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High Strangeness photo
A super-meta jaunt through through 12-bit gaming
Ever since the big Kickstarter boom of 2012, there's never been a short supply of developers looking to get their next title going through crowdfunding. From metroidvania action-RPG titles referencing the golden years of game... read feature

Syphon Filter tasers photo
Syphon Filter tasers

Syphon Filter! That's not how tasers work!


Advanced flame throwers
Mar 26
We were messing with some unearthed PlayStation 1 demo discs over as casa mia last night. It was a bit of nostalgia hit, flipping between video panes. Also, why didn't anyone tell me about Tobal 2? It looks like a fisticuffs... read
Mega Man Unlimited photo
Mega Man Unlimited

Mega Man Unlimited gets super tough Omega bosses and more


I just checked, and yes, this game is still money
Mar 12
Your eyes do not deceive! Tony Ponce is writing about Mega Man on the front page! I want to talk today about Mega Man Unlimited, the fan game I reviewed nearly two years ago that made me cry manly tears. You remember that tas... read
Sega 3D Classics photo
Race with flair on March 12
One of the great things about Sega's ongoing 3DS Classics series is that it allows retro games from the publisher's past to find a new audience. And given its rich and diverse history of quirky and fan-favorite titles, there'... read feature

AIPD GDC trailer photo
AIPD GDC trailer

Beautiful UE4-powered shooter AIPD coming to GDC


This GDC trailer is chock-full of glowey, shooty twin-stick goodness
Feb 27
Artificial Intelligence Police Department, or AIPD for short, is an upcoming top-down, twin-stick shooter from Frankfurt-based studio Blazing Badger. It recently released this luminous new trailer for its debu... read
From Software photo
From Software

Dark Souls developer's PS1 classic Shadow Tower rated by ESRB


From Software's first-person roots
Feb 26
From Software doesn't just make Demon's/Dark Souls and Bloodborne. The company created Armored Core, too. It also followed its King's Field games with another first-person, skeletal RPG, Shadow Tower. Shadow Tower has be... read
Carmen Sandiago ND photo
Carmen Sandiago ND

Rare North Dakota-themed Carmen Sandiego game has surfaced


You're darn tootin'!
Feb 18
In the late '80s the Carmen Sandiego series was immensely popular and over 20 states were looking to get in on that red hot edutainment action. Details are sketchy on exactly what happened, but Where in North Dakota is Carme... read
Strafe demo photo
Strafe demo

This demo for Strafe didn't make my head explode


But the shotgun is '90s-era fun
Feb 17
I liked the look of Strafe, a 1996-style first-person shooter. As of today, I like how it plays, too. In the final hours of the game's Kickstarter run, a PC/Mac demo has come out for backers and non-backers alike. Can it help... read
Czech PlayStation ads photo
Czech PlayStation ads

These Czech PlayStation ads make me feel like a criminal


I just got sickled and hammered
Feb 01
These ads come from not too long after the Iron Curtain became the Iron Drapes, and Western culture began flooding the former Warsaw Pact. It's obvious that there was still a little bit of a learning experience going on in 19... read
Strafe photo
Strafe

1996-style shooter Strafe looks like the start of something great


10 minutes of developer-commentated footage
Jan 29
I've greatly enjoyed the promotional work that's gone into Strafe, also known as STRAFE®, also known as "the goriest shooter of 1996." But beyond the head-exploding live-action throwback trailer, wonderful as that was (h... read
Jump'N'Shoot Attack! photo
Jump'N'Shoot Attack!

Jump'N'Shoot Attack! aims to be the next big anti-mobile game


Auto-run structure, NES in every other way
Jan 29
It wasn't that long ago that auto-run platformers were novel, even quaint. Bit.Trip RUNNER, Canabalt, Vib-Ribbon, and even Anthony Burch's Runner all managed to get out to the market before Endless Runner stigma became a par... read
Pretty good photo
Pretty good

Strafe's bleeding edge graphics and gameplay will literally blow your mind


'Sure Missy. I mean, mom.'
Jan 20
Well, if you're going to cut a trailer for "the goriest shooter of 1996," this is how you do it. Enjoying the ironic aggressive marketing of the campaign, complete with stylized title (STRAFE®) popping up everywhere.  read
Woah Dave! NES photo
Woah Dave! NES

You could play Woah Dave! on an actual NES cart


What other games would you like to see in cartridge form?
Jan 19
Do you ever think about what it would be like to play your favorite sprite-based indie games on the consoles they were influenced by? Well, you might be able to do just that with Woah Dave!, an NES-inspired game which could p... read
Crystal Catacombs photo
Crystal Catacombs

Kickstarter-funded Crystal Catacombs arrives on Steam tomorrow


Classic 2D platforming meets roguelike randomness
Jan 14
After nearly three years in development, Levels or Lives' retro-inspired roguelike pixel art platformer Crystal Catacombs is almost ready to make its debut on Steam. Successfully funded on Kickstarter in July of 2012,  ... read
The Depths of Tolagal photo
The Depths of Tolagal

The Depths of Tolagal is fairly brutal, but it's also addictive


Have I mentioned the Destructoid community has a great taste in games?
Jan 06
Knowing my penchant for habitually tinkering around with retro-inspired roguelike games that I dig up on Steam, community badass and all-around awesome person Phil Ken Sebben tapped me on the shoulde... read
Softporn II photo
Softporn II

Wolfenstein, Prince of Persia, Softporn II: 2,400 MS-DOS games playable free in-browser


The short-lived adventures of pornman and porngal
Jan 06
The Internet Archive has added to its archive with nearly 2,400 MS-DOS games that are all playable right in your browser, right here. I've flitted between between Prince of Persia, Donkey Kong, and Aladdin within minutes... read
Thimbleweed Park photo
Thimbleweed Park

Monkey Island creator on Kentucky Route Zero, designing worlds and not sucking


Iím looking for 30 dead guys and one woman
Dec 15
It's time for part two of our interview series with Gary Winnick and Ron Gilbert, two of the fathers of the Point & Click genre. as we count down to the end of their Thimbleweed Park Kickstarter. Talking to these leg... read
Thimbleweed Park photo
'Mommy, I'm worried! He hasn't eaten in five years!'
The Thimbleweed Park Kickstarter is almost over! We're celebrating this historic event with an explosive interview series starring not one, but two amazing middle aged men -- Mr. Ron Gilbert (Monkey Island) and Mr. Gary ... read feature

Doom behind the scenes photo
Doom behind the scenes

Let's look at some cool behind-the-scenes pictures of Doom


Romero brought presents
Dec 11
In celebration of Doom's 21st birthday, Brett shared a personal anecdote about how the iconic game came into his life at an early age and refused to leave. He didn't include Doomguy's midriff in the article, much to my chagri... read
Joylancer photo
I might steal the uncle's joke, I have to admit
Jed's back with more of his ride through Joylancer: Legendary Motor Knight. Jed relates a story of his uncle's lame, perv-y jokes at Thanksgiving, admits he's lost his passion for collectibles, and just straight up forgets everything that's happened so far. read feature

Joylancer photo
Get it? Like a B-hole
We have heard your cries for more beard, and they are not going unanswered. Today the second part of Jed conquering Joylancer is available for your quivering senses. So, feast your eyes on this Game Boy Color-esque hack 'n' slash adventure, while the beard commentates with his joyful lance in hand. read feature

Joylancer photo
Get your motor runnin'
Jed's back with another retro-style indie game. Joylancer: Legendary Motor Knight puts players in an old school side-scrolling hack 'n' slash with Game Boy Color graphical sensibilities. Jed got to revving up his motorized lance and just absorbed the good vibrations. read feature

20th anniversary  photo
Double Fine, BioWare, Guerilla, Naughty Dog devs and more weigh in
The PlayStation 20th anniversary that spawned this limited edition, PS1-themed PS4 continues its nostalgia fest over at the PlayStation Blog, where developers like Tim Schafer (Double Fine), Neil Druckmann (Naughty Dog),... read feature

Strafe photo
Strafe

Strafe is the goriest, most realistic shooter of 1996


Children, avert your eyes
Nov 26
I am tempted to just post the email we got about Strafe (stylized as STRAFE®), because it is a masterpiece of videogame marketing. With phrases like "not for the faint of heart" and "we understand if our game is too real... read
Arcade games photo
Arcade games

Well, you can rent an arcade cabinet for your house for $75 per month


If you live in the Bay Area or Sacramento
Nov 25
Oh, San Francisco. You always have the coolest/wackiest/weirdest business ideas. Like this start-up that's offering an arcade cabinet delivered to your house for $75/month. That's just San Francisco enough to work! All You Ca... read
Arcade games photo
Arcade games

How does 900 classic arcade games in your browser sound?


Sounds pretty darn a-okay to me
Nov 04
Fancy the greatest classic gaming selection of all time? It's not at some fabled arcade where the sound of dropping quarters and eight-bit music drowns out the dimmed oldies rock station playing over the worn out speakers. No... read
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! photo
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!

Watch Mike Tyson get punched out in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!


Spoilers
Oct 30
I would apologize for the spoiler in the headline, but come on. We all know what was going to happen. It takes tons of practice to work up to Mike Tyson in Punch-Out!!, so of course the real Mike Tyson is not going to stand ... read
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The Dream of the 70s-90s is alive in Portland
If you live in the Pacific Northwest, perhaps you attended the fifth annual Portland Retro Gaming Expo which took place the weekend before last. If you didn't, well -- here's a lovely pile of photos that the talented Geoffrey... read feature

Retro-Pixel Castles photo
Retro-Pixel Castles

Retro-Pixel Castles is all the work of just one person


This indie strategy game has hit its Kickstarter goal
Oct 17
Trendy survival games like Rust and Don't Starve have had one interesting feature that rarely get's talked about: you can't actually win at these games. That's the main concept behind the small-scale Retro-Pixel Castles, an ... read
GameGirl photo
GameGirl

Nostalgia time! Every Game Boy start screen


Nearly 3 hours
Oct 07
I haven't finished the video yet, so sorry if at the 2 hour and 12 minute mark it baits and switches to a stupid argument on whether or not certain foodstuffs count as sandwiches, or just a bunch of music videos of lil Frank... read
Pier Solar HD photo
Pier Solar HD

Pier Solar HD is finally set to arrive on multiple platforms next week


After a Genesis-only release
Sep 24
After a series of delays, Pier Solar is finally set to arrive on multiple platforms outside of the Genesis, which it was released for back in 2010. On September 30th you'll be able to pick it up on PS3, PS4, PC, an... read
Joylancer photo
Joylancer

Joylancer, the love letter to the Game Boy, will hit Early Access in October 26th


Watch the trailer if you love retro games
Sep 10
[Update: the Steam listing page is live right now.] Joylancer has been on my radar for quite a while now. It's an independent production that seeks to recreate the great feeling of the Game Boy era, with a solid platforming ... read






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