Category Archives: Platformer

[Freeware] A Man’s Quest

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.

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Another precision platformer but by no means frustrating – A Man’s Quest is light on pain and big on heart.

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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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[Freeware] New Retro Vault – Street Fighter x Mega Man

A lot of big name games companies get flak for shutting down otherwise impressive fan projects. Once ever so often however, a fan game manages to avoid the DCMA banhammer and get official endorsement. Street Fighter x Megaman is one such fan game.

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Coming out in 2012, it’s surprising how something both so retro-orientated and high profile could pass us by all these years, but sometimes that’s the joy of the internet. This indeed exists, and you can download it right now. And it doesn’t cost a cent.

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New Retro News: Type Butts to Continue

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‘Bout time we listed some news of the recent happenings in the new retro game scene, eh? Here’s a few tidbits from a week gone by:

  • Diablo…inside MY Diablo?
  • Crow-tel, Mo-tel, Holiday Inn?
  • Frogs…inside MY Fairy Village?

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Walkie Talkie

A chat room or a game? You decide! If you have ever looked at your textbook in bordeom during high school or uni, and imagined a little character running across a guantlet of letters – and let’s face it, who hasn’t? – Walkie Talkie is the game for you.

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[Freeware] Ragnarok

One of the core drivers to starting this blog was to unearth and share unassuming freeware games that don’t get much coverage elsewhere. To some degree we’ve done this; at least – you won’t find many of the games we cover on Gamespot or Rockpapershotgun, but the rabbit hole goes a lot deeper… and its time we started digging into our vault a little more. I present: Hyuke Kigyouden, or, in its more easy to pronounce form: Ragnarok.

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An obvious Castlevania inspired indie effort, Ragnarok isn’t going to provide any surprises at first glance, and even though it probably won’t dethrone indie stars like Cave Story or La Mulana any time soon, it’s an interesting enough – if still formulaic – take on the formula.

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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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Sonic Boll Classic

This is, thankfully, not a Uwe Boll take on the venerable blue hedgehog (SEGA have done a good enough job ruining the franchise on their own), but rather a Super Mario Crossover inspired Sonic mashup. A quick fangame that lets you rush through the original Mario levels as Sonic or just fly over them as Tails, orĀ if you absolutely must be puritan about it, plod through as Mario. Or Bowser. Because, why not?

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New Retro News: Comes Back Again

Time for some New Retro News, where we give the run down on some recent releases, ports, re-releases, remakes and the like for your information consumption pleasure. CONSUME. OBEY. PUT ON THE VR GLASSES.

Ahem. So, four headlines instead of the usual three?! I know, I know, what is this madness indeed. But we’re all mad here, so buckle up:

  • Rockman X3 prototype unearthed!
  • Castilla Matilda EX edition ventures forth!
  • Titus the Fox re-released on GOG!
  • Wacky Wheels gets wackier… about the same level of wackiness

Read on to know more…

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Mini-Doom

Back in the day the platformer was king, basking in its divine gory and conveniently ignoring the death throes of the adventure game genre. Companies churned out generic side scrolling run ‘n’ gun after generic side scrolling blaster like there was no tomorrow (remember Halloween Harry? Anybody?). Then Doom came along and filled the genre with a buckshot full of lead, turning it into a fine red mist: the FPS had arrived.

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I mean, sure, Doom wasn’t the first first-person shooter, but it just so happened to sit its tainted demonic ass right on top off a major turning point in gaming, opening the world to the FPS as a mainstay; kicking off the death knell of the platformer in the process.

But… what if things were different?

Mini-Doom provides an unerringly good look into an alternative dimension where an early 90’s Doom came out that bit earlier and instead started life as a sidescrolling platformer.

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