"Gee, that's fantastic, Wiz...but those aren't 8-Bit!" you say?
Well, as great as these two games are, I have been spending far more time with a game called Mutant Warzone. You play the part of the last survivor in a city overrun with mutants/zombies. I know....bummer. They're all hungry and you are looking mighty tasty. So armed with your trusty machine gun and some bombs, you set out to find more supplies, rack up a gnarly high score and (if you truly master your zombie/mutant slaying skills) clear the city of the thousands of infected !
Mutant Warzone was designed and created by my buddy Robot over at 8-Bit City. If you've never been to his blog, I highly recommend heading directly over. If you are a gamer, then you need to check it out! You can find the link to 8-Bit City over in my Links section. The current versioin available is Beta 4.0....but I'm sure there will be more on the way. Not only that, but there is a great 8-Bit soundtrack being composed by mrjordak. You can also check out his blog mrjodak Video Game Composer in the links section.
"Okay, so what's so great about this game?" you ask
Well, I'll tell ya. There are those of us out there who still have cherished memories of booting up our 286's and feel a nostalgic wave when we hear the bloopy blips of PC speaker sound. Yep, that's right kids, back in the day, your PC didn't COME with full sound. You actually had to buy a soundcard to hear full multi-track music. Otherwise it was that glorious blippy bloop that so many of us love. Not only that, but this game was created using Megazeus, which means it was rendered in 8-bit and glorious ASCII. Now THIS is what gaming is all about. No cell shaded, particle overlayed backgrounds here. It's just you, your trigger finger and thousands of hungry little pixilated mutant zombies comin' for your brains. Think that a game can't raise your heart rate without a full orchestral score and the latest in shadow effects? Put Mutant Warzone on fast mode and see if your not shitting your pants within 30 seconds as you become surrounded by the mutated living dead. I have yet to clear the city of this plague, but I'll be damned if I'm not having the time of my life trying.
You are armed with a machine gun and limited ammo. You must also collect bombs (of a lesser and more powerful variety) plus hearts (for life points, natch), gems....which I dunno what those do yet....and keys to access buildings and even some dungeons....including one entitled HELL. Oh yeah. You know what they say about Hell, don't ya? When there is no more room*......but I digress. Gameplay is fast and furious as you are almost instantaneously assaulted by zombies upon starting the game. Staying alive is easier said than done as well. You will need to use quite a bit of strategy as well as have an itchy trigger finger when dealing with the living dead. Bombs are a great way to keep the zombies at bay, using them to make an effective fire barracade on streets surrounding you.....but alas I don't want to give away too many tips. Half the fun is trying to figure out how to survive and developing your own strategies. Just like we did back in the day....there was no GameFaqs or IGN to give us walkthroughs. If you were lucky enough to have a friend that beat a game, then they might help ya out....but for the most part you were on your own!