Tribe of the Jaspish

Software selection

'Tribe of the Jaspish' is the software development section of my web site. Here you will find a small selection of freeware games and programs to brighten your existence. In the future there may be some shareware titles here but that all depends on whether I produce anything that I feel is good enough.

You may select and download any of my titles below. You will also find screen shots, where appropriate, and a description of each item.

Terms of use

These titles are all freeware and are provided AS IS. This means that you can use the software free of charge and without advertisement yet all copyrights and ownership belongs to me. You can freely distribute the software as long as it remains unmodified. You are perfectly welcome to include anything here in an index or on a CD, although it would be nice if you could just mail me so I know. Also I hold no responsibility for any damages or losses whatsoever caused by my software. I also have no responsibilities to provide any technical support, whatsoever, though that shouldn't stop you from E-mailing me as I may be able to help. Also fan mail is appreciated!

Titles

Fish Shoot Space Battle Name Gen Name Gen 2 Rockin' Alien Magic Star Saver Metry Say What Teacup Cyclic
Fish shoot screenshot

In fish shoot the aim is simple, and fairly implicit in the title, you shoot fish. You also get to shoot bubbles but I thought 'Fish and a few bubbles shoot' wouldn't be as catchy a title, though 'Aqua shoot' would have been suitable. Anyway, we're straying from the point.

You have 30 seconds to shoot as many fish (or bubbles) as you can. Different fish five different points, and the more points the better you are doing. Also, shooting special red flashing bubbles (They're a well know phenomena honest!) will give you that vital extra time under water.

If you like they sound of this, and believe me when I say it works better than it sounds, then you can download it here. Just click download below and then wait untill the download is complete. Then just run the file and follow the on screen instructions.

Requirements: A 300Mz based system should handle it. Though don't know for sure.

Download Size: 1.31MB


Spac Battle screenshot

Space battle has three modes of play, shields, spacecraft and a lot of strange things which are supposed to be planets but resemble radioactive biscuits, or cookies to the Americans. (Waves hello to any Americans reading) The game is fast paced and even gets more difficult as you become better. There are even a few surprises for those who survive for a long time.

Ultimately your aim is to survive as long as possible, racking up points be shooting stuff. Other modes include two play cooperative, which in true Sesame Street style puts the two of you side by side to get the job done. But perhaps the most fun can be had in the VS mode, in which two of you may be put head to head in an arena.

V.1.1.0 This adds better support for different resolutions, a more specifically for slow computers and improves the graphics in a few places.

V.1.3.0 Corrects severe bug with the 2 player game/

If you like they sound of this, then you can download it here. Just click download below and then wait untill the download is complete. Then just run the file and follow the on screen instructions.

Download Size: 864KB


Lockergnome award!

Name Gen is a small utility which randomly generates a name from a database of first names and surnames. Originally it was created to help protect against those moments of writers block when you suddenly find yourself unable to think of a name. However in development I found it strangely addictive, and found myself sat there trying to produce strange names, or famous people. It sounds absolutely boring and completely useless but it has the strange ability to actually engross you in something simple.

Name Gen received a recommendation from lockergnome, which said the following '{Generate a name} So, I was out with my pals Hugo Kent and Dave Sutherland the other day, and I says to Hugo, I says... wait, I don't know anyone with those names, it must have been this crazy name generator I found. Just click on the button and see a name. If you'd like, you can add some of your own names to the list. If you're wondering what the point is, there is no specific point. It's fun to play around with, but you could also use it to come up with names if you're writing a story. Some programs run on your own imagination. "It sounds absolutely boring and completely useless but it has the strange ability to actually engross you in something simple."' The full locker gnome newsletter may be found Here!

If you like they sound of this, then you can download it here. Just click download below and then wait untill the download is complete. Then just run the file and follow the on screen instructions.

Requirements: A snail should be able to run this so as long as you have a windows 95 or better system you should have no problems.

Download Size: 412KB


The original 'Name Gen' won a place in the Lockergnome newsletter as a recommended piece of software and it is hoped that this second version is even better, although the original is still available for the purists. As well as retaining all the functionality of the original 'Name Gen', 'Name Gen 2' also allows you to generate user-names or handles. I wasn't entirely sure on the purpose of this addition yet went by the assumption that I had similar feelings when creating the original 'Name Gen' and that it may come in use when choosing a name in a chat room or for an E-mail. 'Name Gen 2' also includes a larger database of names that the original, making possibly a total of over sixty thousand possible names.

Features

Updated to v1.5, includes improved interface and larger database.

If you like they sound of this, then you can download it here. Just click download below and then wait untill the download is complete. Then just run the file and follow the on screen instructions.

Requirements: A snail should be able to run this so as long as you have a windows 95 or better system you should have no problems.

Download Size: 503KB


Teacup has been removed for the foreseeable future. A problem with the program prevented you from being able to restore your original message upon removal of the software. This was due to a corrupt file, yet in the process it was decided that the planned method of removal was unreliable and confusing. Attempts were made to discover a suitable method though none could be found which were satisfactory. For this reason the program has been withdrawn untill a more suitable replacement has been developed. This is unlikely to occur in the near future. If you have downloaded Teacup and wish to remove it then you may do so by running the uninstall program and then downloading and running the following file. Answer 'Yes' when it asks if you wish to insert the information into the registry. This will replace the original warning, although you will be required to restart the computer.

I apologise for any inconvenience cause.

Teacup Uninstall Patch
Rockin' Alien Screenshot

Rockin' Alien is a simple CD player though with one important difference. The little alien guy dances. Well it's been done before I know, but this was a very early game which has since been improved upon slightly. (Update: Recently I had a request to include Rockin' Alien on a freeware CD. I am wondering why they chose my least interesting piece of software.) Rockin' Alien has now been abandoned by myself and has thus been opened up, all graphics and sounds have been released in the public domain, as has the .gam file, which may now be freely opened in 'The Games Factory.'

If you like they sound of this, then you can download it here. Just click download below and then wait untill the download is complete. Then just run the file and follow the on screen instructions.

Requirements: I had it working on a 100Mz Win 95 system.

Download Size: 349KB


Magic star saver screenshotThis fancy screensaver plays random tracks from any CD in the drive, accompanied by some cool spiny stars. During testing I found it works especially well with 'It's a kind of magic' from Queen.

If you like they sound of this, then you can download it here. Just click download below and then wait untill the download is complete. Then just run the file and follow the on screen instructions.

Requirements: Not sure. I expect 300Mhz would suffice.

Download Size: 291KB (Small and easy)


Metry Screenshot

Metry is my personal favourite. The game is a platform game in which you control a space hopper called Metry. The aim of each level is to collect gems and reach the portal which will carry Metry to the next level. Points are awarded for completing a level, collecting gems and for any time remaining when you reach the level exit. The idea is simple but with a time limit, disappearing blocks, spikes, acid and fire the whole thing starts to sound a little more difficult. There are fifteen levels in total, including a tutorial and bonus level. A practice mode allows you to improve your skills without the worry of time and a high score table keeps track of your progress.

V.1.1.0- You now have the opportunity to continue after death at the cost of a proportion of your score. There have also been a number of other minor improvements throughout the game, including a reduction in the loading time. However, the program is no longer compatible with Windows 95. Version 1.0.6 remains for win 95 users.

V.1.0.6- Music now finally actually toggles and saves. Message boxes look nicer and a brand new 256 colour icon. No longer an error on first run.

V.1.0.5- Music toggle problem corrected. Music state correctly saved between sessions.

V.1.0.4- Added ability to turn off music and joystick and corrected a number of minor bugs present in version 1.0.0. An upgrade is recommended for any users of v1.0.0 and anyone who was experiencing problems in v.1.0.2, or who wishes to be able to disable music or is having joystick problems.

If you like they sound of this, and believe me you should, then you can download it here. Just click download below and then wait untill the download is complete. Then just run the file and follow the on screen instructions.

Requirements: It's just about playable on a 100mhz 24MB ram system although I wouldn't push your luck. The game is much more fun on a faster system.

Windows 95 Size: 1.62MB (1664KB)

Win 98 and above (Including NT) Size: 1.66MB (1707KB)


'Say What?' has been released under beta as I don't believe it is polished enough to deserve a freeware release. The program resembles one of those games which you used to play as a child (Or still do if you are still a child or just young at heart) where you would pass round a piece of paper writing down words to build up a story. Only this time it is digitised and you don't need a pen or paper. It can be hideously funny, or rather damp depending on the words and names you choose, producing either gems of a story or something so vulgar and corrupt you can't look at a banana the same way in weeks. This version contains three stories, although has the ability for you to add your own or to download more from this website as they become available. The program also has facilities to randomly select words from an easily extendable database and a simple story management screen.

If you like they sound of this, and believe me you should, then you can download it here. Just click download below and then wait untill the download is complete. Then just run the file and follow the on screen instructions.

Requirements: It should work on any system with Win 95 or better (NT and XP included) on slow systems the performance is reduced though the software is still fairly usable.

Download Size: 820KB


The problem with trying to describe an abstract game is that it doesn't immediately present an analogy for it cannot be called a driving game, a football game or even a shooting game. It has no basis in real life. Occasionally they may be referred to as puzzle games though more often than not (Okay, not strictly true. About 30% of the time) the analogy given is that of another abstract concept, 'Tetris like' games. Tetris was one of those games which managed to escape the boundaries of the normal gaming bubble and managed to establish itself as as small part of the global consciousness. Cyclic could be described as a 'Tetris like' game, although it bares more similarity to Tetris' Sega Game Gear competitor, Columns. During the game the spheres cycle round the three rings and the aim is to clear as many as you can to make room for the new spheres entering. Spheres may be cleared by lining up three or more of the same colour and in doing so you increase your score. Like most 'Tetris like' games, Cyclic aims to be simple and addictive. Whether it enters the reign of games which achieve this I cannot say, yet I hope it makes a good attempt and that It gets at least one person hooked.

Cyclic Screenshot

1.1.2- This version now includes slight improvements to the documentation and background music written for the game by Paul Taylor. As the background music is in mp3 format it both increases the file size and can cause problems on computers incapable of running mp3s. For this reason both musical and non musical versions have been provided.

If you like they sound of this, and believe me you should, then you can download it here. Just click download below and then wait untill the download is complete. Then just run the file and follow the on screen instructions. If you do find yourself addicted I'd appreciate an E-mail just so I know I've destroyed at least one persons sleeping pattern.

Requirements: I have it running fairly well on my 500mhz system and have specifically tried to optimise it for speed. However occasionally there is the odd piece of unexpected slowdown when very little should be happening. You need a win 95 or later system to run Cyclic.

Download (Full Music Version) Size: 3.22MB (3299KB)

Download (Lite Music Free Version) Size: 1.20MB (1233KB)

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