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.
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.
Get your Sean Connery on. No, no, not with a pistol and martini of the shaken variety, but with sandals and robes. Wait, bear with me… The Abbey of Crime Extensum may be about abstinent monks, but it also happens to be a pretty darn polished and challenging The Name of the Rose murder mystery. So it may not have secret agent action, but it does contain a license to kill.
Playing as Franciscan monk Fray William and his young novice Adso of Melk (yes, you sort of have to control both at once), you are thrust into a race against time to find the perpetrator of a series of grisly murders in a Benedictine abbey.
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.
Another precision platformer but by no means frustrating – A Man’s Quest is light on pain and big on heart.
In the fantasy dark ages, most household basements also contained giant rats, the lair of some horrible creature and probably an ancient world-ending cult or two. Legend of Basement takes a modern look at the question of what happened to all those vast subterranean networks after society moves on into the 21st century?
A short cute adventure about cats – or a gameboy-styled dungeon crawler? Well, that all depends on how you play Legend of Basement.
Time for a quick update on some new retro happenings. This week’s them is: terrible controls don’t die, they just fade away. Also, basketball.
- Double Dragon returns, again!
- More masochism – stair quest ascends!
- Boom-shaka-laka! NBA JAM updated!
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.