There are many amazing home-brew games at the moment that i am trying to track and I was just wondering if I had missed any. I am super excited about the Wizard of Wor Arcade game. I had a go at the WIP rom with my kids and we had an absolute blast. I already was a fan of the original but this blows it away. I rate it as one of the best two player games out there on any system. It got my kids and their mates off the modern consoles. I am really impressed with Chaotic Grill as I like the Burgertime arcade but was never keen on the Atari 2600 version. I had a go of Chaotic Grill and it plays really well. Finally, I was thrilled to see that it looks like a version of Zookeeper will be released for the Atari and video footage surpasses all of my expectations of what I thought was possible. I have never seen an original cabinet of it here but play it on the PS2. The new version looks just as good so it looks like I will be switching to Atari for Zookeeper. I think I have more fun on the Atari now then back when I was a kid because the games that I have are just so much better. It is the main machine I go to for an arcade experience at home. When I was a kid I had Barnstorming, Skyjinks and Human Cannonball. The Atari Video Critic ranks all of these poorly and I think he said that Human Cannonball barely qualified as a game.
Anyway, here is a rundown of what I am following and I am really interested in what I am missing:
Fairly recently released (but still exciting!!!):
Mappy - an incredible port that continues to push the boundaries and redefines everyone's expectations (and a great game)
Super Cobra Arcade - an amazingly accurate arcade port that just plays so well
Draconian - a superb port with great graphics, sound and playability based on the different strategic approaches that can be taken
Assembloids - a top drawer puzzle game that all my family enjoy and always entertains the crowds if you leave it on at dinner parties
Space Cactus Canyon - played the rom and it looked good unfortunately there is no PAL release for this one
Sheep It Up!! - a fun little game that has an addictive quality
Balloon Run - looks to be a good game but no PAL version for this one either
Upcoming homebrew releases that I am following:
Wizard of Wor Arcade - looks like it will be released very soon and a must buy!!
Chaotic Grill - another arcade experience coming to the Atari, correcting the original version which really wasn't a lot of fun to play and looked terrible
Zookeeper - early days but game footage already looks great and all the levels seem to be in place
Frantic - Spiceware is working on this so we know it will be great and another quality homebrew release
Pacman 8k - this looks ready for release and I would really love to get it on cartridge. The 4k version I own is already good but this surpasses it and is a favourite version of Pacman for me on any system. I definitely think it has more character than the old NES version and I like it equally to the arcade. Will it ever be available to buy?
Donkey Kong VCS - another one I am looking out for the release as it is fantastic and looked to be completed
Donkey Kong Arcade - would love to see this released on a cartridge. Looks really good with only some work needed on the jumping mechanic for the elevator level to be a very accurate port
A Better Mario Bros - the graphical upgrade on this looked fantastic but I haven't heard anything about it in a while
Circus Atariage - like a lot of others, I love Circus Atari but it would benefit from some graphical improvements. This looked pretty much done except the clowns needed to bounce off the balloons a little more rather than just going through them. Anyway, it looked super impressive but I haven't heard anything.
Rally X - this looks another fantastic port on the Atari but has been quiet for a while. I enjoy the rom but would love to see a PAL cartridge release. I think they were working on the smoke that comes out the back of the car as it was just blocks initially.
These are the games I am interested in, along with the many great homebrew games that have already been released over the years in a list that is lengthening rapidly. I was wondering everyone's thoughts were and if there are any games coming up that I have missed that are looking good and there is growing anticipation for.