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Bloc

Categories: Flash, Free, Games, Online, Puzzle   17 comments - February 1, 2008

BlocBlocIf you enjoyed Bloxorz, a “brain twisting puzzle game of rolling blocks and switching bridges” created by Damien Clarke, you might also like Bloc.

Ok, Bloc is just a blatant rip-off with only 16 levels in total, and it’s poorly done (check the tutorial and let me know where you find some “light green unstable tiles” in this game!).

Having said that, Bloc is still fun to play (not as fun as the original though). The whole concept of Bloxorz has so much potential, I wonder why we don’t see more games like this?

Have fun!

By Eric

current rating 3.60

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2007 Top 10 Developers in the Category Puzzle games

Categories: Awards    - December 13, 2007

Here at FreeGamesNews, we love free browser-based games. The end of the year is coming soon, and it’s time for YOU to cast your vote for the Best Developers of the year in our first annual FreeGamesNews Awards.

Here are the 10 nominees in the category Best Puzzle games Developers of 2007, in alphabetical order:

Bart Bonte (Belgium)

Factory BallsBart Bonte is a Flash developer from Belgium who has already developed successful games. More well known for his Room Escape games (the Bonte Room series, A bark in the Dark, Loose the Moose), Bart released several puzzle games in 2007, such as Fields of Logic, Chicken Grow and more recently, Factory Balls.

Damien Clarke (Australia)

BloxorzDamien Clarke is a Flash game designer from Australia. Many of his games are co-sponsored by several major games portals, which is a sign of quality. The author has released two excellent puzzle games this year, Silversphere and Bloxorz.

Creative Units (Germany)

ExcitCreative Units is a German development and games design company that created Excit earlier this year. Excit is a very nice viral Flash game that borrows from RoadBlocks and its clone Orbox B heavily, but it takes the original idea to a whole new level!

GamePure (Japan)

Micro ArtGamePure is a Flash game design studio from Japan. GamePure has released many action games this year, such as Speed Cluster, Oshidama or the very cute Bound Bear series. They have also created a very unique Collapse-type game, Micro Art, impressive on many levels.

Stephen Harris (New Zealand)

BloonsStephen Harris is the author of the Bloons series and many other successful games. The original Bloons game was released last March and became an instant hit. Since then, Stephen has created Bloons World, a site dedicated to Bloons fans, two “Bloons” Tower Defense games, and a few other puzzle/skill games!

Yoshio Ishii (Japan)

Hoshi Saga 2From japan, Yoshio Ishii has been designing Flash games for several years now. He is well known for his Neko Series, a series of games involving cats. In 2007, he decided to focus on creating puzzle games, and released some very creative games such as Plupon, the amazing Hoshi Saga series, and more recently, Slidon.

Taro Ito (Japan)

Chat NoirTaro Ito, the game designer behind Gamedesign, has released many games over the years, and this year was no different with four new puzzle game titles, Porolith Flash, The Four Color Problem, School Wars and Chat Noir.

Michael Le

Jelly BlocksWhen Michael Le from Canada released his puzzle game Jelly Blocks last summer, he certainly wasn’t expecting instant success. Jelly Blocks is so simple and absorbing that people can’t stop playing. And with 100 levels available to play, it can take a while to complete it.

Preloaded (U.K.)

LaunchballPreloaded is a London-based Web design agency. After CDX, a multi-episode adventure released last year, Preloaded is back in 2007 with LaunchBall, a new addictive Puzzle/Physics Flash game created for the Science Museum in London their new Launchpad gallery.

Adam Schroeder (U.S.A.)

Sola Rola - THe Gravity MazeAdam Schroeder is the creator of the very challenging and delightful puzzle game Sola Rola. He also released the third (and final?) installment in his Asteroids Revenge earlier this year, and is now co-working on Argue (About Everything) with a fellow developer, a multiplayer real-time strategy game set for release next year at Kongregate.

Bloxorz

Categories: Games, Online, Puzzle, Video walkthrough   46 comments - June 23, 2007

BloxorzBloxorzBloxorz is a new “brain twisting puzzle game of rolling blocks and switching bridges” created by Damien Clarke (Jetspeed, Silversphere, The Missile Game 3D).

The aim of the game is to get the block to fall into the square hole at the end of each level. To move the block, simply use the arrow keys. Do not fall off the edges or you will have to restart the level. There are bridges and switches in many levels that can be activated when they are pressed down by the block. There are three types of switches: the heavy ‘X’-shaped switches that are activated when your block stands on its end on them, the soft ‘O’ switches, that are activated when any part of your block presses them and the teleport switches ‘( )’ that spilt your block into two smaller blocks at the time (these can be controlled individually and will rejoin into a normal block when both are placed next to each other).

When activated, ‘X’ and ‘O’ switches may behave differently. Some swap the bridges from open to close and vice versa while others will only ever make certain bridges open, and activating it again will not make it close.

Green or red colored squares will flash to indicate which bridges are being operated. Finally, your block can’t stand on its end on orange tiles that are too fragile to support its weight.

33 levels are available in Bloxorz. Write down the 6 digit level code for each stage and use the load stage option in the main menu to continue the game when you come back later.

Overall, Bloxorz is an excellent puzzle game, and sounds and graphics are just perfect. The author mentioned on his site that all levels are possible to finish! You know what to do now!

Have fun!

Bloxorz video walkthrough!

By Eric

current rating 4.48

Jet Speed

Categories: 5 minute, Action, Flash, Free, Games, Online   2 comments - February 8, 2007

Jet SpeedJet SpeedJet Speed is a fast side scrolling shooter created by the author of Silversphere and The Missile Game 3D, Damien Clarke.

“Controlling crime can be a very difficult job – especially with felons like you around. Fly your jet craft down the freeway at wild speeds. Your aim is to destroy as many tanker trucks as possible without crashing into the oncoming traffic.”

Use the arrow keys to control your ship and press spacebar to fire a missile. Press P to pause the game.

Jet Speed is an original shooter: you only have a maximum of five missiles in the game and you need to destroy a tanker truck to refill your health and your missile stocks. So don’t expect to destroy a lot of obstacles in this game or you will be quickly disappointed!

After you get used to the control and the speed of your ship, the game becomes exciting and addictive. But if Jet Speed is nicely done, I strongly recommend not to play this game more than just a few minutes, if you don’t want to get a headache! You’ve been forewarned…

Have fun!

By Eric

current rating 4.50

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Silversphere

Categories: Flash, Free, Games, Online, Puzzle, Video walkthrough, Walkthrough   246 comments - January 24, 2007

silversphereSilversphereSilversphere is the latest puzzle game developped by Damien Clarke, the author of The Missile Game 3D.

The game borrows some concepts from Sokoban: the object in each of the 25 levels is to enter the blue vortex with your silver sphere, while avoiding falling in water or being hit by moving gold spheres. To reach the exit vortex, push boxes around to clear paths and build bridges: only box can be pushed at a time.

Use the arrow keys to control the silver sphere and stay on the land or you will have to restart the level.

You will also find ice cubes in later levels that slide until they hit an obstacle or fall in water.
In several levels, your first objective is to load the claws with a box to make the vortex appear. Blue claws require ice cube!

To spice things up, the author added a countdown timer: run out of time and you will have to restart the level.

If the graphics and animations are nicely polished, the music loop is far too short and annoying: the mute button will be your friend!

Overall, Silversphere is a more than interesting choice for all Sokoban fans!

Have fun!

Update: passwords in comment #1. Walkthrough in comment #118.

Update: Silversphere video walkthrough!

By Eric

current rating 3.29

The Missile Game 3D

Categories: 5 minute, Flash, Free, Games, Online, Skill    - November 10, 2006

The Missile Game 3DThe Missile Game 3DReleased this summer and developed by Damien Clarke, Missile Game 3D is a small skill game in which you have to race a missile through a large tunnel.

Watch out for obstacles and use your mouse to pilot the missile and fly through the holes in the rotating obstacles to survive and reach the check point leading to the next level.

The 3D engine used here is very well done, resulting in a very good immersion feeling. Recommended for a 5 minute break.

Have fun!

Note: you may give a try to Tube Racer, a game with a similar concept.

By Eric

current rating 3.00

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