PSA: Eschalon Book I released as freeware

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

Arkista’s Ring

Arkista’s Ring
Arkista’s Ring is a top-down action RPG released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990 by Sammy of America. Despite Sammy of America being a subsidiary of a Japanese company, Arkista’s Ring was only ever released in North America. The game centres around a green haired elf named Christine as she searches the land for Arkista’s Ring which was taken by the evil Shogun (again, never released in Japan) and is needed to return light to the land of the elves. Arkista’s Ring has a top-down view similar to The Legend of Zelda. While both games have a similar style of game play, Arkista’s Ring fells a bit more … ‘tight’.… Read the rest

Hitotsu

Hitotsu
Download Hitotsu is a freeware vertical shooter from the mad mind of Ryusui. The game was originally created for a contest in which participants create a game from scratch in under 48 hours. Knowing Ryusui, he probably finished the game in ten minutes and spent the rest of the time ripping out a guitar solo while pulling a wheelie on a motorcycle and simultaneously snorting coke of the back of a Japanese schoolgirl because fuck you he’s Ryusui and that’s how he rolls. He is also a prominent member of the ROM hacking and translation scene, and some of his handy work can be seen here.… Read the rest

Future Cop L.A.P.D.

Future Cop L.A.P.D.
Future Cop LAPD was published by Electronic Arts (before they turned into the glorified crap factory they are today) and was released in 1998 for the Sony Playstation. Future Cop puts the player in the giant metallic shoes of an X1 Alpha; a sophisticated anti-crime vehicle murder factory on legs. The X1 Alpha is a run-of-the-mill combat mecha which also has the ability to transform into a fast, deadly and damn near uncontrollable hover-craft. The game and its plot revolves around a crime wave taking place in Los Angeles. It seems that in the year 2098, conventional crime fighting techniques have been replaced with a more efficient, “kill anything that moves” approach.… Read the rest

Dragon Crystal

Dragon Crystal
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

Hero Quest

Hero Quest
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

God of Thunder

God of Thunder
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

わなx2 – Wana x 2

わなx2 – Wana x 2
Download WanaX2 is a ghost catching game. Kind of like that that movie Ghostbusters, but with less Bill Murray. The word “wana” typically means “trap” in Japanese, which would explain the whole ghost catching side, but I’m not sure about the “x2” part. Mind you, I doubt anyone at all really gives a shit anyways. The basic mechanics of the game are very simple. You simply move around the play area (which is a single, non scrolling screen) and lay ghost traps in the hope that a one of the ghosts prancing around the room will wander into it and get trapped.… Read the rest

Threat

Threat
Click the button below to download the shareware version Download Threat is top-down shoot ‘em up for the PC, released in 1995 by Fragment software. It was, as was standard practice at the time, released as shareware with paid registration required to unlock two of the three episodes. As Fragment Software’s website is no longer up and running, it is no longer possible to register the game. However the shareware version can easily be found after a little internet-fu on your favorite search engine. I did have the full version of this game, but the files are long gone. Each level is comprised of a single screen.… Read the rest