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Dora the Explorer Boss

Generic Man

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By all rights an action platformer in which Dora the Explorer is a boss should be a rushed, barely functional game made primarily as a joke, especially when it bears the impossible-to-ignore GameMaker Lite watermark. This should certainly be the case, yet Generic Man is amongst the better freeware Mega Man-inspired platformers out there. This is not to say that its flawless, the level design could certainly use some work in spots, but Generic Man both adds some nice twists to the Mega Man formula and takes advantage of its exceptionally varied assortment of ripped sprites in some really creative ways.
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Sig.NULL

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Block-pushing puzzles may very well be the most common types of puzzles in the entire video game industry and games built entirely around this concept are also quite common, so the degree of innovation and unique style found in Sig.NULL is a rather pleasant surprise. Though the basic goal of pushing blocks onto designated areas to complete a level still serves as the backbone to Sig.NULL’s gameplay, the actual way in which this is accomplished and the tools at your disposal are far from normal. These unusual twists to familiar concepts are accomplished in large part due to Sig.NULL taking full advantage of its setting, the inside of a malfunctioning computer.
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AXRIA Retro World

bandicam 2016-01-15 20-32-06-978

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NOTE: Due to some potentially unsolvable recording issues with this game, there is no video at this time.

AXRIA Retro World is an enjoyable, somewhat unpolished, throwback to Game Boy platformers with a few modern tweaks. There are several games which AXRIA takes inspiration from or at least pays homage to, though the Mega Man and Mario series are far and away the most obvious. While all of the music used is taken from other games, most, or possibly even all, of the spritework is original and well-made. The references to Mega Man and Mario games go beyond being merely aesthetic as AXRIA is filled with enemies which behave in virtually identical ways to various foes from the two series while the main villain, Dr. Scarfire, shares more than a few similarities with a certain other mad scientist.
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Eternum

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Eternum is a platformer made in the much-underutilized Arcade Game Studio engine with a large focus on getting a high score and, as its engine’s name suggests, a level of difficulty which would make it feel right at home in an arcade. There are quite a few nods to the Ghosts ‘n Goblins series (and what look to be quite a few sprite rips from Castlevania games for that matter), the main character is even explicitly stated to be Arthur as an old man searching for a way to regain his youth, but Eternum’s gameplay is largely unique despite its aesthetics.
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The Ultimate Celebration

Party Time!

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You can’t celebrate the new year without a proper party, so let’s throw The Ultimate Celebration! It will be dark soon, so you need to hurry up and gather all of your friends. Your twenty friends are a rather varied bunch, including a jellyfish, an angel, and even a snowman, so finding where they’re all hanging out won’t be easy and you’ll need to hurry if you want to watch the shooting stars together with all of them.
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