So the classic Italian plumber from Brooklyn who lives in a fantasy land full of sentient mushrooms which he also sometimes eats…. is heading back to Brooklyn. At least, judging by Nintendo’s latest outing for the red and blue acrobat.
Of course, anyone who’s been to Brooklyn knows the reality is far, far different. Luckily, in this post-truth world, some intrepid Youtuber has put together a more historically accurate version of Mario’s outing in the real world:
Fabled Quest: The Return of Valnis is a charming little retro RPG with cute pixel graphics and classical turned-based combat, though there’s not really much to it.
Fabled Quest comes with all the familiar JRPG trappings – explore, loot chests for equipment, kill monsters for XP, and find the big bad and end him. It’s pretty much as barebones as that, though the charming pixel art and quirky monsters elicit a sense of fun nostalgia.
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?
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.”
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.
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.
Tujate is an old school arcade shooter, that shares more than a passing resemblance to ancient arcade classics such as Choplifter, or console games like Phantasy Zone. But its a weird beast – its gameplay gives it an early arcade feel, but its ease of play and simple design gives it a early-mid 90’s shareware feel. Whatever it is, it’s not a bad thing: discovering Tujate feels stumbling across a pile of old dusty coverdisks, with retro games you somehow never knew you had.
These owls are a diverse lot. From wizard familiars and labyrinth overseers, to annoying dream guides or deadly laser beam shooting birds of prey – they’ve been around. Agony is firmly nesting in that last category, a fanmade 3D remake of Psygnosis’ classic Amiga shooter with no shortage of laser shooting owl action.
‘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?
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.
Burst Fighter is a slick looking indie effort that harks back to classic 2D shoot ’em ups of yore such as Raiden. The game was recently greenlit on Steam and we decided to hop in the cockpit and take the current alpha demo for a spin.
Just a shoutout for those few readers who may happen to also live in Düsseldorf, Germany, there’s a retrogames event happening this weekend.
It’s called “PIXELBÖRSE” and its on this Sunday, 8 Janurary @ Zakk. Fichtenstraße 40, 40233 Düsseldorf.
I’ve heard that Düsseldorf has a lively retrogaming community (and some good retrogaming stores that I need to check out), but haven’t as yet seen it. PIXELBÖRSE could be fun. We’ll be there.