Indie game developer Nonsuch Games released their first video game for purchase and download for the PC called HueSpace for $4.99. In Huespace you pilot a flying saucer to fight evil forces draining energy from the galaxy.
Justin Scott, an independent game developer, released Icarus, a downloadable retro platform game for the PC priced at whatever consumers want to pay for it with a recommended price of $7.00. Justin Scott describes Icarus as “a 2D ambient platformer game for Windows featuring retro aesthetics, unique game mechanics, and an engaging atmosphere.” We love retro graphics but we wish Justin made the characters a little bigger. We would also like to see a more detailed explanation of the goals of story game play.
Icarus System Requirements:
Icarus was created for the PC using XNA and thus has certain minimum requirements in order to run. Your computer must be running Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP. In addition you must have a graphics card that supports at least Shader Model 2.0 and DirectX 9.0c. Shader Model 2.0 was introduced in 2002 and DirectX 9.0c in 2004, so most modern Windows computers shouldn’t have a problem there.
The installer will automatically install the XNA prerequisites, but the .NET Framework v4.0 must be installed first. This can be found either bundled with the installer or here.
2DEngine released the downloadable beta of 8 Bit Commando described as “a run and gun platformer with fast-paced action, a rocking soundtrack, local multiplayer and explosions. ” 2DEngines has employed classic graphics combined with unique action and an interesting sound track for the downloadable platform 8 Bit Commando game. The 8 Bit Commando game player must penetrate the main nuclear research facility of a hostile nation who is close to developing nuclear weapons. (more…)
Lexaloffle released the latest trailer for their upcoming downloadable arena shooter game called Voxatron which they will plan to push live later this year. Lexaloffle employs voxel-based graphics for this downloadable shooter game which takes place in a world made of voxels which are little cubes. Voxatron looks like it will be a very fun, addicting and unique game to play.
Wadjet Eye Games and Joshua Nuernberger have partnered to release Gemini Rue, described as a point and click retro style adventure for pre-order now for $24.95 on CD and $12.95 for Digital Download. They plan to release the full game February 24th 2011. (more…)
Game Review by Wayne K Wilkins
Game Rating = 3/5
While the platformer is one of the oldest and the most famous genre of video games, it is also one that has tried and tested almost every storyline opportunity to both success and failure. “Midnight Mansion 2: The Haunted Hills” is in its entirety, a game attempting to bring back vintage platformer gameplay with somewhat of a SNES “Addams Family” and horror style feel, and it actually does a fairly good job. (more…)
Game Review by Matt Bird
Game Rating = 4/5
You should buy this game if:
– You love old-style platform games
– You relish a challenge
– You have a sense of old-school, gentlemanly style
You should not buy this game if:
– You want an easy game – even on low settings this title is tough
– You want flashy, spectacular graphics
– You dislike monocles (crazy!) (more…)
Kino One Game Review by Thomas Cummings
Game Rating = 4/5
Kino One is the perfect blend of classic gaming and remastered material. It will provide hours of addicting, humorous game play that will take you back to the good old days. With picturesque 3-D graphics and an exhilarating soundtrack to accompany the immersing action, Kino One is an all round good game; it more than earns the rating of 4/5.