Got a few hours to kill and want to spend a little time in gaming history? Don't have anything else to do until 2013? Check out Anacreon: Reconstruction 4021
), one of the earliest 4X
games ever made, dating to 1987-88. The original version was DOS-based, but the creator, George Moromisato, released a Windows version in 2004 which has significant updates. [more inside]
Wind and Water: Puzzle Battles
is a charming puzzle game developed in Costa Rica that pays homage to games like Puzzle Fighters, Super Mario World and Bejeweled. Available for free on PC (Windows & Linux
). (via DIYGamer)
Courtesy of the indiegames.com weblog
, the top 10 indie games of 2010 in a variety of categories:
is a large review site for various freeware apps, from desktop organizing tools
to philosophical flash games
. There are literally hundreds of applications reviewed, as well as a few compilations
to get you started. [more inside]
is a (Windows-only) game that blends roguelike
elements with a platform game reminiscent of La Mulana
or the original Spelunker
. Add this to the pile of fantastic indie platformers
, I guess. [via
Nearly a month ago jbickers made a post that mentioned the TIGsource Demakes competition. The competition is over, and the winners have been announced
. All of these are playable. Most are for Windows, except for those that are Flash or something else:
1. Soundless Mountain II
(Atari 2600 Silent Hill) (from previous post)
2. Gang Garrison II
(Kyntt Stories-like Team Fortress 2, complete with multiplayer)
4. Little Girl in Underland
(Soviet McGee's Alice)
5. House Globe
(Crush is a PSP game where the player can switch the world between a 2D and 3D representation. Squish is a game in which the player switches between a 2D and a 1D
representation. See for yourself
8. (tie) Fillauth
and Advanced Set The Rope On Fire Cartridge
(an Intellivision-like remake of this
, previously mentioned
9. Sexy Seaside Vollyball
(NSFW, pixelated breasts) (Sinclair Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Vollyball)
10. Macarena of the Missing
(A thematically-appropriate demake of Limbo of the Lost
Lots more after the jump! [more inside]
Satire or just for shock value? You decide. Windows only.
It seems that everyone wants to post their toplists for free game recommendations at the moment. First up is Gnomes' Lair with 100 excellent free games in bloom.
Can't forget 1up with 101 Free Games 2008.
And last but still well worth checking out is Indiegames' (formerly Indygamer) Best Freeware Arcade Games 2007
and Best Freeware Adventure Games 2007
. If that isn't enough for you, also worth taking a gander at is Javet's Freeware Game of the Day
thread on Tigsource.
Many freeware games were released in 2007. How to seperate the crap from the good stuff? It can be a little hard admittedly but this thread
on the Tigsource
forums might help you. With around 30 categories (and a winner announced for each) ranging from 'Best Shooter' to 'Best Bosses,' there's probably something there to please just about anyone.
and Space Barnacle
are both freeware platformers that have small cult followings but have possibly been overlooked by a wider audience.
Chromatron 1, 2, 3 and 4
just became freeware. In these little standalone puzzle games for PC and Mac, you align splitters, benders, and mirrors to direct colored laserbeams into like-colored targets. Enjoyably difficult, and an example of great game design. [more inside]
Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw
), he of "Chzo mythos" and "Zero Punctuation" fame, has released a new game: The Art of Theft,
a heist adventure in grand retro style.
is a Japanese homebrew game, with English translation available, for Windows that exhaustively replicates the experience of playing on an MSX home computer
, a machine not sold in the U.S. but was contemporary with the likes of the Commodore 64 and Amiga in other markets. (Fun fact: the "MS" in MSX stands for Microsoft!) Although it looks very much like retro warez, La-Mulana is freeware. It is also notoriously long and difficult, with a character who controls like old-school Castlevania, enemies that will frequently knock you around like a rag doll, puzzles of amazing deviousness, and traps that think nothing of walling up a player without escape, or forever restricting access to certain powerups.
That said, the game does have charm, and is basically a love letter to the MSX hardware. Those who want to see it without beating their hands bloody against the keyboard can watch a guy play through the whole game in 85 installments
, cursing at it all along the way.
The Twelfth Annual Interactive Fiction Competition
begins today. Non-contestants can take part in the proceedings by grabbing a torrent of the competing games
and judging them
over the next six weeks. If you're new to interactive fiction, Emily Short's "How to Play"
will acquaint you with its conventions. And if you're enough of an I.F. expert that even a full slate of Comp games won't satisfy you, you can find every competition entry since 1995
archived at Baf's Guide.
Free Computer Version of Board and Card Games with Artificial Intelligence Computer Opponents and with Screen Shots
is exactly what is says. Now those of you who've had their interest piqued by such games as Settlers of Catan
or others mentioned in the Top 100 Boardgames
thread can try games such as these without ponying up the thirty bucks for a big box of boards and pieces.
- Create and play any song on your PC. In development.
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is a non-profit site dedicated to the preservation and promotion of underrated PC games (and a few non-PC games) of all ages: good games
that deserve a second chance after dismal sales or critical reviews that we feel are unwarranted."