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Archive For September, 2006

Marioland Plus

September 7, 2006 4:02 PM | Tim W.

Nintendo has been in the business of making platformers for ages, so it's not surprising that any attempt to improve upon their existing products is set to end in tears. Still, that has not deterred amateur game makers from attempting as proven by Marioland Plus.

The controls are awful, certain sound effects are missing, and sprites lack any sort of consistent quality. There are much better freeware platformers available elsewhere. Avoid.

Name: Marioland Plus
Developer: Paul Bate
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

3D Snake

September 7, 2006 4:01 PM | Tim W.

Remaking Snake in any form for the Retro Remakes competition is never a good idea, since the gameplay is extremely simple and won't hold interest for longer than a couple of minutes at best. Justin Reid's 3D Snake only manages to be a novelty piece and not much more.

Name: 3D Snake
Developer: Justin Reid
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Solar Striker Remake

September 7, 2006 3:08 PM | Tim W.

Originally a black and white Game Boy title, the Solar Striker Remake has pretty good graphics yet still remains relatively faithful to it's source material. The difficulty level is set rather high, a fault evident in the portable classic as well.

Name: Solar Striker Remake
Developer: carbonat
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

The Run

September 7, 2006 3:05 PM | Tim W.

The Run is a 3D remake of an old isometric maze game entitled Incredible Shrinking Sphere. Most of it's gameplay mechanics are retained but fans of the original may be hesitant to embrace the new random level generator. An average puzzler that will probably be lost in the glut of entries submitted for the Retro Remakes 2006 Competition.

Name: The Run
Developer: x2productions
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Tank

September 7, 2006 3:04 PM | Tim W.

Having The A-Team theme song playing while the game loads doesn't exactly instill confidence, and perhaps we're lucky that Tank only displays a blank screen and nothing else. Avoid.

Name: Tank
Developer: Carl Peters
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

Twilight Treasures

September 7, 2006 3:03 PM | Tim W.

Some of John Romero's early works were really made for a quick buck or two. These efforts are relatively easy to reproduce, though not exactly perfect source materials for remakes. In Twilight Treasures, you assume the role of a diver on a quest to retrieve sunken treasures while avoiding dangerous sea creatures. The original had absolutely no merits to deserve a makeover.

Name: Twilight Treasures
Developer: Philip Mocz
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Project Firestart

September 7, 2006 3:02 PM | Tim W.

The Project Firestart remake by Erik Hogan lost much of it's character during the translation to 3D. Controls have been simplified but the creepy atmosphere in the original is nowhere to be found in this production. Classic games are difficult to improve on, and turning them into a first-person shooter only dilutes the experience.

Name: Project Firestart
Developer: Erik Hogan
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 10MB

Implausible Mission

September 7, 2006 3:01 PM | Tim W.

Implausible Mission is a remake of an old Epyx platformer that was quite similar to Prince of Persia, but with robots and an evil mastermind's lair as the setting. With a bit more work, this effort would have been a perfect homage but in it's current state improvements are still required.

An interview with the original author can be found here.

Name: Implausible Mission
Developer: Julian Olds
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Metal Sector

September 7, 2006 2:08 PM | Tim W.

Metal Sector is a poor effort by Remi that bears the description of a Sonic the Hedgehog remake on the competition page. The charismatic mascot has been replaced with a ship that doesn't seem to belong in a platformer, with unresponsive controls not helping it's cause in any way. A miss.

Name: Metal Sector
Developer: Remi
Category: Platform
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB

Labra Tetris

September 7, 2006 2:07 PM | Tim W.

Labra Tetris seems to be a decent remake of Alexei Pajitnov's classic puzzler, but it's extremely suspicious that the work is dated June 2006 which is three months before the entry submission date. Plus there are many Tetris remakes available and nothing new is offered by this effort. A miss.

Name: Labra Tetris
Developer: Remi
Category: Puzzle
Type: Freeware
Soze: 5MB

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