social media.

Asylum
New horror adventure game from people who created Scratches, which scored 8.0 at Adventuregamers.

Darkspore
Hack and Slash from Maxix (makers of Sim City, Sims and of course Spore)

Starport Gemini
Space based indie RPG.

Stellar Dawn
Sci-Fi MMO from makers of Runescape

E.Y.E
Indie FPS/RPG hybrid running on Source engine. People who work on it previously made great Half-Life mod called Syndicate Black Ops

Minecraft
Indie retro action and sandbox construction game.

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine PC
Action game from Relic.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Fantasy RPG from Big Huge Games (makers of Rise of Nations) and lead designer of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

Vessel
Indie platformer which gameplay based on manipulating fluids.

2010 MODS

Alchemist for DarkMod
“A city/mansion FM that follows on from Heart of Lone Salvation”

Awaiting the Storm for DarkMod
“An antiquities trader is staying at the local tavern. There’s a storm brewing. They’d better keep watch tonight”

The Beleaguered Fence for DarkMod

No Honor Among Thieves for DarkMod

Ragnarok Arena for Half-Life 2
“A sidescrolling multiplayer shooter developed on the Source Engine. “

Firearms:Source for Half-Life 2
A team based first person shooter set in modern times.

Slums 2 for Half-Life 2
A short horror campaign with great level design.

Coven for Half-Life 2: Deathmatch
Vampires vs hunters multiplayer mod.

Heaven can wait for Left 4 Dead
“After surviving an air crash, the survivors turn out to be in most epicenter of the contamination. The Military has already left all attempts to rescue survivors in the region.”

Dam it 2! for Left 4 Dead 2
Three maps long campaign set around massiee dam.

Detour Ahead for Left 4 Dead 2

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Zombies for Left 4 Dead 2
“A recreation of the Indiana Jones Adventure ride at Disneyland. Hundreds of custom assets and randomized events, just like the ride!”

We Don’t Go To Ravenholm 2 for Left 4 Dead 2

Portal Memories for Portal
Very well made map-pack.

Portal Pro for Portal
“Portal Pro is a set of test chambers focusing on solving puzzles locally rather than using complex fling techniques. The goal here is that the solutions are hard to come up with but easy to actually do.”

Ordnance Project for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Raven Shield
Adds new weapons, gadgets and features (ironsights, picking up weapons from the ground etc).

Star Trek: Sacrifice of Angels for Homeworld
“Sacrifice of Angels is a mod for Homeworld set during the Dominion War that ravaged the Alpha Quadrant during the last few seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The mod uses the Homeworld engine to render fast paced starship combat in full 3D, and includes over 80 different starship types seen in or inspired by the Star Trek phenomenon”

German Soldiers Mod for Men Of War
Mod that noticably enchances game’s realism.

2010 FREEWARE GAMES

60s to Save the Queen
A single-screen 2D platformer where you have 60 secons to save the queen from a collapsing castle.

Action Turnip

Arvoesine
A tough NES-style platformer in which you play a Roman soldier, throwing spears and swiping your sword at the enemy.-Indiegames

Coma
Incredibly beautiful and engrossing platformer.

Cordy
Prototype for very promising (and beautiful) browser platformer.

Dale and Peakot

Fishbane
A challenging platformer about a diver who explores the murky depths in the search for golden harpoons and goldfish.-Indiegames

Galaxy Jumper
Great little puzzle platformer

Illuminator
An action game which tells the story of a boy who has to rescue his kidnapped sister, captured by ghouls that travel from house to house by tearing through the fabric of space. Your objective here is to find the hole in each house, then kill enough monsters to weaken the stitches on the portal that prevent you from using it to travel to the next house.-Indiegames

Pixelotl
Puzzle platformer based around manipulating gravity.

Ricochet Kills 2
Puzzler where you need to kill everyone on the level by bouncing bullets around obstacles.

Rocket Jockey
Crazy action game where you play a herder equiped with a space ship, who has to retrieve floating through space cattle using electric lasso.-Indiegames

Storm Over the Desert</a

Stream
Time bending platformer.

Treasure Tower
A WarioWare-style 2D platformer in which you have thirty-six seconds on the clock to climb to the top of a tower and acquire a rare treasure. -Indiegames

Wine Pong
A pimped out version of the popular party game beer pong, where players on either side of a table try to place ping pong balls inside all of their opponent’s glasses-Indiegames

The Ultra Mission
An arcade shooter game in which you play as a soldier who has to rescue civilians from a group of armed kidnappers. -Indiegames

Black and White
A puzzle platformer in which you control two onscreen characters at the same time, with one of them performing the exact opposite of whatever you instruct the other to do.-Indiegames

Crush the Castle 2

Easy Joe
A charming little Flash game where you solve puzzles by clicking on objects in the correct order, progressing from one screen to the next until you reach the conclusion of Joe’s adventure-Indiegames

Hero! Defeat the Devil!
Puzzle game where the noble knight has to defeat lower-level enemies first and gain enough battle experience before taking on the stage boss.-Indiegames

IQ Ball
Great physics puzzler.

Norapoly
An interesting take on the popular Monopoly board game, in which two or more players upgrade their onscreen characters by buying up the different types of houses on the map.-Indiegames

Sushi Cat The Honeymoon
New levels.

Escape from the Garden
Charming little escape game.

Choc-Mint
Easy and relaxin escape game.

Eternal Elements
Fantasy adventure game.

Imagia Part 1 – The Tower
Exploration clicking game.

Inside a Dead Skyscraper
Experimental art game

Looming
Bizzare, but charming art game, where you explore gigantic graveyard filled with mysterious objects left by people who used to live there.

pOnd
Beautifuly relaxing art game. Truly unique.

RE: Alistair++
RE: Alistair++ is an incredible addition to the visual novel genre, indulging the player in some top quality storytelling and pleasing art. It’s also completely free to download, so if interactive stories aren’t normally your cup of tea, it’s still worth checking this particular title out.- Gamezebo

Renegade’s Sleeping Beauty
Comedic adventure game.

Sanctuary 17
Atmospheric exploration game

The Scene of the Crime: Golden Doll
Atmospheric noir decective game.

The Silver Linging
Fan made sequel to King’s Quest

The Usher
INtroguing interactive fiction where you play Lalu, a young woman who is buried alive—entombed. Your job is to lead the dead queen to the afterlife.

CellCraft
Unique mix of strategy, action and managment game based around the concent of cellular growth

Epic War 4
Side scrolling defense strategy game.

Epos
Combat-centric turn-based RPG.

Mardek 3
Long old school japanese-styled roleplaying game.It includes improved versions of two previous games in the series.

Wonderful World

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Responses

  1. You forgot the excellent Alien Swarm, completely free on Steam.

  2. Mass Effect 2 is such as awesome game.

  3. Wow, awesome…
    VGA must be better for play this game… :)


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