Posted by: adrianwerner | September 13, 2010

Post gamescom update (13th september 2010)

I would like to apologize for the delay, but I’m in truly hellish period right now at University and exams are coming one after another . Not to mention the whole gamescom insanity also took it’s toll. I work for polish game website, so covering that event also heavily limited amount of free time I had. Anyway, no more whining, here comes the update :).

2010 GAMES

Battlefield Academy
I like what Battlefield Academy tries to do: bring traditional hardcore wargaming to a larger audience. (…) It’s a fun temporary diversion from more hardcore strategy offerings. - 7.5 from Out of Eight website

Stronghold Kingdoms
Browser adaptation of Firefly Studios’ most well know series.

The Settlers Online
Browser adaptation of classic series.

Cultures Online
Browser version of popular city building series.

Rainblood: Town of Death
Rainblood: Town of Death provides wonderful RPG gaming with a great storyline and paramount battling to boot. If you don’t mind the brevity of it all, this is well worth a playthrough.- 8.0 from Gamezebo

Drawn: Dark Flight
Gorgeous, whimsical scenery will draw you into Dark Flight’s living world of art and imagination, and its well-integrated gameplay and user-friendly help system will get you through some of the rough spots. - 8.0 from Adventuregamers

Hazard: The Journey Of Life
First person exploration puzzler that’s a commercial follow-up to one of best UT3 mods ever made.

The Next Big Thing
New adventure game from Pendulo Studios. The last game from this team (Runaway: A Twist of fate) scored 8.0 at Adventuregamers.

Razor2: Hidden Skies
Razor2: Hidden Skies is a decent shooter with good production values, such as the excellent score.- 7.5 from IGN

Dead meets Lead
Indie zombie action game.

Football Manager 2011

Mass Effect 2: Lair of the Shadow Broker
If you haven’t been interested in any of the previous DLCs because they only offered self-contained stories, start getting excited about Lair of the Shadow Broker. There are a few reasons to snag this and play through it immediately. First, this is the only downloadable content so far that will actually influence Mass Effect 3. Second, if you romanced Liara in the original game and want to re-kindle that flame you finally can. And third, there’s a great narrative complemented by fun combat. If you can only afford one piece of extra content for Mass Effect 2, this is the one to spend your money on. - 9.5 from IGN

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days
A recommendation for Dog Days isn’t hard, though it is filled with qualification. (…)But if you appreciated the promise of the last game, or you’re looking for something darker and more sophisticated content-wise than your usual shooter fare, then Kane & Lynch 2 is just the thing.- 7.5 from IGN

Bloody Good Time
New multiplayer action game from makers of The Ship.

Swords & Soldiers
Side scrolling RTS. Wii version scored 8.7 at IGN.

Create
Sandbox puzzler from Electronic Arts.

NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits
Side scrolling platformer. Wii version scored 8.5 at IGN.

Robin’s Quest: A Legend is Born
Robin’s Quest: A Legend Born is a fun retelling of a familiar tale, adapting well-known characters to a new and inventive adventure. Say it with me now, everyone: For England!- 9.0 from Gamezebo

My Kingdom for the Princess 2
All in all My Kingdom for the Princess 2 continues to impress and greatly improves on the unique formula set out by the first game. Flaws are rare to come by and are greatly overshadowed by the positive points and enjoyable features. Similar titles who will try to surpass this series will have to do more than just copying that formula, particularly because My Kingdom for the Princess 2 has just increased the standard notably.- 9.0 from Gamezebo

Samantha Swift and the Fountains of Fate
The Samantha Swift series has always provided rock-solid hidden object experiences, but each iteration improves on the last. Fountains of Fate is colorful, bold, clever, and expertly-crafted – my one regret is that my time with Samantha was over just a bit too quickly. Or perhaps it just seemed that way because I couldn’t stop playing.- 9.0 from Gamezebo

Academagia: The Making of Mages
While the slow pace and insane amount of depth may turn off some, they’re also what make Academagia so engaging. It’s so easy to lose hours of your life tinkering with your character, trying to complete quests or explore the Academy or catch up on botany lessons. It’s the kind of game that’s aimed at a very specific niche of people, and for them, it’s perfect. Academagia allows you to enter an extraordinarily well thought out world of fantasy and be whoever you want to be. It’s the next best thing to catching the train at platform 9 and 3/4.- 9.0 from Gamezebo

Totem Tribe GOLD
Totem Tribe Gold offers everything you would expect from a real hit: Beautiful and diverse graphics, gameplay that oozes innovation, a playtime of easily 30 hours and more, replayability that other games can only dream to offer, and an exciting storyline as the icing on the cake. With all the new additions it is definitely worth a look for everyone who enjoyed the original Totem Tribe, and gamers who haven’t played the original should try it too.- 9.0 from Gamezebo

Snark Busters: Welcome to the Club
Snark Busters is fantastic. It offers about three hours of very enjoyable play time, with tons of hidden object searches, puzzles and mini-games that make you feel like you’re actually solving a mystery and a very high level of polish from start to finish. Will you catch the Snark? I don’t want to spoil that surprise for you, but as Ian Gillan told us back in 1984, it’s not the kill, it’s the thrill of the chase. And Snark Busters: Welcome to the Club is one chase that delivers in spades.- 9.0 from Gamezebo

Echoes of the Past: The Castle of Shadows
Put plainly, Echoes of the Past: The Castle of Shadows is one of the best hidden object games I’ve played this year. Great production values, challenging tasks, and a healthy duration add up to terrific value. It’s a must-play for fans of puzzles, adventure, and hidden object hunts.- 8.0 from Gamezebo

Nightfall Mysteries: Asylum Conspiracy
Asylum Conspiracy is a wonderfully spooky mystery with over-the-top characters and a great aesthetic. If it weren’t for the endless backtracking – really, hitting the back arrow twelve times to get from one room to the next is not a recipe for fun – and the deja vu of some of the searches, it would pretty much be a perfect experience. As it is, it’s merely fantastic.- 8.0 from Gamezebo

Enlightenus II: The Timeless Tower
If what you’re interested in is a new take on the old HOG genre, then Enlightenus 2: The Timeless Tower might be right up your alley. With top-notch production values, an engaging story and even a bit of a heart-warming moral at the end, it doesn’t just do something different, it does it all very well. It’s not a perfect game but it’s awfully good and absolutely worth giving a try.- 8.0 from Gamezebo

Puzzle Quest 2
Puzzle Quest 2 is much more than a simply slapping a fresh coat of paint onto the first game and calling it a sequel. Fundamental changes have been made to both the RPG and match-3 portions of the game with the result that emphasis seems more on combat than role-playing and exploration. Players who thought Challenge of the Warlords got bogged down under the weight of its epic fantasy setting will appreciate Puzzle Quest 2’s more streamlined approach. Personally, while I found the match-3 as addictive as ever (the “one more round” hook is still firmly in place), the streamlining of the world around it made the game seem like that much more of a grind.- 8.0 from Gamezebo

Ski Resort Mogul
Ski Resort Mogul should be a blast for all fans of building simulations, and especially for those who already loved the previous parts of this series, because it continues to improve in quality. If you can overlook the shallow and cliched storyline and don’t mind a cumbersome hidden object scene every once in a while, this game will convince you with good replayability, the requirement of planning ahead and a fast pace that will keep you on your toes.- 8.0 from Gamezebo

Redrum: Time Lies
Redrum: Times Lies is “horrible,” and that’s what makes it a whole lot of fun. The gameplay can start to feel repetitive after awhile, but it’s very well put-together and the outstanding production values help keep it feeling fresh. But ultimately, it’s the dark take on the hidden object genre that really makes this game interesting. Most hidden object games are sanitized and safe, so that even those built around murder most foul tend to stay within kid-friendly boundaries, but you’ll find no such protection here. Redrum: True Lies is macabre and grotesque, the sort of game your teenage son would be proud to see you play. In this case, that’s a good thing.- 8.0 from Gamezebo

Bee Garden
While this game works a lot like other farming titles (ie. Country Harvest or Ranch Rush), the charm of the story and the focus on bees and tasty honey makes it special. Things start on the slow side with a somewhat lengthy tutorial and a lack of challenge, but the gameplay steps up rather quickly afterwards with the inclusion of new pests, stricter time limits, and the addition of power-ups. Bee Garden: The Lost Queen is an addictive title that will be worth your while if you’re into time management adventures with a touch of personality.- 8.0 from Gamezebo

GabCab
GabCab is definitely an entertaining game, highly original, and proving how to make a real stand-out sequel. The game does not simply improve the experience of Airport Mania, it creates a totally new experience that still resembles the other game enough to satisfy older fans and newcomers. GabCab receives four stars and a recommendation from us, so enjoy the ride.- 8.0 from Gamezebo

2011 GAMES

Might & Magic Heroes VI
New entry in one of the most beloved turn based strategy series of all time.

Age of Empires Online
The rebirth of one of the biggest RTS franchises of all time.

Tropico 4
Another entry in this great city building series. Tropico 3 scored 8.4 from IGN

Cities in MotionT
Spiritial successor to Transport Tycoon from Paradox Interactive.

Jagged Alliance 2: Reloaded
Remake of a classic tactical TBS.

Dungeons
Spiritual successor to Dungeon Keeper.

The Sims Medieval

Real Warfare 2: Northern Crusades
Continuaton of XIII Century: Death or Glory, which scored 7.2 at IGN./

Blight Of The Immortals
Web based strategy game set in fantasy universe. It’s being made by Iron Helmet, a small australian company formed by ex-Irrational Games people who already made Neptune’s Pride.

Six Gun Saga
A primarly singleplayer card strategy game from Cryptic Comet, creators of Armageddon Empires and Solium Infernum.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Retribution
Second add-on to this great RTS.

Dead State
Indie zombie RPG from ex-Troika and Obsidian designers.

Torchlight II
Sequel to a hack and slash RPG that scored 8.6 at IGN.

Drakensang Online
Cooperative online RPG.

Neverwinter
Online cooperative RPG with powerful adventure building tools, from Cryptic (makers of City of Heroes and Champions)

Rift: Planes of Telara

Saturated Dreamers
Indie exploration game from makers or Immortal Defense

Depth
Indie aquatic stealth game running on Unreal Engine 3. The team is filed with people who created the first version of Killing Floor.

Contagion
Single and multiplayer horror FPS from makers of Zombie Panic! Source mod.

Microsoft Flight
Finally, a new flight sim from Microsoft.

Steel Armor:Blaze of War
Mew tank sim from the makers of Steel Fury (which was one of the best tank games of all time)

Operation Flashpoint: Red River

Cargo
New puzzle game from makers of Void and Pathologic.

Orion: Prelude
Commercial follow up to a popular mod.

Top Spin 4
New entry in the best tennis series of all time.

Section 8: Prejudice

Bastion
Inie action RPG from ex-EALA team members.

Captain Morgane
Semi sequel to adventure game So Blonde, which scored 8.0 from Adventuregamers.

The Haunted: Hell’s Reach
Multiplayer horror action game that’s a commercial follow-up to a mod that won Make Something Unreal competition.

2012 GAMES

Secret Files 3: The Archimedes Code

Crusader Kings II
Epic strategy game from Paradox Interactive

Bioshock: Infinite

MODS

HaloRTS for Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars

Old Republic at war for Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption
Mod based on Old Republic era.

Cross of Iron for Company of Heroes
A realism/balance mod that aims for a better gameplay experience without making significant changes to the original CoH gameplay.

The Escape for Half-Life 2: Episode Two
Puzzle centric singleplayer mod.

Babylon 5 Mod for X3: Terran Conflict

Supercars II Mod for Half-Life 2
A retro remake of the original Supercars II game from 1991.

One 4 Nine for Left 4 Dead
“In the Nevada Desert, the U.S. Army have built a Military base around an ancient ‘alien tomb’ and after years of trying have managed to open it. Four survivors heard rumors of a fortified safe zone in the base, but have no knowledge of the tomb nor what will await them upon arrival…”

Carried Off for Left 4 Dead 2
“The survivors find themselves on a riverbed and follow a road to the town. Then they must fight to the top of the office building where the rescue helicopter awaits.”

Lost for Left 4 Dead 2
“After the railway accident, the survivors fall into hidden from the people town, where the infection occurred.They caught up the storm,flooded the town…”

Alcheringa for Neverwinter Nights 2 with Storm of Zehir add-on.
“This module is built around the concept of entering the dreams of other people, as well as your own.”

The Maimed God’s Saga for
“Intrigued by a cryptic call for heroes from a rural priest, you arrive in the hamlet of Riverford on the Delimbiyr River. There, you learn of the cries of a woman, the last of her line from a village high in the Greypeak mountains. As a champion of Tyr, The Maimed God, your mission is clear. You must rescue this woman from a centuries-old curse and restore the light of Tyr to a dying town lost to the ravages of time”

FREEWARE GAMES

5xMan
Puzzle platformer based on a concept of controling multiple versions of the same character.

The Balls
Online multiplayer mess-around (…) where up to 100 players take control of small balls of fur, and must complete a series of tasks by sticking to and climbing up surfaces. – Indiegames

Big Pixel Zombies
Fun little mindless zombie slaughtering game.

Catapult Madness
Arcade game where you use catapult to shoot your servants as far as possible.

Doooors
Alatforming puzzler by Hempuli aka Arvi Teikari, in which you need to reach the crystal in each level. This involves picking up doors, throwing them into useful spots, then going through them. – Indiegames

e7
2D platformer with some really clever puzzles.

Epic combo
Action game where you try to hit 10K points combo as fast as you can.

Frogatto
A 2D platformer which stars a frog that can swallow and spit out enemies as projectiles. – Indiegames

Gunbot
Nice mix of platformer and shooter.

The Illusionist’s Dream
Puzzle platformer where you can take shape of every animal you encounter.

Liferaft: Zero
Stylish and addicting platformer.

Momodora
Polished 2D platformer.

Mind Jolt
Arcade bullet hell shooter.

Mt
A procedural-generated climbing game.

Not-So-Massive Action Game
Simple, but fun 2D shooter.

One Button Arthur
Fun little one button action game.

One Step Back
A 2D platformer that deals with the consequences of time travelling, where players have to guide their on-screen character to the exit without running into their other selves. For every few steps you take, another version of yourself will appear from the entrance of the level and retread the same path that you walked on just seconds ago. The current level resets if you accidentally touch any of your past selves, so you’ll have to figure out ways to avoid them until enough time passes for the exit door to unlock – Indiegames

Privates
Crazy side scrolling shooter.

Radial Plus
A lovingly polished space shooter with a twist – you can’t shoot directly an enemies, but instead you must bounce your shots off a wall and into them. – Indiegames

Sandy Evolution
A horizontal shooter in which players can collect fragments and pieces of the enemies they defeat to evolve into a stronger creature. This effect only lasts for a couple of seconds, forcing the players to change forms constantly and not just stick to the strongest ability throughout the entire game. – Indiegames

Sieger
Nice Crush the Castle clone with a unique twist- here you shoot the projectiles from first person perspective.

Sombreros
Top down shooter where you play as a Mexican gunslinger.

Tales of Unspoken World
Great FPP run and jump action game

Together
Beautiful exerimenal arcade art game.

Worm Food
Beautiful exerimenal arcade art game.
Great action game from Nitrome where you play as a gigantic worm devouring poor helpless villagers.

8:Capsule
A puzzle game in which you solve puzzles by throwing objects at other objects. Not everything on screen can be thrown, and you have to click on a moving object first to make it motionless in the air before you can hurl it at anything else – Indiegames

Electric Box 2
Vastly improved sequel to a great puzzler where you build devices that are powered by electric energy.

Fib
Unity engine based puzzle game (…) where players get to control a character who can subtly influence the actions of his peers by complementing or insulting them. – Indiegames

GROW Valley
GROW Valley follows the same format as the rest of the GROW series, providing buttons and asking you to click them in whichever order you feel inclined. As you click each one, components will be added to the main scene via small, faceless people. – Indiegames

Lost Head
Physics puzzler.

Madris
A puzzle game that plays like a variation of Tetris, where each block is either a room or a corridor for you to arrange somewhere on the screen. Some of the rooms will have occupants in them, and your task here is to join up rooms or corridors so that these people can get to the amenities that they desire. – Indiegames

Sand Trap
A puzzle game where you rotate a box to pour the sand trapped within into a pail.

Save My Robots
Turn based robot programming game.

Alice is Dead: Episode Three

By the Numbers
Unique and very well done adventure game centred on interrogation.

Cat Poke

Dreamerz

Enemy of the Solid State
A visual novel which sees the player taking on the role of a scarf-wearing spy, waiting for his contact to arrive with a special package that he is supposed to collect. – Indiegames

Escape from the Big Windows Room

Escape from Boss Room

Escape from Restaurant Minshio

The Fog Fall 3
Post apocalyptic adventure game.

Hard Space: Conquest of the Gayliks
Humoristic science fiction adventure game,

Howard Glitch
Very unique adventure game based on series of Youtube videos.

Hummingbird Mind
An interactive story from the developer behind I Can Hold My Breath Forever. It follows a day in the life of a man who suffers from attention-deficit disorder, as he tries to do anything else besides work. – Indiegames

The Journey Down, Chapter 1: Over the Edge
A point-and-click adventure game that tells the story of Bwana and his friend Kito, two individuals who run a gas station but were forced to find other means of making money when the power company threatens to cut their electrical supply off. Fortunately at about the same time a young woman arrives at your doorstep looking for a book, and she willing to reward you handsomely should you be able to help her out with an errand. – Indiegames

Legacy
Extremely well done and unique adventure game that’s bassicaly interactive audio drama.

Reincarnation: Let The Evil Times Roll
Humoristic adventure game

Sanatorium
Horror adventure game.

Sneak Thief 1: Prime Catch
Polished point and click adventure game

Submachine: 32 Chambers
Another great SF adventure game from Mateusz Skutnik.

Symon
Apuzzle game that tells the story of a bedridden hospital patient who sorely misses his home and family. The only thing he can do is to sleep and dream, which leads him to a place inside his imagination that is populated by a cast of unusual characters to meet and run errands for. – Indiegames

Under the Garden
A sandbox-style exploration game set in a harsh winter environment, where supplies are limited and resources such as food and lumber for your fireplace have to be gathered from the land. Here you’ll learn how to hunt, mine for valuable items, cut down trees for wood, and construct buildings or bridges out of bricks and boxes. – Indiegames

Dino Strike
Sidescrolling beat’em up.

Strap-on-bomb Car
Single button racing game

Tricky Truck
A new physics-based simulation game (…) where the objective is to maneuver your vehicle around bends or walls before parking it safely at the designated spot. – Indiegames

Victorian BMX: Death on Wheel
Puzzle vehicular game where you play a bicycle riding grim reaper racing to collect souls.

Epic Battle Fantasy 3

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Responses

  1. Age of Empires Online is no rebirth, is a fucking travesty, even worse than Wing Commander: Arena. Goddamned Microsoft!.

  2. i am a computer gamer and always will be lol, and i am like you, a little tight on time so its just amazing to unwind on a really good game every so often, sadly the days are limited to be able to play a game from when i wake up to when i went to sleep, good times lol
    thanks for the share :)

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  4. Very excellent post, saw this on Neogaf and was glad I clicked on it, there are a lot of games that I’ve never heard of here and I’m probably going try them out.


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