Hi Nitromians!

We have Tiny Dangerous Dungeons by Jussi Simpanen to share with you as our Pixel Love choice this week!

We have chosen Tiny Dangerous Dungeons because we feel that this game has really succeeded with its convincing retro Game Boy visuals and sound design.

The difficulty curve progressed gently enough for us to keep playing for a long while without getting frustrated. This was helped by the introduction of different abilities that your hero can find along the way.

We felt that we made good use of the handy save/restore points in this game too and they were a welcome feature on some of the tougher areas!

Click to Play Tiny Dangerous Dungeons

Have fun everyone, we'll bring you more Pixel Love next week!

by Tom

Hey everyone!

We have just released a Christmas Avatar Calendar and a new winter web skin!

On the lead up to Christmas, we will be releasing one avatar everyday until Christmas day!

These avatars will be hidden inside our games and on the website itself! The avatars will come with the same handy clues to help you on your hunt!

We are extremely proud of some of the devious places we have hidden them, so we hope you have fun finding them!

Avatars Page: Click Here!

You'll have to have an account to unlock these avatars, so if you haven't already got one,  go here! (it's free)

by Tom

We already revealed last week that we're going to have a new Nitrome Winter Skin but there's more!

Starting on the first of December, we're going to be starting a very special daily feature that will run through until Christmas involving Avatars. What is it you say? But the first is a Sunday and Nitrome don't post on weekends? That's true... normally, but through until Christmas we will be posting every day including on weekends!

So what is this mystery? Come back on Sunday to see :)

by Mat

The image is of Bad Ice Cream in a Flying UFO type thing! The image is a ballpoint pen sketch from our new artist Telemachus. We hope you agree it's pretty stylish! I wonder why he was sketching it?

by Mat

Hey Nitromians!

We've decided to choose Dino Run: Enter Planet D, created by PixelJAM, for today's pixel love game!

As with previous Dino Run games, you take control of a dino surfing on the edge of doom which is all beautifully rendered and depicted in low-res, retro style graphics which boast stunning, fluid animations.

In this one, you get to customize your dino with hats (of which there are a good number of recognisable pop culture symbols to choose from) and you can alter your dino's colour.

If you enjoyed playing this game, why not head over to PixelJAM's Dino Run 2 Kickstarter page to see what they are aiming to achieve with that project. Dino Run 2 looks like it could be something very special, so lets hope they meet their target!

Click to Play Dino Run: Enter Planet D

As always, have fun and we will bring you another Pixel Love game next week!

by Tom

Friday Update!

Nitrome always tries to put some effort into the run up for Christmas and this year, despite being spread more thinly than ever between flash and iOS, we do have some nice plans for you. Mostly we're keeping things under wraps as to what those plans are for now but lets just say we're working on a very popular sequel!

Before that we're still planning to get Cheese Dreams New Moon out. Because of the sheer size of the project and the timeframe, we have decided to put it out in two parts, one coming soon before the Christmas plans and one soon a little after Christmas. We're sure you will be very happy with both parts and the first one is looking great and you could see in the Cheese Dreams New Moon trailer we put out earlier.

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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

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