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Video Game Video: Super Mario Underworld

Just like I always wondered as a kid what the hell was at the bottom of The Jetsons, I also wondered how the many ‘bottomless’ pits in Super Mario worked. Where do they go? What lives down there?

Nukazooka have provided a harrowing look into what really happens when Mario (and Luigi) falls into the void, perfectly in time for Halloween. New games may be grimdark and gritty, but when you look a bit deeper, retro games were really kind of messed up:

 

Derelict

It’s time for our next dip into the recently completed #GBJAM5. This time around we jump right to the holder of sacred 1st place: Derelict.

Since when has exploring an abandoned long forgotten space hulk ever been a good idea anyway? So it should be no spoiler for me to reveal that Derelict is indeed filled with robotic horrors and deadly spikes.

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The House Abandon

There is something about old school gaming that isn’t captured by modern gaming. Kind of like ‘analog gaming’, getting out the chunky keyboard, connecting it to the TV, putting a tape into the deck, it’s all so… tangible. Downloading a game digitally on Steam then clicking ‘Play Game’ doesn’t quite have the same magic.

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Magic, as we know, is also related to supernatural things like ghosts, demons and old people’s toenails. So it makes total sense that The House Abandon combines the magic of analog gaming with inception style supernatural hijinks to make for a spooky retro style experience.

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Remake Roundup: Pac-Man

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Welcome to the Remake Roundup! Here we take a look at an unsuspecting old school original and roundup a tasty smattering of new retro remakes. In this edition: we take a look at the godfather of game characters himself: Pac-Man.

Born from a simple template, budding game designers have turned the game into anything and everything; from a physics-based puzzler, to a philosophical journey, to a nightmare of creeping dread. Wakka-wakka onward to learn more…

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Lakeview Cabin

Lakeview Cabin is Friday the 13th Simulator where you may actually survive… after dying countless times.

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I’m Alright

Just as your partner might claim “I’m all right” after coldly shrugging off your tender affection, don’t put too much faith into the title of this debut game by New Zealand student Allenjayroldan.

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Guilt

Don’t play this game if you want to relax. Guilt has you waking up in a forest, alone – and what could be worse than that? I don’t know, how about lurking evil?

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New Retro News: System Shock Enhanced Edition

Time to go back… back to the Citadel. System Shock receives the Enhanced Edition treatment.

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The re-release will support resolutions up to 1024×768 (compared to the original 640×480), as well as a widescreen mode. Gameplay has also received a lift with the addition of a mouselook mode, re-mappable controls, and apparently improvements to inventory and item management.

Both System Shock and the enhanced releases are currently available in a single package, with a 40% discount for all System Shock 2 owners on GOG.com – and 20% off for everyone else.

Buy: GOG