Category Archives: Arcade

I Am Overburdened

A title that serves as both an expression and description of gameplay, I Am Overburdened is, in principle, about everybody’s (non)favourite part of RPGs: having too much loot and struggling to juggle what to keep and what to ditch.

Should I go for those +5 gloves of nail-biting or stick with my powerglove of uncanny referencing?

The game doesn’t exactly deliver on this promise, per se, though. Funnily enough, this is a far better outcome: instead resulting in a fast paced arcade-roguelike-ish affair with an extremely streamlined loot system and minimal inventory tetris. Unlike its namesake, I am Overburdened is a simple pleasure to run through, albeit (for a commercial release) a relatively short one.

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Sample Action Game 01

With a name like Sample Action Game 01, expectations aren’t exactly going to be high, but where it lacks in the creative naming department, Action Game 01 more than delivers in terms of actual game. There’s not just a completely full freeware game to be found here, no, there’s oh so so much more.

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Tail Gunner

A loy-poly flight sim/shooter, that reminds me (in my head) of that one scene from Indiana Jones 3. Sit in the cockpit of an old-timey fighter planes and shoot down enemies before they shoot you.

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Battle Princess Madelyn

Despite Ghouls ‘n’ Ghosts being a classic example of the platforming arcade genre, we haven’t seen a whole lot of new retro-style imitations of out there.┬áThere have been other attempts, of course, but Battle Princess Madelyn is probably the first real notable one, oozing style and substance. The game feels like G’n’G, if a late Playstation-era developer picked it up – adding some more RPG-esque plot and adventure, and of course, a cute magical animal mascot.

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Torn Sails

A minigame featuring everybody’s favourite nautical misfits, Torn Sails is more of a quick party game than epic seafaring adventure, but a fun one.

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Indie Dev Story

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.

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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.

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[Freeware] Nutty Dimension

A more arcade orientated 8bit metroidvania of sorts, Nutty Dimension didn’t contain any nuts, but plenty of machine guns, magic wands and mermaid photographers. And, really, isn’t that what computer gaming is all about?

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As the developer puts it, “Conrad allen now starts the adventure to steal lianhein, with his bizarre girl friend who has the world’s strangest fetish.”

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New Retro Games’ Christmas Awards! (Pt. 1)

We played a lot of games this year. Some of them we even wrote about! We generally shy away from too many “best of” listicle style articles, but figured this holiday day is a good time to sit back with a hot cup of mulled beer or flask of vodka and reflect on what a year of games it has been.

Presenting….

New Retro Games’

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This isn’t a objective list, just our favourite picks from each category of game we’ve covered. As a basic ground rule, we are favouring fully playable, complete and more recently covered games. Unfinished games (beta, demos, etc) remakes, enhanced editions and the like won’t count unless unless they offered a new and complete playing experience on their own terms.

Without further ado…

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[Gamejam Entry] Arch Wizard’s Arena

You’d think that the primary occuption of the wizard profession – whether of the apprentice, master or arch variety – would be concerned with the actual learning and pratice of wizardry. As most games and movies have taught us, it turns out this is typically the farthest thing from the old coots’ minds. Wizards dabble in the arcane art of procrastinating much like the modern worker, except instead of sending cut ‘n’ paste motivational quotes and cat pictures to their friends, wizards teleport them to deadly arenas full of bloodthirsty monsters.

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Same difference, really.

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[New Retro Vault] Sky Rogue

Sky Rogue harks back to the low poly games of an earlier era, such as Virtua Racing and Air/Ace Combat for the PSX. I mention Virtua Racing though specifically, because much like that game, Sky Rogue carries with it a distinctly arcade feel. It’s bright, colourful, action-packed and, yes, it’s challenging.

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