Five Chuck Arellano Classics added the the 8bitrocket Retro Arcade

Five Chuck Arellano Classics added the the 8bitrocket Retro Arcade

One of the rewards for spending my free time working on this site is finding a gem of a developer like Chuck Arellano. Not only did he use some of my tutorials in making the 5 games we are about to highlight, but he also has created five unique game experiences while holding true to the retro style we appreciate so much on this site.

With no further ado, here are the five games we feel add significantly to our arcade experience: Pirates v. Ninjas – Vendo Island, Trappit, Pel, Cathode, and Alphabreakical.

Pirates v. Ninjas – Vendo Island
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Chuck’s Comments:
You’re the pirate – can you outwit the ninja? Get as many items as you can from the vendo machine on the island, but don’t let the swimming ninja stop you! The game starts off a bit slowly, but becomes exciting once the ninja speeds things up!
BY: <a href=”http://www.scriptedfun.com”>Chuck Arellano (www.scriptedfun.com)</a>

8bitrocket Take:
Pirates v Ninjas brings me back to all of those fun Atari 800 games that I found in a disk box on Christmas morning in 1983. When you first boot it up, you have no idea where it is going to take you, then you find yourself spending 30 minutes playing over and over. The pixel art is well done, the music is playful and the gameplay is fast and furious. Plus, there really is nothing else like it.

Trappit
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Chuck’s Comments:
What can I say? My siblings and I loved playing JezzBall back in the day, and I thought that remaking it would be a good project to do (this is my third project done with Flex). This version has online high scores, and it was a good exercise in implementing a flood fill algorithm :D.
Trappit is a tribute to the classic game JezzBall. Your goal is to enclose the bouncing balls by building walls. But do not let the balls hit the walls! Enclosed empty areas are reclaimed. Reclaim as much area as possible!
BY: <a href=”http://www.scriptedfun.com”>Chuck Arellano (www.scriptedfun.com)</a>

8bitrocket Take:
Jezz Ball was one of the absolute first games I ever played in Windows. Back then, we were clamoring for anything arcade-like on the system and Jezz Ball (in its Qix glory) fit the bill very well. With Trappit, Chuck has created a very nice version of his own with that unique 8-bit style that is a hallmark of his line of retro games.

Pel
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Chuck’s comments:
 Let the Pels bounce to safety by catching them with your paddle. Don’t let the Pels fall! Catch the power-ups to help you.
BY: <a href=”http://www.scriptedfun.com”>Chuck Arellano (www.scriptedfun.com)</a>

8bitrocket take:
 Pel is a wonderfully unique, modern, 2600 style paddle and ball game where the object to help each falling “Pel” bounce from the left to the right of the screen, in break-out style. The paddle can only be positioned in one of 4 horizontal locations along the bottom of the screen, which tales a little getting used to, but in the end is a fun way to play this type of game.

Cathode
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Chuck’s comments:
Light up pixels to form characters while avoiding flicker.
BY: <a href=”http://www.scriptedfun.com”>Chuck Arellano (www.scriptedfun.com)</a>

8bitrocket take:
In Cathode, you are tasked with lighting up the stagnent box pixels while avoiding the roaming flicker triangles. Cathode is a very unique game with a very distinct retro style. The game reminds me of Omega Race (but without the blasting). Chuck has a very keen touch for creating a game play environment that oozes atmosphere.

Alphabreakical
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Chuck’s Comments:
Mouse to move. Prevent the ball from going past the paddle. Aim for the stars. Point and shoot isn’t as easy as you think. Breakout-style aiming game. BY: <a href=”http://www.scriptedfun.com”>Chuck Arellano (www.scriptedfun.com)</a>

8bitrocket take:
Alphabreacital is a very nicely done, simple, but elegant, retro but advanced breakout game. It employs some nice physics and is a blast to play. Each level represents a letter from alphabet. Hit the yellow stars for bonus.

Try out Pirates v. Ninjas – Vendo Island, Trappit, Pel, Cathode, and Alphabreakical ASAP!

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