Fallen Shovel

by Robin ‘Silkworm’ Velu.

In Fallen Shovel, you play as “ShoveLucifer”, imprisoned in Heaven for Shovel related sins. Can you descend through the nine circles of hell to claim your rightful place on the throne? Can you?

Anyway, this is great! It’s a really nice feeling platformer, with some cool level design along the way. I particularly like how it establishes a little vocabulary of game elements, only to then re-purpose things as you get further down. A really nicely made thing, especially for a Ludum Dare 48 hour compo entry.

[Download for Windows (itch.io)]

Mutants From The Deep

by Locomalito and Gryzor87.

This is a brand new game for the MSX, the 1983 home computer mostly sold in Japan, probably most famously associated with Metal Gear. It’s by Locomalito and Gryzor87, the long time collaborators behind many fantastic retro inspired arcade games (including: l’Abbaye des Morts, Maldita Castilla, and my personal favourite, The Curse of Issyos).

Mutants From The Deep doesn’t pull any punches – the game expects you to complete its 7 stages on a single health bar, with no continues. It promises around 25 minutes of game length – “once fully mastered”. This is the sort of thing that, for a lot of people, is going to be totally off-putting, and fair enough. Personally, I find it kinda refreshing. This is a game for a niche audience, and it leans into that, hard.

What I will say for it is this: Locomalito and Gryzor87 do not make hard games for the sake of being “retro”. They have a long history of making deliberate, thoughtfully designed games that push players towards absolute perfection. It’s very easy to make a mess of this sort of thing, and really, really hard to design a game that gets this right – but somehow, Locomalito has managed to design several of them. So, I think making a more determined effort than usual here might be worthwhile.

The windows version just came out yesterday, and you can download it from here:

[Download for Windows (locamalito.com)]

…but I recommend the officially ported MSX version (by Manuel Pazos and Fernando García), which is how the game is really meant to be played.

[Play online (HTML5 MSX Emulator)]

[Download MSX .rom file (retroworks.es)]

get a snack at 4am

by Stixxal.

It’s 4am, and you want a snack. Explore your home, pick up items to solve puzzles and uncover multiple endings, but whatever you do, don’t wake Dad. Unusually for Roblox, this is a completely single player game (the server limit is set to 1).

If you follow Roblox things, you’ve probably heard of this game already – it’s been sort of a big deal, since it launched at the end of last year. If you don’t, I think this is one you should really check out – it feels like it falls somewhere between traditional roblox and traditional indie freeware. Highly recommended.

[Play on Roblox (account signup required)]

Below The Ocean

by Ismael Rodriguez.

Below The Ocean is a super charming and very well-made platformer created for the recent Ludum Dare 48 jam. It’s by Ismael Rodriguez, who also made the excellent LD46 entry, Keep It Alive.

The gif above is a better explanation of how it all works than anything I could write. And the game itself is adorable, fun, and just the right length. A really impressive achievement for being made in just 72 hours!

[Play in Browser (itch.io)]

(via Free Game Planet, thanks!)

Roblox Dream Diary

by Everest Pipkin.

This is an ongoing collection of strange and beautiful places, each one inspired by one of the author’s dreams, connected through a hub world of glowing doorways. I’m still pretty new to Roblox, but I’ve yet to really see anything else like this on the platform.

One of the really interesting things about Roblox is that you play each game as you. As the avatar that you’ve personally created – and it’s the same avatar in almost every game on the platform, no matter whether you’re breaking out of prison, driving trains around rural Wales, or running around in someone else’s dreams. I love that. I think that’s particularly interesting in a game like this.

So far, I’ve only run around in these dream worlds alone, but it looks like the server limit on the game is set to 50 players, and I’m really excited by the idea of exploring these places with more people.

[Play on Roblox (account signup required)]