Fall of the Dungeon Guardians is an old school party based first person dungeon crawler, and it’s pretty neat for a small indie effort. It’s also on sale right now, for around €5,00. I took this as the opportunity to drop myself to the bottom of an 8 floor jail dungeon, hunt down 15 escaped convicts, and climb my way back to the surface. Then I played the game.
So how does a single player dungeon crawler with a MMO-style combat system go? Surprisingly well actually, if a bit hard to follow at times. And of the inevitable comparison to Legend of Grimrock? In some ways it’s not as good. In some ways it’s better.
That made for a perfect time to step in the cockpit and head out for some old fashion galaxy conquering, and see how the full experience stacks up to the demo. Are the 900+ levels too much? How do the large variety of powerups fit into the experience? And did it land the right balance between old and new? Mostly, yes. Despite some rough patches, Z-Exemplar is very much worth its meagre asking price.
Chimera Crusader: Defender of Dominicus, is an ultra retro-condensed RPG that harks back to the early days of DOS (or perhaps even earlier), CC:DD brings us back to a certain old school charm, of black screens and abrasive beeps, but then hammers it away by being about as forgiving as an offshore license tie-in NES cart.
We’ve covered a few live music covers of videogame classics, and there’s also plenty of 8-bit chip tune remixes of popular music out there.. but how about a mashup of the two?
Did you feel like you needed some Michael Jackson in your Chrono trigger? No? Well, no, of course you didn’t. But this is the internet, and someone went ahead and did it anyway. Merging Jackson’s “Remember the Time” with “Corridors of Time” works well – disturbingly well:
And what makes more sense than adding some rapping from rageful street legend, 2-Pac himself, into Streets of Rage?
If that isn’t your speed, there’s always the unholy fusion of Rihanna and Donkey Kong, which somehow manages to shine bright, despite all odds:
That was just scraping the surface.. who knows what else lurks in the fathomless depths of the internet.
You are sleeping on a mangy mattress in a room with nothing else in it but an old laptop, with no money, and no prospects. What do you do? Quit your job, of course.
a photo of my apartment, yesterday
That’s the premise of Indie Dev Story – the soul-crushing joy of the gig economy in a punishing sim/clicker game wrapping, where you rather recklessly try to beat all the odds to support yourself and release a killer game within a month.
Infiroad contains some of the hallmarks of the so-called idle/incremental genres – that is, you take a back seat to the game itself and mostly just direct things. Things start off slow with limited options to choose from, but open up as you progress through the game.
Unlike many similar games, though, Infiroad isn’t afraid to get balls-to-wall-insane pretty fast, reaching Disgaea levels of ludicrousness. Welcome to bat country.
Get your Sean Connery on. No, no, not with a pistol and martini of the shaken variety, but with sandals and robes. Wait, bear with me… The Abbey of Crime Extensum may be about abstinent monks, but it also happens to be a pretty darn polished and challenging The Name of the Rose murder mystery. So it may not have secret agent action, but it does contain a license to kill.
Playing as Franciscan monk Fray William and his young novice Adso of Melk (yes, you sort of have to control both at once), you are thrust into a race against time to find the perpetrator of a series of grisly murders in a Benedictine abbey.
As kids I think we wanted to climb pretty much everything – climbing to some arbitrary high point was an important status symbol for 10 year olds. Perhaps, indeed, an important rite of passage to becoming a man. So it would make sense why A Man’s Quest stars a little boy seeking to find the coolest, highest thing to climb.
Another precision platformer but by no means frustrating – A Man’s Quest is light on pain and big on heart.
In the fantasy dark ages, most household basements also contained giant rats, the lair of some horrible creature and probably an ancient world-ending cult or two. Legend of Basement takes a modern look at the question of what happened to all those vast subterranean networks after society moves on into the 21st century?
A short cute adventure about cats – or a gameboy-styled dungeon crawler? Well, that all depends on how you play Legend of Basement.
Time for a quick update on some new retro happenings. This week’s them is: terrible controls don’t die, they just fade away. Also, basketball.
- Double Dragon returns, again!
- More masochism – stair quest ascends!
- Boom-shaka-laka! NBA JAM updated!