Weekend Download №194


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Weekend Download

JohnBNeed a little weirdness in your life? Never hurts to have more, does it?! *high five* A couple of rather strange games on this edition of Weekend Download, one featuring a character whose name is an anagram of a common North American tree, one with solid boulders that are suddenly affected by gravity with you touch them, and a shooter by the creator of Knytt. How's that for odd?

blubluble.gifblubLuble (Windows, 17MB, free) - A tiny little game co-created by Knytt designer Nifflas and Steffi Degiorgio for an event at a recent Game Developer's Conference. blubLuble is a colorful sidescrolling shmup that can fire two types of beams: a reverse boomerang-style red beam and a forwards blue beam. Use the correct weapon to take out the shields of foes, and be sure to avoid the laser blasts that are emitted when they die. Each time you get hit you lose a bit of your tail, so play it safe and keep firing! It's a short and simple game, but it's charming and easy to get into. Note: You'll need to scroll down on the game page to find the download link.

subterra2.gifSubTerra II (Windows, 5MB, free) - Classically-styled, tons of levels, plenty of obstacles to overcome, and more puzzles than you can shake a downwards-rolling boulder at. SubTerra II is a top-down adventure puzzle game where you race around the level collecting gems and avoiding obstacles. Both of which there are many! The game plays a lot like the Adventures of Lolo series but with a decidedly more complex set of mechanics. For example, you can reverse gravity, have a pet dog, work with wiring systems, and much, much more. A fantastic adventure/puzzle game you'll want to grab like, before you finish reading this sentence!

oka.gifOka (Windows, 6.7MB, free) - Cute and simple, this little action/puzzle game from Andrew Brophy fits a bit of challenge into a short game. You play as Oka who's on a quest to find his brother, only he doesn't quite remember what he looks like. Walk around the land obeying the signs as best you can to continue forward. The game plays with your reasoning in a few ways, forcing you to figure out a few riddles in order to progress, but if you stick with it, five or ten minutes later you'll reach the end. Not much to it, but it's a fun little diversion!

Note: All games have been confirmed to run under Windows 7 and are virus-free. Mac users should try Boot Camp, Parallels, or CrossOver Games to play Windows titles, Linux users can use Wine. If you know of a great game we should feature, use the Submit link above to send it in!

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If anyone has found a way to get out of full screen in Oka, please tell. Usually it's a simple matter but it doesn't seem to work in this one.

Otherwise to this point, it's a cute little game.

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Ahhh... SubTerra II. Haven't played for a couple of years but now remember I only had one level to go. Time to return :)

"SubTerra I" is also a masterpiece and you won't lose out by playing them at the same time in case you get stuck

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Crabbadon July 16, 2011 12:35 PM

I haven't gotten past the second puzzle in Oka... it means nothing to me!

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So far Oka doesn't make sense. I can't figure out what it wants me to do.

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Crabbadon July 16, 2011 4:56 PM

To be honest, I don't think Oka is a very good game. A good puzzle at the very least makes you go of COURSE when you finally figure it out or get told the answer, even if the logic was dense when you didn't know the answer. I am literally none the wiser as to how I left the fifth screen.

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Anonymous July 16, 2011 4:57 PM

Won Oka, don't play if you hate short games and an plot that flattens you.
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Oka meets the scarecrow after a few puzzles, when asked about his missing brother again, Oka mentions he never had a brother and so ends the game :P

BlueTaslem, where are you stuck sometimes you must play with walking off the edges of the screen.

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Sharakin July 16, 2011 9:15 PM

Oh my goodness... I can't for the life of me figure out what this sign means:

four, three left

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Oka is dead easy. I really enjoyed it; nice music, nice atmosphere, and the ending made me smile.
Sharakin:

There are four movements to be made, 3 of them left. So go left 3 times and then go right for the fourth.

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Oka - Stuck on trying to get up on that platform with the tree and the box you'll have to push left. Any help much appericiated, thanks.

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grander Author Profile Page July 18, 2011 5:58 AM

I wonder if there's a glitch in my game, but

when I get to the first scarecrow, I can't do anything. The scarecrow's question just stays in a bubble and I can't move or answer. I've tried pushing every button on my computer, and nothing works.

Am I just missing something obvious?

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grander Author Profile Page July 18, 2011 6:03 AM

Power of posting.

I guess I hadn't pressed z!

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Username Author Profile Page July 18, 2011 1:02 PM

@imzadi

Same here, I've encountered this type of problem before when playing a game on this slower, older machine. Sometimes the puter just doesn't have the proc power to take full advantage of the game. I can usually test it at home on my better machine and it'll work.

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grander Author Profile Page July 18, 2011 6:28 PM

@imzadi

Have you tried walking back to the previous screen and then coming back to the screen with the box? You might have to do this a couple times.

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