Micro Mages is certainly a flagship title in the NES homebrew library. It ran one of the most successful Kickstarter campaign for a homebrew game, received a lot of praises and is still very actual. So, is the game worth all the craze?
Thanks to the holidays, I took some time to play some homebrew games. And high on the list was Witch n’ Wiz by Matt Hughson. I was waiting for my Limited Run collector’s edition to come in. And it came. And I played. And it was a blast!
Rollie is a typical 8-bit platformer with a fun bouncy ball mechanic. It was designed to fit the early NES cartridge limit of 40 kilo bytes, so it feels like an early NES title, with all its pros and cons. The game concept is great in theory, but is lacking a bit in execution, probably…
I worked a lot on the code lately so I didn’t have any visual update to post. However, I just finish the power-up system! A thing that would have take 2 hours to make in a modern game engine, took 20 hours!!! I had to manage memory issue, global variable madness and MMC3 banking extravaganza!…
So far, the intro story was just a boring scrolling text so I decided to make some cutscenes. It turned out very well. The text is still a work in progress. I usually speak french, so I will need a wordsmith to revise all the text in the game. Enjoy!
Alwa’s Awakening 8bit Edition is a really good game. It is a de-make of the original. They did a really good job at downsizing the levels. It brought back childhood memories, when I was playing the original Metroid, or Castlevania II. They had huge worlds to explore. This spoiled generation will never know the fun…
Adventurequest 8-Bit Dungeons & Doomknights is a fun game. A funny game. A fun funny game. And maybe it’s my only complain: The fact that everything in this game is a joke is somewhat annoying, because after a while you start to wonder if it’s worth investing a lot of your time into a joke….
Title screen done! Meet Kharzoid, the evil necromant. This badboy takes a full 4k of background tile, but I think it’s worth it
Here’s some gameplay with 4 paddles. I added temporary music from “The Immortal”, that’s the kind of ambiance I will go for.
I must say that I have mixed feelings. I certainly enjoyed it. There is some nice pixel art, the music is good and there’s a huge map to explore. But don’t expect this game to be what it isn’t. It’s a monster slasher with some RPG elements, it isn’t Zelda, nor Crystalis.