Breeder Series

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It’s not particularly scary and it’s rarely all that graphic, but I will forever be a fan of Lovecraftian cosmic horror. What it lacks in actual spookiness it makes up for in spades with raw atmosphere, with a sense of mystery mixed with a subtle, uncanny valley-style feeling of ‘wrongness’. Breeder and especially its semi-sequel Breeder: Homegrown capture this atmosphere wonderfully well and make for great, short additions to a genre largely founded upon great short stories.

Halloween Wars Page
Note: I have replaced the boss music with the royalty-free song “Evil Returns” by Myuu. Please see the video description for more info.

Halloween Wars is a game which takes a risky and creative approach to turn-based combat by combining it with rock-paper-scissors. The end result is clunky in some spots and doesn’t always work out, but there is enough charm and genuine innovation here that it’s well worth a look.

Infested Page || Bandcamp Soundtrack Page

It’s one thing to be inspired by a game, but it’s another thing entirely to successfully recreate and even, in some ways, improve upon the formula of the original. Infested is a point-and-click adventure game heavily inspired by Uninvited and other famous ICOM Simulations games and it perfectly captures the sense of mystery, adventure, and, of course, danger which made those old games so great while also taking advantage of some more modern design philosophy to cut down on the elements which could make those games so very, very frustrating.

MANOS: The Hands of Fate – Director’s Cut

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So many fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 are familiar with Manos: The Hands of Fate that this B-movie has gained a cult following of its own, so it should come as no surprise that there’s a fangame out there. In fact, there are somehow no less than three wildly different Manos fangames floating around (and likely more), but this one is my favorite. Combining references to the movie itself with nods to other fan-favorite MST3K movies and NES games for good measure, MANOS: The Hands of Fate – Director’s Cut provides a thoroughly enjoyable and varied, if not particularly original, retro action platforming experience.

a dead world’s dream

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NOTE: the lag in the hub town in the above video is fixed in the current beta release on Steam and will likely be fixed within the official release a few days from the posting of this article.

It may not exactly be the best looking game and there may be a rather noticeable amount of lag in the main hub town, but a dead world’s dream is an otherwise very enjoyable and surprisingly well-designed nonlinear platformer.