Just recently, TIGSource held and finished a Bootleg Demakes competition on their forums. The goal? Make a game that is a backwards version of a recently released game, such as Gears of War on the Atari 2600. Not only that, but make it like an old Chinese bootleg, with glitches, silly names, and older systems! The community showed up in force, offering up a whopping 68 entries for voting. Because of the sheer volume of entries, we haven't decided on our picks for Indiedaze yet. But here's some of the games we think you should take notice of!
Dysaster utilizes colored alpha-numeric symbols for all of its graphics, and the traditional @ for the player character. You can do most of the things you could in the original, such as gun down Koreans, explore villages, and use suit options. However, you can't go up and down levels. The limitations of 2D sure are wonderful! The game is in real-time as well, so make sure to pay attention and don't get behind. This game is download only.
S.T.A.C.K.E.R. plays very much like Tetris. However, unlike Tetris, you have a set goal rather than just to reach the highest score possible. You must balance your inventory while moving through the Zone. Make sure you don't overfill your inventory and die as a result. It's a great mix of games and definitely worth playing! This game is download only.
Managing to capture the mood of Silent Hill 2 perfectly is no small feat, and Soundless Mountain II definitely does it. With the slow movement pace, creepy sound, interesting puzzles, and better combat than the original, it's a game that would've been genuinely scary if released back on the NES. That's an accomplishment. This game is download only.
The development team behind Gang Garrison 2 didn't do a true demake, as although it has a mostly-NES style graphic style, it has online multiplayer. But who wouldn't want that? The multiplayer is fun and fast paced, and manages to catch everything I love about TF2 in a 2D freeware package. It's excellent stuff and has taken off admirably. At any point, you can find 3 servers at least to play online. This game is download only, and still has network issues from time to time.
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