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Adam Holmes @Holmfry

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Holmfry's News

Posted by Holmfry - March 27th, 2010

Hey everyone! As of March 25th, we've officially dropped the price of Pixel Whirled, our Xbox Live Indie Game, to 80 Microsoft Points (1$)! To celebrate this occasion, we're hosting an old timey screenshot photo contest, just like back in the pre-internet leaderboard days!

Here's how it works: After finishing the game, you unlock the 2nd Quest which contains alternate, more difficult levels. After beating the 2nd Quest, email us a digital photo of the winning screen, with you standing next to it giving a thumbs up to prove your awesomeness! Whoever sends in the highest final score will win an exclusive physical prize, which will be mailed directly to your house free of charge! Can you say swag? ;)

There is also a cheat code to unlock the 2nd Quest instantly.. at the main menu, hold down LB and RB and press Back. To access the 2nd Quest, you'll have to have unlocked the full version of the game. We would like to warn you that the 2nd Quest is not for the meek. You will have to bring your A-Game in order to beat this challenge!

If you're new to Pixel Whirled, check out the game's mini site at pixelwhirled.holmadegames.com for information, screenshots and the trailer!

Entry Rules and Stuff:

1. The screenshot does not have to include the entire screen, but please be sure the final score (and your face and thumbs up!) is visible in your submission!

2. The exact details of the mystery prize will be devulged when a winner is selected.

3. In the case of a tie, the entry received first will win.

4. The winning submission will be posted on blog.holmadegames.com.

5. If you haven't downloaded the game yet, you can find both the trial and full versions on Xbox Live Marketplace.

6. Send your submissions to contests@holmadegames.com, with the subject "PW Screenshot Contest". Be sure to include your full mailing address so you can receive your prize!

7. Contest is open to anyone, anywhere in the world!

8. The deadline for submissions is April 30th, 2010.

Thanks for playing, good luck and have fun!


We're giving away SWAG!

Posted by Holmfry - February 4th, 2010

Thought that subject might get your attention ;)

After a short .. 2 year long.. hiatus, we've officially resumed our efforts on our 8-bit demake of God of War, titled Bit of War! Re-inspired by Eric Ruth's Left 4 Dead demake, and excited by the Pandora's Box that will soon arrive on my porch, the time feels right to reignite the flames that fuel this project.

Bit of War is a downloadable PC game and, when complete, will be available for free on our website! The project is currently slated for a release date of sometime before Duke Nukem Forever.

Hit up my blog for more info as it's available.. I'll have more for you real soon!


8-Bit God of War!

Posted by Holmfry - December 21st, 2009

My latest Xbox 360 Indie Game, Pixel Whirled, has been released today on the Xbox Live Games Marketplace!!

Follow the link below to queue up the trial or full version to your Xbox 360, or visit the Games Marketplace > Indie Games section from your Xbox Dashboard.

Xbox Marketplace - Pixel Whirled

Hope you all like it!

Additionally, you can check out the game's mini-site at http://pixelwhirled.holmadegames.com for more info on the game, downloadable goodies, screenshots and a trailer!



Posted by Holmfry - December 18th, 2009

My latest Xbox Indie Game, Pixel Whirled, has been previewed on Joystiq.com!!

It's currently in the final review phase and should be live on the Xbox Marketplace in a few days! Click here to see the Official Pixel Whirled Site, or click the link below to read the Joystiq article!

http://xbox.joystiq.com/2009/12/17/pix el-whirled-xbl-indie-game-unites-pirat e-and-ninja/



Joystiq previewed my Xbox Game!

Posted by Holmfry - December 17th, 2009

Just wanted to take a second to officially announce my next Xbox Indie Games title, Pixel Whirled! Like most of the games I make, this one is heavily retro-inspired. (Because I just can't get over those wonderful 8-bit days..) It's a shooter, kind of like playing 2 games of Space Invaders at once and featuring 8-bit styled graphics, and music licensed from Walz Music.

It's currently in the final review phase and, if everything goes well, should be out in the next 1 - 3 weeks. I'll post again when it's live, but for now check out this promotional website I put together with screenshots, info, downloads and a trailer starring me!


My New Xbox Game!

Posted by Holmfry - July 2nd, 2009

Hey everyone!

I'm slowly getting my art section up and running. It's pretty much just a matter of tracking down and scanning in all the stuff I've done over the years (I've got everything from ink and conté stick drawings to etching plates and paintings and even cartoons that I've done in storage in my basement), so right now all that's up there is some old stuff that I had archived in my email.

I'm going to be uploading a bunch of pixel art soon as well (it's my favorite) so stay tuned!



Posted by Holmfry - May 7th, 2009

UPDATE: Due to lack of submissions received, I've had to cancel the Game & Watch Collab.

Hey everyone!

I'm hosting a Game & Watch collab! The goal is to end up with a nice little Game & Watch collection kinda like this, a bunch of old skool games combined into one afternoon-wasting ubergame!

For more examples on what the heck Game & Watch is, check out this awesome site. This site is a great time waster/source of information on G&W!

For full details and rules for the collab, or to get involved, check out the official forum thread here.

Game & Watch Collab!

Posted by Holmfry - April 22nd, 2009

Holy poopers!

Joystiq.com contacted me recently and requested an email interview which resulted in this article:

Ocean Scenes developer gives inside look into XNA platform

The good news for Newgrounds? I made sure to drop the Newgrounds.com name several times in the article.. giving credit where credit is due. They helped me (and many others) get my start in game development.

Give the article a read and thanks again, Newgrounds! :)

I've been INTERVIEWED on Joystiq.com!!!

Posted by Holmfry - February 6th, 2009

Our first Xbox Community Games title, Ocean Scenes, has placed #3 in the top 10 Community Games (full versions purchased) for the week of January 26th, moving up one spot since last week!

I know I very likely have a lot of you Newgrounders to thank for this.. THANK YOU!! :)

Also, if you haven't hopped aboard the Ocean Scenes train yet, check it out below! :)

US Stats - Xbox Live's Major Nelson's Blog

Ocean Scenes Live Marketplace Page

My Xbox 360 Gadget is number 3!

Posted by Holmfry - January 22nd, 2009

It's called Ocean Scenes. Well, it's not really a game so much as a gadget.. basically it's an ambient experience I've created, that makes your TV look like you're looking out a window onto some nice beach scenes, complete with moving waves, customizable scenery and different sound options. Great to have on when you have friends over for a few drinks or you're sitting around playing Risk or something. Also wonderful when you have a *ahem* ladyfriend over... ;)

If you have an xbox, go ahead and queue up the trial version for download on this page, or if you feel like supporting a fellow Newgrounder and have 200 MS points floating around, you could always grab the full version ;)

You can also grab the game straight from your Xbox 360 console in the marketplace, of course. You'll find it under Game Marketplace>Community Games>New Arrivals.

I've got a full-on game in the works (see my previous news post), so keep your eyes open and your MS points loaded ;)

Thanks everyone!


I released an Xbox 360 game!