Three for the Road: March 20th, 2011

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Three for the Road[ MAR . 20 . 2011 ]
 03.20.2011Greetings folks! Welcome to the March 20th, 2011 edition of Three for the Road. Sorry for the lack of updates the last couple of weeks but my schedule has just been crazy.

Anyway, I'm back this week with a few more indie games for you to check out. First up we have a new port of a shoot'em up- this time for the venerable Amstrad CPC. Next, we take a look at a new Atari 2600 game with possibly the most horrid storyline since Custer's Revenge. Finally, we look at a shoot'em up that takes on the sensitive topic of bigotry as portrayed by squares and circles.

Great stuff!

I recently mentioned this one over on Shmuptacular and figured it was also worth a mention here as well. Paul Kooistra has recently finished his port of Richard Bayliss and Frank Gasking's Commodore 64 horizontal shooter SUB HUNTER. The game comprises twenty-five levels of mainly horizontal shooter action with a few random "Freeway" or "Frogger" style levels dropped in to mix things up. Anyway, it's well worth a look.. especially because it's free. :-)

I've mirrored the game as well as the emulator over on my site. But you can also grab the disk images from Psytronik's website.

The Wicked Father is a heartwarming tale about a father who locks his family in the basement and turns the water on full blast. Now the wicked father needs your help to escape from the dank depths and cash in on his juicy insurance claim..
.. hey, it's a tough economy. :-)

You can grab the Atari 2600 binary file from the games Facebook page. Also, be sure to grab a 2600 emulator to play the game.

Blockshooter is an abstract shooter from Milk Corporation that sledgehammers it's message of tolerance into the gamer.
From the Site: "In this thrilling bare bones two-dimensional shooting simulation you take the role of a circle who is prejudiced against squares. You gain points for destroying blocks, yet hatred and brutality get you nowhere; violence eventually escalates and it is only a matter of time until you’re consumed by your own bigotry. It is quite simply the most moving and emotional portrayal of discrimination since Schindler’s List."



Bill Loguidice
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Joined: 12/31/1969
I've been wanting to get Sub

I've been wanting to get Sub Hunter on disk for my CPC. I have to make sure the disk drive is working properly, though. I'm very curious how it compares 1:1 with the C-64 version...

Chip Hageman
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Joined: 10/06/2010
I think I actually prefer it

I think I actually prefer it to the C64 version. Seems to control better for me.

Rob Daviau
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Joined: 05/19/2006
Another excellent roundup!

This is why I love Homebrewer's and modern game programmer's for classic system's, how else would we have seen a game like The Wicked Step Father? Good stuff.

Mark Vergeer
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Joined: 01/16/2006
Keep'm coming I say!

Great series! Love every installment and I am getting a lot of excellent games this way!


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