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by SimianLogic

Fishing Girl

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Delightful Little Game Snack

While most games try to do a bit too much, Fishing Girl is content with being a bite-sized little mini-game. Two young lovers are separated by an ocean, and you have 10 minutes to re-unite them. This can be accomplished by casting your line all the way to the next island and reeling the whole thing back in. To be able to cast that far, you'll need to upgrade your rod all the way (I...

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by savamizz

Drop Zone

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We Must Protect This Houuuse!

Are you tired of solving complex puzzles? Does computing damage buffs and distributing character growth points melt your overtaxed brain and make you yearn for the simpler games of yesteryear? Well have no fear, Drop Zone is here to rip off that thinking cap and replace it with a badass viking helmet. No more pondering, no more planning, no worrying about friendly fire- just point your turret at anything that moves and blow it out...

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by SimianLogic

Spaceman

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Ugly Screenshots, Fun Game

I didn't have high hopes for Spaceman. Going simply on the screenshots and the description, it looked like yet another game based on the platform starter kit provided by Microsoft. And not even a good one--the screenshots look ugly as hell! I don't know if they're just badly compressed or weirdly distorted, but the game looks much better than advertised. The premise is fairly simple: you start on a platform, and you must gather a...

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by SimianLogic

Gum Drop Celestial Frontier

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Gum Drop Celestial Thumb Killer

There's a lot to like about Gum Drop Celestial Frontier. The game is gorgeous, the music is great, and it's hands down one of the most polished games on the Indie Game channel. It's also trying something new, which is great to see. With all my caveats out of the way, let's get straight to why I don't think GDCF is worth 200 points: my thumb hurts. Like, a lot. And I play a lot...

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by savamizz

Skwug

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a.k.a. 'Nightcrawlerball'

If you're looking for a summary of this quirky title, Skwug is best-described as a 'precision-teleporting-puzzle-platformer'. You play as Skwug, a little blue ball with beady eyes, who I have unofficially anointed “King of the Skwigglodites”. When he's not rolling and bounding around (as balls are wont to do), this adorable creature can teleport up to 3 times before he must touch the ground again. Though you can walk and jump, you'll find yourself traveling...

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by SimianLogic

Horn Swaggle Islands

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Overextended, but Servicable Tower Defense

It's hard to be too rough on Horn Swaggle Islands at 400 points when Crystal Defenders is lurking on the Arcade section for 800 points. I thought Crystal Defenders was terrible, while Horn Swaggle Islands is merely okay. The maps look nice, the creeps have cute voices (reminiscent of the original Worms games), and there is some depth to the gameplay. I had two major problems with Horn Swaggle Islands, though: slowness and polish.Even Crystal...

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by SimianLogic

Ice 9

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More Like "Plan 9"

Ice 9 is a terrible game. If a developer isn't going to put much effort into producing their game, I don't see why I should mince words and give a lengthy review. All the menus and game screens are pretty much straight out of the XNA tutorial kits. The gameplay itself is "original" but awful. Balls spew out from the middle of a circle, and you have to "catch" them with ships locked to the...

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Wordzy

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Cumbersome Isn't a Five Letter Word

Wordzy wants to be Lingo, the word-puzzle version of Mastermind that runs on the Game Show Network. Given a board with six (whoops--"Wordzy" is six, the game is 5) empty tiles (or with the first letter filled in, depending on your settings), you make a guess at the word. Letters contained in the solution are highlighted red if they appear in the proper place and yellow if they're in the wrong place but contained in...

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by SimianLogic

Classicard

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Lack of Players Dooms it to Solitaire Status

On a highly trafficked system, Classicard wouldn't actually be all that bad. It's a faithful representation of a whole bunch of games (Heats, Spades, Euchre, Whist) that supports a variety of house rules and solid AIs. These are all multiplayer games, though, and there just isn't enough traffic to the XBox indies right now to support these "standard" mutliplayer card games. While you can also play over system link, whipping out a deck of cards...

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by SimianLogic

Karnn Age

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Ignore the Bizarre Bits and Focus on the Gameplay

Karnn Age has one of the most bizarre openings of any game I've ever played, which could be disastrous in an environment where game purchases are so tightly linked to impressions of the trial version. Two girls are strolling on the beach, which pisses of the sun. He vaporizes them (okay, there were skeletons left) and then you're thrust straight into a top-down, dual-stick shooter. Most of the levels are split into a central grassy...

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by savamizz

Orbyx - Mystic Orbs of Chaos

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Kick back, Relax and Ricochet

Orbyx: Mystical Orbs of Chaos is, in my judgment, the community game equivalent of nickel slots at the casino- very simple, minimal skill involved, yet, somehow, inexplicably addictive. Despite its lack of complexity (or action, at times), this game is somehow incredibly entertaining. Maybe it's the old-school arcade feeling you get from the barrage of sound effects that makes this title truly engaging or maybe it's just the thrill of watching a projectile recklessly ricochet...

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by SimianLogic

Hieronymus Bash

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Good One For Kids, Parties

Hieronymous Bash is a whimsical little dodgeball game loosely based on the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch (you can read the Wikipedia link--I knew it was a name but had no idea who it was)--the weird half-man-half-table thing on the title screen is from his most famous work, The Garden of Earthly Delights. As typing 'Hieronymus' really sucks, the game will heretofore be referred to as HB. When it first came across my email, my first...

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by SimianLogic

Carrum

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Part Game, Part Physics Lab

I've often heard that a pool table is the best place to learn physics, so it's only fitting that the "granddaddy of pool" would be similarly physics driven. Carrum is like a weird cross between billiards and curling--you place your striker in your designated zone and fling it inward. Each corner has a pocket, and your goal is to sink all of your pieces and then sink the red piece before your opponent can do...

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Chalked

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Stylish, but lacking substance

Chalked takes place in a black and white world filled with malevolent saboteurs (guys with backpacks) and a frantic public trying to catch them. No backstory is given, meaning we're free to invent whichever we like to suit which side we feel like playing. Take on the role of the crowd, and you're battling terrorists. Take on the role of saboteur, and clearly you're a freedom fighter. Though very blocky, the city looks great and...

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by savamizz

Tank Strike

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Become an Army of One (without surrendering your Cheetos)

If you're looking for a bit of a time warp back to the early days of computing, Tank Strike will take you on that journey and show you just how things have evolved. This game is an artillery-shooter, firmly rooted in the military tradition of calculating weapon trajectories, which started before computer games even had graphics. While its core principles remain the same, this genre, like its real-life ballistic counterparts, has added a few new...

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Trino

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Tadpoles and Triangle Strips

In Trino, you assume the role of a tadpole-like swimming critter trapped in a polygonal cage. Other, meaner critters are unaffected by the boundaries, though, and colliding with one will cost you a life. Your only line of defense is your ability to create triangle strips. For those of you who don't do graphics programming, here's what Wikipedia has to say: A triangle strip is a series of connected triangles, sharing vertices, allowing for faster...

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by savamizz

Math Sniper 3D

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Welcome to the 'Boom, Headshot' School of Accounting

Do you remember all those crazy multiplication tables you had to learn as a kid? I do. Even though I was pretty good at them, they were still a pain in the ass, and many math students would probably agree. Now, compare that learning experience to a game that every kid who went to school in the late 80s/early 90s knows and loves- The Oregon Trail. What better way was there to learn the history...

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by SimianLogic

StrikeForce-Psi

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The Unintentional Stealth Platformer

I was expecting some sort of first-person shooter from the cover-art, but Strikeforce-Psi is actually a Contra-style run n' gun platformer. The character animations are decent, but for some reason none of the characters have arms (the kind with hands). In place of arms, they just have giant guns. While this looks okay on characters with assault rifles (who would theoretically be holding the gun with both hands), the main character looks silly with just...

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by SimianLogic

Patterns of Light

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Patterns of Boredom

Playing Patterns of Light is a lot like playing Simon--only you don't have to remember anything. Let that sink in for a second whie I drift off on a tangent. When I was in high school, sometimes my dad would recruit me to go help with month-end inventory at the company he worked for. This basically consisted of keying in an 8-digit product number followed by however many widgets had been counted by the guys...

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by SimianLogic

Shed

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Feels Like Playing Cards Under Water

Shed is based on a game called Shithead (Wikipedia link), which by all descriptions seems like a pretty fun drinking game. Without the drinking and the humiliation, though, there's really no point in playing. Each player is dealt 3 cards face down, 3 cards face up, and 3 cards face down. Basic play involves playing cards higher than the last one played (or taking the pile when you can't). There are a variety of special...

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