The trailer for
tells you all you need to know: the roller rink is being threatened with a shutdown, so the bears need a successful dance-a-thon. It’s as ridiculous as it is enjoyable.
This trippy scene comes from
, a game made by Fantastic mainstay (and Washington-dev)
. It’s a delightful throwback to those
levels where you’re perpetually moving forward in a semi-first-person perspective, only here you’re collecting banana trophies while avoiding ghosts and lava as opposed to doing silly hedgehog things.
Developer Jenny Jiao Hsia has made a game that speaks to everyone’s life ambitions with
Pipsqueak. Your dog-ish character has only one purpose in life: to eat all the eggs he can find. Vanquish any and all who get in your way!
Wait, what is this totally normal NES doing at this indie game dev?
Uh, so this is haunted?
From the minds of devs
, the NESpectre is an interactive gaming experience where you can “haunt” a pedestrian NES by using your smartphone to “connect” with the spirits.
If you don’t believe the NESpectre is haunted, you can watch the
about how it functions…
…otherwise, know that is mindf’n to play
Super Mario Bros.
and, say, have the underwater music playing while in a normal Mushroom Kingdom level solely because you’re poking a ghost via smartphone. (Here’s some
Fantastic Arcade veteran
, from devs Alec Thomson and Bennett Foddy, is a two-player tour de force that combines hundreds of competitive games of yore into a fast-placed 1v1 challenge.
I have strong, strong memories of playing this Atari version of
Boxing against my dad in the early 1990s.
Dev Fernando Ramallo’s
The Stakes Are Too High can also be referred to as Super Morio goes to America. It combines a bunch of unfinished Mario-esque prototypes as a way of speaking to how hard it is to develop games today given the healthcare system’s treatment of independent workers.
is the latest from the beautiful aesthetic at developer Amanita Design. If you haven’t already, go play
And the award for best named game in 2017 goes too…
Untitled Goose Game
, from the developers at House House. (This was a
, but this lulz simulator was already a hit with our young game testers.)
What in the Gary Busey…
Behold the rules to
Drunk Driver from “Notari.” Who doesn’t want to play a driving-sim where you can hit a beer button?
Perhaps it goes without saying, but there is
noooooo chance of keeping this car on the road with how swivel-y steering gets at a .13 BAC. So instead, our intrepid reporter (/hipster Waldo impersonator) took a screen selfie.
Those LED scrolling signs have been wasting themselves for so long; load
Laser Pong instead, dudes.
We knew Atlus is a Japanese game developer, but we’d never come across this cabinet before.
At any rate, this cabinet did not come with English subtitles but did provide a fair bit of fun (you play as a ninja with destructive powers smashing all comers
AUSTIN, Texas—Genre-celebrating Fantastic Fest may reach wider and weirder than any other film festival when it comes to screenings (see recent
zombie-high school-Christmas musicals or 90s-Japanese TV-crossover mockumentaries, for instance). And back in 2010, the event added a gaming arm.
Needless to say, it gets weird, too.
Put on by local independent gaming group
Juegos Rancheros, Fantastic Arcade has evolved from a showcase for 10-20 games in its early days to now boasting closer to 50 showcase titles from several hundred submissions. In 2017, Fantastic Arcade grew so much—and attracted such an audience—that it needed to become its own standalone event. More than a month after the latest film portion wrapped, indie game enthusiasts crammed into a local Alamo Drafthouse last weekend to see some of the most unique titles coming from developers in Texas and beyond.
While there were several recognizable names on the slate (see
), the event is all about discovery for the casual gamer. Above, you can see a handful of the titles that caught our eye from an afternoon of button mashing and instruction reading. And if anything in particular speaks to you, know that we may have a few follow-up items in the works based on what we got to experience. Nidhogg II
Here’s A Fantastic Arcade panel about Into The Breach, a really cool strategy game from the makers of the hit indie game FTL. Click below for more videos taken from the Fantastic Arcade panel series.
For now, those interested in more info can find many of the developer’s commentary sessions uploaded to
YouTube. Plus, the now available 2017 Fantastic Arcade Indie Bundle includes Pipsqueak, The Stakes Are Too High, and Banana Chalice from the titles above if you want to test ’em first-hand.
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