Posted by: adrianwerner | October 6, 2009

Update (6th October 2009)

2009 GAMES

Paradise Beach
Paradise Beach is a must-have for building simulation fans who are longing for a real challenge, while it is probably a no-go for people who prefer less complex games where it is not absolutely vague what you have to do to proceed in the game. Besides and certainly of major importance is the fact that the game is not a simple copy of an already existing game, but rather unique enough to provide an alternative and interesting gaming experience.8.0 from Gamezebo

Widget TD
Overall, Widget TD is an amusing diversion. It has plenty of replay value (level editor, share custom levels with others via the interwebs, etc), and it’s reasonably challenging.7.0 from Gametunnel

Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising
First add-on (concentrating on armies of Chaos) to Dawn of War (9.0) from IGN

With Fire and Sword
A Mount and Blade spin-off RPG set in Poland during the 17th Century.

3 Cards to Dead Time
Sequel to an adventure game that scored 8.0 at Adventuregamers

BumbleTales
That’s really what it comes down to in BumbleTales – the loveable, bulbous Bumbles themselves. BumbleTales’ gameplay isn’t significantly different from any other match-three game you’ve ever tried, but its cast of characters are so charming and endearing that you’ll simply enjoy having them around.8.0 from Gamezebo

Vampire Saga: Pandora’s Box
Vampire Saga: Pandora’s Box is among the few games where you think you know what’s going to happen before the game pitches you a very sharp twist, and one of the few that pulls off an ending that really leaves you speechless and wondering what’s going to happen next. Combine that with unique environments and suspense, and you’ve got your money’s worth.8.0 from Gamezebo

Zuma’s Revenge
Did you enjoy Zuma? Of course you did, and you’ll enjoy Zuma’s Revenge; just don’t expect a reinvention of the wheel. And if you haven’t played Zuma: welcome to our planet. Can I interest you in a fun match-three game?8.0 from IGN

Age of Oracles: Tara’s Journey
Age of Oracles: Tara’s Journey is a long, gorgeous, well-crafted adventure, with beautifully-constructed hidden object levels and creative puzzles. It can feel a bit repetitious at times, but it should please any hidden object fan.8.0 from Gamezebo

Gemini Lost
Gemini Lost can be dangerously addictive, though there isn’t much reason to return to it once you’ve completed the game. That said, there are scores of tasks to accomplish that truly make you feel like the hard work you’ll pour into keeping your townspeople alive and well is worth the effort. Ultimately, this is what will keep you coming back until the job is done.8.0 from Gamezebo

Kitchen Brigade
Kitchen Brigade has any faults, it’s that we’ve seen it all before. We’ve played kitchen management and clicking minigames. However, Kitchen Brigade manages to put them together into something genuinely fresh and fun. If you’re into time management, then step into the kitchen and get cooking!8.0 from Gamezebo

Zombie Driver
Car combat game from the team that made D.I.P.R.I.P mod for HL2

Tales of Monkey Island, Episode 3: Lair of the Leviathan
Telltale seems to have found the right mix of talent and franchise in Tales of Monkey Island. The characters and setting give the developers a chance to combine the broad humor of Sam and Max with the slightly more grounded feel of the Wallace and Gromit games. The jokes are funny, the puzzles are challenging and both arise out of the overall story, which is genuinely interesting. It might be a bit hard to pick up the odd episode here or there, so the season actually requires a bigger investment than the others, but it’s well worth i8.0 from IGN

Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham Asylum is the greatest comic book videogame of all time. This is an adult Dark Knight story that is well-told, packs some truly fun gameplay elements, has topnotch voice talent, and feel like it’s part of Batman canon.(…)Rocksteady nailed what Batman is supposed to feel like. Fans, rejoice. from IGN

Red Faction: Guerrilla
While the game may not do everything right, it’s your best bet for free-form demolition and unpretentious entertainment.8.0 from IGN

2010 GAMES

Sins of a Solar Empire: Diplomacy
Second and last mini expansion.

Gamelet
Twisted indie retelling of Hamelet

Shades of Violet: Episode 1 – Tale of the Clockwork Princess
Indie steampunk adventure game

Tactical Intervention
New tactical FPS from creator of Counterstrike

The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom

Villagers and Heroes
Action-rpg from Mad Otter games, a small indie company made of Dynamix veterans, headed by Damon Slye(co-founder of Dynamix and lead designer of Aces of the Pacific, Aces Over Europe, Red Baron and A-10 Tank Killer) who previously released Ace of Aces on Instant Action

MODS

Headcrab Mod for Counter-Strike: Source
“Headcrab Mod is a cooperative mod where a survivor squad of combines soldiers is attacked by a horde of headcrabs who is leaded by a giant boss headcrab !”

GTA Night Of The Living Dead for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
“Based on George A Romero’s original cult classic”

Korsakovia for Half-Life 2
“Korsakovia is a new experimental mod by the makers of Dear Esther. It’s a survival horror about delusion, paranoia and the end of the world.”

Hazard: The Journey Of Life for Unreal Tournament 3
Abstract puzzle mod

Dune Wars for Civilization IV
Mod based on Frank Herbert’s epic Dune saga

Invasio Barbarorvm: Flagellvm Dei – Beyond Roman Glory III for Rome: Total War
“Featuring two campaigns: 463AD on the decline and the eventual collapse of the Roman Empire in the West; and 432 AD with the Huns on the outskirts of the Empire, and about to conquer the world. Also includes RESTITUTIO IUSTINIANI (Justinian Campaign) as an add-on provincial campaign, with Justinian attempting to reconquer the west.»”

X-Wing Alliance: The Outer Rim Territories for Freelancer
Star Wars mod with X-Wing Alliance-like level of realism (as opossed to vanilla Freelancer)

Targa Florio for Grand Prix Legends
“The much anticipated Targa Florio for Grand Prix Legends has been released, adding the the world’s longest race track to the historical racing simulation. Located on the Italian Island of Sicily, the 72 kilometer track is one of the most epic motorsport race tracks ever used. As safety concerns became an influence in international motorsports, the Targa Florio sports car race lost its world championship status and is still run as an Italian rallye today.”

FREEWARE

Crush the Castle: Players Pack
Collection of new levels.

Finwick
Great platformer

Icycle

Iron Turtle
Platformer

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Nebula
Another great arcade game from Nitrome

Protonaut
Physics-driven puzzle platformer

RunMan: Race Around the World.
Fantastic platformer.

Time Fcuk
Puzzle platformer

Clockwords
Great typing game

Copy Cat: A Painter’s Puzzle
Unique puzzle game where your goal is to copy the given image for each level onto a canvas.

Huje Tower
World of Goo-like bridge building game

Jungle Magic
Match-3 puzzler

A Mazing Monk
Rotating puzzle game

MagnetiZR
Physics puzzler centred around creating magnetic fields

Magnets
Puzzle game where you use magnets to manipulate the trajectory of a bullet around obstacles.

Abuba The Alien
Cartoonish adventure game

Alice is Dead – Episode 1

Awakener
Nice one room adventure game

Back to the Cubeture Era 1
Quirky isometric adventure game

Dead Frontier: Outbreak
Zombie-themed Choose-your-own-adventure type of game.

Escape from the Meeting Room
Escape the room game.

The Glean of Glob
Surreal adventure game which was initially created as an interactive art installation for Jerwood Space Gallery in London

Strange Adventures In Infinite Space

Make It Good
Noir detective interactive fiction.

Strawberry Cafe Escape
Escape the room game.

Titanium Chef
Fun humoristic adventure game with great production values

Tortuga 3
Pirate themed adventure game

Cake Pirate
Cute tower defense game.

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