Need Some Interesting Retro-Styled Ouya Games? Check Out This List from Rob Fearon, AKA @retroremakes

Looking for some good retro-styled games for Ouya? Well, why not take the word of the man who goes by the Twitter handle @retroremakes, Rob Fearon? The creator of Death Ray Manta and War Daddy is also a regular curator of interesting titles, and he has come up with an interesting list of retro-style Ouya titles that include some straight-up remakes and a variety of iterations on classic concepts. Check out the list on his site.

Get Ready for War Daddy: War Harder on Ouya, from the Creator of Death Ray Manta

Get Ready for War Daddy: War Harder on Ouya, from the Creator of Death Ray Manta

Dec 31, 2013

Are you ready for the War Daddy? I don’t think you are. I was ready for it. I downloaded it on my Ouya, I knew Rob Fearon (aka @retroremakes) makes games that encapsulate the feeling of chaos into one playable package. But perhaps War Daddy, with its lovably rough aesthetic, was something I just could never be ready for.

After all, the subtitle is War Harder.

This is a top-down shooter, controlled with the joystick and a single button for firing. Enemies spawn from the UFOs on all sides of the screen, and bullets come in in spread-out formations. And in great number too. And they’re glowing. And the enemies are many, and distracting. Survival is…a challenge.

Rob Fearon does not make boring games. Whether they bore you in their play or not, that’s your opinion, but his games are always visually busy. There’s always something going on. It was true of Death Ray Manta, and it’s true of War Daddy. There’s flashing colors, everything’s moving, the game is chaotic in just about every sense of the word.

The key? Find out where you are. Always make sure you know where you are. Keep your head while all about are losing theirs. And hopefully if you’re shooting everything you need to, then it’s your head that’s still in the game for a while.

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Seriously, the game is well worth watching in motion, which is why I recorded video with commentary, because it needs to be seen to be believed, especially the challenge of figuring out where you are.

The game is not on Android in general, which is probably a good thing: physical controls are needed to have even a hope of surviving. If I had to not only judge where I was with my fingers, then that’d be practically impossible…r. The game can be had from the Ouya storefront, or from itch.io, which includes the PC version as well.

And get ready for the War Daddy. He’s ready for you.

The DRM: Death Ray Manta Shoots Lasers Out of His Head and Lives in Space On Android Now

The DRM: Death Ray Manta Shoots Lasers Out of His Head and Lives in Space On Android Now

May 1, 2013

Rob Fearon’s DRM is now available on Android, thanks to Psychic Parrot Games.

Wait, why is a game developer releasing digital rights management for Android? No, DRM stands for Death Ray Manta. He’s a precocious little thing: he likes space tiffins and can shoot lasers out of his head. Players get to move and shoot with him through a challenging set of levels, set to the music of Gavin Harrison. The game’s been described as the pop song equivalent of a video game, so don’t expect a lengthy experience, but a short, challenging, replayable one.

The game has been toned down visually from the PC original, which required a decent GPU to power the intense visual effects – I tried playing it on a 2011 Mac Mini and my Surface Pro, and both chugged under the weight of the intense visuals! So having a pared-down mobile version helps out greatly.

The game is content-identical to the iOS one, so our review on 148Apps applies to the Android version. There may be a few Android-specific bugs that the developer hopes to quash. As well, listen to my interview with Rob Fearon on The Portable Podcast for more about the game.