Though not the hard-hitting action title its gruff hero might imply, Metal Blob Solid offers well-designed levels and demonstrates the amateur ingenuity of the early open-source game movement.
Big on profits, light on ethics, and lavishly excessive in detail, the business simulator Capitalism is, for better or worse, an accurate look at what it’s like to run a big corporation.
Where do the outliers fit into gaming history? My article about Comer, a surreal self-published CD-ROM game from 1998, is now available in ROMchip: A Journal of Game Histories!
The free, defunct multiplayer shooter Control Monger has a unique defensive gameplay keeps you constantly moving. To learn what it was like, I brought in some friends!
The rusty sci-fi future of Cybermercs enlivens its repetitive role-playing shooting gallery gameplay, at least for a while.
Tensions flare quickly in Deadlock, a colonization game focused on one crowded region of a new planet.
Hell is a television event in The Devil Inside, a sluggish horror game that relishes the sleazy, empty exploitation of reality TV rather than parodying it.
Ambitious and uneven, Dr. Sulfur’s Night Lab attempted the seemingly impossible task of translating hands-on chemistry experiments into a computer game.
The incomprehensible mythology of Drowned God celebrates the seductive power of conspiracy theory logic to tame the unexplainable.
Osamu Sato’s bizarre magnum opus is a metaphorical tale of rebirth and self-actualization.