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

Blog Fixes

Hi Nitromians,

We've decided to make a change to the blog. We have added a "READ MORE" button to the bottom to posts that we considered to be our longer articles.

Clicking the button will expand the text to it's full length. This is handy as it allows you to get a quick overview of what the article is about, for skimming through.

Whilst doing this, we also fixed an issue with Internet Explorer (IE) which was not displaying the blog correctly. There was a problem with some of the articles that made them break when browsing with IE.

Thanks for reading everyone, have a great weekend! :)

by Tom

Bad Ice-Cream 3 Fixes

We've updated Bad Ice-Cream 3 to fix some issues that you helped point out to us. 

Fixes Included in the Update:

  • Avatar bug: present now only collectible in the level where it appears.
  • Alien bug in multiplayer mode: alien will now be able to kill other players after the first player was killed.
  • Level 29 in multiplayer: all players will now be in the level.
  • Level failed popup window: menu options now have accurate hit boxes.
  • Title screen: Touchy icon changed to double pixel to match the rest of the artwork.

If you have seen any other bugs that we have not listed here, please let us know and we will look into them.

Click To Play Bad Ice Cream 3

Thanks for Playing!

by Tom

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