Happy Easter, folks! April the first has been and gone and I had an idea for a great joke to transform the site with… but it’ll keep ’til next year, I guess ;) What definitely won’t keep that long are the last of the Assemblee reviews, so here’s another batch of four to liven up your weekend…

The King, the Queen and the Jester - brought to you by the ACME Goblin FactoryThe Little King That Could - mustering an army of paladinsThe Lonely Tower - is anyone there?The Sunset Strider - striding towards victory

The King, the Queen and the Jester by Jeferson R. Silva TIGForum thread Download King, Queen and Jester for Windows
A very stylish RPG that is best summarised as a combination of the author’s inspiration, Eye of the Beholder, with a hint of Tower of the Sorcerer. As a prisoner in the dank, dirty and generally not very pleasant underground dungeons you must escape and find out what the devil is going on. Fantastic in more ways than one, this Assemblee version is “only” a 2-level demo with a good couple of hours of playability. 90%

The Little King That Could by Linus TIGForum thread Download The Little King That Could for Windows
Your King needs YOU! Build an empire that can withstand the attacks of the evil Drows, Greenskins and other assorted nasties that want to wipe you off the face of the procedurally-generated earth. It’s not finished to the point of having an objective but is still a nice sandboxy Civilization / Roguelike combo. A rough idea of the mechanics and controls can be found here. Worthy of being developed further. 78%

The Lonely Tower by Tempel TIGForum thread Download The Lonely Tower for Windows
Plot: a boy invites a friend over to his place to play a holy awesome new game. What will transpire? In a world where most games are driven by their story, this is a story that’s driven by a game. Intelligent design and dialogue make it a short but uniquely entertaining diversion. The only real complaint is that it’s too short and sweet for its own good. 75%

The Sunset Strider by Crimsontide TIGForum thread Download The Sunset Strider for Windows
This one appears to be a Fez-like 2.5D platformer. A quite nice one, at that. Only complication is that it requires a decent joypad to play, and unfortunately my crappy gamepad couldn’t control the camera (which left me with no way to explore the world properly). Good 3D-ified use of graphics, though it could use some sound and music. Possibly brilliant and clearly well done but needs keyboard controls badly. 71%

There are only 17 Assemblee games to go! No more half measures – let’s make a push for the finish with these six new contenders! Coming up in today’s exciting episode…

  • Space Smuggler
  • SpriteGears
  • Super Treasure Ball Gasm
  • The Birth of Selthar
  • The Girl and the Shadow
  • The Journey

For such a massive batch as this I’ll see you after the jump! Oh, and another new icon at this late stage in proceedings (which I should’ve possibly added earlier) – this one Java download indicates a Java file which you may or may not be able to play on all of Windows, Linux and Mac. Have fun!

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Another mini-TAR today with just two more contenders entering the ring. Let’s see if they’re any good…

Space Penguin - ridding the universe of purple aliensSpace Short Bus - but shouldn't it be yellow?

Space Penguin by harima555 TIGForum thread Download Space Penguin for Windows
Your cute ‘n’ cuddly space penguin has run out of food on his home planet, so he jets off in search of supplies on another world. The only slight complication is that he only has 5 minutes to do his job. Watch out for the penguin-hating locals! Use your dual-purpose laser pistol to both defend yourself and vacuum up those juicy bits of fruit. Pleasant enough; above average quality but a bit short. 73%

Space Short Bus by Bob le Moche TIGForum thread Download Space Short Bus for Windows
What we have here is a mix of Space Taxi and Gravitar including some nifty tactical ship upgrades. Navigate a series of landscapes to take the students of the future safely to school by braving inclement weather and avoiding the hostile turrets that try to stop you. Why are the turrets attacking you on an everyday school run? We’ll never know, but it’s all good. An enjoyable game let down a little by rockabilly ship rotation. 77%

You might pretend to tolerate it but no-one really likes the number thirteen. I personally shun it wherever physically possible. Thus, today we have part 13a of this epic TAR saga featuring a humble two games. Better to do half a post rather than none at all, eh?

SonnenmördeR by Jph Wacheski TIGForum thread Download SonnenmördeR for Windows
Need more shmup action? Fear not! Accomplished indie Jph Wacheski has made a quite lovely entry with ZGameEditor. It shows off a variety of neato graphical effects (dynamically coloured 1-bit sprites, shaders and more). So much fun in just 59KB! This almost reminds me of a slightly less trippy and more Galaga-ish version of Spheres of Chaos. Horribly addictive – don’t miss it! 90%

Space Garden Punchonaut by Gyorgy Straub TIGForum thread Download Space Garden Punchonaut for Windows
What would you get if you combined Tetris, Columns, Puyo Puyo and… erm… any action platform game? That’s exactly right: you’d get this! Help your failed astronaut to punch marauding space vegetables into lines of 3 or more so that they’ll disappear. A unique way of playing a tried and tested classic formula. Kudos to the designer chappy for thinking it up. A little rough but nevertheless fun to play. 81%

Cripes! We’re onto the third page of Assemblee goodness! I wonder what occurs therein?

(yes, the Shine screenshot is from the TIGSource listing page… I couldn’t make one better :P )

Seasons of Change by Perrin TIGForum thread Download Seasons of Change for Windows
For the love of Ra… 74MB download?! This’d better be good! Unfortunately I wouldn’t say it’s entirely worth it, though the sentiment and idea behind it isn’t bad.  Visit three visions to prepare for a final sequence in this sombre platformer. The mini-stories are okay but the irksome jumping and buggy event handling make it less rewarding than it should be. 52%

s h i n e by Kazerad TIGForum thread Download s h i n e for Windows
Holy crap! Dark, creepy, atmospheric scary stuff here. Survival horror isn’t something that anyone else has attempted during the competition and Kazerad has managed to craft something palpably unsettling. A massive list of assets, all used in interesting and fairly unique ways, coupled with enemies that’ll freak you out… can you find the ending? Several rough edges but still very impressive. 83%

Shmuparadox by Flyweight TIGForum thread Download Shmuparadox for Windows
Can’t beat a bit of old-fashioned arcade shoot ‘em up goodness. This one takes Braid‘s time-reversing mechanic and allows you to be in two or even more places at once, as well as cheating death should you meet a grisly end at the hands of the evil invading space aliens. A pleasant way to while away a few minutes, and comes with a selection of game modes and boss fights. 77%

Snaptrix by William Broom TIGForum thread Download Snaptrix for Windows
Are you thinking Wetrix? ‘Cos I am. One minor detail: there isn’t any water, and instead you’re just trying to fit as many layers of blocks together without (a) going outside the black border and (b) leaving blocks hanging with nothing underneath them. Tricky controls don’t make this easy, and the lack of freedom in rotating pieces left me feeling frustrated rather than entertained. 54%

Hokay, let’s get this show rolling again. My most appreciative thanks for bearing with me during the past two weeks of slacking and panicking (roughly in that order). It’s TAR time once more!

Ranger by menki TIGForum thread Download Ranger for Windows
Jump into the boots of a ranger and do rangerly things like plant trees, harvest the fruit they grow and, erm, use them to kill nasty monsters. Defend the forest! ‘Cos you’re a ranger, and that’s what rangers do! Feels like a quirky combination of Rogue and Harvest Moon. Curiously enough, it seems to work. Playable but unfinished; could easily grow into something big, har har! :roll: 75%

ro9 by Crackerblocks TIGForum thread Download ro9 for Windows
Controlling one character at a time is just so 80s. Fortunately Crackerblocks is here to break the mould and give you the chance of controlling 9 (!!) adventurers simultaneously! Quite simply you job is to get as many of them “ascended” as possible, remembering that each move you make is mirrored across all nine of your heroes. A simple idea implemented really well, making brilliant use of Oryx’s first-person graphics. 84%

Roguelet by Hyperlogic TIGForum thread Download Roguelet for Intel Mac
Sadly, without a Mac, I was unable to play this one. :cry: Shame – it looks interesting…

Running Pandja by prof TIGForum thread Download Running Panda for Windows
What is this, Bleeding Obvious Name Day or something? :-D Now, this may come as a shock, so best sit down before I tell you that this game involves a panda… that can run. Just think of it as really short version of Knytt. Explaining more about it would ruin the 2 minutes of gameplay. Barring some kooky dialogue (English or Gibberish? You decide) there’s not much to see here. Way too short… but does have an editor. 41%

Snarf. I sense the pace is slowing! But still we press on towards the light at the end of the tunnel…

Other Observations - what horrors lurks in the island underground?Puzzle Slash - match 'em up to attack the enemyQuest! - an adventure in gameboy greenscaleRakshasas - enhance your ambidextrosity

Other Observations by PDF TIGForum thread Download Other Observations for Windows
Roguelike lovers rejoice – here’s the one entry you should play if nothing else in the competition has caught your eye! This is a smoothly executed adventure that aims to simplify the experience by streamlining your inventory management; everything you pick up is automatically equipped. Head into the dungeon as one of 7 classes as you hunt for The Betrayer, a deadly and terrible evil. A nifty effort. 79%

Puzzle Slash by Matt Pearce TIGForum thread Download Puzzle Slash for Windows
Ooooh! A match-three puzzler with a twist. Use your swapping skills to line up symbols while also walking your character forwards into combat range of the monsters in a second, smaller, viewscreen. The symbols you match will determine the effect, a bit like Puzzle Quest. Includes three themes of levels to progress onwards through. Great potential but feels rough around the edges. Worth keeping half an eye on. 70%

Quest! by Galaxy613 TIGForum thread Download Quest! for Windows
A delightfully psuedo-Gameboy romp that sees you wandering around a blocky series of landscapes in an attempt to recover an item stolen by a fearsome dragon. Has a rather fab lo-fi look to it and achieving victory is easily possible in your coffee break, though I’d have to exclaim a dubious “meh” against the slightly rough collision detection and backgrounds which make it tricky to see where the path ahead lies… 76%

Rakshasas by AttributeClash TIGForum thread Download Rakshasas for Windows
This is surely a game to test your ambidextro… ambi… er, ability to use both hands equally. As a thief who infiltrates the mage clan’s vault, you are discovered and forced to take command of two glowy balls of doom to defend yourself. One is controlled with the cursor keys and the other with WASD. Screams to be played with a friend; you’d need to be some sort of crazy person to get far playing this alone… 68%

Aside from being a little under the weather this weekend, due to my internet provider being so fantastically naff I actually had to type this post up twice. Pfeh. :-x But you don’t want to know about any of that – let’s get on with the lushness of today’s four Assemblees, three of which you can play straight from your browser!

Mushroomer - ain't mush room in 'ere, har harMushroom Stew - slip-sliding away on the iceOh Crackers - Not Again! - fly, Lassie, fly...One pack - put that flab to some use

Mushroomer by Jotapeh TIGForum thread Play Mushroomer
Seeing the phrase “Just like a real video game!” immediately made me smile, but sadly the rest of the game couldn’t quite pull off enough to keep that smile on my face. A run and jump platformer made vaguely interesting with slidey controls and ninja rope goodness. Escape the cave before you lose all your lives or a ten minute timer expires. Competently done (nice backdrop!) and points for the rope, but a tad plain. 63%

Mushroom Stew by iarwain TIGForum thread Download Mushroom Stew for Windows Download Mushroom Stew for Intel Mac Download Mushroom Stew for Linux
Wahey, more mushrooms! You can never have enough mushrooms, folks. In this case you have to blast through a story of confusion and deception to find out why your mushroom buddies are suddenly trying to kill you. Use your crouching and time-bending skills to reach the end. Technically very good with several tricks used to enliven the graphics – sharp gameplay too, if a tad repetitive. Even has a level editor! 77%

Oh Crackers, Not Again! by The Greenest Banana TIGForum thread Play Oh Crackers, Not Again!
In a spicy, tangy twist to normality, here you have to protect a helpless little girl as she tries to get back home following a path which is infested with monsters. You take the part of her faithful and happily indestructible hound who can jump on enemies’ heads to stop them from being such a nuisance. A charming Flash effort but quite challenging even on the easiest difficulty. Needs more levels but still a great effort. 78%

One Pack by MrRoboman TIGForum thread Play One Pack
Being a toned ace space pilot is all very well but it’s oh-so-easy to pile on the pounds in your retirement. Such is the problem Ace Fatman now faces in his quest for… okay, I have no idea what his quest is, since this game is one for the “unfinished” pile. But it’s enough to raise a guffaw at the creative use of assets. Multi-purpose flab, anyone? Throw a can or three of polish at this and it could have an entertaining future! 52%