Miracle Fly Gameplay

Miracle Fly

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Making a game focused around unusual controls is rarely easy and always carries a good amount of risk. If the controls aren’t too different from what players are used to the unique element might feel like it is tacked on to an otherwise generic game, but exceptionally unusual controls may leave most players feeling frustrated or confused and ruin the game as a whole. Miracle Fly walks the thin line between too generic and too unwieldy and results in an experience which feels unique and innovative while still being simple and easy to learn.

V Prototype Gameplay

V Prototype

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NOTE: The developer’s own site no longer exists so the online high score tables and in-game links to their site will not work.

V Prototype is an inventive, small shmup which, contrary to the genre’s name, does not allow you to shoot things. There are ten short stages available and with no boss fights and two difficulty settings (the higher of which only adds in a certain enemy to stages without really changing much) this game really does feel light on content and does not offer much in the way of replayability beyond trying to achieve a high score. That said, the core mechanics go a long way and every single stage introduces a new hazard or two, often while putting a new twist on an old one.

Burnstar Gameplay


Official Site || Steam Page

If you took the basic concept behind Bomberman and tried to apply it to a puzzle game, you would probably get something somewhat like Burnstar. Though the focus here is upon collecting stars instead of killing enemies, you’ll be blowing up plenty of blocks with plus-shaped bomb explosions. That said, Burnstar is a game which does not hesitate to add in both plenty of new mechanics and enough significant changes to the Bomberman formula that the resemblance is ultimately largely superficial.

Yokai Memory Matching

Yokai Memory

Official Site (Japanese) || Freem Page || Game Jolt Page

Yokai Memory is the only game I can think of which attempts to combine memory matching with fast arcade-style platforming and the result is surprisingly successful. This is definitely an arcade platformer first and a matching game second, though the matching element is far from insignificant. Though this is a game by a Japanese developer, there isn’t much to worry about in terms of translation issues as this is not at all a text-heavy game and, aside from the title screen, all of the text is in English. Yokai Memory is, overall, a very simple, very challenging game so let’s start by focusing on the most important part, the gameplay.

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.