Mar 31, 2010

TEN brilliant AMIGA remakes FOR free

I promise not to touch that CAPS key again, but you'll have to excuse my weird temperamental urges. From time to time at least. Anyway. That's a pretty pointless introduction, as this is quite obviously a post about classic Commodore Amiga games that have been remade and are free to download. Oh, and you might notice that some of them have already been mentioned on this very blog or that some excellent games such as Agony just haven't been remade yet. Still, all ten games presented here (and the few more thrown in as honorable mentions) are based on excellent originals that actually helped define Amiga gaming and have all been masterfully brought up to date.

Alien Breed Obliteration (download) The original Alien Breed was a true and truly great Amiga shooter. It was beautiful, fast paced, claustrophobic and looked so absolutely metallic. This is probably its best remake.

Hurrican (download) A remake of Turrican, thus a great platformer-shooter hybrid with outrageous power ups and excellent visuals.

Gods Deluxe (download) A very faithful remake of the Bitmap Brothers original, that retains both their visual style and the game's slow and brutal pace.

Yoda Soccer (download) The closest we will ever get to a Sensible Soccer remake. Not as good mind, but still an excellent open source footie, that keeps evolving and remains way more interesting than your FIFAs and Pro Evos.

SWIV Decimation (download) A definitive Amiga shmup brilliantly remade.

Atomix (download) Ah yes, another minor classic and an excellent puzzle game too. Definitely worth the hours you'll spend on it.

Superfrog Remake (download) A solid remake of a solid and great looking platformer that tried to beat Mario and Sonic. Still great fun and easy on the eye.

rE/generation (download) A brilliant remake of D/Generation, retaining the colourful isometric graphics and its puzzle / arcade-adventure gameplay. You might want to read this too.

Dungeon Master - Return to Chaos (download) The classic CRPG series complete and ready to run on modern machines.

Blitz Lemmings (download) Lemmings is possibly the most popular and most important Amiga game ever. Yes, even more important than Worms. You must thus play this great remake.

Honourable mentions go to: GigaLoMania, Super Cars III, Giana's Return, Cytadela, Devil's Sphere, Robocop 2D, Wormux, Lionheart

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Mar 26, 2010

Death and Destruction in Gameland

According to Gamasutra and an article I didn't bother to read, it seems that The News Of Console Gaming's Death Has Been Greatly Exaggerated. How very shocking. I mean, really, who'd have thought? Consoles aren't dead? Oh, dear, what's next? Space camels? The again, all hope is not lost. Shock aside, it happily seems that news on the death of PC gaming have also been quite exaggerated, as have been news on the death of adventure games, the western RPG, the strategy game, games in boxes and oddly the death of Tetris clones. Actually, I'm pretty sure that each and every bit of the gaming world has been proclaimed dead at least once in its, err, lifetime.

But, really, what is it with overpaid "analysts" and gaming's parasitic golden boys and their morbid fascination with extinct genres and platforms?

Simple really. First of all, these people tend to talk right out of their arses, which -as most scientist will tell you- does little to help any discourse. Secondly, they only care about profits (rising profits or rising profit percentages to be exact) and units sold. They can't seem to grasp the simple fact, that even after all these years both the ZX Spectrum and Interactive Fiction are alive and kicking, though sadly not producing any (or at least not any worthy of a true bastards inhuman appetite) profits whatsoever. Thirdly, it's the simplicity of the declaration.

"Death!" -so absolute, so shocking, so inline with all those mindless top tens, worst evers and next gens. So inline with mainstream scientific thought, where everything has to be either good or bad, 0 or 1, yes or no. So boringly, stupidly, apolitically positivist. And always simple minded and obvious-seeming enough to cater and help reproduce a mindless, consuming, apolitical audience that can easily be dazzled.

Please stop being dazzled. Thank you.

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Mar 25, 2010

A Warhammer 40k Fire Warrior Review

Now, why would you dear readers care for a review of a spectacularly unremarkable 5 year old game, that was released to public apathy and less than stellar reviews? And why would I bother with a game that dared tempt the PC crowd without a proper save feature, while offering only lackluster multiplayer options? Why should we even care about the existence of another generic FPS instead of, say, the joys of Blue Lacuna? Well, simple really. It's all happening because I’m oddly enjoying playing through Fire Warrior, that’s why. Shockingly for the second time in my life too.

Better start at the beginning then. Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior is -as you might have already guessed- a pretty standard FPS set in Games Workshop’s dark and gritty sci-fi/gothic world of Warhammer 40,000, where -as is customary with these things- there is only war and apparently many interesting stories to be told. You, the player, assume the role of a young warrior of the Tau Empire and set out to fight for the greater good in general and, in a more specific way, against the rather fascist Empire of Man. Actually, you get to live through the frenetic first 24 hours of your service while battling through 21 hour-long levels, essentially making this a properly real-time FPS in the strictest of senses. Interesting innit? Regardless. It still is longer than the average shooter and that sort of makes up for the fact that the game is definitely showing its age. It was after all a 2003 release.

Warhammer 40k Fire WarriorFire Warrior also was the first pure action game set in the Warhammer 40k universe and, frankly, this must have been why I actually decided to give it a chance in the first place. Let me explain my train of thought like this: Shooting Space Marines? Yes, please. Walking through Tau spaceships in glorious 3D? Definitely. Being a nameless grunt in a war-torn universe? Sure. Playing a lazy PS2 port on the PC? Well, uhm, not that I’m thrilled with the prospect, but guess I could put up with it.

The problems with Fire Warrior, you see, are firmly rooted in its dirty console past. The game sports an incredibly annoying auto-save/checkpoints feature that forces you to replay levels again and again (only to be killed seconds before beating them), has pretty clumsy controls, very poor AI, astonishingly few tweaking options and an obviously tacked-on online multiplayer side. Then, it doesn’t even try to add anything new to the genre and its sole innovation is a rather failed copy of HALO’s shield system. And don’t get me started on the extreme linearity of the thing or the truly archaic need to collect colour-coded keys…

Warhammer 40,000 Fire WarriorOn the plus side -and besides the setting- Fire Warrior does manage to do some things rather well. Or at least, well enough to help you relax, turn your brain off and enjoy many hours of frenetic shooting a la Serious Sam. You get 15 different weapons to experiment with, an impressively balanced difficulty curve, a great (or at least engrossing for FPS standards) plot, a variety of well-presented locations, bits of horror, a couple of smart set-pieces, boss battles and tons of enemies. What’s more, there are more than a few fantastic cinematic sequences and I bloody love fantastic cinematic sequences. I am quite fond of them unlockable WH40K artwork goodies too.

So, and in order to reach some sort of a verdict, should you grab a copy? Well, if you don’t mind Fire Warrior’s flaws and lack of originality, care for a simple though highly atmospheric and extremely addictive FPS to last you for a week or so, then, by all means, I think you should. After all, Warhammer 40,000 Fire Warrior is indeed dead cheap. Oh, and Warhammer 40k maniacs that can forget their miniatures for a while will definitely appreciate it too. Mind you, Amazon has quite a few well priced copies lying around last time I checked.

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Mar 20, 2010

No More Armies Anymore

Well, the celebrations are more or less over and I'm sober enough to announce that, yes, I'm out of the bloody army. And yes, I hated every moment spent with those over-paid cretins. But, I'm back and wont be doing any slave labour in the foreseeable future. Not in the slightest. I will instead (provided things don't go spectacularly wrong) be concentrating on finishing that PhD of mine, moving to a new place, being pissed at a few outrageous laws, laughing at the police, fixing a couple problems here and there, hoping for the best, gaming, obviously blogging and -finally- finishing some games I promised ages ago. And if things go really well, well, there's definitely no shortage of plans. It is after all amazing how much one appreciates ones freedom after 10 months of not having it.

Oh, and as far as this particular blog is concerned, do expect a reboot of the Great Adventure Gaming Project, quite a few new reviews, a couple rants, some analog gaming pieces and probably more. Provided I stop drinking and wearing silly hats, that is. Cheers everyone!

Mar 17, 2010

Winter's Shadow - the moving pictures

As Ben Chandler had already revealed in his pretty recent interview, he and Steven Poulton (of McCarthy Chronicles fames) have been working on a longer, darker and more ambitious adventure game: Winter's Shadow. Judging by the just released official trailer of Winter's Sun -you know, the one posted above this very paragraph- I must say I'm more than impressed. The thing drips with atmosphere and maturity, and seems to already sport more than a few darkly distinct locations. Graphics, animation, music and voice-over are also on the excellent side of things.

Winter's Shadow should be available for the PC this summer, from newly formed indie studio Infinite Grace Games. I guess you could watch this space for further news, though I can't help but recommend checking the authors' blogs too: The Number of the Ben and The Thought Radar.

Mar 15, 2010

Eye^Game^Candy: Elite

elite box coverelite amiga loading screenelite amiga gameplay screenshotElite, originally released for the powerful and expensive BBC Micro and subsequently to everything with a chip in it, was written, designed and programmed (back in 1984) by David Braben and Ian Bell. The game was originally published by Acornsoft. The Amiga version -published by Firebird- is being presented here for dark, personal reasons.

Mar 13, 2010

The 8-bit Book 1981 to 199X

The aptly titled 8-bit Book 1981 to 199X (link) is the third and final book of the Golden Years trilogy by excellent indie publisher hiive books. It is thus complimentary to the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 books and, as expected, follows their template, though simultaneously changing and broadening their focus. The 8-bit Book, you see, covers over 200 games released for such diverse machines as the BBC Micro, the Amstrad CPC, the VIC-20, the MSX, the Dragon 32, the Oric-1, my personal favourite Texas Instruments TI-99/4A, the Atari 8-bits, Sinclair's ZX81, the Apple II and even the Sam Coupe. Not that the Speccy and the C64 are ignored, mind; far from it. It's just that only games that were missed from the previous books are dealt with. Oh, and don't expect any consoles in the book. This is all about the glory of the 8-bit micros.

The book is divided into 10 chapters. The first nine each cover one year worth of games, while the last one all those late 90s releases. Interestingly, every chapter starts with a prologue that briefly describes each period, whereas the book begins with an excellent foreword by David Braben of Elite fame.

As is the case with the rest of the books of the series, each page of The 8-bit Book covers one game and presents it complete with all the relevant info you might care for, a description of the game and an eclectic selection of pictures covering everything from screenshots, to game boxes, to cartridges and loading screens. As for the accompanying text itself, it's very well written and higly informative, not only describing the game itself, but also (among other things) providing behind the scenes information, mentionig reviews of the era, sequels and even remakes. I guess that by having a look at the freely available ZX Spectrum Book you'll have a not-so-rough idea of what to expect.The games covered range from well known classics like 3D Monster Maze, Elite and Miner 2049er, to platform specific hits such as Frak!, Get Dexter and TI Invaders, to less played versions of well known games such as Manic Miner for the Sam Coupe, to brilliant obscurities like Forty Miner and everything in between. What's more, The 8-bit Book has quite a few articles on games from every conceivable genre, almost equally covering all included formats and even sporting a few oddities that showcase the creativity and imagination of 8-bit developers.

All in all, expect a truly varied read that effortlessly jumps from nostalgia to gaming history and even touches on design philosophy. You can order a copy, find out more and see a preview of The 8-bit Book 1981 to 199X here.

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Mar 11, 2010

Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge SE

Monkey Island 2 Special Edition

The fact that this blog features a news post -and one that actually feels quite fresh too- should come as more of a shock than Lucasarts announcing its special edition of Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge and calling it Monkey Island 2: Special Edition. The creatively named game will apparently appear on the PC, Xbox 360, PS3, iPod and iPhone sometime during summer 2010, and -like its predecessor- will most probably be a download only affair.

Also like its succesful predecessor (Monkey Island: Special Edition if you haven't figured that out yet) MI2:SE will feature a reworked orchestral soundtrack, complete voice over with the series' classic cast, interesting new graphics, the mandatory and still gorgeous classic mode in all its 256 SVGA glory, an alternative control scheme and a (revamped) built-in hint system. Impressively, Lucasarts seems to have actually taken fan criticism into account and will finally be providing the voice over option in both the classic and special edition modes!

What's more, a selection of glorious extras are being promised, with the in-game commentary by the game's creators (hoorah!) and the promise of never before seen concept art being absolutely mouth watering. And I quite like the new art style too! Even the new Guybrush looks fine and proper, though -to be frank- they shouldn't have tempered with Steve Purcell's amazing box cover.

So, uhm, why not head over to the official Monkey Island 2: Special Edition website and have a look? As for me I'll also be keeping an eye on those Mojo specialists.

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Mar 10, 2010

GP2X Wiz: The belated hardware review

It's been almost two months since I ordered my GP2X Wiz from Play-Asia and probably almost two months since I first started playing with it (yes, things do ship fast in our age and day), meaning that though no hardware expert I can finally provide you with a modest review of this lovely little handheld. But first let's cover the absolute basics.

What is the Wiz? Well, it obviously is a handheld console. Less obviously, it represents the fourth generation of handhelds by Korean manufacturer GamePark, and is an open and Linux-based console. Just like its predecessors (GP32 and the GP2X variants) being open means the Wiz is a platform everyone can program for, without paying any licensing fees whatsoever; it is thus ideal for enjoying freeware, indie and emulated retro games. Exactly the kind of games this very blog enjoys covering, though admittedly some high-profile commercial releases can at times be also tolerated. Might look nice on the Wiz too, though not much has been made available yet.

What's more, the Wiz seems to be based on some pretty powerful hardware. It's roughly the equivalent of a Sony PSP, though some argue the Wiz is actually the more powerful device. Besides, it even comes with a touch screen and its battery easily outlasts Sony's. I haven't really measured how long one charge will keep the thing running, but it must be more than 7-8 hours. Possibly less when overclocked, which reminds me that overclocking is another nifty feature of the thing, that -impressively- is easily accessible.

Built quality is better than I expected and definitely above the original DS in feel, though not on par with the more expensive mainstream consoles such as the latest PSPs or the DS Lite. The screen on the other hand is brilliant and reminiscent of the shining beauty that was the tiny Game Boy Micro one. The main buttons feel great, despite their awkward and not particularly comfortable d-pad like placement. The shoulder buttons and d-pad itself also work and feel fine, in a machine that sports an overall smart, good looking and practical design, where everything, from the slot of the SD card to the stylus and the built-in microphone are easily accessible.

Although the Wiz does come with some rudimentary apps (such as a decent video player, a clock and a voice recorder), we all know it's gaming that matters. Of course it's quite early in the console's lifetime, but from what I've already seen gaming is indeed its strong point. Especially when we're talking retro gaming, as most emulators I've tried worked brilliantly, despite being mostly in their very early versions.

Classic arcade machines, the ZX Spectrum, the Amiga, the Atari 2600, the Game Boy, the Neo Geo CD and the Sega MegaDrive/Genesis have all been played to death on my very own Wiz and I really can't find fault. Controls, sound and sights are simply perfect. I'd even dare say that the Wiz screen makes classic games look better and sharper than ever. And let's not forget, that this is the only handheld absolutely built for playing classic adventures via ScummVM. I ran, played and enjoyed Elvira, both Monkey Island games and Beneath a Steal Sky without the slightest problem.

Now, as commercial games haven't been released yet, all I managed to try apart from emulators were some pretty impressive freeware indie games, covering everything from abstract shmups, to rogue-likes, first person shooters and retro remakes or ports. And keep in mind that -as mentioned- the console is still young and devs have yet to come to grips with. Oh, and there are almost daily releases of new software and updated emulators.

So, to wrap this short review up: is the GP2X Wiz worth the modest asking price? If you are interested in indie and retro games, that's a definite yes. More mainstream gamers might have to wait a bit and see if the higher profile games released for it will be to their liking... As a console it's a great piece of hardware though.

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Mar 9, 2010

Digital: A Love Story

Digital: A Love Story Matrix BBSI could go on and write something really extensive about Digital: A Love Story and spoil it for you all, but I won't. I'm good and wise like that. Also incredibly handsome. Err, yes. Anyway. I'll instead (strongly) suggest you download Digital and play it yourselves. After all, it's a story driven affair with a healthy dose of cyber romance, that will definitely appeal to the average (thus exceptionally exceptional) Gnome's Lair reader. Download it here -for free of course- and don't forget to appreciate its retro, pre-Internet BBS atmosphere.

Say hi to them Indie Game News!

Yes, time for another mention of a promising new site; this time it's all about Indie Game News. As you must have guessed it's all about indie games and their news, though admittedly this one comes with some extra bits bolted on. The site (or is it a blog?), you see, is designed to be a forum for indie publishers to talk about their games directly to gamers. A hub for developers to get together and talk about their games, future projects, and what goes on behind the scenes. Quite interesting, eh?

Mar 2, 2010

Agustin Cordes of Scratches fame answers 11 questions

Successful independently produced adventures are a truly rare breed, whereas successfully independently produced quality horror adventures are way rarer than a particularly rare thing. Meet then Agustin Cordes, creator of such a rarity, who was responsible (among other stuff) for the splendid Scratches and Scratches Director's Cut adventure games, and currently runs the excellent and definitely eclectic Slightly Deranged blog. Oh, and as this is quite obviously an interview with the man, it will also let you find out some juicy bits about his forthcoming projects. Tasty, eh?

1.So, Agustin, care to intorduce yourself to the Gnome's Lair crowd and let 'em know a bit about you and your creations; besides Scratches that is?

Hello little creature of the forest! Oh you know, I’m just a guy who’s hopelessly in love with the past, especially vintage games. I’m like one of those old people who always remind us of just how better things were back in their times, except for the old part that is. My creations can be counted with the tentacles of my left arm, but they’re still worthwhile: there’s Scratches indeed, and we’ll get to that soon, but there’s also Risk Profile, an educational and very fun adventure which is only available in Spanish, a quirky little interactive fiction I wrote many years ago called Valpurgius And I and of course Slightly Deranged, my recent blog about cult movies and games.

2.Excellent. But, let's get back to Scratches now, as it is one of the best horror adventures I've ever played. How did you first decide to start working on it? What was your inspiration and what were you trying to acheive?

I’m glad to hear you liked Scratches! I’ve always fancied developing an adventure game ever since I tried King’s Quest when I was a small brat. The real decision to start working on such a project came many years later after seeing the impressive achievement of Dark Fall, in my eyes the real beginning of the indie movement (yes, not only adventures but gaming in general). I thought, “Hey someone actually pulled this one off” and decided to give it a shot. It’s been one hell of a ride since then! The inspiration behind Scratches came from countless of vintage horror films, especially from the Hammer era, although two movies in particular stand out: House Of The Long Shadows, an overlooked little gem with Lee, Cushing and Price, and House By The Cementery by the one and only Lucio Fulci. In fact, you can blame Fulci for my obsession with basements. Of course, H.P. Lovecraft is my ultimate inspiration -with Scratches I wanted to mimic that mood of 70’s horror films and particularly the notion of playing a Lovecraft story, who I think remains the master of literary atmosphere and subtlety. The ending of Scratches (which many found unsatisfying) was pure Lovecraftian in nature in a sense of facing that ultimate horror and coming to a sudden halt.

3.Did you epxect its success? Did you believe a horror adventure game could be succesful or were you mostly indulging yourself?

Hell no! Scratches was always supposed to be a quaint adventure game for a very specific audience. It was designed to be challenging and please hardcore adventure gamers in the first place. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined so many people enjoying the game; even brand newcomers to the adventure genre.

4.Are there any interesting facts from the game's development you'd like to share?

Well yes, sort of. As you may recall, the game was first announced with a small playable teaser that featured a “slideshow” style. Shortly after, Cellar Of Rats came onboard the project and was the first to suggest the possibility of updating the gameplay to the 360 panoramic panning. Given that the first teaser got such a great reception, I thought that upping the ante would be a wise move and went to develop the panoramic format. The game looked great with it! In the end it was a good decision, but back then we decided to launch a second teaser featuring this new improvement. We figured that, since the first teaser became a hit of sorts, this one would blow everyone’s minds. Funnily enough, the new teaser wasn’t that hot and some even questioned the change! It’s a really strange world out there...

5.What about Scratches: The Director's Cut? It was a pretty unique decision in our world of PC gaming.

Do you think so? I believe there have been similar “upgrades” in the past. The success of Scratches was huge and people wanted more, but there wasn’t any sequel planned, so it seemed like a good idea to give them some more of Scratches. Furthermore, the new release was bound to attract the attention of gamers who were on the fence about buying the first game or maybe missed it.

6.How did you decide what to improve for the Director's Cut? Was it the feedback? Where there choices that were only made possible after the first version of Scratches brought in some cash?

Some was feedback by fans, yes, particularly regarding the controls. The new scheme with a fixed camera was so much better and granted more dynamism to the game. Other things were left unsaid the first time and came back as comments from Michael, especially the journal feature. And of course, The Last Visit was intended to show what happened after that enigmatic ending and provide a few more answers. Last, but not least, the entire graphics were revamped to support a higher resolution, one of the biggest complains about the first version. All in all the additions were worthwhile but I would have wanted to make the Director’s Cut even bigger with more features, most importantly a commentary track that would have given players plenty of behind the scenes details as they explored the house.

7.And, well, how have you been keeping yourself busy after Scratches?

After Scratches Nucleosys became involved in this huge project in Argentina called Risk Profile, an educational adventure commissioned by the government of Buenos Aires. It was quite surprising to say the least, I mean, an actual government supporting adventure games! And they even brought references such as Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion to the table. The project lasted about 18 months and was pretty hectic. The game was very large (over 50 characters to interact with and 80 lush background scenes) and ideally would have required 24 months for a much less stressful development.

8.Care to describe Risk Profile a bit?

Sure, the style of the game is reminiscent of Runaway, but it is far more lighthearted. Keep in mind it was intended for kids between 9 and 16 years. The idea behind the game was to teach youngsters what are taxes for, lessons in morality and what it's like being a good citizen. It probably sounds utterly boring, but the actual game was great fun and even adults loved it! There are 12 lengthy missions ranging from auditing a dubious software company to investigating a mine apparently haunted by ghosts a la Scooby Doo. I was given nearly complete freedom with the script and included lots of jokes although many of them would probably get lost in translation.

For instance, there’s a sequence where the protagonist (Martina) has to mix a beer for a loser hanging out in the street to get some crucial information, so the player has to pick a dumped half-eaten box of cereals, put them inside a running car engine and get the resulting liquid from the exhaust pipe. Needless to say, the bum loves the revolutionary taste. There are also some great cutscenes between missions where two news reporters inform players about the outcome of Martina’s achievements. These segments get more and more bizarre as the game progresses though and at one point the anchorman warns people about a giant Lovecraftian creature invading the city while you can see behind him huge tentacles hugging a skyscraper. I still can’t believe they allowed me to get away with that!

9.Any chances of it reaching an English speaking audience in some form or another?

Unfortunately I’m not sure, though I would certainly love to bring the game to a bigger audience. I think it would be highly entertaining, even to hardcore adventure gamers looking for something different. There has been some interest about translating the game, but I can’t really say it will happen.

10.So, what have you been doing lately?

You already know about Slightly Deranged, a project I had been toying with for a few years. These hobbies can get extremely time-consuming so I’m always in awe when I find remarkable sites such as Gnome’s Lair and many others, managed by a small group of people or even one person. The dedication you show is enviable and the internet just wouldn’t be the same without you!

Besides working on Slightly Deranged, I’m preparing the imminent announcement and website of my new company, Senscape Interactive. Hey, that’s a scoop!

11.Any plans on new games? What does the future hold?

Yes, many plans as usual, but one thing at a time. I’m working with a new team on an exciting adventure game, definitely a dream come true for fans of Scratches. And what’s even better, this game has been secretly in development for a while so you won’t have to wait that long to play it. Believe me when I tell you this is going to be one scary and unforgettable experience! In fact, we’ll be referring to this game as “Unnamable Project” until it’s officially announced.

Now wait a minute... those have been TWO scoops! I guess you caught me in a good mood today. Thank you again for giving me this great opportunity to chat and I wish you the very best with Gnome’s Lair!

Thank you, and please stop making me blush! Can't wait for more of your games, mind...

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Mar 1, 2010

Ultimul: a new freeware PC game

Ultimul, a brand new indie PC game available for free (according to this post's title at least), is a most interesting variant of the Tower Defense genre, that slighlty reminded me of Plants vs Zombies. It is thus an action/strategy hybrid where players try to defend their base from waves of enemies -and more than a few bosses- by building and upgrading their defenses and, interestingly, by targeting enemy units. It also is a good game. And, banal as it might sound, a pretty addictive one too.

What's more, Ultimul comes complete with online leaderboards, some simple yet very pleasant graphics and a brilliantly weird electro soundtrack. Feels very polished too, which is quite an achievement, considering it's an almost one-man indie project. Download it for free from this place. It's definitely worth a try.

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