|Snowblind Aces |
- Windows, Mac, Linux
|C.E.J. Pacian||Adventure||0.92 MB||Click here to download|
Snowblind Aces is another IF adventure game by Pacian, author of Poizoned Mind and Gun Mute. The game is linear and short, though there's plenty of conversation threads for the curious to follow and explore. A helpful hint system is accessible at any time.
|Black Heart, The |
|Andrés Borghi||Action/Arcade||142 MB||Click here to download|
The Black Heart is a versus fighting game which took Argentine developer Andrés Borghi seven years to create using Elecbyte's M.U.G.E.N. engine. There are six playable characters to choose from, each with their own set of special moves that can be executed using simple key press combinations. In addition to the basic attacks, players can also charge up their energy gauge and perform a powerful fatal move to finish a duel in style.
The game also features a couple of gameplay modes separate from the main story campaign, with support for hotseat multiplayer also included.
|Ratmaze 2 ||Pixeljam Games||Action/Arcade||Browser||Click here to play|
The lovable rodent from Pixeljam's original maze adventure returns for another go at navigating a dastardly tricky labyrinth in Ratmaze 2, on a quest to nibble down every single piece of cheese or edible material it could sink it's teeth into.
The first maze is made playable in this version as well, and a scroll mode can now be activated for a clearer view of the rat's surroundings. Expect to encounter puzzles such as those that requires pushing objects into certain areas or finding false walls to uncover hidden passages.
|Tekkyuuman ||Ikiki||Action/Arcade||1.03 MB||Click here to download|
Tekkyuuman is a new release by prolific Japanese developer Ikiki, famous for a number of controversial games featuring ninjas, bloodbath and outrageous violence.
You must make your way towards the green spiky object in each level and smash it with the flail. Use the control key to swing your weapon and tap the left shift key to jump. A wall jump can also be executed by pressing the same shift key when scaling up walls.
Red switches can be activated either by touch or hitting them with your flail. An extra life is awarded after every boss fight.
|Yume Nikki ||Kikiyama||Adventure||41.9 MB||Click here to download|
In Yume Nikki (Dream Diary), you're cast as a young girl living in a small apartment. There is very little to do in your room, but fall asleep and an entire dream world is yours to explore. The Z key can be used to interact or gain new effects. Certain locations beyond each door may yield more than one effect for the player to discover. Press 9 to wake yourself up. Use the desk in the room to save your progress, and hold the escape key for more than two seconds to exit the NASU console game.
Acquiring the bicycle, lamp and knife should be at the top of your list, as these items will double your character's speed, light up dark areas and allow basic attack moves to be executed. Nearly all locations are wrapped around, hence walking in one direction endlessly will always bring you back to the starting point.
Installation instructions are provided in the zip file. Dream Diary does have a proper ending.
|Counterclockwise ||Nenad||Action/Arcade||7.07 MB||Click here to download|
Counterclockwise is a perfect demonstration of the quality of entries submitted to the Retro Remakes competition this year. Essentially Tron in 3D, this remake puts you in a ship that leaves a trail during flight. Your basic objective is to destroy enemy chasers, either by shooting at them or using the EMPs supplied.
Ammunition is limited, but it's possible to replenish them by collecting power-ups or executing tricks. These special moves can be practiced in a special trick trainer section. A multi-player is currently being developed, although the online high score table has already been implemented in the current version.
|Zugya DX ||Chinchilla Softhouse||Shoot 'em up||7.91 MB||Click here to download|
Zugya DX is an excellent shooter from Chinchilla Softhouse that can be described as Robotron: 2084 in space. Arrow keys control the ship's movement, and your shot direction is locked when you hold down the X key. Pressing the C key will activate your plasma charge, which is basically a short moment of invincibility.
Your main targets are the space stations which you have to destroy by shooting at it's core. It won't be easy as they're usually protected by substations equipped with all sorts of defensive weapons. Some of the substations carry power-ups which you can collect to boost your spread shot.
When the game starts, click on the joypad tab, input patch and the largest button to configure default keyboard controls.
|Arcanacra Black Label ||keim, Kei Mesuda||Shoot 'em up||Browser||Click here to play|
Kei Mesuda's Arcanacra Black Label is an update of his earlier browser-based vertical shooter release. Another Mode can now be accessed right from the start, and replays of any level by the top ranked players can be watched even if you have not attempted that particular stage yet. Bomb stock is also increased from three to five.
Click on the screen to add credits. Press the Z key to shoot and hold the shift key to target enemies with your ship's homing lasers. Switch between rapid and spread shot by holding either one or both shoot buttons. The boss of each stage can be beaten easily once your ship has a persistent lock on it, especially when the lock weapon has been upgraded.
Push the right arrow key when the main menu is displayed to view the high score table.
|Karoshi: Suicide Salaryman |
|Jesse Venbrux||Platformer||Browser||Click here to play|
Karoshi: Suicide Salaryman is the third sequel to Jesse Venbrux's platformer series, where players must once again find unorthodox methods to assist the suit-wearing main character commit suicide.
Use the cursor keys to move or jump, and press the space key to shoot once a gun is acquired. The R key can be used to restart a level at any time. Progress is saved automatically, and there are fifty levels to play in total.
|Push Push Penguin ||Army of Trolls||Action/Arcade||1.07 MB||Click here to download|
Out of the many Pengo remakes released in recent years, Push Push Penguin by Tomaz Kac still stands as the best one available with minor changes made to vary gameplay. Among some of it's improvements include a simultaneous two player mode using joysticks or a single keyboard, a new freeze move and additional bonus items to collect.
This particular effort may not impress the current generation of gamers but anyone who fondly remembers the arcade classic won't be disappointed one bit.