It's been a little while since we did a memory lane post so we thought it was about time we did another. This time we would like to talk about Chick Flick one of Nitrome's earliest games (3rd to be exact). Chick Flick is noteworthy for a few reasons... Nitrome is known for working in pixel art and this is our only game made in vector art. More strangely, it was originally in pixels!?

First off, for those who don't know what the difference is between pixel art and vector art, pixel art is made up from squares of colour. Vector art is made of shapes of colour with the key advantages of vectors being that you can scale and rotate them as much as you like and the shapes still look crisp and correct. Ok lesson over let's move on. 

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The new Cheese Dreams remake is going to be arriving very soon now and we were thrilled by the response that the little trailer received from you all.

Some of you seemed to think we were indicating in the trailer that the game is two player. Sorry to those we confused but this is not the case so we thought as a final update we would explain the feature that had you all speculating.

In New Moon there are other planets (or planet type things for those of you that would like to point out that moons are not planets). The planets are trapped on the mouse ship with you and it's your task to free them from their prisons and lead them to safety. Each planet has a different behaviour and you have to figure out how to manipulate that behaviour to get them to the exit!

Get ready for the game soon!

by Mat

Play Dyna Boy!

This week's Pixel Love game is Dyna Boy created by Neutronized!

In this one, you play as a dynamite-throwing hero, with the main goal of getting him to the exit. You can replenish your dynamite supplies with the crates of TNT that you find along the way. You'll need to use your dynamite in clever resourceful ways to have enough to complete some of the levels. You'll also want to be mindful not to trap yourself!

There is a lot of variety in this game especially with the introduction of diamond and chain reaction TNT blocks. There are also great little parts of the game where you need to explore unlit areas, and to help you, you can find batteries for your head lamp scattered around the levels.

The graphics, music and sound effects all add to the charm of this very polished, very enjoyable platform game.

We hope you all enjoy this as much as we did!

Click To Play!

Have fun everyone!

by Tom

Check out our latest teaser for the upcoming game Cheese Dreams: New Moon!

For those of you that missed it, Cheese Dreams is going to be Nitrome's first remake. I think you'll all agree, as you can see from the video, it's a very different experience this time round and one that we really hope you will enjoy!

by Jon

Play VVVVVV!

Today we have chosen VVVVVV (the demo version) made by Terry Cavanagh as our pixel love choice this week!

In this game you navigate through the levels by reversing your gravity to move your hero around obstacles and enemies.

The simplicity in this game's design is what really makes it stand out. It makes full use of the gravity switching mechanic, which has been fully explored to bring the player a wide variety of puzzles to solve.

We really enjoyed the energetic chiptune music too, it fits in perfectly with this game.

Play VVVVVV: Click Here!

Have fun and we will bring you more Pixel Love next week!

If you enjoyed playing through the demo version and want more, you can get the VVVVVV full game on Steam.

by Tom

Friday Update!

Hey Nitromians,

It’s been another long busy week here at Nitrome HQ. Next week we will be revealing a bit more info on Cheese Dreams : New Moon. Nitrome's first ever game remake... wha!?!

Don’t expect it to be the same game though. It has an all new engine, new levels,  game mechanics, graphics, replay value and music. We hope you’ll all agree that it’s a much better game all round this time.

Check out the early demo for a taste.

Anyway the game is coming along great and should be Nitrome’s next  release in the coming weeks.

We will also be  bringing you another Pixelove treat on Monday as well as any other news we can dig up during the week.

Until then have a great weekend. =D

by Jon

Enemy 585 Fan Mod!

Now this is really cool!

Frosty Flytrap, an active member in the Nitrome community, has been playing around with the the Enemy 585 sprites making a spin off title called Happy Jump Land.

For those not in the know, Enemy 585 is themed around characters in a traditional platform game. We hinted that the world was called "Happy Jump Land" in the title and the intro to the game showed it as a platform game.

It was mostly a homage to Mario but there were a few nods to Sonic there too. This was just an animation in Enemy 585 (which is actually not a platform game) but it is this that Frosty Flytrap is trying to recreate and we'd say, judging by the video, that he's doing a pretty good job!

We did toy with the idea ourselves of showing the other side of the story but never got to it so it's great to see someone tackle it!

Play Enemy 585: Click Here!

by Mat

Play Persist!

Today's Pixel love game is Persist by Jussi Simpanen

This game is a great example of minimal pixel art done very well.

Although only a short game (created in 48 hours for Ludum Dare), it is a very satisfying one to play and has some good variation through out.

We felt that the controls were just right for making those small important adjustments to the hero's movement whilst jumping for platforms.

Have fun!

Click To Play!

We will bring you another pixel love game next week!

by Tom

Hi Nitromians!

We thought we would share some pretty interesting info about Test Subject Arena 2, just in case you'd missed it originally when playing the game at launch. We added some high-score messages to each of the challenges!

Originally, you could read a message on each of the challenge's highscore boards and we even saved screenshots so that we could show you all after the games release... which is now! :)

So for anyone that didn't spot them, here they are!

Blue's Challenge
Blue Rex Suit's Challenge
Professor's Challenge
Professor Rex Suit's Challenge
Dr Nastidious' Challenge
Green's Challenge
Orange's Challenge
Mercenary's Challenge

We thought it would be a bit of fun, our favourite message was for Professor in the Rex Suit!

Did anyone spot them before this article? Let us know if you did!

by Tom

Hi Nitromians,

This week we thought it would be a great idea to introduce you to two pixel love games as a halloween celebration! Although we think that they are both great Halloween game choices, we do feel that they should come with a maturity warning. So... 

CAUTION:

Unlike our Nitrome games, the following titles contain mature themes that may be unsuitable for some audiences. They both contain profanity and violence, so viewer discretion is advised!

Bytejacker

This game was created by the very clever folk at Secret Base. The game will have you surviving hoards of the undead, collecting weapons and also comes with an awesome-o-meter to unleash your... awesomeness. Save survivors, vips, collect money, weapons and power up…

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Preloader Updated

Hi everyone,

We have just released a fix for our new preloader.

Some people told us that the preloader was not working properly until they had cleared out their cache. We have added some code and renamed some files on our servers. We feel that this should better help with the issue.

Anyone that had experienced this problem, please try refreshing the games page and let us know if the fix has helped.

Thanks for reporting the bug!

by Tom

Today we want to talk about some advert changes that we have made. You may have noticed over the last couple of years that we experimented a lot with ads? Let's be honest here... you may have noticed about us experimenting in adding more ads to the site?

Firstly we would like to assure you that it was not lead by greed... we only put ads on the site to fund making the games you love to play. In recent years this has been much more of a struggle as both a lot of browser gamers and ad networks have shifted focus to mobile games. The lowest point for us in this is when we reluctantly turned on pop under ads... something we swore we never wanted to do!

You hopefully noticed that the pop under ads are no longer there? We…

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Do you hum the music to our games? Well, so does our musician Dave! In fact he hums them before they are even made.

Confused? Then read on...

We were surprised to discover that Dave rarely composes the tunes directly at the computer and often thinks of them at other times, sometimes even after he has gone to bed. If that happens, he needs to remember it later. The way he does that is to record himself humming the tune into his phone... genius!

Now we know what your thinking... show us, we want to hear. Well, we thought the same and Dave kindly agreed to share his hummed track along side the final track it became for the upcoming Icebreaker level pack update.

Hummed Version:

Final Version:

(did we just exclusively show a glimpse of the next Icebreaker track in a post about humming? Yup!)

Enjoy!

by Tom

Play Captain Commander!

Today's Pixel Love game is Captain Commander created by the clever fellows over at PixelJam!

As you may know by now, we are fans of pixelJam and their ultra retro pixel art style. We love the use of the 2:1 pixel ratio, it's used to great affect and helps give Captain Commander that ultra chunky feel. The vibrant pallete also adds a wonderful clarity to the characters.

The controls are very responsive too. You can choose to either aim your weapon with the mouse or WASD keys.

We feel you will have a lot of fun playing this!

Play Captain Commander: Click Here!

Enjoy, we will bring you another Pixel Love game next week!

by Tom

Friday Update!

Hey Nitromians!

So who is enjoying Test Subject Arena 2?

A lot of you were mentioning the difficulty level in the single player challenges. The reason for this is that we wanted to create an engaging training mode so that you can hone your skills, ready for your multi-player battles!

A few handy hints for those of you that are struggling.

  • Bullets move faster than the characters and also wrap through portals, so use this to your advantage. You'll be a lot faster!
  • Shoot and start walking to the next target before the bullet hits it's target. This is another way to shave of valuable time.

We have managed to complete each challenge whilst testing the game to prove that it can be done. Sim is currently the only Nitromian to…

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