Hotline Miami is one of 2012’s best indie games and was created by video game developer Dennaton Games. Perhaps Eurogamer described it best when they called Hotline Miani a “Top Down F**K Em Up.” Yep; that seems like the perfect description.
Super Scrapped Robot Super Scrapped Robot is a Gameboy style adventure game with classic graphics and genuine retro gameplay.
B*Bert rebooted offers both the classic game itself and Q*bert: Rebooted. Both are similar, you jump on blocks and they change colour. Change the colour of all the blocks and the level’s complete. Simple, pure, retro goodness. Through in a few enemies and you’ve got all the complexity you need. Sadly, the classic version here isn’t quite as good as the original (but really, the original of anything is always the best, right?). Still, the gameplay is excellent and it definitely will put a smile on the face of nostalgic old gamers like me.
The best indie game of 2014. Shovel Knight journeys across the land beating the heck out of all who stand in his way (with his favourite shovel, naturally) making his way to Tower of Fate to serve justice to the evil Order of No Quarter.
Despite its seemingly simplistic premise, there’s a heck of a lot going on in Shovel Knight. The stages are deep with tons of things to explore and there are many secrets to be found. This will definitely remind you of the games you played as a kid, with levels that seem to have jumped from Mega Man or Mario.
Half Life is a first person shooter from video game developer Valve Software and was originally released in 1998. In the game you play as Dr Gordon Freeman, a physicist and MIT graduate. After a multi-dimensionsal experiment foes wrong and generated a resonance cacase, Freemand is forced to escape the Black Mesa Research Facility. You must battle your way through soldiers, alien invaders and an elite Black Ops detachment in order to save the world from the invasion.
Everquest is a highly popular 3D fantasy themed MMO RPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game) from video game developer Sony Online Entertainment, originally released in 1999. EverQuest is widely considered one of the best MMORPGs of all time.
A lot of the video game design of Everquest is based on text-based multi-use dungeon games (MUD) which themselves were inspired mostly from D&D (Dungeons and Dragons). You create your own character / avatar and choose one of sixteen different races (humans, elves, half-elves, dwarves, gnomes, halflings, trolls, cat-people, ogres, frog-people, lizard-people and dragon people).
When Evil Genius was released way back in 2004 it produced one of the most unique and intriguing real time strategy games n the market. It became famous for it combination of humour and, with quality traditional real time strategy game mechanics, became one of the best games in the entire genre.
Evil Genius is all about trying to take over the world from your lair of evil. Your lair is like your base of operations, the place from which you conduct your evil exploits. From here you will send out your minions and have them perform all kinds of evil around the world. MWA HA HA HA HA! As you conduct evil the story will progress and your character will level up in typical RTS fashion.
Black and White
Black and White is a classic retro real time strategy game (RTS) from Lionhead Studios (who also made Fable). It is one of the games that made game designer Peter Molyneux a legend. You play a newborn god who must tend to the needs of mortals by using a crafting system. You’ll need to manage your population and govern your creatures. Your actions will be judged by the game’s morality system and as you continue to play the architecture and the visual design of your world will change dependent on your actions.
Afterlife is one of the many amazing games LucasArts made in their heyday back in the mid 1990s. Afterlife is a god game in which you play a Demiurge, a semi-omnipotent being who must create heaven and hell by punishing people for their sins or rewarding them for lives well lived. You must create heaven in hell in city building type of game and are accountable to the Powers That Be. The game is satirical and is packed full of references to pop culture, include a death star that destroys buildings.
Abobos Big Adventure
Freeware parody game Abobo’s Big Adventure is based on various NES games and stars Abobo, one of the bosses from Double Dragon, who travels through different worlds in order to save the life of his son.
Abobo’s Big Adventure begins with the main character’s son being kidnapped. The game then proceeds to parody many different retro games, ranging from Double Dragon to Super Mario Bros to Zelda and beyond.