Free Bytes: Vertical Drop Heroes


“When princesses (and other captured royalty, for that matter) are in need of serious rescuing from dastardly villains and fanged monsters, it’s rare that a hero just comes falling out of the sky to promptly save the day. However, in Vertical Drop Heroes, that’s exactly what happens. Every level seems to practically hemorrhage heroes, but most are in cages and are incapable of doing much besides twiddling their thumbs out of boredom. That’s where you come in. Setting them free – or as we prefer to look at it, consuming their souls – lets you steal their powers and carry the torch to glory.”

Check out the full column here at IGN.

Free Bytes: Treadmillasaurus Rex


“Considering large carnivorous dinosaurs have been made out to be crazed eating machines capable of consuming many pounds of flesh and meat in a single sitting, it makes sense that every once and awhile they might want to find creative ways to shed a few extra pounds. Rather than sweating to the oldies with retro Richard Simmons videos to burn some calories, the lumbering dino in Treadmillasaurus Rex has opted for a more intensive workout routing that involves doom lasers, psychotic treadmills, psychedelic lighting effects and top hats.”

Check out the full column here at IGN.

Indie Spotlight #2: Flash, Bang, Boom


“Freeware used to be a completely different animal back in the earlier days of home computing, but the birth of the Internet and the more recent advent of blazing-fast connections speeds have changed things completely. The Flash gaming scene has since exploded, giving bedroom coders and startup indie studios a shot at having their games played by millions of players. That’s a win-win for players looking to get in some short bursts of gaming. But how does one stay afloat simply making free browser-based games on a full-time basis? The folks at Nitrome Limited have it figured out.”

Check out the full column here at GameSpy.

Free Bytes: Big Pixel Zombies


“It may come as a surprise that sometimes unholy flesh eating denizens of hell can be so damn cute and disarming. While the concept of blowing the crap out of swarms of hungry zombies in a fight to stay alive amidst a world-ending undead apocalypse has been worn out heavily in the past few years, Big Pixel Zombies makes the same old formula irresistibly charming and fun again. It’s tough not to laugh at the grisly zombie faces painted on the large moving blocks that lumber towards your, presumably in an effort to eat your pixilated brains.”

Check out the full column here at IGN.

Flash Game Freebie: 60s To Save The Queen


“Enemies are attacking the castle! The queen is in danger!  Quick, you must leap to her rescue! You have 60 seconds to save your poor bride from the clutches of evil. Ready! Set! Go! Yeah, that’s pretty much the entire the setup for 60s to Save the Queen, and what follows in the moments after you take on your frantic mission makes for unadulterated spazz-platforming glee. It’s a mad dash to be the hero, and every second counts.”

Check out the full write-up here at GamesRadar.

Free Bytes: Coma


“Locked inside his own subconscious, Pete must navigate the creepiest inner reaches of his noggin. Aside from being lost himself, his sister is missing. It’s your job to help find her and figure what else he needs to get on his way and return to the waking realm. While we never learn what caused him to get there in the first place, the poor young fellow’s comatose condition has trapped him in a dark, grim world spotted with snippets of color and unusual characters. Your strange adventures to help Pete find his sister will put you in touch with some outlandish critters, including “Jon” who’s not a girl, a giant blob mama living in the clouds, and a starving earthworm with vibrating fangs.”

Check out the full column here at IGN.

Flash Game Freebie: Action Turnip


“We’re not sure exactly what it is a turnip would be running madly away from – except possibly a hungry, knife-wielding chef in search of a perfect summer salad topping – but the little veggie protagonist in Action Turnip has a lot of spunk. Part Canabalt, part action shooter, and part random bizarreness, this twitchy and crazy web browser game is utterly charming and a hell of a lot of fun.”

Check out the full write-up here at GamesRadar.

Free Bytes: Space Disposal


“This one is for those from the “safety is for wimps” school of thought. Imagine this: instead of taking out the space trash the normal sissy way, why not concoct a scheme to get rid of your garbage using the most potentially dangerous and lethal means possible? That’s the order you’ve been given from your higher ups, as the new garbage commander in Space Disposal. Apparently, getting the job done is so much more fun when there are countless lives at stake, including your own. “

Check out the full column here at IGN.

Free Bytes: Civilization Wars


“Knowledge is power, and power can corrupt. When a once-grand civilization’s possession of ancient knowledge unleashes a destructive curse, all of the people are suddenly wiped out of existence by a fiery cataclysm. After many ages have passed, new tribes sprout up beyond the reach of the destruction, and they retain the legend of an untold power that will be given to those who seek out mystical fallen star. When such a star does indeed fall from the sky, everyone scrambles to acquire its might with little concern about what gets trampled in the process. That’s how the stage is set for battle in Civilization Wars, an extremely sharp-looking and addictive real-time strategy flash game.”

Check out the full column here at IGN.

Free Bytes: Sugarcore


“What do a dude in a mining cap, a stuffy old prude, and a trigger-happy, corn-cob-pipe smoking general all have in common? Nothing, really, except that they all seem to have some sort of serious candy-related issues to work through in this week’s freeware indie game. While a trip to the shrink might be the only reliable method of curing their individual sugar-induced mental roadblocks, spinning hypnotic candy orbs that are being whittled down by incoming gunfire is possibly the next best form of therapy. If you’ve got a sweet tooth for weirdness, then Sugarcore is just the thing to satisfy your saccharine gaming-related cravings.”

Check out the full column here at IGN.