Three for the Road: February 13th, 2011

Chip Hageman's picture
Three for the Road[ FEB . 13 . 2011 ]
 02.13.2011Greetings folks! Welcome to the February 13th, 2011 edition of Three for the Road. This week I take a look at a brand new "One-Handed" arena shooter (It's not quite as deviant as it sounds), A Tetris style puzzler that comes complete with 38 variations, and finally a fantastic retro style platform game with a deep back-story.

Neon Lights is a "One-Handed" arena shooter created by Niall Moody and inspired by Robert Fearon's SYNSO2: Squid Harder. As with most arena shooters, you will find yourself on screen and surrounded by loads of baddies that you must destroy to advance to the next level. However, unlike most arena shooters that have separate direction and fire controls, with this game you always shoot in the direction you move. This makes for some awkward situations since you will always need to face, or even charge, your enemies to shoot them.

From the site: The game has five game modes, including Score Attack, Survival, Time Attack Speed, Time Attack Shooting and a unique Tony Hart-inspired Draw mode. Up to 4 player multiplayer (single computer), either co-operative or competitive depending on the game mode.

NullpoMino is a great Tetris style puzzler which has recently seen an update to version 7.5. This game features a total of thirty-eight (38) game modes.. with many different variations on the Tetris theme. There's even a net play option with dedicated servers for some head to head action. Add to that, the game is released in Windows, Mac and Linux flavors. And for the truly dedicated: they offer access to the nightly builds of the game via their SVN server.

L'Abbaye des Morts is a retro style platformer created by Locomalito. The game centers around Jean Raymond, an exiled Cathar, who seeks refuge in an old church which was built on top of an ancient evil. Upon entering the Church all hell breaks loose (pun intended) and proper retro platforming action ensues. ;-)

The game itself was created to resemble and play similar to a period Sinclair ZX Spectrum platform game. The developer also cites that the gameplay was directly inspired by Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy. Not a bad pedigree.

Hope you enjoy the games. If you do try any of them out then be sure to post your impressions of them here. It would be great to get some feedback and see what you folks think about the games that are being chosen.. Also, since many indie developers check this site, it would be nice for them to get some feedback as well.

Until next week then..


Valentin Angelovski
Valentin Angelovski's picture
Joined: 12/24/2010
Nice videos Chip! :-)

Couple of comments..

Neon Lights - IMHO Looks like a really unique spin on Atari's 'Blasteroids', though somewhat trickier?
NullpoMino - Really nice play (pun intended) on the tetris theme - might have to check this one out when I get a free moment.. :-)
L'Abbaye des Morts - Great example of what can be achieved when classic (read minimalist) graphics are combined with creative gameplay (albeit without the attribute clash in this case ;-)

Matt Barton
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Joined: 01/16/2006
Those Spectrum-style graphics

Those Spectrum-style graphics are so distinctive. It's too bad we didn't really have those in the U.S.; it's a nice aesthetic.

Nous's picture
Joined: 04/07/2007
L'Abbaye des Morts

L'Abbaye des Morts is pure minimalistic awesomeness! Great game and an extremely faithful representation of what spectrum games are (were?) like.


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