Posted by: adrianwerner | January 14, 2010

Update (14th January 2010)

A small clarification: when it comes to mods and freeware games today’s update covers only 2009. I will be adding separate pages for 2010 versions of those categories later this week.

2009 GAMES

Lord of the Rings Online: Siege of Mirkwood
Lord of the Rings Online: Siege of Mirkwood may have a smaller land mass than its last expansion, The Mines of Moria, but it does not lack in playable content. Turbine has managed to create an immersive introduction to this expansion with excellent use of graphics, music and quests(…)Turbine has managed to create Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings in the context of an MMO and yet kept true to the lore (even if the Runekeeper class is a bit of a stretch). There will be years left in the life of this game as Turbine takes the story onward toward Rohan and beyond.9.0 from IGN

Everyday Genius: SquareLogic
When the only downside a game can present is that it will almost definitely never be completed due to the vast amount of content (again, over 20,000 boards!), you know you have a real winner. Everyday Genius: Square Logic is a phenomenal game, turning the basic premise of Sudoku on its ear. It adds so many variables and dimensions to the point that it’s not even fair to call it Sudoku anymore. Everyday Genius: Square Logic is a serious candidate for best casual game I’ve personally played all year. By all means, if you’re not convinced, download the demo. Sixty minutes will never pass by so quickly.9.0 from Gamezebo

Penny Dreadfuls: Sweeney Todd
Penny Dreadfuls: Sweeney Todd is an incredibly polished adventure with beautiful visuals, well done hidden object sequences, and fiendishly clever puzzles. Get this one without delay. The Demon Barber awaits!9.0 from Gamezebo

Where’s Waldo?: The Fantastic Journey
Where’s Waldo: The Fantastic Journey excels in its fun gameplay, story, graphics, voice talent and humor. While it’s no easy feat to follow all the amazing HOGs this books series inspired, Ludia has done a fine job at taking on the daunting challenge.8.0 from Gamezebo

The Dark Hills of Cherai
The Dark Hills of Cherai is a perfect balance of the familiar and the new, sure to enchant even those who feel burned out on hidden object games8.0 from Gamezebo

Mishap: An Accidental Haunting
Mishap is delightfully inventive, but not without its frustrations. Its instructions aren’t always as clear as they could be, which can be particularly frustrating during the final encounter with the main ghost. Moving from the hub of a region to the satellite rooms is simply a matter of finding the doors, but they’re not always immediately obvious and it’s too easy to miss the small green arrow that gets you back to the hub room. Still, these are minor complaints in what is otherwise an entertaining, amusing, and refreshingly different hidden object game.8.0 from Gamezebo

REO Speedwagon: Find Your Own Way Home
Find Your Own Way Home’s pros outweigh its cons. It’s long, has a nice variety of game styles, including some creative twists on familiar mini-games. Despite being an advertisement for REO Speedwagon, it’s not obnoxious about getting you to buy the CD or even watch a video. If you like REO Speedwagon, great, but if not, you can ignore that aspect of the game pretty easily.8.0 from Gamezebo

Mahjong Memoirs
Mahjong Memoirs is a terrific game. It’s not perfect-why, for example, is there no onscreen clock if time plays such an important role in endless mode?-but any issues you’ll encounter will be small and infrequent. It’s a surefire bet for folks who enjoy a good game of Chinese solitaire.8.0 from Gamezebo

The Otherside: Realm of Eons
You’ll find few other hidden object games where the protagonists experience the time loops and sympathetic magic plots one rarely encounters outside of Neil Gaiman novels. The game unfolds more than 18 levels, some with multiple locations, that take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes to clear. The Otherside: Realm of Eons may feel a little too short for skilled hidden object gamers and it has absolutely no replay value. It’s not really a game that deserves an A for effort. It’s still an interesting and enjoyable enough experience that it merits a good solid B, though.8.0 from Gamezebo

2010 GAMES

VVVVVV
Retro indie platformer

Neptune’s Pride
4X game from ex Irrational Games Australia designers.

The Fall Trilogy: Chapter 1 – The Separation
New adventure game from Kheops (makers numerous quality games from this genre like Return to Mysterious Island or Dracula 3)

MODS

Sven Co-op Community Map Project for Half Life

Post Script for Half-Life 2
“An episodic narrative mod for Valve Software’s Half-Life 2: Episode 2. Explore the remains of a town destroyed by its own tragedy in a collection of short, interactive vignettes. Solve environmental puzzles and uncover the mystery of how, somewhere along the line, the whole world fell out of existence completely”

Nestlings for Half-Life 2
Lovecraft-themed horror adventure mod.

No More Industries for Left 4 Dead
The survivors need to get to an abandoned indsutry to escape from the hell.”

Dead Street for Left 4 Dead
4 maps long campaign with levels like police station or tunnel system.

Eve of Destruction 2.0 Classic for BattleField 1942
Vietnam war mod

Ancient-Shivan War Act I for Freespace Open

Star Wars Mod: Galactic Warfare for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Blood Oil for Ghost Recon
Massive campaign set in Nigeria designed for both SP and MP modes

Call of Warhammer Total War for Medieval II: Total War

Star Trek Armada II Future Wars for Star Trek: Armada II
“Total Conversation , featuring a new and fully voiced singleplayer campaign – 100 years after “Star Trek: Nemesis” war gets unleashed in the Alpha Quadrant once again”

Mechwarrior: Living Legends for Crysis

RSRBR 2010 for Richard Burns Rally

FREEWARE

And Everything Started To Fall
And Everything Started To Fall is a short 2D platformer about life experiences.-Indiegames

Avalanche
Arcade action game where you run to the left as fast as you can to avoid incoming avalanche.

Blasting Agent
An action-oriented 2D platformer with gun upgrades, collectible treasures and awesome boss battles, featuring chunky pixel art contributed by one Robert Lupinek (The Cleaner). You play as a blaster-toting secret agent on a mission to save the world from being taken over by a terrorist group, which means infiltrating their secret base with guns ablazing and your adrenaline level on an all-time high.-Indiegames

Cluster Lander
Physics based exploration game

Dracula Cha Cha
You play a cheery vampire who goes on a quest to collect presents and gifts. You have sixty seconds to grab everything and reach the finish flag, and if that’s not enough you can also earn extra seconds by picking up mystery gift boxes or scoring combos.-Indiegames

Duum Mashine
Arcade shooter with unique art style

Genetos

Let’s Go Find El Dorado
Physics centric remake of Oregon Trail

Merry Gear Solid 2: Ghost of Christmas Past
Merry Gear Solid 2: Ghost of Christmas Past is a fan-made tribute to a popular series of stealth espionage games, created by a developer who has a clear understanding and respect for canon material. Many of the tools used on the field have been renamed and redesigned with the Christmas theme in mind, but the way these equipment are handled will feel very similar to their original counterparts.-Indiegames

Santa Fu
Remake of Kung Fu Master with Santa as main hero

Tetraform
You’ll need to keep your wits about you if you’re going to achieve a decent score in Tetraform, a tactical defence game from the brilliant minds of Tyler Glaiel and Greg Wohlwend. It’s your job to protect ‘that geometric thing in the middle’ by selecting enemy ships and crashing them into each other, while building up your planet with powerups.-Indiegames

Transdimensional Hellspider
Arena shooter with procesuraly generated levels

Ice Breaker: The Gathering

Roly-Poly Monsters
Physics based puzzler where you have to kill everyone on the screen using limited number of bombs.

Starlight
Beautiful and unique star gazing puzzler.

Ge.ne.sis
Tactical turn based RPG

Slot Machine RPG
Slot Machine RPG is a turn-based game with role-playing elements, created using resources from TIGSource’s Assemblee competition. You play as an explorer who is searching for the Crystal of Ix, but at every turn of the corner a trap or an enemy encounter could be waiting for you to step into the room. -Indiegames

!
! is a game about !, Robot, and his assignment to finding the missing town monument. Count Can’t has stolen it for his own nefarious schemes, and the mayor wants you to get it back before his afternoon golf session is over.-Indiegames

Colour my Fate

Every day the same dream
In Molleindustria’s Every day the same dream, you play as a white-collar worker who goes through the same routine of driving to the office daily, but deep down inside his soul he harbours a yearning to take the path less travelled. This is where the story begins, as players try to figure out ways to break away from the monotony of adulthood life.-Indiegames

Basketball
Online Games’ Basketball is a shoot the hoops game in which players have to get the ball through the basket as many times as they can in under two minutes. The further the ball is from the basket, the more points you score when you successfully make the shot. A multiplier bonus is also awarded if you manage to put the ball through the basket without it touching the metal hoop.-Indiegames

Pool Sharks

Civilizations Wars

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Responses

  1. I’ve been meaning to post and echo what many others have undoubtedly said/thought:

    You have done a terrific job of collecting & posting great games and screenshots to go with them.

    I’ve discovered a lot of good games through your site. In fact, I first heard of Dragon Age here and saw the pics when they were using the NWN engine to prototype it.

    Keep up the terrific work! 🙂


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