Long ago in the days of the 8-bit and 16-bit era, people around the world played on Arcade machines or on their home computer, racing around tracks with the feeling of intense speed just to become the number 1. From games such as Outrun or the famous series of games Lotus and XJ220 on the Amiga it was a time I remember fondly. But what if I was to tell you of a game called 'Horizon Chase' developed by AquirisGS that is a homage to the 80s and early 90s classic racing games, would you be interested? I think you would, but there's more...
This is turning out to be a great week for retro inspired games on Steam as another game has just appeared in the form of an arcade fast paced shooter from Soul Forge. Welcome to 'Pixel Star', a game which according to the developers embodies the arcade philosophy such as brutally challenging, fun, rewarding and causing the player to come back for more!
Last month we were contacted by Napoleon Games about their latest dungeon crawling romp 'Seven Mages' that is currently being developed for both Android and iOS devices. What looks to be a Dungeon Master, Eye of the Beholder mix but with added tactical game play has now got a brand new alpha 'Combat Trailer'. In this trailer the developer talks about the style of game play, how the tactics play out and generally featuring the game as a sneak preview for the final release on handhelds.
DYA Games has once again given us the heads up over their arcade puzzle shooter game Super Star Path. But unlike the usual release date announcement, the developers have been listening to your feedback and set forth a version which should be just the retro inspired game you were looking for in an arcade shooter. Taking place in the year 2985 your mission as a fighter pilot is to regain control of the powerful Green Emeralds taken away by Aliens from the Human colony who need them to survive.
Get ready to wield your mighty sword and use defensive techniques in 'A Bastard's Tale'; the latest challenging sword fighting game set in mediaeval times from No Pest Productions. Set for release tomorrow, 26th May on Steam and available for PC, your sword fighting skills will be put to the test through a multitude of attacking, defensive stances and blocking which are needed to defend yourself from 15 unique enemies through 5 levels of pixelated game play.
This will be a short article and wont contain any great games for you to play, but it's just a huge thank you to everyone that has donated to the website so far. Frederic Duval & Ian Mcdowell, thank you so much. You have no idea how much it means to me to get donations to keep the site going. When one member from a forum said we should ask for donations, I never thought anyone would really care enough to do so. How wrong I was! So again big thanks, and also a thanks goes out to all the readers of Indie Retro News that keep coming back again and again.
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You may or may not have noticed our big article on the recent Megacom Games announcement of the Kickstarter and Steam Greenlight campaign for 'Power Drive 2000'. But the developers have not only released an early alpha demo for you to try but they have also released a gameplay trailer! To coincide with this news, the Steam Greenlight campaign was a great success but the Kickstarter still needs some ways to go in funding and only has 9 days left!
Of all the games I want to play there is one type of game that I will put everything aside for and that's a Dizzy fan game. So to my surprise I was pleased to hear from Adam Markey (Yolkfolk) of a brand new Dizzy game called 'Sunken Castle Dizzy'. Developed by Simon Rice and in a beta stage, you once again play as Dizzy, but this time in a trip out to the caves with the Yolkfolk, he's slipped and fallen down a deep crevasse and it's down to you to get him out before the sea rushes in and he runs out of air!
For the adventure fans out there we recently received news from the New York based company Wadjet Eye Games, developers of amazing adventure games such as Gemini Rue, Resonance and The Black Well series have announced the release of the retro-inspired adventure 'Technobabylon'. Set in a cyberpunk future in a graphic style reminiscent of Beneath a Steel Sky, genetic engineering is the norm, the addictive Trance has replaced almost any need for human interaction, and an omnipresent AI named Central powers the city. Its all-seeing CEL police force keeps tabs on everyone, including three people who are about to meet their maker.
Not to be left behind with all the latest ZX Spectrum titles appearing, the C64 has also got some great games for you to enjoy that have either been re-released due to a new crack/trainer or in the case of Triad and Laxity, preview games that are still a work in progress. As such rather than post one game per article, in this one we will feature all of them and if they are worthy of your play time.
With the recent opening of the WorldofSpectrum forums after a long downtime, it's no wonder we are now seeing a rush of ZX Spectrum titles to grace our retro gaming screens. From the incredible Stormfinch, to the latest release of the Hobbit 128K, there hasn't been a period this week we haven't had a great homebrew title to play. So without further-ado it's time to announce another ZX Spectrum Demake in the form of 'Super 48K Box' by andrewvanbeck ; an unofficial demake of Super Crate Box by Vlambeer.