God of Thunder

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If you had a computer in to 90’s, you probably also had at least one CD with hundreds, maybe even thousands, of shareware games on it. Sure, these types of CD’s are still around, but back in the day the games on these CD’s were pretty much the only commercial indie games around. Buried between hundreds of chess, mahjong, and tic-tac-toe clones, these obscure games are truly hidden gems.

Coming from an era where the term ‘indie game’ didn’t even exist and the expected method of payment consisted of sending money in the mail to a P.O. Box and hoping the developer 1) still lived in that area and 2) bothered to send you the password to unlock the full game, many of these gaming relics have been buried deep beneath the sands of time, lost and forgotten. God of Thunder is one such game, now free on Steam, and it contains all the cheesy humor, rad tunes, silly sound effects, and somewhat clunky combat you might expect from a 1994 shareware game alongside some design decisions which feel surprisingly ahead of their time.


It’s October, and that means all sorts of indie horror games are going to start popping up just in time for Halloween. FAITH is one such game and it takes the retro aesthetic even farther back than usual with graphics inspired by the likes of the ZX Spectrum and plenty of computerized ‘voice acting’ that would feel right at home in an 80’s arcade game (Sinistar comes to mind). Starring a priest who has returned to the secluded site of a failed exorcism, FAITH wields its minimalism like a rather sharp knife.

This is a fairly short game, but it’s also a respectably dense game, packed with enough secrets, lore, and alternate endings to more than double your playtime if you want to see everything. Whether it tasks you with wandering through the woods alongside a retro rendition of “Moonlight Sonata” or creeping through a house in dead silence, FAITH knows how to use emptiness and absence to create constant tension.

Mercury Station

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Mercury Station or, more specifically, Lo-Res Spaceman at Mercury Station, is a rather old Game Maker game which itself harks back to even older FPS games. While freeware 3D indie games may be rather common now, they were exceptionally rare back when Mercury Station was released (excluding Doom mods and the like), making this something of a technical marvel. Though it has its share of flaws, perhaps most notably its lack of a map, Mercury Station nevertheless has plenty of entertainment to offer with an open approach to progression, interesting weapons, and varied regions.

The full article will arrive on Friday, September 29!

Three Ghostly Roses

Three Ghostly Roses Page

Edmund Brigham doesn’t know where he is, or even who he really is for that matter, but with an image of a rose burning in his mind he’s prepared to travel across a strange and hostile land to discover his purpose. Three Ghostly Roses is an indie RPG as ephemeral as its name, lasting only about three hours, but it’s an excellent story told exceptionally well. Though the central story is a rather serious one, it’s peppered with bits of humor and supported by a custom, evolving turn-based combat system where you’ll be dropkicking skeletons and uppercutting demons.

The full article will arrive on Thursday, August 24! Something pretty serious ended up happening recently. I’ll write the rest of this article once things settle down. Sunday, August 27 is the tentative release date for this article, but that might end up changing.

Mega Maker

Mega Maker

Official Site

As someone who was incredibly excited for Mega Man Universe before it got cancelled, I cannot express just how happy I am to see a game like Mega Maker. Giving Mega Man the Mario Maker treatment is an idea I would still love to see Capcom officially act on, but as it stands this fangame holds its own with an intuitive and easy to use level editor, plenty of customization options, and, most importantly, built-in online capabilities for uploading, downloading, and rating levels.