Archive for December, 2005

2005 Games in Review

Friday, December 30th, 2005

Inspired by a discussion on Indie Gamer, and Game Tunnel’s end of year awards. Apparently it wasn’t clear, but us round up’ers were not involved in the end of year awards. So, to make up for it, I’m going to pick my favorites from the last year (December to November’s round up). I’m not going to rate them, just list them. Here we go.

MK’s 5 Indie Favorites of 2005
Weird Worlds – Oct 2005
Land of Legends – Nov 2005
UltraTron – June 2005
Mexican Motor Mafia – June 2005
Fate – July 2005

What can I say, these were all a blast to play. Weird Worlds, Land of Legends, and Fate were all extremely entertaining games. UltraTron has a style and mood to it I absolutely adore. Mexican Motor Mafia has a great soundtrack, and does good justice to an old favorite of mine, Death Rally. Great stuff.

MK’s 7 Favorite Oddities of 2005
Facade – July 2005
Magic Blackboard – June 2005
Virus – Sept 2005
Zzed – Jan 2005
Super Dudester – Dec 2004
Cute Knight – Oct 2005
Summer Schoolgirls – June 2005

And I just had to have a weird list. Facade has been praised all around, and I still dig it for what it is. Magic Blackboard has the space gator and blurry insanity to it that makes me smile. Virus is a simple game, maybe not all that great of a game, but it really struck a chord with me, and I have to approve. Zzed was a matching puzzle with a funky arcade shooter feel to it. It also had Ninja Turtle people. Yes! Super Dudester was the other PuppyGames great one that I think really deserves some attention. Formerly Super Elvis, but a really entertaining party sort of game. Cute Knight, an entertaining Princess Maker like RPG. And finally Summer Schoolgirls. It makes the list ’cause it’s concept of being a game about making friends boggles my mind.

And there we have it, my round up closure for the year. The competition is getting fiercer in the indie space, and the number of favorites from the 2nd half of the year really shows it. I’m looking forward to another great year.

November for Xmas

Saturday, December 24th, 2005

The roundup for November is up, just in time for the big day December 25th. 10 again this time.

Many good games this month. Land of Legends, the fantasy strategy game in the top spot, followed by the wildlife park simulator Venture Africa, a hardcore space trading sim Flatspace II, an aquarium store simulator Fish Tycoon, and a slick little soccer player simulator New Star Soccer 3. Good stuff.

Slamdance 2006 Casual Finalist

Saturday, December 17th, 2005

Not bad for a game originally created for a 48 hour competition. ;)

The 2006 PopCap Casual Game Award Finalists:

Cloud – Cloud
Joboo’s Gems – Gem Jocks
Ocular Ink – Pistachio Productions
The Odyssey – Liquid Dragon Studios
PuffBOMBSykhronics Entertainment

Press release can be found here.

In the unlikely circumstance that someone who’s actually attending reads my blog, I’d greatly appreciate any photos of the game at the event. :D

Bravo Screenfun 2003

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

Again, for my amusement. PuffBOMB in the German gaming magazine, Bravo Screenfun. December 2003 issue. The game was later republished on the October 2005 coverdisk, but didn’t make the screenshot page.

Bravo! 2003!

PC Zone 2005

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

For my own amusement, PuffBOMB in UK PC gaming magazine PC Zone. January 2006 Issue.

In Da Zone 2005

The monkey that spits robots

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

OMG! That\'s one pink monkey!I’ve brought with me this horribly bright colored monster to burn your cornea. Hurah!

Right. Things are back and working in the Mike camp. Back to the grind and all. I’ve also recently finished a drawing pad, after slightly over 3 months. Doesn’t sound like much, but looking back it’s been taking me up to a year to fill one up.

So IGF finalists have been announced. Funky. So many great games have been coming out later in the year, I’m not surprised PuffBOMB didn’t place. Maybe way back in 2003 when I made the game, and when the IGF wasn’t as cool of an event to be part of. Hey, I entered. It’s a start. Maybe next time.

All is not lost. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. I’ve received a rather encouraging note from the SlamDance camp. I imagine they’ll be posting a finalists list soon. Assuming I can trust my inbox, you should find PuffBOMB there on said finalist list. Not to mention, on display at the January SlamDance event. Very cool.

Oh, and before I forget, more cover-disks for the PuffBOMB freeware game. This months PC Zone (UK Mag) and Level (Czech Mag) cover-disks should feature the game. Very cool 2.

That should do for today. Lets see how much longer I can neglect to talk about what I’m working on. ;)