Posted by: adrianwerner | December 18, 2009

Update (18th December 2009)

2009 GAMES

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove
Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove isn’t the huge leap forward that Return to Ravenhearst was in terms of depth and gameplay – in fact, those who have played Return to Ravenhearst will find that a lot about Dire Grove feels familiar. But a fresh new story, original puzzles, and the introduction of video shows that the developers aren’t interested in resting on their laurels just yet.9.0 from Gamezebo

Casebook: Episode III – Snake in the Grass
While the gameplay takes a step back from the previous episode, the storyline and filmic qualities have never been better, and Snake in the Grass will certainly please fans of the series and every adventurer in search of a gripping mystery. from Adventuregamers

Lost Realms: The Curse of Babylon
Lost Realms: The Curse of Babylon greatly improves on its predecessor, providing a beautiful, well-paced game with plenty of intriguing twists on the genre. If you’re not already familiar with the characters, you may find yourself a bit nonplussed by the plot, but don’t let that stop you from joining the adventure.8.0 from
Gamezebo

Westward IV: All Aboard
Aside from a slow start and some minor design issues, Westward IV: All Aboard is a great strategy adventure that is a lot of fun, provided you can slog through the first hour or so of play. If you’re able to do this, you’re in for what is one of the most charming strategy games to come along in a while, and will find yourself madly in love with soon
afterwards.
9.0 from Gamezebo

Luxor Adventures
Overall, Luxor Adventures is one of the more polished, fun and challenging HOGs we’ve played over the past few months. The value proposition is also high given the fact you get multiple game types (and individual modes) in one package, too. Be sure to download the free trial to start saving the world…one click at a time.9.0 from
Gamezebo

Delicious – Emily’s Holiday Season
The only thing which might be a tad disappointing about Delicious: Emily’s Holiday Season is that it is not as innovative as the previous game of the series. But on the other hand, why change a wonderful game just for the sake of change? The game is simply heaven for anyone who has a thing for time management games, and we definitely cannot wait for
the next part of this fun series. Get in the mood for the holidays and enjoy the remaining time with this entertaining game.
8.0 from Gamezebo

Amazing Adventures The Caribbean Secret
The Amazing Adventure games have all been excellent, and Caribbean Secret is no exception. From the music to the visuals, everything has been polished to perfection. The setting isn’t exactly hard on the eyes, either – if you’re going to go poking around the landscape, it may as well be the gorgeous landscape of tropical islands. And be ready to spend plenty of time there, because even without the unlockable game modes, Caribbean Secret is a large game. Amazing Adventures: The Caribbean Secret is the yardstick by which the hidden object genre should measure itself. It gets absolutely everything right. Treat yourself and play this game. 8.0 from Gamezebo

Hidden Magic
Truly, I haven’t enjoyed a HOG game like this in a long time – and this reviewer plays his fair share of them on a weekly basis. True, the combat mechanic might not be for everyone, plus the game can get quite tough about half-way through the main game, but between its many gameplay elements, multiple modes and great production values (including an exceptional music soundtrack), you couldn’t find a better way to spend a few evenings.8.0 from Gamezebo

Valerie Porter and the Scarlet Scandal
Though every aspect of Valerie Porter’s gameplay is incredibly well-executed, it’s the story that will keep you playing. The writing and acting are both top notch, spinning out an intriguing mystery with twists and turns aplenty. You’ll keep clicking through level after level, just to find out what happens next. Hopefully we’ll see more from Valerie in the future.8.0 from Gamezebo

Natalie Brooks: Mystery at Hillcrest High
he full version of Natalie Brooks: Mystery at Hillcrest High sprawls over ten chapters, which should each take around thirty minutes to complete. The twists, turns, and complicated puzzle-solving make it a satisfying download for any player who is inclined to enjoy object hunting or Nancy Drew-style super-sleuthing. Be warned, though, that Mystery at Hillcrest High has absolutely no replay value. Solving the mystery is lots of fun, but once you’ve beaten it there’s no reason to play the game again. You’ll probably find yourself yearning for Natalie’s next adventure instead.8.0 from Gamezebo

Elementals: The Magic Key
Elementals: The Magic Key is a great little hidden object/puzzle/strategy game for kids, and just the sort of game that cash-strapped parents working through our troubled economy might want to consider instead of investing in pricey consoles and their $60 software.8.0 from Gamezebo

Treasures of the Serengeti
Beautifully crafted, both visually and in terms of the gameplay itself, Treasures of the Serengeti takes an unusual set of ideas and really runs with them. The game’s familiar puzzle concepts are blended in such a fresh and interesting way that it’s impossible not to get hooked once you start playing. Early levels ease you into learning how the game works, though things really get challenging and frantic as you progress deeper into the adventure. This keeps the gameplay from growing dull. What a pleasant surprise this one turned out to be. 8.0 from Gamezebo

Escape the Museum 2
Regardless of minor quibbles, Escape the Museum 2 is a fun and entertaining hidden object adventure, with attractive hand-drawn scenes, good pacing, and a pleasing story arc that actually has a satisfying ending (as opposed to one of those darn cliff-hangers). The game clocks in at perhaps five hours or so, so length is about average for a game of this type. Hidden object adventure fans can download this one with confidence.9.0 from Gamezebo

Pirate Princess
Word play puzzler from Moonpod (makers of Mr.Robot and Starscape)

Tales of Monkey Island — Chapter 5: Rise of the Pirate God
I think this is the best episode of the entire season. The writing is great, the conflicts are interesting, the jokes are funny and the payoff lives up to the promise. The only downside is that the puzzles are much too straightforward in the beginning so the game essentially solves itself as you move from one area to the next. Things get a little more complicated when LeChuck appears and you’ll find yourself grappling with a couple of large, multi-part puzzles. Though there’s no obvious cliffhanger, the material is set up nicely for a second season. Here’s hoping it’s even better than the first.8.3 from IGN

2010 GAMES

Lionheart: Kings’ Crusade
Real-time wargame from makers of King Arthur: the roleplaying wargame.

Anno 1404: Venice
First add-on.

Musorqua
New indie action title from Dejobaan Games, makers of AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!-A Reckless Disregard for Gravity (82% average at Gamerankings)

Stargate Resistance
Multiplayer third person shooter.

Rising Sun
Flight simulator from the crew who did the incredible Yankee Air Pirate series.

Hat in the Ring
First expansion pack to Over Flander Fields

Bob Came in Pieces
Puzzle platformer.

Metro 2033

Sam and Max: Season 3

Batman: Arkham Asylum 2
Sequel to action-adventure game that scored 9.3 on IGN

Medal of Honor

Spec Ops: The Line

MODS

Ultima 6 Project for Dungeon Siege
Absolutely brilliant remake of classic Ultima game.

Megaman 8-Bit Deathmatch for Doom 2

Orion for Half-Life 2
Multiplayer class bassed SF shooter

Dangerous World for Half-Life 2
Lenghty singleplayer mod.

Silent Hill 1 for Left 4 Dead
Based on classic Konami’s survival horror game

Dead on Time for Left 4 Dead
“In this quick-campaign, Survivors must fight their way through city streets to the military evacuation outpost in the train station.”

Die Screaming for Left 4 Dead
5 maps long campaign.

Dead Flag Blues for Left 4 Dead

Arena of the Dead 2 for Left 4 Dead 2
“Escort your companions across town and over the roof tops to the Arena. Hold off the legions of zombies until the Rescue Chopper arrives”

Defence Alliance 2 for Killing Floor
“A total conversion mod for Killing Floor featuring team based futuristic FPS game play. DA2 blends fast paced action with class based tactics to create an experience that is instantly enjoyable while still offering very deep gameplay. Two teams face off in attack/defend scenarios where the attackers must complete their objectives before time runs out.”

Advanced Combat Environment for ARMA 2
Amazing mega mod that makes the game prettier, more realistic and simply overall a lot better.

Ghosts for ARMA 2
Campaign inspired by Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon.

Zombie Apocalypse for Fallout 3

Dwellers of the Forbidden City for Neverwinter Nights
Based on old pen and paper module.

Legends are Made, not Born for Neverwinter Nights with Horders of the Underdark add-on
Based on pen and paper module.

I, Strahd chapter 3: Thoughts of Darkness for Neverwinter Nights with Horders of the Underdark add-on

FREEWARE

The Company of Myself
The Company of Myself is a platformer which implements the game mechanic seen in the likes of Chronotron and Time Donkey. Our storyteller Jack must reach the door on each level by using past copies of himself as platforms (and later on, vice-versa).-Indiegames

Continuity
Awesome mix of platformer and tile sliding puzzle game

Dale and Peakot
Pretty action platformer

Deflectorpool
In Deflectorpool you control a paddle used to bounce balls coming from the top of the screen. Scoring is done by collecting balls of the same color with the round attachment connected to the bat. You can switch colors by holding down the left mouse button and touching any ball of a different color to convert.-Indiegames

Dreamside Maroon
3D exploration game

The Experimental Chick
Mission based arena shooter

Forest Temple
Great and unique platformer where you simultaneously control two characters, each with unique properties

Forever Samurai
Awesome side Scrolling hack and slash game where attacks are performed by mouse gestures.

How My Grandfather Won the War
Beautiful artistic shump.

In Mountain Maniac
In Mountain Maniac you control a man with a hammer whose single aim is to destroy the town at the foot of a mountain for points-Indiegames

pixelProject\
Short, but sweet platformer

Pylo Noveau
Solid and polished platformer.

Saunt
Insanely hard, but addicting one-button platformer

We Want YOU
We Want YOU is a ‘satirical, procedurally-generated war platformer’ which simultaneously tells you ‘War is Fun!’ while throwing in news now and again of how many people have died and why you really shouldn’t be enjoying yourself.-Indiegames

Dismantlement: Tea Canister
Bizzare, but fun puzzler where you goal is to find a way to dismantle things into the most basic pieces

Side Effect
Fun puzzler that mixes Tetris, Solitaire and Minesweeper

Byzantine Perspective
Interactive fiction about a heist.

Escape Ancient China Room

Escape Sing GirlFriend’s Room

Mandrake 1
Great cartoonish adventure game

Hell Tour
Turn based strategy game.

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Responses

  1. dude , future wars – 2010 : http://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/articles.pl?show=1280

    also , do you know if Jagged Alliance is Vapor ware or not ?

    • unfortunately it looks like JA3 has been canceled 😦

  2. Yeah, I also heard the new. Dammit 😦


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