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Tigershark

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER: GAME DEVELOPER:n-Space GAME PUBLISHER:GT Interactive Copyright 1997, n-Space Tigershark is an above-average shooter that is better known on the Playstation console. Developed by n-Space and published by GT Interactive, the game is set in the near future, pitting you against the entire Russian army who [...]



Mall Monster

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Ryan Juckett GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2002, Ryan Juckett Mall Monster is a great game from a team of programmers at Digipen Institute of Technology. You play a little kid who has been locked inside a mall, and now it’s the middle of the night [...]



Kingpin: Life of Crime

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER: GAME DEVELOPER:Xatrix Entertainment GAME PUBLISHER:Interplay Copyright 1999, Xatrix Entertainment Kingpin is a great FPS from Xatrix/Interplay that remains largely underrated – mostly because of numerous bugs in the first release that were finally fixed. Although it is not a “classic” in a sense that Half-Life [...]



Ork Attack

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Jimmy Riley GAME DEVELOPER:Acoders GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, Jimmy Riley Wunda Flossy and Ork Attack are two quality entries in One Switch Competition. (Actually, Ork Attack was not finished in time for the competition, but it was the author’s intent to enter). Wunda Flossy finished second, [...]



Wunda Flossy

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER: GAME DEVELOPER:Ovine by Design GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, Ovine by Design Wunda Flossy and Ork Attack are two quality entries in One Switch Competition. (Actually, Ork Attack was not finished in time for the competition, but it was the author’s intent to enter). Wunda Flossy [...]



Sky Puppy

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Daniel Roth & Michael Stearns GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, Daniel Roth & Michael Stearns Sky Puppy is a great entry in Retro Remakes’ One Switch Competition that deserves to finish in the top three, except it did not. Your goal: fly a puppy as [...]



Lumines

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Tetsuya Mizuguchi & Kaikai GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, Kaikai Lumines is a superb fanmade PC translation of a hit Sony PSP game of the same name that many are already calling the best game ever made for that portable console. One of the best [...]



Jailbreak

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Stephen Roantree GAME DEVELOPER:Deliberate Games GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, Deliberate Games Billed as a “sneak ‘em up,” Jailbreak is a fun top-down action game that really does fit its bill. As a prisoner who is one day given an opportunity to escape his cell, your goal [...]



A Game With A Kitty

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Bernhard Politsch GAME DEVELOPER:Fallen Angel Industries GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, Bernhard Politsch A Game With A Kitty is a great “short but sweet” 2D platformer that harks back to the good old days of SNES games. Although the game is quite short (it will take joystick [...]



Gunroar

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Kenta Cho GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, Kenta Cho Gunroar is a cool 360-degree top-down shooter from Kenta Cho, talented Japanese developer best known for rRootage and several other excellen shooters that feature abstract graphics, innovative gameplay, and nonstop action. Like Mr. Cho’s other games, [...]



Zombie Smashers X2

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Jim Silva GAME DEVELOPER:Totally Screwed GAME PUBLISHER:Totally Screwed Copyright 2005, Totally Screwed Zombie Smashers X2 is a superb shareware follow-up to Zombie Smashers X, a great beat ‘em up game reviewed earlier on this site. Derek Yu (of Blackeye Software fame) says it all in his [...]



Caveship

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Generation Stars GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, Generation Stars Caveship is a fun entry in Retro Remakes’ One Switch Competition. The game is similar to UrthWurm but with even simpler controls: like other games in the competition, you use only one key in the game. [...]



Mission Missyo

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:G.R.C GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, G.R.C Mission Missyo from Japanese developer group called G.R.C. is a neat turn-based puzzle game that plays like a tribute to Blizzard’s excellent The Lost Vikings game and its sequel. Your goal is to lead three anime-style ninjas through [...]



Babala

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Pavel Richter GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, Pavel Richter One of the best turn-based brainteasers I have come across, Babala is a great and fiendishly difficult freeware puzzler by Czech author Pavel Richter. If you love games in the DROD series, you will likely enjoy [...]



Starscape

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Mark Featherstone GAME DEVELOPER:Moonpod GAME PUBLISHER:Moonpod Copyright 2003, Moonpod Starscape is a superb 2D shooter/strategy mix from Moonpod Software, an independent software house founded by 3 industry experts. The combination of nonstop action, strategic elements (mainly R&D options on your fleet), an interesting “space opera” plot [...]



Flatspace

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Mark Sheeky GAME DEVELOPER:Cornutopia GAME PUBLISHER:Cornutopia Copyright 2005, Cornutopia One of the best space combat/trading games I have ever come across, Flatspace from Cornutopia Software is a stunning and addictive game that is well worth the $20 price tag, and fondly recalls the good old days [...]



Splinter Source

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Jerry GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, Jerry Splinter Source is a fun fanmade game based on Splinter Cell. Similar to Codename: Gordon and DOOM 2D, Splinter Source presents a dimensional shift from 3D to 2D. In the author’s words: “You don’t play as Sam Fisher, [...]



Crystal Towers

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:David Newton GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, David Newton Crystal Towers is yet another great freeware platformer game with the quality to rival commercial releases, amateurish graphics notwithstanding. Obviously inspired by Apogee’s classics like the Commander Keen games, Crystal Towers casts you as Bernard, the [...]



Fracas [Geckosoft]

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER: GAME DEVELOPER:Geckosoft GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 1997, Geckosoft Fracas is a solid clone of Bomberman from Geckosoft, a short-lived shareware developer. As a wizard, your job is to lay magical bombs around the screen to defeat various enemies. The game supports 4-player hotseat mode (although the [...]



Genocide Sa-Ga

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER: GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2004, Unknown Genocide Sa-Ga is a fanmade one-on-one fighting game using characters from Square’s Romancing Sa-Ga RPG series that were huge in Japan but never were translated into English. Even if you have never played the RPG, you will probably [...]



Silence of the Chicks

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Oren Bartal GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, Oren Bartal Silence of the Chicks is a superb puzzle game by Oren Bartal, maker of Ultimate Super Stack, a classic QBASIC game reviewed elsewhere on this site. The goal is simple: as a sheep, you must catch [...]



Dan! Da! Dan!

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:OMEGA GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2004, OMEGA Dan! Da! Dan! (yes, I’d like to know what this hard-to-spell title means, too) is a fun mix between puzzle and vertical shooter from OMEGA, the author of freeware classic Every Extend. A cool game that is reminiscent [...]



Reap, The

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER: GAME DEVELOPER:Housemarque GAME PUBLISHER:Take 2 Interactive Copyright 1997, Housemarque One of the best-looking shooters ever released, The Reap from Finnish developer Housemarque features stunning visual effects and huge 3D-modelled levels spanning 4 different worlds. As the official blurb says, the game uses “…rendered graphics to [...]



Moon Child

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Reinier von Viet GAME DEVELOPER:Team Hoi GAME PUBLISHER:Valkieser Copyright 1997, Team Hoi Moon Child is a fun but little-known 2D platform game that was sold in limited distribution by Dutch multimedia giant Valkieser in 1997. Billed as “oldskool gaming as it’s meant to be,” this 13-level [...]



ArmJoe

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Takase GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, Takase ArmJoe is a great 2D one-on-one fighting game coded with ASCII’s Fighter Maker program. The game is an unofficial tribute to the Les Miseables broadway musical, which is in turn based on Victor Hugo’s epic novel of the [...]



Driver

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Martin Edmondson GAME DEVELOPER:Reflections Interactive GAME PUBLISHER:Atari Games Copyright 1999, Reflections Interactive Driver is a superb driving action game from Reflections Interactive, the team behind Destruction Derby series. You play a police officer who is assigned to go undercover as driver for a crime syndicate. Your [...]



Liquisity

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Mr. Chubigans GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, Mr. Chubigans Liquisity is a fun Game Maker game from Mr. Chubigans, creator of other GM classics like Ore No Ryori and The Sandbox of God. The game is a fun puzzle/platformer hybrid that boasts 50 levels, fun [...]



DROD: Journey to Rooted Hold

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Erik Hermansen GAME DEVELOPER:Caravel Games GAME PUBLISHER:Caravel Games Copyright 2005, Caravel Games DROD: Journey to Rooted Hold is a wonderful sequel to Deadly Rooms of Death (or, more precisely, DROD: Architects’ Edition which is the freeware upgrade of the original), one of the most addictive and [...]



Vigilance on Talos V

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:John Pollard GAME DEVELOPER:PolyEx Software GAME PUBLISHER:PolyEx Software Copyright 1997, PolyEx Software One of the rarest shareware games ever made, Vigilance on Talos V is a decent 2D side-scrolling platformer made by PolyEx Software, who had better luck with the OS/2 version of this game. You [...]



Atomic Butcher

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:David Schwingenschlgl & Roland Moritz GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, David Schwingenschlgl & Roland Moritz Atomic Butcher is a fun 2D platformer in the same vein as Abuse, except much more violent, long, and potentially offensive (your main weapon is a stream of piss (!), [...]



Bernard and Hank

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Hayo van Reek GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, Hayo van Reek Bernard and Hank is yet another fun and free 2D platformer from the talented group of amateur programmers who code games with Click Team game-making applications. The review says it all: “When you first [...]



Tower of Goo Unlimited

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Kyle Gabler GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, Kyle Gabler Tower of Goo Unlimited is a very addictive ‘coffee break’ game that is based on a simple premise: drag goo balls to form “joints” of a structure, making it as high as possible. Like other games [...]



Darwinia

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER: GAME DEVELOPER:Introversion GAME PUBLISHER:Introversion Copyright 2005, Introversion One of the most refreshingly original and addictive genre-bending games I have played in years, Darwinia is a beautiful, unique, and fun stategy/RPG/action hybrid from Introversion, makers of the superb hacker simulation called Uplink which I reviewed in [...]



Squares X

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER: GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, Unknown Squares X is a fun coffee break action game coded in Game Maker. The review at Gamemakergames.com says it all about one of the best fanmade remakes of addictive Flash games: “Squares X is a clone of the [...]



The Historical League of Bouncy Boxing

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:David Lloyd GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, David Lloyd A clever and skillful use of the Adventure Game Studio adventure game engine, The Historical League of Bouncy Boxing is a cool multiplayer beat ‘em up that plays like a cross between The Ancient Art of [...]



Serai Puzzle

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER: GAME DEVELOPER:NZP GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, NZP Serai Puzzle is yet another neat little brainteaser from NZP, maker of excellent freeware solitaire and puzzle games for Windows. Your goal in this one is to move the numbered tiles to arrange the numbers in order. The [...]



Wandering Fighter

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Miguel Perez GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, Miguel Perez



Jonny RPG

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Jonathan Smeby GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2004, Jonathan Smeby Jonny RPG is a great action/RPG hybrid from



Wire Robo

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Team Dangeroude GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2002, Team Dangeroude Wire Robo is a fun and unique shooter that plays like a cross between a regular vertical SHMUP and Wire Hang Redux, reviewed elsewhere on this site. Instead of piloting a ship, in this game you [...]



Super Monster Painter Extreme

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Johan Peitz GAME DEVELOPER:Free Lunch Design GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, Free Lunch Design Super Monster Painter Extreme is yet another addictive cartoony arcade game from Johan Peitz of Free Lunch Design, maker of a great freeware classic called Icy Tower. In the author’s words, this is [...]



Ragdoll Matrix

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Artturi Piipponen GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2004, Artturi Piipponen Ragdoll Matrix is a fun freeware action game made with Game Maker by Artturi Piipponen. Inspired by tAAt’s Truck Dismount and Stair Dismount games, the purpose of Ragdoll Matrix, as the name suggests, is to dodge [...]



Winged Gear

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Zap GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2004, Zap Winged Gear is a fun top-down 2D “arena shooter” from Japan. Your goal is simple: clear each room of enemies within the allotted time before moving onto the next. The graphics is crisp, the animation is smooth, and [...]



Doukutsu Monogatari

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Pixel GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2004, Pixel Doukutsu Monotagari (“Cave Story” in English) is an excellent freeware side-scrolling platformer/adventure game from Pixel, Japanese maker of the also-superb Ikachan game (reviewed elsewhere on this website). Formerly a Japanese-only title, the game is now available in full [...]



Deadline [2004]

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER: GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2004, Unknown Deadline from Japan is a very cool polygon-based vertical shooter that lets you switch between 4 different weapons on the fly. The hefty size is more than made up for by excellent graphics and sound effects. Similar to [...]



Essence Child

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER: GAME DEVELOPER:Living Energy Productions GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, Living Energy Productions Essence Child is a great brainteaser from Living Energy Productions, a small group of amateur designers. In addition to offering devious non-timed levels that recall the best of Chip’s Challenge, the game comes with [...]



Finger Flashing

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER: GAME DEVELOPER:Affect GAME PUBLISHER:Affect Copyright 1999, Affect Finger Flashing is a cool reflex-oriented puzzle game from Japan. The game plays like a cool arcade version of rock-paper-scissors game, with cutesy graphics and lots of extras. Andy DeWilde’s thorough review at his website says it all [...]



mono

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER: GAME DEVELOPER:Binary Zoo [2004] GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2005, Binary Zoo [2004] Billed as a game that is “part Asteroids, part Robotron, and part PaintShop Pro,” mono from freeware developer Binary Zoo amazingly fits the bill quite well. Although not a revolutionary game by any means, [...]



1993tris

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Young Chung GAME DEVELOPER:Ninano Software GAME PUBLISHER:Ninano Software Copyright 1993, Ninano Software One of the strangest Tetris games I have ever come across, 1993tris by Korean developer Young Chung, who later founded a very innovative but short-lived one-man shareware company called Ninano Software. 1993tris adds dozens [...]



Nikujin

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER:Ikiki GAME DEVELOPER:Freeware GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware Copyright 2004, Ikiki Nikujin is a fun ninja-style freeware platformer from Ikiki, the lone Japanese designer who brought us Teppoman, among other cool 2D side-scrolling games. Nikujin retains the same minimalistic approach as Ikiki’s previous games: bare-bones graphics, smooth but simplistic [...]



Crime Killer

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From the Database of Home of the Underdogs GAME DESIGNER: GAME DEVELOPER:Pixelogic GAME PUBLISHER:Interplay Copyright 1998, Pixelogic Crime Killer is a fun and much-overlooked arcade racing/shooter game from Interplay, coded by Britain’s Pixelogic. The premise: in the future, you are the son of a cop who died in the line of duty. Determined to follow [...]