Brand new, you’re retro
Nostalgia’s powerful stuff. It can bring old games back from the dead in remastered HD editions. It can also bring mockup games that never existed at all into being. When Tron: Legacy was released in 2010, Disney hired 42 Entertainment to develop a playable browser version of the SpaceParanoids arcade game seen in Tron. Over on Kongregate, a nostalgic coder recreated The CavernOfTheEvil
Wizard from Big. It’s playable, although it’s confined to the single screen shown in the movie and locked on an inevitable timer as the wizard prepares to zap you with his ice sceptre. If you are quick, you have time to push the limits of the text parser. (Typing something juvenile such as “Pee” rewards you with “Ah, that feels better! Now slay the evil wizard.”) The best of the bunch, though, is the 8bit arcade game Fix-It Felix
Jr from Wreck-It Ralph. A cross between
DonkeyKong and Rampage, it not only exists as a playable arcade cabinet and browser game, but also has its very own viral video, which claims to be a TV spot dating back to 1982.