Posted by: adrianwerner | November 21, 2009

Update (21st November 2009)

2009 GAMES

Hidden Expedition: Devil’s Triangle
If there’s a criticism of Devil’s Triangle is that I wish there were more of it. Comparisons to Return to Ravenhearst don’t apply when it comes to length, because Devil’s Triangle is a much shorter game with fewer locations to keep track of at a time. Provided you take time to figure out all the puzzles instead of skipping them, you can expect a couple of evenings worth of gameplay. Granted, you can replay the game with some of the hidden objects in different spots. Devil’s Triangle ends with an abrupt cliffhanger ending, which sort of feels like you just bought half a game. However, if the next chapter is as good as this one it will be worth the wait.8.0 from Gamezebo

Hidden World of Art 2: Undercover Art Agent
Overall though, Hidden World of Art 2 is an excellent title that complex I-Spy and hidden object veterans and artists alike will adore. The gameplay is fun, it’s challenging, it’s involving, it’s long, and the sheer artistic nature and introduction of classic pieces to gamers is original, with execution being thoroughly well-done. Thumbs up to Meridian93.8.0 from Gamezebo

Din’s Curse
New indie hack and slash RPG from Soldak, makers of Depths of Peril (which got 82% from PCGamer UK, also won RPG Game of the Year 2007 on Gametunnel and was runner up for overall GOTY there)

Superleague Formula Game,
Racing sim from ISI (makers of rFactor and F1 Challenge 99-02), which brings the 2009 SLF season to the PC.

Tales of Monkey Island, Chapter 4: The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood
The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood is an attractive addition to the series, but the strength of it comes more from the way it advances the story and offers up a couple of groups of interesting puzzles. Not everyone will like the unexpected twists of the story but the bits about Elaine and Morgan are very appealing and add some much-needed weight. It’s true that the jokes aren’t as funny this time around but the puzzles are challenging without being frustrating, which should help you see this one through to a satisfying conclusion.7.2 from IGN

Star Trek D-A-C
Star Trek D-A-C definitely benefits from the inclusion of the single-player Survival mode. The multiplayer modes were all that were available when the game was first released on XBLA earlier this year, and the package feels more robust now. Also, whereas we previously couldn’t tweak game settings, we now can customize multiplayer matches. It’s very cool that the developers listened to feedback from the first release and actually improved the game. Originally this was something you could have a few hours of fun with. Now, we reckon you can extend those fun times to a few days.7.0 from IGN

2010 GAMES

The Ball
Commercial follow-up to a singleplayer action-puzzle mod that won Phase 3 of “Make Something Unreal” competition.

Battle of Kingdoms
MMO game inspired by Defense of the Ancients, made by creators of DotA Chaos.

Lock On: Flaming Cliffs 2.0
Heavy upgrade to original Flaming Cliffs

A Kingdom for Keflings
A simple tycoon game, which’s 360 version got 8.2 from IGN

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
PC version of fighting game that scored 9.4 on IGN,.

MODS

NAM:WAW Vietnam Expansion Pack for Call of Duty: World at War
Vietnam mod

Patently Dangerous for DarkMod

The Outpost for DarkMod

Dead Before Dawn for Left 4 Dead
“Dead Before Dawn features Crossroads Mall as a replica of the mall in the movie, Dawn of the Dead”

Out Of Hell for Unreal Tournament 2004
Large singleplayer horror mod.

Steam Racers for Unreal Tournament 3
“Steam Racers is an action racing game, in which you race your crazy steam powered vehicle through two dangerous racing courses filled with intriguing contraptions while battling your opponents and striving for the number one position”

The Witching Hour for Unreal Tournament 3
“The Witching Hour is a horror/survival game. You’re either a human who has chosen to spend the night in the wrong house or a spirit that returns from hell to haunt that house between midnight (the start of the witching hour) and 6 AM. The goal of either team is to be among the living when dawn breaks – those who are not will return to Hell for an eternity of torment”

Rome: Total Realism VII – Fate of Empires for Rome: Total War
Starting in 280 B.C., the campaign of FoE is set during the epic struggle between the two great powers of the western Mediterranean, the Republic of Rome and the Republic of “Carthage”

Companions of the Hall in Night of a Thousand Zombies for Neverwinter Nights with Hordes of the Underdark expansion pack
“This mod follows the events after the Lord of Ravenloft series. This is the prequel to Companions of the Hall in Mythdrannor. ”

Samhain’s Eve for Neverwinter Nights with both expansion packs installed
Singleplayer survival horror mod.

Tome of Yewrun I: Dersuf for Neverwinter Nights 2

Eclipse for Thief 2: The Metal Age
“Welcome to Port Aerinth, a small, wealthy, and powerful harbor town. Its inhabitants abandoned it after some still unknown tragedy struck there, but rumor has it that in their terror they left behind their considerable wealth and possessions. While most see this as a tragedy, shake their heads, and get on about their lives, you see an opportunity. An opportunity to plunder without consequence, to finally get the wealth you desire…and deserve, after all these years spent crawling through the shadows. But strange things occur the moment you set foot in Port Aerinth. It seems that not everyone – or everything – has fled the town. Maybe tonight, the darkness isn’t your friend…”

FREEWARE

20 Heroes
A puzzle platformer with a unique twist, where players are assigned twenty characters to control separately, in a group, or all at the same time. Puzzles in every area are designed around this theme, and the creativity of the designer really shows after the fifth stage or so.– Indieganes

BucketBall 2
Physics action game where your goal is to shoot colored balls into correct buckets.

COBEX – Cruising on Broadway Extra
A remake of the ZX Spectrum game Cruising on Broadway, created with the permission and feedback from the original author of the software. The game involves colouring grids in each stage by moving over them while trying to avoid colliding with enemy ships called chasers– Indieganes

Drifting Afternoon
Stunningly beautiful one-click jumping game

Elona Shooter
A cute action game with RPG and tower defense elements, where you along with your henchmen have to defend the castle against contant waves of enemies.

Kabloom
A short game in which an elephant living on a floating set of islands attempts to breathe life into her dying habitat by planting trees and nurturing them to health.– Indieganes

Level Editor
A quirky game that mixes platforming with on the fly level creation.

Merubyiusu
Horizontal shooter

Olu
REZ-like rail shooter with abstract graphics.

Prometheus
Amazing single-Player-Coop mod for Unreal Tournament 3 turned into standalone game

Pyroblossom

Rocketbirds: Revolution!
Great action platformer in vein of Flashback

Shining Blood
Mech combat game.

Super Sloth Bomber\
In Super Sloth Bomber, you are a sloth piloting an airship that can drop bombs at enemies on the ground to knock them out. Bombolia is under attack, and the king has sent you on a quest to drive back the invaders with your ship’s ordnances. To progress you would have to clear an area of all enemies before time runs out, or defeat a boss if you are in the final area of a major location.– Indiegames

Umbrella Adventure – The Castle of Cake
A hand-drawn adventure-platform game.

Wake Up The Box
Great little physics puzzler

Colour My Dreams

Exoriare
Stylish cyberpunk exploration game mixing genres like text adventure and puzzle.

Featherweight |
Another great short adventure game from Ben Chandler

The Marionette
A full-length 2D adventure game viewed from a first-person perspective, where you play as a sculptor named Martin who is in the middle of completing his latest work when a mysterious package arrives in his mailbox. He loses consciousness just moments after opening the plain-looking envelope, and wakes up much later only to find himself standing outside an unfamiliar house.– Indiegames

The Black Heart

ButaVX: Justice Fighter
Short, but very cute RPG

Battalion: Ghosts
Great turn-based wargame in vein of Advance Wars

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