Nitrome will soon have moderator accounts!

It is important that we keep a tight ship at Nitrome and there are just not enough of us to cope with the volume of user generated activity that goes on!

We have already put in place some systems that are doing a pretty good job of keeping things clean but nothing is perfect!

Our initial filters were a bit too strong so we loosened them a little which we feel has led to a better user experience. It does mean a few more things get through the cracks though and moderators should be able to help us spot what does and correct that.

Moderators are going to be by invitation only to start off with so please don't apply. By being an active member of the community however you may receive an invite.

by Mat

New Game in Development

Hi Nitromians,

It's time to share a little more info on our second secret browser game that we hinted at a little while ago. This game is called Ditto and the concept of the game involves mirrors.  We'll let you speculate just how that will work for now but to whet your appetite check out this little animated gif we whipped up of the main character.

Oh and you may notice the character is female in this game which is a little different for us :)

by Mat

Play Scamper Ghost!

Hi Nitromians,

Today’s pixel love is Scamper Ghost. It’s sort of Pac-Man mixed with a mouse avoider and it has a ton of style. Use the mouse to collect pellets and power pills while avoiding the ghosts for as long as possible!

Though the game was launched back in 2009 it recently came back to our attention because it has been involved in a news story with King (makers of Candy Crush). King have recently been hitting the news with the story that they are trade marking the words ‘Saga’ and ‘Candy’ sending out notices to developers that use those words to take down their games or change their names. King say that they are just protecting their Intellectual Property but when you have games like ‘Banner Saga’ and Candy Slots’ which…

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Hi Nitromians,

A lot of you have asked why we don't use our original musician Lee Nicklen anymore. We know a lot of you were fans of his music so we're thrilled to announce that we have Lee back doing some music for the swapping game that we previewed to you recently.

You can hear a rough draft of a track he is making for our swapping game here!

Have a great weekend everyone and we will be back next week with more exciting news!

by Mat

Play Underbyte!

We've found a real treat for you this week as our Pixel Love choice. It's called Underbyte by Unusual Cadence, a platformer styled in the key of Super Mario Bros.

We adore the concept and clever ideas behind this one.

Do you know what happens when you lose a life in Mario? Well, from Underbyte's point of view, the characters get dropped into the "garbage dump". In the dump, the ordinary platform game rules break down or get twisted and warped completely. You will be left to defend yourself against the hoards of other lost lives and make it through with all your bits intact.

The graphics in this really do lend to the glitched, buggy atmosphere, as does the music. This is a frantic, fast-paced platformer that we think you'll love.

Click To Play

Enjoy, more Pixel Love to come next week!

by Tom

New Game Preview!

Hi Nitromians,

For those of you who have been following our blog of late, we recently showed a small teaser image about two new games that we are currently making for the website. We must say that some of your guesses were quite amusing! (Elvis, a cowboy, an artist, a cactus-man?)

We thought it would be nice to finally show a glimpse of one of these new games. We're not going to say much more for now but the game's theme is all about swapping.

We'd love to hear your guesses regarding what the mechanic might be.

Have a great weekend everyone and see you all next week :) 

by Jon

Apple'n'Apps

Hi Nitromians,

The game of the year Icebreaker nominations just keep coming at the moment! Apple'n'Apps.com has just listed Icebreaker A Viking Voyage in their best 50 games of 2013! We came in at a respectable 39th place!

I think we need to start listing all these somewhere on the Icebreaker page :)

You can check the full list here.

by Mat

New Nitrome games

Hi Nitromians,

Since we have been back, we have been hard at work on some new flash games for the website. You know about the second part of Cheese Dreams: New Moon already, but there's more.

Some of you have pointed out to us that we have been making a lot of sequels of late. So we thought it was about time to introduce some brand new concepts to you all. With that in mind, we have two of them bubbling away behind the scenes both featuring a brand new mechanic.

Well have more on them soon. But until then, take a glimpse at both games main protagonist in silhouette.

Any guesses on what they both are?

by Jon

Wow Nitromians!

We just noticed that Metacritics posted their top 25 games of 2013 and our game Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage came in at number 19!

To put this in perspective....Metacritics collect all of the review scores that each game gets and make a combined average score for each game. Metacritics is generally considered in the gaming world as the most respected mesure of how well your game has performed critically.

So with that in mind from all the iOS titles released in 2013 our little game ranked 19th!!!! That is insaine!

Thank you to everyone who reviewed the game so nicely :)

There is a direct link to the list here.

by Nitrome

Play Loot Hero!

Today's Pixel Love game is Loot Hero developed by VaragtP

This side scrolling/point grinding game is actually made very satisfying by its varying difficulty levels. When you play it through for the first time you will notice the difficulty level will increase which makes playing through again more challenging and entertaining.

We think that the real star of this game is most certainly the artwork, with its wonderfully smooth yet chunky look and feel.

The object of this game is to send your hero smashing through the enemies at high speeds with your ever upgrading lance, which gets captured with great style, adding even more to the satisfaction factor that you get from grinding XP/credits. The more you upgrade your hero, the more you will appreciate this too.

All in all, this is really worth checking out.

Click To Play!

Thanks for playing everyone - we'll bring you another pixel love game next Monday!

by Tom

Hi Nitromians,

A quick post just to let you all know that we have worked on fixing a moderation issue that was being experienced by some of you.

You should now notice that the moderation system will be more resilient in terms of accidentally flagging a comment as 'needing to be moderated' when in fact the comment was fine.

This should make the comments a little easier to use.

If your comments are still getting accidentally moderated, let us know about it via the comments below or you can email us the comment that you tried to post.

Thanks everyone!

by Tom

More Blog Tweaks

We have been working on the blog/comments system to improve usability for our readers. As a result, we introduced a "Read More" link last week to expand the longer articles. We have since changed the link into a button.

Some of you may have noticed that we have added page numbers to the bottom of our blog today. This should make it a little easier for you to move around the blog to find our older articles. We also listened to the people that told us about the comments being restricted to only 5 reply comments. This has been fixed now and should show all replies to a comment.

We noticed that we had accidentally lost the "author" line at the bottom of our articles, so they are also back.

Feel free to let us know about any other bugs/issues in the comments below, and we'll try to fix them.

by Tom

Play Pause Ahead!

Hi Nitromians,

Today's pixel love game is Pause Ahead developed by Askiisoft. The game is filled with wonderful pixel art and it also boasts a refreshingly clever and original game mechanic. When you pause the game, everything pauses, but your velocity remains intact. This means that you can pass through obstacles and then resume the game to continue.

The puzzles are well designed too, making great use of this game feature. We really enjoyed the music in this one. It has an authentic chiptune feel yet it's also right up to date.

Click To Play

Join us next Monday for another Pixel Love choice!

by Tom

Square Meal Fan Editor

Hi Nitromians,

I don't mean to keep posting every day any more but we do seem to have a lot of noteworthy events to get out there...so erm I still am...but it will stop soon I promise!

Today we have a new fan made project that we became aware of over the Christmas Break and it is a little special! User 'Sim' has managed to make his own level editor for our game Square Meal....impressive!

It's online here so anyone can use it to make levels but a limitation is that you can't test them without Sim manually putting them into the game. The good news is that he is doing just that and already has 50 of them! We will be interested to see what people come up with!

We have worked on two fan collaborations in the past at Nitrome...the…

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Someone at Pocket Gamer clearly likes what Nitrome do, as not only did they list Icebreaker as one of their top ten games of the last year but they also asked our thoughts on significant events in the mobile industry over the last year.

Our comments are shown along side other mobile indie heavyweights such as Simogo's Simon Flesser, TinyCo's Will Luton, Vlambeer's Rami Ismail and Halfbricks Phil Larsen. Topics range from the rise and fall of Micro Consoles to the unstoppable behemouth that is Candy Crush Saga!

If you would like to read it head over there via this handy link.

by Mat

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