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.
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.
This week we’ve been digging through the whopping 400+ submissions for the latest GBJAM. For our next entry, we’ve stepping onto the mean streets of Rumble Road.
Rumble Road is all about two things: roads, and rumbling. Well what else did you expect!? Revolving around the classic old school turn-based JRPG style battles, it’s kind of like a (very) mini-Epic Battle Fantasy for the Gameboy.
It’s a balmy day in October of ’62 and you, the then American President John F. Kennedy, have just under 2 weeks to defuse The Situation. Welcome to Cuba’s Days.
If you need a refresher on what these tense 13 days in history were all about: The Soviet Union deployed missiles in Cuba. The USA was paranoid. The game leads you in well enough, giving a rundown of The Situation. Then it’s up to you and your
butler advisor Kenneth, to not fuck things up for a few days. You get options, you pick one and the Doomsday clock either wipes its brow or face palms.
Secret of Adam is an old school JRPG-style game in the vein of SNES classics. Successfully Kickstarted way back in Jan, it looks filled with exactly the kind of stuff that makes a new retro game a new retro game.
It’s amazing how, even with my voracious appetite for hidden indie games, that I never heard a lick about it before. I dived into the public demo to see how it holds up.
Video games have been criticised for being dangerously addictive. Apparently this is because they tap directly into our primitive urges, such as wandering damp dungeons and getting stabbed by goblins. Wizardish is such a minimalist recreation of the classic dungeon exploring adventure / self-torture that was popularised by Wizardry.
Update: wouldn’t ya know it, the game was dang gone and updated the same day we posted, extra details for the latest version added to the post.
A while back we posted about a driving game in progress called Slipstream that emulates the classic look and feel of Outrun and games of the era. That game succeeded in its Kickstarter campaign and will come out… sometime. Until then though, I stumbled across MS Paint Racers which is as the name implies, a free Outrun style racing game with graphics entirely made in MS Paint. It looks surprisingly good.
She blinded me with science! Also, a radiation beam to the face. Actually, it was probably mostly the beam. Science Kombat seeks to answer the age old question, “who would win a fight…”? Forget trifling match ups such as Godzilla vs. Ronald McDonald, Science Kombat seeks to answer the hard questions by pitting names such as Einstein, Turing and Curie against each other in bloody special-move-laden duels to the death.
A new NES emulator has emerged on the scene, with the rather unusual feature of automatically transforming the games from their repressive 2D chains into glorious liberated 3D dioramas. It’s all a bit patchy and glitchy, to be sure.. but it’s really rather marvellous.