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Neon II

Categories: Arcade, Free, Games, Online   1 comment - October 5, 2006

Neon IINeon IIRemember Neon, the beautiful retro, mouse controlled adaptation of Asteroids, developed by Ben Fox and Ali Maunder of Var Studios last July? Well, the good news is that they just released today a sequel to this game, Neon II!

With a scrolling playfield and no more waves like in the original one, Neon II has a lot of new features such as the use of the control key to stop your spaceship when you fire, which is a very helpful addition, especially for new players.

Smart Bombs are now available (you know, the ones that destroy all enemies on the screen) : just press the shift key to use them when needed, but check first that your Bomb blue bar is full (located at the bottom left corner of the game window).

Neon II allows you to combine primary and secondary weapons, and you will probably appreciate the brand new rear cannon, very helpful with chasing enemies.

Power-ups for primary weapons are now permanent, even if your spaceship is destroyed. Finally, the game features several new types of enemies, each one with its own characteristics.

All in all, Neon II is not better or worse than the original: it’s just… a different experience! The sequel is faster and more sophisticated than the original, but needs more practice to get used to the controls. A new must-try for any arcade games lovers!

Have fun!

By Eric

current rating 3.00

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CDX

Categories: Flash, Free, Games, Online, Point'n'click   133 comments - September 22, 2006

CDXCDXCDX is a brand new Point’n’Click adventure game developed by the UK studio Preloaded.

“A sacrificial blade forged at the birth of the Roman Empire holds the key to an ancient and bloody conspiracy that threatens to erupt into the present day.

Stranded in 21st century Tunis, Adam Foster is plunged into a world of greed, betrayal and murder, centered on a Roman blade he supplied to the BBC’s ‘Ancient Rome’ series. But who has the blade and can the killers be stopped?”.

That’s how the story starts. The first of four episodes was released yesterday on www.bbc.co.uk/history/ and the others should follow soon. You will have to give your email to get a secret code to save your progress and being informed of the date of release of the next episodes (you can also play as a guest, but you won’t be able to same the game).

What caught my attention and got me excited about this game is the unique interactive-video interface used in this game. CDX is closer to a movie than a game, with real actors (Mark Letheren is Adam) playing the characters involved in this mysterious adventure.

Note that a broadband connection is essential to play this game and that “young viewers may find some scenes disturbing”. Some of you will probably find this first episode far too short, but that being said, CDX is a truly amazing experience and a must try! Have fun!

Update: in order to be able to play this game you must launch the application from a UK-based computer! So bad for the rest of the World! Sounds crazy, no?

Update 2: You can now play CDX from all over the world. Links updated. Thanks Pinkie!

By Eric

current rating 4.46

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