Everyone of any age plays. We all do it. Some of us play cards, others play sports, and others play social games, but we all play games. So I don't get why video games are taking the blame for everything people don't want to understand. Back in the day it was rock music, comics and TV, nowadays it's TV, rock music and video games.
I have been an active game developer for years. While there was a time when I thought that games were the medium I identify most with, I had to learn the hard way that sometimes things are not what you believe they are. Games are fun and I will probably never stop developing them, but as far as identification goes, they have fallen far behind comics, video and music making. That does not mean that I don't like it any more, I just think that I am better suited for writing and directing than game design. In the end however, the game development scene made me what I am today. And that is a good thing. :)
Nowadays I focus mostly on developing 2D games that look and play like they did twenty years ago. I create games for all ages, some are free, some are commercial but all of them are dear to me. If you are interested in old school and retro, here are free PC games. Download them, play them, share them, all is well. The more people play my games, the better for everyone, so please, take a look at them. I am rather proud of those and I believe they are solid enough and deserve a chance. Like with most of my games, I wrote all storylines and composed the music myself, with help from a few people in other areas like graphics or code. I hope you enjoy playing them.
This is a tale about revenge. Rato is a young demon hunter who arrives in a besieged village. He is on his way to the Lady of the Castle to ask her for aid in his search for revenge. This is a stage based strategic RPG. Rato will fight on his own but you are there to watch his battles. Each battle move consumes a Soul Gem and you have to make sure that Rato never runs out. That means exploring the world in search for gems, choosing your battles wisely, investing in some good equipment and sometimes even running from battle. If you enjoy your RPGs with a taste of strategy and maybe some luck, this one is for you. You can download it here
This is the sequel to Bahamut, my first RPG ever, which you can find just two spots below this one. You can enjoy this game without playing the first one, though. Decades after the events of the first game, Lyla lives a quiet life as an elderly woman in a new land. But dark forces are planning to haunt her and now she must set out to regain her strength and save the land she built from certain doom. Help Lyla face this adventure and go on an epic quest. Featuring more dungeons, more items and a reworked battle system, this game will take you on a ride. Are you good enough to help Lyla overcome this darkness? Download the game and find out here
This free game is also set within the world of "The Gaya Fantasy" and puts you into the boots of Mykroft, a young apprentice who is traveling with his master to undo a mistake of the past. Little do they know, however, that evil looms on the horizon. An ancient evil is about to be reborn and only the Requiem of Spirits is powerful enough to stop it. Whatever that is, however, or where to find it, is up to you. On your way you will meet interesting people and fight terrifying monsters. Just like in JRPGs from the 90s, you'll experience the story and music while solving riddles, conquering dungeons and leveling up your party. An epic quest lies ahead of you. You can download the game here
This free Role Playing Game was the first RPG I ever released. It is the first in a multi part story of games I dubbed "The Gaya Fantasy". Set in a world of gods and magic, you take the role of Lyla, a half human/half dragon lady and warrior of the goddess Gaya. Lyla is sent to a remote island where a terrible tragedy has ended all life. The island is now trapped in the void between realities and it is up to you to find out what happened. You do so by traveling back and forth in time and prevent whatever is happening to consume the island. The island hides many secrets and temples and you have to solve them all. If you love old Super Nintendo RPGs this one is for you. Download and try it here
Everything from here on out focuses on my earliest gaming efforts. My earliest games were not very good. I developed them in a phase when I was still trying to figure stuff out and the quality of the games clearly reflects that. Still, they are part of me and my life so I don't want to keep them from you. Note that they are all very old and were not the best games to begin with, but mistakes of the past and all that. You live and learn I suppose.
Monster Mega Mayhem
Monster Mega Mayhem was my first commercial game. The idea was it to create an arcade type game where you are a monster brutally killing humans. Pretty sure most of the content in the game wouldn't fly these days but back then it was just innocent fun. The game would probably be rated M for violence, blood and suggestive themes. If you really want to play it, you can download the game here
. Just know that it is my first game and has aged incredibly badly.
The Adventures of Ambages - Castle of the Goblin King
My second game fared much better. When it was released it was actually quite the playable nice little kids game. Of course it didn't age all too well but back then it was worth the price of admission. This top down adventure game is suitable for all ages and you can download it here
. Like all my earlier efforts, it may have some serious design issues but I did like the world we set up back then.
Trixie in Fairyland
This game was created in a few hours for the overnight contest of a small indie dev convention, back in the days when indie development didn't really exist as it does now. We won third place simply for the idea - the gameplay is ridiculously bad but the idea is silly enough: You are a young goth boy with his razorblade and you have to kill pretty fairies with it, shooter style. As said it's not a very good game but it was fun while it lasted. You can try it for yourself here
G.R.U.N.T.S. Episode 1
Of all my early gaming efforts, this one is the best in my opinion. It is a first person shooter in the style of the old DOOM or Quake games but it is completely silly. I made it around the same time Portal came out and I never developed the other four episodes because once Portal was out everybody would just assume I stole their ideas for humor and sillyness. I didn't of course, the games have been in development long before Portal came out but that's the life of an indie dev with an original idea and no money: Somebody else is bound to release something similar first. Anyway, you can download it here to enjoy, if you like the first DOOM or Quake