A treasure trove of NES games that never were…
The creator of Spelunky is building his own alt-history, with a collection of 50 fake retro games.
From the creator of Spelunky comes a collection of retro minigames… except, no, they’re not Each of UFO 50’s 8-bit-styled offerings is a fully-fledged game in its own right.
The limited colour palettes and chunky sprites are apt for a collection that takes us back to the days of 100-in-one Game Boy carts and those dodgy Spectrum tapes you could buy from car boot sales. That the 50 games on offer here are legitimate titles, each helmed by a director with his own development history (Spelunky, Downwell, Time Barons, and more), with at least an attempt at originality and modern design despite the obvious inspirations, makes it even better.
There’s a story linking the games: all, it goes, were created in the ’80s by an obscure but ‘ahead of its time’ game studio, then lost. That’s actually one of the better conceits we’ve heard, and a 32-colour palette helps stop the games looking too different, and reinforces the fiction of the forgotten studio. The developers say the ‘rediscovered’ games will be “slightly smaller than commercial 8-bit titles,” so don’t go expecting Witcher-like epics, but completing the whole lot could still take you more than 100 hours.
The cartoony artwork has us speculating. Tanks and samurai make sense – but what sort of minigame includes a walrus? Format PC Developer Derek Yu, Eirik Suhrke, Jon Perry, Paul Hubans, Ojiro Fumoto Publisher Mossmouth ETA Summer 2018
This colourful shooter in the Gradius/R-Type mould features a fat ship that reminds us of Jimbo the jet plane. (What do you mean, “I wasn’t born in the 1980s”?)