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Archive For September, 2006

Remakes Competition Summary

September 8, 2006 9:08 AM | Tim W.

Here's a list of every single entry submitted for the Retro Remakes 2006 Competition. Actual results will only be announced in December.

Apologies for the brevity of all reviews. Scores are based on gameplay, instead of how closely the remake resembles the original. Patches can be found in this forum thread. Thanks to all the remake authors and Davide "Gendo Ikari" for correcting me on several counts! [All reviews in one page]

Page 1
Froggy Ribbit - 3 (Frogger)
Kirbys Dreamland - 2
Montezumas Revenge - 3
Choplifter - 0
Quantum Fighter - 3 (Kabuki Quantum Fighter)
Formation Zero - 3 (Formation Z)
Bullet Train - 2
Tubopac - 9 (Oil's Well)

Page 2
Willy Does Dallas - 0 (Jet Set Willy)
Zynaps Remix - 1
Start Wars - 0 (Zaxxon)
Kastle Kumquat - 5
Drelbs - 1
City Defense - 0 (Missile Command)
Archaist - 9 (Pastfinder)
The Pyramid - 10

Page 3
Shooting Gallery - 2
Venture into Adventure - 1 (Venture)
Bombzuka - 3 (Bombuzal)
Robotron 2084 - 0
Serioux - 1 (Xevious)
Demon Attack - 6
The Goonies 20th Anniversary - 9
Wings of Fury

Page 4
Counterclockwise - 10 (Knot in 3D)
Encounter - 3
Ghostbusters - 8
Asteroids - 0
ThreeDCK (3D Construction Kit)
nemesis - 9
Highway Encounter - 6
Panther - 4

Page 5
Clockwiser - 10
Poster Paster - 2
Dig Dug Aftershock (256 color) - 7
Dig Dug Aftershock - 7
Spiky Harold - 3
Donkey Kong - 1
Green Beret - 0
Balloon Fight XP - 0

Page 6
Donkey Kong Jr XP - 0
Ghouls and Ghosts Remix - 4
Endurance Kaboom - 1
Star Wars - 9
Xain D Sleena - 9 (Soldier of Light)
Rise Out - 2 (Rise Out from Dungeons)
BerzerkerBotz - 2 (Berzerk)
LadyBug 2k6 - 9

Page 7
Rock N Bolt - 3
Berzerk 3D - 1
Great Britain Limited
Millenium Remake
Traffic 2006 - 4
Koronis Rift - 6
Labra Tetris - 0
Metal Sector - 0 (Sonic the Hedgehog)

Page 8
Implausible Mission - 4 (Impossible Mission)
Project Firestart - 2
Twilight Treasures - 2
TANK - 0
The Run (Incredible Shrinking Sphere) - 3
One Step Beyond - 6
Chronos - A Tapestry in Time - 7
Solar Striker Remake - 7

Page 9
3D Snake - 2 (Snake)
Marioland Plus - 0
Gridfire - 9 (Crossfire)
Superkid Returns - 2
ZampaBolas - 2
Life of a Fish - 2 (Shark Shark)
Fame Quest - 3
Gumball - 6

Page 10
Asteroids - 0
Space Fortress - 0 (Star Castle)
Sky Ranger - 6
H.E.R.O. - 6

Sky Ranger

September 7, 2006 5:03 PM | Tim W.

Seems to be a pretty good remake judging by the screenshots from the new version and the original Sky Ranger. Had a go at it as well, though the game isn't exactly my cup of tea.

Name: Sky Ranger
Developer: Roddy
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Space Fortress

September 7, 2006 5:02 PM | Tim W.

If there was ever a Retro Remakes competition entry that deserves a remake, Space Fortress is it. Avoid at all costs.

Name: Space Fortress
Developer: Nick Tsianos
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

Astroids

September 7, 2006 5:01 PM | Tim W.

Astroids could possibly be a remake. It's impossible to tell as the author had made it impossible for players to get past the sponsors screen. Avoid at all costs.

Name: Astroids
Developer: Christian Blackmore
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

Fame Quest

September 7, 2006 4:07 PM | Tim W.

Fame Quest is a pretty decent attempt by John Adams to swap the simplified roguelike gameplay of the original with 3D graphics and a new interface. Unfortunately there is too much ground to cover to find any sort of action and the battle system itself is a little tricky to use. Needs more work.

Name: Fame Quest
Developer: John Adams
Category: RPG
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

Gumball

September 7, 2006 4:06 PM | Tim W.

The Gumball remake is pretty accurate when compared to the real thing. A difficult puzzler that will have you juggling several tasks to get the correct round objects into your carts, then depositing them into a pipe on the right to meet the daily quota.

A lot of accessibility options have been included, which should please fans of the original.

Name: Gumball
Developer:
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Life of a Fish

September 7, 2006 4:06 PM | Tim W.

Life of a Fish is an alright effort by Roen, though it's quite regrettable that any remake of Shark will be unfairly compared to Feeding Frenzy.

Name: Life of a Fish
Developer: Roen
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

Zampabolas

September 7, 2006 4:05 PM | Tim W.

A game which only requires one button might have done well in a One Switch contest, Zampabolas doesn't stand much of a chance against some of the brilliant remakes released this year alone. Press a key to grab more food than your opponents in order to win each round. That's all there is to this effort really.

Name: Zampabolas
Developer: Tymar Games
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

Superkid Returns

September 7, 2006 4:04 PM | Tim W.

Superkid Returns is a remake by Park Productions that has decent controls but monotonous gameplay. Your objective is basically to rid a certain section of town of street gangs and holigans while saving law-abiding citizens from danger.

Works well enough, although there's not much in this effort to suggest that it would hold anyone's interest for longer than a couple of minutes.

Name: Superkid Returns
Developer: Park Productions
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB

Gridfire

September 7, 2006 4:03 PM | Tim W.

It's surprising that only one other developer had thought about remaking Crossfire, but between the two Gridfire emerges champion and leaving no room for dispute. Basically your objective is to navigate around a maze and shoot everything that moves to advance through each stage.

Enemies will attempt to hide behind other objects, only emerging to ambush you at the right time. Your ammunition supply is limited but can be replenished by collecting the correct bonus item. Updated sprites make for cute targets as well.

Deserves full marks if not for the missing joypad support.

Name: Gridfire
Developer: Foppy
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 1MB

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