Posts Tagged retro
As a gamer of 20 odd years, it excites me to see the release of a reimagining of a timeless classic. That’s one of the reasons why my iPhone houses Arkanoid and Space Invaders: Infinity Gene – some titles just don’t get old.
While Frogger is quite a classic, it has aged just a bit in recent years. So the prospect of it being revitalised is very cool indeed, which is fortunate as this is exactly what’s happened with Frogger Decades.
Graphics and animations have been brought up to date in time for Frogger‘s 30th birthday and there’s even a hint of a storyline. Frogger comes back home to find a map to his birthday party pinned on his front door, and thus starts a wild and wacky adventure to make it to the party on time. Five different environments are available with the memorable frog having to jump, hop, swing and dodge his way around obstacles.
It’s the same classic gameplay that made players fall in love with Frogger the first time, just spruced up with a modern paintbrush to enthral once more.
Frogger Decades is out now priced at $1.99. Oh and it’s an universal app which will keep iPhone and iPad owners happy!
While futuristic technology is amazing, sometimes it’s nice to retreat back to a simpler time. A time where writing in notebooks was the big trend for expressing creativity. A time when it was possible to run out of space on a page rather than a document simply carrying users onto the next one automatically. Fancy relieving that? Try Molenotes.
It’s an attractive looking app that ensures the user feels as if they’re writing on a real page in a real book. Users can choose to express themselves in handwriting, academic type-set or in a typewriter style manner. Five notebook looks are also available. Users can also add custom colored tabs and titles as well as manually stamping the current day’s date. Users can even add a bookmark to their notebook to know exactly where they last looked.
Limitations are there of course. Once a page is full, users must enter more information on the next page. There’s a 32 page limit too. That’s all part of the old fashioned charm, however.
Molenotes is out now for all iOS devices and is priced at $0.99.
Remember the good old days when gaming was actually a challenge? Remember when beating a particularly tough level was something that earned you respect amongst peers? Well, KODE80 is bringing those days back with their new retro platformer.
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If there was one thing that made retro gaming great, it was the simplistic game designs. Never was the player forced to learn different key combinations or gestural controls to play a game, it was just easy and straightforward to understand. While this may not seem like a big deal to some, the newly released Ice Tales is a return to form that is very welcome in my eyes.
Embracing the day when you didn’t need a Ph.D in physics to solve a puzzle, the game combines streamlined mechanics with an amusing eight bit soundtrack to create this generation’s version of retro goodness. What is old is new again, and this game is here to prove it.
On top of everything else, if you become a fan of the game on facebook, you can get the opportunity to win one of five hundred free copies of the game. If that isn’t a good reason to support a title, then I don’t know what is.
Coming soon to the app store is Hard Lines – a game that appears to happily capture the spirit of Pac-Man, Snake and Geometry Wars all in one go.
Like all the best arcade style games, Hard Lines is all about how long the player can last. Players must guide Lionel the line through the Geometry Wars style arena, ensuring that they don’t collide with an enemy’s tail (just like Snake).
Gaining the best high score is the order of the day here with OpenFeint support allowing for global comparisons, and there will be 6 different gameplay modes providing some fresh but fast paced entertainment. Developers, Split Milk Studios, promise a good healthy dash of humor too so it’ll be interesting to see how that works out in the full product.
Hard Lines will be available on the App Store in the near future and we’ll be sure to provide more information soon. For now, take a look at the screenshot gallery and trailer below.
Sequels seem to be all the rage these days with Gangstar this and Halo that… heck, three of the games in the App Store top 10 are sequels, and if you count Tiger Woods you have four. As much as people like sequels, there’s nothing that is quite like snuggling up to a nice, cozy retro game. Well, nothing except for the hell-spawn of the retro games themselves.
They aren’t quite sequels, but they are definitely retro inspired – and that makes them awesome in a deranged slasher film kind of way.
Be2: Escape From Pongland – People have been playing the simple game of Pong for almost 40 years without caring too much for the well-being of the little dot that gets knocked around by the paddles. As any prisoner, the dot wanted freedom, and Be2 is the game about its escape.
You start out the game in a normal Pong screen and then break out into the Alice in Wonderland-esque world of Pongland. The game is filled with creepy rooms, stages inspired by numerous retro games, and a witty, but slightly creepy inner monologue to guide you through.
Speaking of creepy, the New Orleans jazz track that starts the game is about as creepy as it gets. Nothing about the song itself is creepy, but the whole thing feels like the start (or the end) of a creepy Kubrick movie.
Released: 2010-09-22 :: Category: Games
Space Invaders: Infinity Gene – Space Invaders was long my dads favorite game on Atari. For some reason or another, an entire generation of gamers were drawn into a zombie-like trance by a little space ship that would destroy wave after wave of enemy ships.
Infinity Gene steps way outside the box and creates an unforgettably sexed up techno remix. The game resembles the original in that you have to kill the invading aliens, but the graphics and colors added to the original are striking. Also striking is the fact that the music (either the built in stuff or whatever you decide to play) actually jives with the action on screen.
This is the one retro game remix that actually outshines the original. It’s fantastic.
Released: 2009-07-28 :: Category: Games
Super Mega Worm - Is it a stretch to call Super Mega Worm a rethinking of the retro game, Snake? Yes, but the games do resemble each other in the fact that you have to eat something. Fine, maybe it’s a stretch, but the game is extremely fun and undoubtedly retro.
In full retro graphics glory, your worm must survive by eating all the humans, vehicles, and wildlife that inhabit the above ground world. The first few levels are quite simple because nobody is savvy to your worm attacks, but after a few levels you’ll have all sorts of troops and worm haters to deal with.
Super Mega Worm isn’t the most involved game, nor does it have the best graphics, but it does offer a serious dose of fun. There’s just nothing quite like bouncing off of trucks to munch on airplanes flying overhead.
Released: 2010-08-26 :: Category: Games
So Long. Oregon! – As I wrote in the original review, “So Long, Oregon is the techno destruction of my Oregon Trail playing childhood.” The game takes the typical game of Oregon Trail and blows it up, turning the whole game into a physics racer with a bit of bizarre hunting. The graphics are all dark and neon, buffalo are flying around the sky, and people get hurt and die at a pace that is probably far more accurate to the actual event.
To be honest, the game really isn’t that good. It’s a big, messy disaster… but it’s my big messy disaster. I’d definitely recommend the game to just about anyone, but there is a very distinct chance that the vast majority of gamers will just stare in horror.
The Time Geeks need your help to find the lost objects and people scattered through time and space by The Zoorgs in this pixelated cartoon world. Be ready for cute retro graphics and a healthy dose of humor. Now available on the App Store!
Created by Ivanovich Games with art and music by Markus Gmür, this game will have you searching for hidden objects and playing mini-games. While searching in this pixelated world for the objects you seek you might find a reference or two to our own Pop Culture; in particular, the developers claim to have included several in-jokes for ‘Lost’ fans.
This game has an astounding number of challenges (at least a hundred!) and levels within the main game itself as well as the minigames. There are six different game modes in all: History, Challenges, Arcade, Relax, Mini-games & Editor. Each of these options gives you a different experience, and you can even create your own ‘Island’ with hidden objects or people with the Editor Mode, then share with your friends on Facebook.
The game also offers another level of interactivity by including both Game Center integration and Open Feint so you can play against leader boards and unlock achievements.
Time Geeks was recently featured as New & Noteworthy on the App Store. You should definitely check this out if you’re interested in find & seek games, a fan of retro art and music or just looking for a quality game for a very reasonably low price. It’s not everyday that such a comprehensive game with quality graphics and a fun and interesting storyline comes to iOS at this price, while remaining geared to geeks and flash game enthusiasts alike.
The promo trailer for the game is included below, and I highly recommend having a look. It gives a great overview of not only the game play, but also the tone and humor with which this game was created.