|A House in California ||Jake Elliott, Cardboard Computer||Adventure||Browser||Click here to play|
A House in California is a surreal, narrative game about four characters who bring a house to life. These four characters are based the developer's relatives (two grandmothers and two great-grandmothers). The game is inspired aesthetically by Mystery House, developed in 1980 by Roberta and Ken Williams. But whereas Mystery House is a mystery story about greed and murder, A House in California is more like an Imagist poem about family and memory.
|Miestas ||Teshla, Jurgis||Adventure||Browser||Click here to play|
Miestas is a short adventure game featuring hand-drawn art and a jazzy soundtrack originally performed by Nat King Cole. Use the left and right arrow keys to move your character around, and press the space key to interact with the surreal objects you find on your journey.
The X key can be used to cancel any action. Press the left or right arrow key twice in succession to run.
|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.
|Head Over Heels |
- Windows, Mac, Linux
|Tomaz Kac, Graham Goring||Action/Arcade||14.6 MB||Click here to download|
Originally a game for the Spectrum, the Head Over Heels remake by Graham Goring and Tomaz Kac is faithful in every way but with new graphics to entice a new generation of gamers.
The player is required to alternate between two characters often in order to solve perplexing puzzles, each with their own special skills and abilities. Head can jump twice as high and fire doughnuts, while Heels is able to carry objects using a bag.
|Saucelifter ||Paul Pridham||Action/Arcade||2.17 MB||Click here to download|
Saucelifter is a brilliant Choplifter remake featuring vector graphics for enemy vehicles, turrets and buildings. Press the Z or C key to shoot in either direction, or hold the X key to aim downwards. The landing gears will appear automatically when your ship approaches the ground.
The aim of the game is basically to grab up to eight hostages at any one time and transport them to the teleporter on the right. Land right next to it and they will exit the ship and walk onto the platform automatically.
Paul was also one of the developers involved in the Sword of Fargoal remake.
|Prototype ||X-0ut||Shoot 'em up||19.1 MB||Click here to download|
Don't be misled by the name, Prototype is no half-finished effort. Featuring a pod that you can use to direct your shots, the game only showcases one level but it's long enough satisfy most shooter veterans.
There are quite a number of power-ups to collect, which is always an added bonus.
|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.
|Poyo ||Lazrool, Lazrael||Platformer||4.22 MB||Click here to download|
From the wonderful world of Game Maker comes Poyo, a new platforming adventure which took Lazrael only one month to complete. You control the main character using the arrow keys, but most of the puzzles in the game can only be solved by figuring out the proper way to utilize your warp ability. Tap the X key to jump and use the Z key in conjunction with a directional arrow key to dash past traps or activate switches.
Press the down arrow key while standing in front of another creature to start a conversation. Instructions are printed on a text file which can be found in the zip package.
The F4 key can be used to switch between windowed and full screen mode. Features forty-five levels and six boss encounters.
|Squid Yes, Not So Octopus 2: Squid Harder ||Oddbob||Shoot 'em up||16.7 MB||Click here to download|
Squid Yes, Not So Octopus 2: Squid Harder is an arena shooter created by Robert D. Fearon, featuring glowy graphics and eye candy that (at maximum setting) is guaranteed to push the limits of any computer setup you may have. A host of configuration options are included, allowing players to change screen size, toggle autofire, activate motion blur, or even enable the practice mode where novices could take the game for a spin without worrying about dodging bullets or colliding with enemies.
Joysticks and gamepads are automatically supported, although you could use the keyboard to play as well.
|Picture Logic ||TONAKAI interactive||Puzzle||Browser||Click here to play|
Picture Logic is a browser version of the popular paint by numbers game, which comes with over two hundred puzzles to solve and a success rate tagged to each as an indicator of its difficulty. Isomura Kai's implementation of Picross features double clicking for marking empty squares, an option that is absent from Armor Picross 2 and TylerK's Picross. An English tutorial is also included to assist beginners in learning the basics of solving puzzles.