Again I find myself with a few minutes between asset delivery and code re-writes and instead of doing something practical like working on Solar Fortress or Lunch Battle (or any of the 100 other games I have started and not finished), I am playing other people's games.
Here are a few first impression micro reviews of retro styled games I found on the Flash Game Distribution emails from the last week:
Weave: This is a simple looking, but fun little Qix style game. Nothing fancy, but Qix is one of my favorite all-time Arcade games.
Crazy Fighter: This is a side scrolling military blaster. Everything look great with lots of explosions and it is optimized well. I couldn't figure out who was good and who was bad, but it will be fun to play it again and find out.
Space Annihilation: This my CURRENT FAVORITE GAME!!! It is a very nicely crafted top-down scrolling shooter similar to Xenon II Megablast. It doesn't try to do too much, but what it does do it does PERFECTLY! It is exactly like I am playing an a Late 80's Atari ST game.
Pixel Arcade: Duh! I we have been talking about making this exact game for a year now. This is a selection of very simple white pixel on a black background games. They look like early Vic 20 or Ti-99 games. There are basic shooters, breakout, snakes games and more all perfectly done in a retro style. Note: This was done in Multimedia Fusion and then saved out with a Flash wrapper (not that it matters).
Retro Car Racing: This is an impressive looking re-make of a hand-held style 70's racing game. It is so damn retro and packed with large B/W pixel greatness.
Doomrunner FX: A retro-style (in game play) single screen area shooter (Asteroids / Robotron) with a more modern polish. Very well done.
Madness - Funhouse: A well done "Contra / Castlevania" style plaformer/shooter. Lots of blood, etc if you are into that sort of thing.
Duckstazy: I'm not sure what you do in this one, but it is a unique little game where you need to keep a duck in the air by jumping ans collecting item. I need more time with it, but so far it is a pleasant little game experience.
(8bitjeff is Jeff D. Fulton)