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The Secret Treasure of Nostradamus ノストラダムスの秘宝

I wasn’t able to find out anything about this game’s creator or the origin of this game, expect that it was submitted to some kind of home-brew game competition. The premise is simple, collect all the treasure on one single, static screen to complete the level. The player character can smash the blocks directly above himself by jumping up into them, a la Super Mario Bros, but can only smash blocks made from bricks, with the solid blue blocks being impossible to smash. There are items in the game which have different effects, but probably not what the average game is used to.… Read the rest
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NJ Doom

Click here to get your hands on zDoom, a doom source-port which makes playing custom doom levels as easy as shit. NJ Doom is a custom WAD file for Doom. A WAD file holds the level data itself and *is* essentially the game, so a custom WAD file is really just a way of saying a custom set of Doom levels. There are hundreds of such WAD files floating about, and it might surprise some to know that the Doom 1 & 2 modding community is still alive and kicking after all these years. I have been playing these fan-created doom levels and remakes on and off for a while now, and I thought it might be time that I share some of the better ones I come across.… Read the rest
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ParityShot Integral

Cute little witches ride around on brooms and shoot the every loving shit out of balls of fluff and other witches. The video will do a better job of describing it than I ever could. It’s on a demo, and it’s pretty short, but fuck-me-runnin’ if it ain’t fun. Click here to go to download page… Read the rest
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Ahead Striker

Ahead Striker is a top-down freeware shooter with good enough production values and gameplay innovation to make it a cut above the rest of the countess number of freeware Japanese shooters. The game looks very nice and plays exceptionally smoothly, and even has a pumping soundtrack, but what really impressed me was the shooting itself. The player craft can shoot in three different directions; forward, backwards or from (both) sides. While it is a little fiddly to begin with, it made for an interesting and quite intense gaming session. There is a bomb attack available which is a little overpowered, but hey, sometimes it is nice to have the tables turned in your favor.… Read the rest
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Mouse Shooting

Mouse Shooting is a super-simple space shooter in which the player space craft is controlled by the mouse. Movement is unrestricted by artificial lag or slow down, so you can dart about the player screen with the same speed you could move the cursor on your desktop to close that porn site when your wife walks into the room. The creator actually already uploaded a gameplay video, so I will link that here as it does a better job of showcasing the gameplay than my dictionary-through-a-blender approach to writing ever could. Click here go to download page… Read the rest
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The American Delta Vengeance Action Blood Force Kill Commando

The American Delta Vengeance Action Blood Force Kill Commando is a freeware first person shooter with a very distinct Commodore 64 feel. Clearly the game is far too advanced for an actual Commodore 64 to play, but the new-retro graphics make it pretty clear what the developers were going for. The damn game tripped my anti-virus, and then once it was cleared by the antivirus (the game is safe) it would immediately crash upon starting. Even playing around with the compatibility settings made no difference. So while I can’t actually give any kind of review for this game, it, ah, looks kinda cool.… Read the rest
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Tofu Adventure

Click here to download Tofu Adventure is a new-retro freeware platformer from Studio Byp. I think. I had a look at the documentation and it did give a few specific names, but the author’s homepage seems to be offline and there is no mention of this game on Studio Byp’s homepage either, which is weird, but at least the download still exists. Tofu, a traditional Japanese staple made from bean curd, comes in little white blocks, and the hero of the game has the same shape. Here in Japan it is still possible to find Tofu shops, normally run by and ancient little old lady, or sometimes a pleasant-to-the-point-of-being-creepy middle aged man with a huge, toothy smile.… Read the rest
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Sonic the Hedgehog: Chaos

Sonic the Hedgehog: Chaos, known as ‘Sonic and Tails’ in Japan, is one of the final 8bit incarnations of everyone’s favorite hyperactive blue hedgehog, and the first 8bit appearance of his unassuming fox-that-flies-for-some-reason, Tails. Released in late 1993 for both the Sega Master System and the Game Gear, Sonic the Hedgehog: Chaos (or just ‘Sonic Chaos’ as it is normally called) was met with positive, yet unenthusiastic, reviews. Kind of like a hungover father, half asleep at his daughter’s ballet recital and giving her a thumbs up with one hand while using his other to cover up a yawn. Sonic Chaos is one of the easiest games I have ever played, ever.… Read the rest
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PSA: Eschalon Book I released as freeware

I previously reviewed Eschalon: Book 1 here. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Eschalon: Book I, Basilisk Games have decided to release the full version, for free, via their website, Steam, or Good Old Games. Click here for more details. For those who can’t be fucked reading my original review of the game, it is an old school, top down, single player indie RPG which really struck a chord with retro-gamers upon release. Now, 10 years later, it is available for free. I hadn’t played it for a while, so I re-downloaded the free version and gave it a spin. It works just flawlessly under Windows 10, but unfortunately cannot be made widescreen, so it retains it’s 4:3 aspect ratio.… Read the rest
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ドラゴンクエスト Dragon Quest

Dragon Quest, or Dragon Warrior as it was known outside of Japan, is the first in a series of role playing games that really need no introduction. The game launched a legitimate phenomenon in Japan which continues on to this day. The game’s artwork being penned by Dragonball creator Akira Toriyama is the icing on the cake. But while this is all well and good, I recently realized that I have never actually played the very first instalment of the series. Partly due to not having a NES as a child (long live the Sega Master System). As I grew up and started getting my grubby hands on new systems, and even discovered the world of emulation, I still never got around to playing the game which started the Dragon Quest series.… Read the rest
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