Download Yamamoto San is a side scrolling platformer from a freeware developer by the name of Yuzuru Yasuda . I think that might actually be his real name. The game has 16 levels in total, each offering plenty of platform jumping and baddie busting action. The first couple of levels are actually a kind of training mode which is entirely in Japanese, however anyone familiar with platform games should have zero trouble figuring out the basics. The production values of this particular freeware title are a cut above the rest, thankfully this doesn’t mean that the quality of the gameplay itself has been compromised in any way.… Read the rest

Download Contlade is a freeware new-retro vertical shmup from indie game developer Zakichi. It has been made with Shooting Game Builder, a common Japanese tool set used to make shmups such as this one. Now, just because a tool set was used to create a game doesn’t mean that it can’t be awesome. Contlade isn’t breaking any new ground in the “shootin’ shit outta the sky” genre, but it does a playable job all the same. The game looks really retro and plays just as well. The bright yet basic colors along with the angular graphics instantly made me think of the almost endless stream of DOS shooters from the heyday of shareware gaming, back in the late 90s.… Read the rest

Dragon Crystal is a rogue-like rpg for the Sega Master System. Released in 1992 on the Sega Master System and Game Gear, it would go on to gain somewhat of a cult following and was eventually released on the 3DS virtual console in 2012. It was released to rave reviews back in the early 90s and currently holds a 4.5 out of 5 star user rating rating in the 3DSs’ Virtual Console. So it’s basically been getting top reviews for over 20 years. Nice. The game is a rogue-like. This means that it is based on the core principal of the game Rogue and it’s close cousin Net Hack.… Read the rest

Download (game home page) Hero Quest was a popular board game released back in the 90s. Essentially Dungeons and Dragons with training wheels, it was a roleplaying game. It was incredibly straight forward, there were only four characters to choose from each with simple yet varying stats and abilities. The actual game itself is more like a board-game incarnation of Diablo.The game is meant to be played with at least two players; one person is assigned the dungeon master and the other chooses a hero to play as. The board game was a hell of a lot of fun, and was a great roleplaying experience for those that didn’t have the patience for D&D.… Read the rest

Wonder Boy III : The Dragon’s Trap is the third Wonder Boy game on the Sega Master System, following on from Wonder Boy in Monster Land. The game was created by West One studios, published by Sega in 1989 and was later ported to the Game Gear. Despite being created by a Japanese company, Wonder Boy III was first released in English on the Sega Master System in North America and Europe, before being ported to the PC Engine in Japan a few years later as an Adventure Island title. In fact, Wonder Boy III, in it’s original form, didn’t see a Japanese release until 2007 when it was bundled with the Sega Ages : Monster World Complete Collection for the Playstation 2.… Read the rest

Download Magic Jewelry is a puzzle based platformer from Japanese freeware game developer Manny. It features a little witch who has the ability to create magic boulders and place them in front of herself. The object of the game is to use her magic boulders to reach the gems that are sprinkled about each stage. The basic mechanics of the game are pretty simple and it doesn’t take very long at all to become proficient at magical boulder creation. On the surface, Magical Jewelry looks cute, what with the little witch girl running about collecting jewels and all. Don’t let that fool you though, this game does get quite difficult as you progress through the stages.… Read the rest

Download Golsef the Brave is a side-scrolling platformer by a Japanese freeware game creator who simply goes by the title “Woshida”. The game seems to be made with action editor 4, a common piece of game creation software that is responsible for the lions share of platformers available in the Japanese freeware scene. This particular title is a pretty good example of what to expect from titles made with specialized game-creation software. There is nothing truly amazing or ground breaking with Golsef the Brave, but everything works. The controls are responsive, the graphics are adequate and have a nice old school feel to them, the boss battles are challenging yet not overly difficult.… Read the rest

Download God of Thunder is a top-down action/puzzle/rpg hybrid which, despite the odd combination of play styles, is a hell of a lot of fun. It was initially released as shareware in 1993 by Software Creations, but was officially released as freeware in 2002. It is a classic DOS game and probably rings a bell with anyone who was a part of the 90’s shareware scene. The game has a top-down perspective, reminiscent of an early Zelda game. However you carry no sword. You play Thor, the god of thunder so accordingly you carry a hammer that always returns to you when thrown.… Read the rest

Download Well what can I say about this game? The title says it all really. Box. Yep, it sure is. Box is a puzzle game where you have to fit a bunch of smaller boxes inside of a bigger one. That’s it. There is no time limit that I am aware of and the scoring system seems kind of arbitrary. So yeah, little boxes inside of big boxes. You are able to select the level of difficulty and style of boxes and…that’s a bout it. The title doesn’t lie. This is from the same creator as Magical Jewelry, who it seems has an affinity for puzzle games.… Read the rest

Download (project homepage) Tyrian is a top-down shooter which was wildly popular back in the mid 90s. The game packs as much fun as is physically possible to fit on a single CD. The game was released as shareware first, with a purchase being required to unlock the full game. Shareware was a great concept. Nowadays a lot of games have demos, trailers and what-not, but there is something about getting your hands on a shareware CD that was really special. Tyrian is currently being offered for free as part of the Open Tyrian Project and is available across a number of platforms.… Read the rest