Question: what do seven friends who work all day making games do when they get home? Answer: Make more games!!
Metrozone is our 2008 Dream Build Play entry. It's Ikaruga meets Tempest - basically you race down this tube, shooting and dodging things - you collect powerups from killed enemies and try to run over as many power strips as you can (they increase your score multiplier)... so it's very Tempest in that sense, but also, at any time you can flip to the outside of the tube where there might be easier enemies, more powerups, or death. Survival can only come from knowing when to flip (like Ikaruga).
Metrozone was developed throughout the course of several nights and weekends, and it was just mad amounts of fun to make. Here's a gameplay video:
Video: Metro Zone - Dream Build Play Entry - Microsoft XNA
Up until a few days ago, nectarine.fr streamed demoscene songs (chiptunes: S3M, IT, MOD, etc.) to the world for free. It was driven by undoubtedly the largest database of demoscene music in existence - this database was the result of countless numbers of people contributing, voting for their favorite songs, etc.
Some stupid script kiddie hacked the site and destroyed the database. No viable backups exist (before you cast stones, when was the last time you backed up?), and now the world is faced with two options - attempt restoration of the deleted files off the hard drive, OR lose this piece of history forever.
I don't usually trumpet causes, especially internet ones, but demoscene music was a big part of my childhood, and this site brought back tons of good memories. So help save it by throwing in a few bucks. Here's the link:
[Update: I took out the donate button, it's no longer needed. The money was raised, and the drives are getting repaired!]
Here's the forum with more info: