Three for the Road: January 2nd, 2011.

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Three for the Road[ JAN . 02 . 2011 ]

Welcome back folks. I hope everyone had a great New Years! You may have noticed that we skipped last weeks Quick Peeks segment, and that's simply due to things being fairly hectic around here... Add to that, I'm also working on getting my Armchair Arcade Radio segment finished up.

Anyway, we've got a great selection of games lined up for today. First up is a remake of one of the first real-time 3D games for an 8-bit system. Second, a remake of an early split genre action game with a Halloween theme. Lastly, a curtain fire shoot'em with a resemblance to the great Touhou shooters by ZUN.

Read more here.

3D Ant AttackHere is a fine remake of a groundbreaking title released for the ZX Spectrum back in 1983. In 3D Ant Attack you take on the role of a nameless hero sent into a city overrun by giant ants. Your goal is to find the trapped damsel and guide her to the safety of the city gate. You are given grenades which can be used to stun or kill the ants. Stunned ants can be used as a platform to jump to higher levels. You are also given a radar to help you locate the lost lady in question.
CauldronNext up, we have a remake of Cauldron; a classic shoot'em up platformer released back in 1985 for the C64, Speccy and CPC. The object of the game is to collect various ingredients to create a spell that can defeat the Pumpking. During the game you will encounter various Halloween themed baddies such as Bats, Ghosts, Skulls, Pumpkins, etc. Gameplay is split between various genres such as the initial shoot'em up stage which is similar to Defender and the later platforming stages... This serves to keep the gameplay interesting, but may not appeal to people who only like one of those two genres. Still, it's free, it's a classic and well worth the time to download and have a play through.
CauldronLa Soeur de Barrage is a fantastic shmup done in the style of the Touhou shooters created by ZUN of Team Shanghai Alice. La Soeur de Barrage is a vertical shooter with an emphasis placed on boss battles. There are also a ton of great bullet barrage patterns to contend with.

Simple shmup tip for curtain fire (danmaku) shooters: Let your eyes go into soft focus... watch the patterns and not the boss. Many folks have trouble with these games because they worry about the boss and not the bullets (curtains, barrages, etc). You still need to be familiar with the boss in regards to special attacks... one off laser shots, etc. But for the most part, it's the bullets that do the damage... not the target dancing away at the top of the screen.

Download the game here.

Hope you enjoyed this weeks selection. I'm always interested in hearing about new indie works... or even old games that may have slipped my radar.

If there is a game you would like to see showcased please drop me a line and I'll try and work it into a future segment.