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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

Bandai Releases MORE Printable Characters

As mentioned in an earlier post, Bandai have teamed together with Brother (the printer and fax machine company) to release some printable retro game characters. All you need is a regular paper printer, scissors, glue and a free afternoon to put them all together. The best part? It is all completely free. And now a quick guide which will have you downloading, printing, and getting glue all over your fingers as you swear a blue streak attempting to put the characters together in no time. First go to the landing page by clicking here These kinds of paper models have always been quite tricky to put together (the stars under the image indicate the difficulty level) but this time the Bandai and Brother have pulled all the stops and released a paper model with a hernia-inducing level of difficulty.… Read the rest

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

Wonder Woman 8-Bit Trailer Mock-Up

A YouTube channel by the name of JoBlo videos has uploaded a trailer of what they believe an 8-bit tie in game for the soon-to-be released Wonder Woman film. Anyone who has actually played an 8 bit system can immediately tell that the envisioned game would be far more than any of them could handle. While the Sega Master System was able to pull off some decent looking graphics by the end of its life-cycle, I don’t think even that system would be able to achieve the fluid and quick gameplay shown in the trailer without sprite-flickering to the point of unplayability.… Read the rest

Contra to see a Live Action Movie Release

It was released in Wednesday that the class NES side-scrolling platform shooter would be made into a live action movie – in China. The film was given the green light by the Chinese Film Bureau and of course the setting of the game has been taken from the original south pacific island (off the coast of New Zealand) so some remote island in the South China Sea. A teaser for the film was even released; …which tells us roughly one-tenth of sweet fuck all about the actual film. Though to be fair, it’s kind of refreshing to see a trailer that doesn’t give away the entire film in 90 seconds or less.… Read the rest

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 to 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

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

Bandai releases printable character models

Relative Linkage In a move that absolutely no one saw coming, Bandai has teamed up with Brother (that company which makes printers and fax machines) to produce printable retro game character models which are available for download, for free, via their website. Simply rock on up to the site, click on the desired character, download the .pdf file, print it and swear a blue streak as you attempt to construct your character of choice. I haven’t tried any of them yet, but it seems legit enough. The downloads are only available until the 29th of June, BUT, if the total number of downloads exceeds 10,000, Bandai have promised to release a second set, so get out there and start cutting and pasting like a hungover collage student pouring over Wikipedia the morning their essay is due.… Read the rest

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

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