This is such an amazing collection of 100% totally legit FREE games … I’m just going to get right down to it.
a7xpg: The name of this free Japanese shooter really doesn’t even tell you anything, but you are a ship inside of a small arena, and piles of gold appear which you must collect. Enemies spawn, getting progressively faster and more numerous, as you use skills (and a limited boost) to slink between them and rack-up a higher score. For a brief video of me playing it, click here.
Every Extend: Totally abstract. You are a falling bomb, and there are swarms of enemy ships coming all around you. You must skillfully place your bomb, and then explode it, in order to cause as large a chain-reaction as you can. As soon as you blow up, another bomb drops right down, so you have to keep doing this to rack-up a massive score. For a brief video of me playing this, click here.
Noiz2sa: Another free Japanese shooter with a name that is meaningless. This one is quite abstract in looks, but rather traditional in gameplay. You are an abstract-looking ship, flying over a minimalist cityscape, and shooting down even more abstract-looking enemy ships. Very well-designed. For a brief video of somebody playing it, click here.
Parsec 47: Abstract Japanese shooter (yes, there is a pattern here), that is very much traditional in gameplay – just like Noiz2sa. Waves of enemy ships vs. your own. Solid little shooter. For me briefly playing it, click here.
rRootage: Yup, another free shooter from Japan. Gotta love this. This one is also available for free over in the iTunes store, for iPhone and such (perhaps Android? Dunno). This is what is called a ‘bullet hell” game, and is a very challenging type of shooter. Bullet hell games absolutely FLOOD the gameplay area with wave after wave of streaming bullets – just totally inundating you with sprawling patterns, almost in a hypnotic way. While this sounds like only something that a kid hopped-up on sugar (and with a bit of ADD, such as myself) would enjoy, they are not actually that bad. In this game, a series of alien motherships will appear, shoot streaming patterns of bullets at you, and you must blast the crap out of them. It’s very fast-paced and extremely well done.
Tip: The bullets in this game are much larger than their point of impact is. This is so you can more easily keep track of the bullets. You only have to dodge the central point of each bullet.
For a brief video of me playing the game, click here.
Warning Forever: A very unique shooter. You only face boss enemies in this one, and they adapt to how you destroyed the previous one. What this means is that if you just blast the front part of the enemy ship, and just blow it right up, the next one will have thicker frontal armor. Going around to the backside will mean probably more guns on the rear in the next ship, etc. You’ll never really play the same game twice.
Somebody uploaded a video to YouTube showcasing the game, and I noticed that it has English subtitles – no clue where that version is at. I have just the original Japanese one. For the video, click here.
Torus Trooper: A beautifully retro combination of racing game and shooter. You zoom down a pipeline, blasting enemies, and trying to get to the finish line before time runs out (you’re actually supposed to blow up every single enemy before you reach the finish line – missing one means you need to hit the brakes to bring it back before you). Absolutely a joy to play. Click here for a brief video of me playing it.
On September 27th, 2013, I uploaded a ready-too-play archive of all of the above shooters. Check the downloads tab for the link.
My time at the local gaming con this year was rather a short-lived venture (I became ill and had to leave quite early).
So, unlike the 1st year – where I played so many new games that I could’ve even keep them all straight – nothing of note happened this year. Oh well.
That being said, I am deciding on which game to write my next post on, and once decided I’ll write it up. =)
I am getting ready for the 2nd annual Queen City Conquest here in Buffalo, NY (http://live.queencityconquest.com/).
I have also set up a twitter feed at https://twitter.com/THERetroGamerNY for which I’ll post random bits about games in general (for example: The original Duke Nukem was a 2D side-scrolling platform game, with EGA graphics, and the devs were worried that the name would cause problems. It’s the same name as a Captain Planet villain. lol)