Greetings folks. This Sunday I've got a great selection of titles for you to check out. We will take a look at Stu and Smila's new retro Commodore 64 style platform game, Kot-in-Action's new episodic top-down shoot'em-up and Uglysoft's new off-the-wall take on J-RPG's.
Rocky Memphis and The Temple of Ophuxoff is a multi-screen platformer for the PC and Mac. The visual and play styles are heavily influenced by old school Commodore 64 platform games. One of the games cited as inspiration is Georg Rottensteiner's excellent C64 platform/puzzler Joe Gunn. There's also a rumor that Georg may be doing a port of Rocky Memphis back to the Commodore 64.. Woot! for more C64 games.. let's just hope it's NTSC as well as PAL.
In the game, Rocky must traverse 600 screens and try to collect all 4,000 objects in the shortest time possible. Due to the sheer size of the game, you have the ability to save off at any point. There's even an online high score table for bragging rights. Download the game here and be sure to check out JustOneMoreGame's interview with the creators Stu C and Smila.
Steel Storm: Episode I is a top-down shooter that features both a single-player campaign and multi-player deathmatch modes. The game plays much like an oversized arena shooter. You take control of a hovertank packed with advanced weaponry and zoom around various levels shooting baddies and pocketing loot and power-ups. Certainly cliche, but that's what we shooter fans want: more weapons, more ships and more levels.
Controls are highly configurable between mouse and gamepad settings. The game does require a fairly beefy system to play without noticeable slowdown. I tried it on a Athlon XP 2800 with an nVidia GeForce 6800 GS and there was noticeable stuttering. Modern dual and quad core systems don't appear to have a problem running the game. It's certainly worth a look for shooter fans.
Also, while episode one is free, they're going to be selling the later episodes for a modest price. Currently (as of Dec.12.2010) they have a sale on pre-order's for episode 2. So if you like what you see with the first game, you can snatch up the second episode for only $2.95 [USD]... not a bad deal.
BTW: I will be doing a more in depth review of this title over on Shmuptacular, so be sure to keep an eye out for that.
Blurb:"Mark Leung: Revenge of the Bitch is a downloadable, single-player RPG for PC. Journey into the world of Untitled with Mark Leung -- a selfish Communist and hapless Ginseng collector. He finds himself caught in a petty rivalry between two wacko religions -- and haunted by his ex-girlfriend to boot. Help Mark as he battles cute, blood-spewing cats, unremorseful loltrolls and the gun-toting McFunny.
So delete some porn and free up your disk space for something way the f*ck better!"
This game will set you back $12.95 [USD] and I haven't tried it out yet.. although, I'm about to. The trailer just makes me happy. ;-)
Mark Leung: Revenge of the Bitch Trailer
What are you waiting for? Get playing!
We'll be back next week with three more fashionable time sinks to wear around your neck like the proverbial albatross. :-)