Saturday, December 24, 2011

Free Stuff: And It Doesn't Suck!

     Check it out, mans and womans. I've got a list of amazing independent projects made by game lovers like me... and hopefully you. If you're not a game lover, I'd suggest the cooking blog next door. Anyway, the goal of this post is to outline some of the best free and independent entertainment experiences I've had this year, and I think you should join me as I reminisce.... 

Smash For Game Boy, Except It's For PC!
not sure if real, or demake...

     For those of us who grew up when the best handheld's graphics only came in green, Dan Fornace's Super Smash Land is not only a reminder of why we loved the Game Boy so much, it shows with grace and convincing authenticity that good game design can survive a brutal strip-down, and do so with all of what made this game so good completely intact. This game is Smash Bros. through and through, but it is also a Game Boy game from top to bottom. With loving care, Fornace and his team have re-created the sounds and sights, propelling the player to nostalgia nirvana while also achieving a solid play experience. Even though you may end up playing with a keyboard or a mouse, the controls are so profoundly simple that it affords little suffering. The main drag, for me, came from finding out that I didn't have the full moveset I had become accustomed to as Smash Bros. has evolved over the years. Still, I found that with time, the wide variety of moves weren't essential. In fact, only the essential elements remain, and go a long ways towards proving that there is depth in simplicity.
      Go here and educate yourself!