Posted by: adrianwerner | July 4, 2009

Update (4th July 2009)

2009 COMMERCIAL GAMES

Hollywood Tycoon
On the whole, Hollywood Tycoon is fun and fast paced tycoon game that is suitable for beginners, yet challenging for skilled players. With lots of flexibility and plenty of strategies to employ, it’s one of the better tycoon games out there, provided that you don’t mind a bit of repetition as you play.8.0 from Gamezebo

Avalon
Avalon is a beautiful real time simulation game that moves away from the tropical theme of Virtual Villagers and into the realm of magic and fantasy. If you don’t mind a slightly slower pace, and have the patience to play the game slowly over time, it can prove to be a relaxing and fun diversion.8.0 from Gamezebo

AI War: Fleet Command
I feel that AI War will ultimately appeal the most to expert strategy gamers. You can speed things up somewhat using the “fast and dangerous” mode, but AI War still offers long games for strategy veterans and those with a lot of time to invest. If you fall into that category, the sheer variety of strategies AI War boasts will draw you in: the twenty ship classes (not types, classes), randomly generated maps, range of defenses, and the diversity of behaviors the AI opponents exhibit mean replay value for this game is quite high. If you can get past the massive nature of the time involved and the size of the game, AI War has enough depth in several areas to satisfy strong strategic cravings.7.5 from Out of Eight website

Gary Grigsby’s War in the East: The German-Soviet War 1941-1945
New turnbased wargame from makers of games like World at War (8.5 at IGN) and Uncommon Valor (8.2 from IGN)

Men of War: Red Tide
Add-on to a WWII tactical game that scored 8.0 from IGN

Elven Legacy: Ranger
Add-on to 7.7(at IGN) game

Science Girls
Science Girls was a surprisingly enjoyable little game. There weren’t a lot of flaws that I could see with the game, and it stayed fun and lighthearted throughout my experience with it. It’s unique, and it’s made for anyone to enjoy: the three levels of difficulty widen the range of appeal to include hardcore RPG fans and more casual players alike.8.2 from GameTunnel

Aveyond: Lord of Twilight
Like its predecessors, Aveyond: Lord of Twilight is a casual RPG that offers hours of enjoyment. True, it’s not quite long or deep as the first games, but if you’re worried about whether you’re still getting enough bang for your buck, you can put those worries to rest.8.0 from Gamezebo

Les Misérables: The Game of the Book
The first installment of the Enter the Story series is a very good modern, interactive adaptation of a classic novel that stands well on its own while also hinting at greater things to come8.0 from Adventuregamers

The Divine Comedy
The second in the series of adventure games retelling of famous novels (first one “Les Misérables: The Game of the Book” scored 8.0 at Adventuregamers)

Chronicles of Mystery: The Tree of Life
Sequel to 7.5 adventuregame

Kuros
Kuros has smart puzzles, gorgeous graphics, amusing characters and decent voice acting. It’s a wonderfully entertaining journey and it’s over far, far too quickly.8.0 from Gamezebo

Enlightenus
Enlightenus from Blue Tea Games is a creative, richly-textured game that offers an excellent combination of hidden object and adventure in a lighthearted, inspiring story. With 14 hidden object scenes and over a dozen magical rooms to explore, Enlightenus provides challenge without being overwhelming. 9.0 from Gamezebo

DinerTown Detective Agency
We found the game enjoyable with its multiple game-play elements, cute stories and characters, and few game modes. At the very least, fans of HOGs or adventure games should download and play the free 60-minute trial.8.0 from Gamezebo

Musaic Box
I highly recommend you give Musaic Box a try. Both the puzzle and music game genres are filled with copycats and me-too games, but Musaic Box marries those two categories and creates something unique. Sure, the public domain midi tunes can sound cheap and cheesy. But you still get a feeling of satisfaction when you’ve finally got “When the Saints Go Marching In” up and running. Musaic Box is available from8.0 from IGN

Black Prophecy
SF space MMO.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
If you know nothing about the story found in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, this game is not the place to start because it glosses over the facts and emotions of the real story. However, if you’re looking to pick up your broomstick and take Hogwarts by storm, this title should find its way into your library. It’s not groundbreaking and it’s not the most engaging experience in the world, but there is something fun about dropping worms into a cauldron and desperately looking for 150 hidden crests. Potter fans shouldn’t be disappointed if they’re looking to kill a few hours in the house that Dumbledore built.7.5 from IGN

Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures: Episode 3 – Muzzled!
By focusing on telling a complete story and better integrating the puzzles, Muzzled! succeeds in being an episodic adventure that feels like it could be an actual Wallace & Gromit short film.8.0 from Adventuregamers

Yosumin!
Square Enix’s puzzle game will grab fans of the genre. This version adds a nice single-player story mode, but ditches the fun multiplayer game on XBLA. If we could mash these two versions together we’d have a great puzzle game, but as is Yosumin is just decent.7.1 from

2010 COMMERCIAL GAMES

Mytheon
MMORPG from Petroglyph, a company responsible for Star Wars: Empire at War

MODS

World Sportscar 1970 for rFactor
CSGT has released their World Sportscar Championship 1970 mod for rFactor, bringing one of the most exciting years in sports car racing to the simulation.WSC 1970 consists of almost 30 different car models, including legendary prototypes like the Porsche 917, the Ferrari 512S and the Ford GT40. Also included are the most famous GT cars of that era such as the Ferrari 365GTB, the Porsche 911 and the Chevrolet Corvette.All in all, this massive mod includes 125 cars from the 1970 Le Mans 24 Hours and the World Sportscar Championship season, all coming with RealFeel compatible physics-VirtualR.net

Souleon Storm for Crysis
“This game is a FPS arcade shooter, that will appeal to the casual gamers for its short levels, high replay factor and simple storyline(…) Your mission is to make it from one side of the city to the other in the fastest possible time, and with the highest score.”

The Facility for Doom II

Smash Ball for Half-Life 2
Smash Ball is a fun, free (as long as you have Half-Life 2 installed) distracter from your usual gaming habits. The strategy that’s built into the game is sadly lost in the frenetic action that’s constantly going on, and that’s a shame because there’s the potential to have some cool moments of teamwork. There’s still plenty to do on the four maps that are currently available, thanks largely in part to the different player types and power-ups that can be assigned. If you’re looking for a new use for the Source Engine that also provides plenty of fast fun, look no further than Smash Ball.7.9 from IGN

Warhammer 40K mod for Operation Flashpoint

Coda for Unreal Tournament 3
A MP mod with strong focus on sword fighting and magic/physic powers.

Shattered Worlds for Freelancer
“The team combined modding knowledge and lessons learned from numerous mods/servers, they picked the best concepts from from other mods; which were implemented, improved and further expanded. The entire game has been overhauled from the ground up to create a cutting edge balance scheme. The DevTeam also added hundreds of weapons/equipment items, and added over 60 new ships many of which are exclusive to the mod. ”

Enhanced Combat Leader: Beyond Overlord for Company of Heroes
“Is a multi-player game modification for Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts that emphasizes tactical combat, realism, and historical accuracy by allowing players to command and deploy company size forces throughout the Normandy Overlord Campaign, players get to create and command authentic WW II Battalion Level formations. Through the advantages of the Relic essence engine players can enjoy a new game experience with many dynamic features that emphasize tactical command and control and exploits the dynamic elements of the living soldiers system by providing player squads many new ability enhancements which allow players to execute advanced tactical combat strategies, players can also execute squad level tactical orders and unit abilities in a smoother more intuitive way.”

Kingdoms Grand Campaign for Medieval 2: Total War
“Kingdoms Grand Campaign Mod is a huge expanded campaign for Medieval II Total War Kingdoms expansion. The mod focuses on increasing the size of the Grand Campaign. Which includes a huge new map, 7 new factions, and all the units from Kingdoms. ”

World War 2 CTW for Rise of Nation with Thrones and Patriors add-on
WW2 total conversion.

Future Wars – Tactical Simulator for Sins of a Solar Empire
Star Trek total conversion.

Star Wars – Clone Wars for Star Wars: Empire At War
“A total conversion mod for Empire at War / Forces of Corruption. It takes place right after the Battle of Geonosis in “Attack of the Clones”. Replacing the Empire, Rebels and Zann Consortium with the Galactic Republic, Seperatist Alliance and Pirates.”

FREEWARE

CutCopyPasteGnome
“CutCopyPasteGnome is a puzzle game created by Luke Brown, where the player’s objective is to assist a gnome in reaching the exit without any direct control over his movements. This will require manipulating objects with a couple of editor functions, accessible by right-clicking on the game screen and selecting the tool you would like to use.”-Indiegames

Dynamic Systems
“A physics-based puzzle game where you must help a ball find its way to a goal.”-JayisGames

Fragger
“From Harold Brenes comes the next great outdoor pastime in Fragger, a sweet little puzzle game on a physics engine. With grenades. It’s every bit as wholesome and appealing as golf, except you’ll actually enjoy yourself, instead of just pretending to.”-JayisGames

Phantom Mansion II: The Arabian Sea
“Phantom Mansion II: Treasure of the Seven Seas is the second batch of tile puzzles from Gimme 5 Games starring spiky haired little Hector and his endless quest for treasure. Push crates, dodge the cutest little itsy-bitsy monsters, unlock doors, ride magic carpets over a spiraling vortex of horror. I”-JayisGames

Shocker: The Electrifying Super Hero
“Shocker: The Electrifying Super Hero is a puzzle game created by Alexitrón for Game Jolt’s Shocking contest, where you are in control of a hero entrusted with the job of saving the planet from a major technology-related disaster. Each area has several blue nodes and a yellow exit point, with your objective being to reach the escape portal without accidentally sliding out of the screen.”-Indiegames

Zodiac Reactor
“Zodiac Reactor plays like an intense bout of hyperspace Simon. The reactor’s purpose is nothing less than creating brand new stars; your job is to collect the Elemental Particles necessary to fuel the process.”– JayisGames

America’s Army 3
My experience with America’s Army 3 has been very rewarding thus far. It feels like the game has an older, more mature player base than what you’d encounter in a contemporary console shooter, and it’s a game that will appeal to those who like realism and tactics. With that said, there are still plenty of problems, such as glitchy animations and weapons bugs, and the entire game could probably get a tightening of its network code to reduce lag. Still, it’s hard to argue with the experience or the price (which is free). This is a shooter that’s more intelligent than most and that requires more teamwork and coordination, but that makes the rewards of success that much more enjoyable.8.4 from IGN

Bango!
Puzzle platformer.

Barbarian Onslaught:The Secret of Steel
Side-scrolling hack-and-slash.

Being Struck By Lightning is Probably the Best Way That You Could Die On Account of All of It’s Awesomeness’
“The game was created for Gamejolt’s ‘Shocking’ Game contest. Gameplay-wise, the game extends about as far at its name in terms of sheer agonising design. Initially simple, the combination of tight jumping and evil level design make this the most keyboard-bashing experience I’ve had in a while. It’s worth holding out and playing on when you feel like you can’t take anymore, just to see how utterly harsh it really gets.”-Indiegames

Bubble Cannon 2
Physics driven action game based around “bouncing, reflecting and poping”

Crane Wars

Double Edged.
Awesome cartoonish side-scrolling hack-and-slash.

Friendly Fire

G-e-n-e-r-i-c
Simple fun platformer.

The Polynomial
A beautiful 3D space shooter with mathematically generated fractal scenery and models.

Push
“Push is a twisted platformer all about moving the level around to reach the goal. The WASD keys move the little expressionless guy around, while clicking the mouse button will push all the surrounding blocks away from the centre of your click, allowing him to progress past originally solid walls.”-Indiegames

Use Boxmen
“A 2D puzzle platformer with cleverly-designed levels, where players are required to collect a cube in each level to progress. The trick is that certain areas can’t be completed without the aid of your friends, who will mimic your moves when called upon to help. Experimentation is half of the fun, while executing your master plan to perfection can be extremely satisfying, although the link to the video walkthrough might be too tempting for players to resist when faced with a challenge that seems insurmountable at first”-Indiegames

vel.shock(a)
“Another entry for the Gamejolt ‘Shocking’ Contest, vel.shock(a) (or ‘vel dot shock alpha’) is all about using the enemy’s fire against them. Turrets pop up all over the screen and it’s your job to send out shockwaves by clicking the mouse button to bounce their missiles straight back at them.”-Indiegames

The Dead Case
A cartoonish adventure game where you play as a ghost.

The Freewill Cycle: Volume 1
SF adventure game that plays like a mix of Myst and Escape the Room game.

The Fun Fair
Unique minigames filled adventure game where you explore a theme park.

How To Raise A Dragon
“regory Weir, he of the peculiar and splendid I Fell In Love With The Majesty Of Colours, has created another exquisitely minimal, decision-led adventure. This time it’s about raising a dragon, obviously. But what might be entirely obvious is that what you dragon eats, and how they decide to interact with human beings, is going to ultimately decide their fate. As with Weir’s previous games, it’s got a distinct beauty to its pixellated, multiple-pathed tale”-RockPaperShotgun

Kidnapped by Aliens
“Kidnapped by Aliens, shows how to make an extensive escape game and do it right. The surreal but perfect background sound and puzzles that make sense without being too obvious turn this game into an enjoyable experience.”-JayisGames

Mystery House in Japan
“While not the magnum opus of the escape game genre, Mystery House in Japan is fun, quick, and indisputably well-designed, perfect for a brief break in your day. While Bianco Bianco may not be the most stunningly original designer out there, it can always be counted upon to provide a solidly constructed and entertaining experience. Enjoy!”-JayisGames

The Several Journeys of Reemus: Chapter 3
Macarbee cartoon adventure.

Smile For Me
“In Smile For Me, you are a recently deceased person who, seeing the tears of a grieving loved one, seeks to bring joy to that individual. But how, exactly, are you going to accomplish that? In your new home, a silvery room high in the sky, you’ll have to solve puzzles and use the heavenly tools at your disposal to bring a moment of happiness to your bereaved beloved” -JayisGames

Vanguard Princess
Japanese 2D fighter

Crunchball 3000
Futuristic violent sports game

Kickabout League
Great browser football game with unique mouse+WASD based controls.

MODS

FREEWARE
Castle Corp
“The latest offering from Nitrome is almost the opposite of a standard tower defense game. Instead of building structures along a path to repel a gang of marauders, you play as the characters on the path trying to destroy the fixed objects shooting at you. Your mission? To protect your shareholders. Welcome to a long long time ago, when economic recessions went medieval.”-JayisGames

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