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JohnBChoose your own introductory paragraph! A) I'd rather have something short and informative, but please make at least one joke about cheese. B) I don't have time to read this, I have too many games to play! C) I can't find the parser input line. Help!

vertex.gifVertex (Windows, 39MB, free) - An early-release demo of a game that's been in production for several years and is still a work in progress, Vertex is on track to be the next massive-hit metroidvania. Inspired by the likes of Cave Story, Chrono Trigger, Spelunky and Super Metroid, Vertex drops you in a world that encourages exploration with multiple branching non-linear paths, upgrades, an RPG-like equipment menu, item shop, and much more. The game already looks and sounds fantastic, and the demo is nice and meaty, so you won't feel sleighted when it ends. You will, however, want more, and with any luck, that dream will come true soon enough!

roguemoon.gifRogue Moon (Windows, 5MB, free) - A short physics arcade game where you must try to slingshot yourself from planet to planet. Using an unwieldy energy beam, tap the [arrow] keys to influence your direction. When you're close enough to a planet, you'll attach a beam to it. Sling yourself away, though, and you'll eventually break free of its gravitational pull. With any luck, you'll latch on to another planet and continue your journey forward. Takes some time to acclimate to the controls, but once you do, you'll love the spacey feel and the awesome visual presentation.

omeletteboris.jpgOmelette Boris (Mac/Win, 8MB, free) - A nice little puzzle platformer made in 48 hours for a game jam earlier this year. In Omelette Boris, you start as a chicken, running and jumping around as chickens do. Your goal is to work your way to a special block that transforms you into a rolling egg, then get that egg to a block that will hatch you. Since eggs are fragile, you'll spend your time as a chicken pushing blocks around and stacking bales of hay to form soft landing spots. Good challenge, great visuals, and an all-around good time, especially for a game made in two days!

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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Bottle Rockets> Tricky Bottle Rockets is a sci-fi platform game by James Earl Cox III set to the song "Alberto Balsam" by Aphex Twin. A short artistic work about mothers, daughters, and space, it integrates a glitchy aesthetic quite well into the plot and gameplay, and will generally succeed in making those who play it feel all the feels.  ...
Skip Around the World: Finland> Dora Skip's landed in Finland in this point-and-click adventure from Carmel Games, and he's desperate to meet the famous "sauna guru"... but first he'll have to perform a few weird tasks as you travel around to actual locations and maybe learn a little in the process.  ...
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Gridland> Dora From the creators of A Dark Room comes a match-3 puzzle game with a twist. Combine and collect resources to build, but what happens when the sun goes down is another matter.  ...
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Sweep Miner> Dora You know kids. Always wandering off and getting trapped in mines full of explosives and teleporting ladders and whatnot. In this cute, simple puzzle game made in just a week, you'll have to memorize where danger lies if you want to get the kids out safely.  ...

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vulpisfoxfire Author Profile Page March 31, 2012 12:22 AM

Hmm. I know that note about the games running under Win7 and being virus-free is boilerplate, so in this case I have to ask if this testing has *actually* been done in the case of Sonic 2 HD...since the page itself warns that virus-checkers claim there's a Trojan in the zip file.

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Kenickie26 Author Profile Page March 31, 2012 2:50 AM

JohnB - Might want to double check that...the malware I'm now having to remove from my computer says otherwise!

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Are you sure it came from Sonic 2 HD? What specific malware did you find?

In the meantime, I've removed the game from the post until this can be re-verified tomorrow.

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Kenickie26 Author Profile Page March 31, 2012 3:52 AM

Jay - certainly seems to be. A 'setup.exe' ran when I clicked the link and instead of Sonic HD it started an install for 'MyStart Incredibar'.
I stopped the setup asap however not before it hijacked my browser (replacing the homepage and bypassing entries typed into the address bar to a 'MySearch search engine'). Looks like Malwarebytes has cleared it so no lasting damage. Wasn't running anything else at the time so have to assume it was the download link on the Sonic HD page.

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Rogue Moon was a nice experience, although it felt like they could have done more with the story. It feels like it ends rather abruptly...

As for the S2HD debacle, I've heard that the "trojan" is due to problems with a misbehaving staff member behind the scenes. From what I've heard though, it should actually contain one? Still, the scare Kenickie's posted is worth investigating.

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Kenickie26 Author Profile Page March 31, 2012 2:31 PM

Jay/John B
Just for info - I've just tried to replicate the problem I previously had and it looks like the issue I was getting was through the 'Mirror 2' link (presume I clicked this in haste the first time). Following this link leads to a big green download button which again tries to install a file named setup.exe which needless to say I'm not proceeding with!!

The main download link appears to download a legit zip file though my virus checker now flags a malware warning whenever I try.

I'm no expert so all I can say is it seems as though the download is the cause here. Just wanted to update you as I know you (and all the reviewers here) value the integrity of your links highly. I don't consider this integrity has been compromised in the slightest though I do think there is a risk attached to the Sonic HD download.

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SonicLover Author Profile Page March 31, 2012 6:26 PM

Despite having gotten here after this whole malware mess, I think I can understand what happened to Kenickie. When downloading files from certain other websites, I've occasionally seen banner ads designed to look just like "Download" and "Play now" buttons, presumably to trick viewers into clicking them.

So the game itself was most likely innocent of all charges. Our unfortunate gamer simply fell for a malware ad link.

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Kenickie26 Author Profile Page April 1, 2012 1:59 AM

@soniclover perhaps you're right... I did wonder this myself and it's something I usually keep my eye out for. The warnIngs On the download site plus the fact I was duped still don't sit well with me but c'est la vie... Let's just 'game on'! cheers guys. K

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I appreciate you reporting your experience, and I think it's best that we just leave the game off this week's selections to prevent anyone else falling trap to what you did.

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Swoopie Author Profile Page April 1, 2012 7:45 AM

Well, after the debate these annoying 'DOWNLOAD THIS' banners caused, time for some frustration venting!

Does anyone managed to get past the

Small red boss in the Master Tower

in Vertex?

Didn't try much yet to be honest, but I tend to get frustrated on how difficult it is to get a hit, let alone kill it. Anyone any ideas or should I just keep trying? ;)

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Swoopie Author Profile Page April 1, 2012 7:56 AM

Duh, power of posting, just had to be quicker and smarter. Solved it. Now battling with what I expect to be

the final boss thingy, it's relatively easy to kill the surrounding things, but the big eye is a pain!

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