Estiman is a very polished and strangely compelling arcade-style game for Android. ¿How accurately (and quickly!) can you estimate the item of which there’s a larger quantity?
It’s that time of the year again. The Fall anime season is over, and 2016 itself is on its last legs, so let’s review the anime shows I really enjoyed during this year, in chronological order of first episode airing. Of course, there are many other shows I also watched, and even liked, apart from the ones mentioned below, but these are my absolute favorites. Disclaimer: I’m strongly biased towards stuff that makes me laugh, smile and/or grin.
Pietro Bros. is an amazing Mario Bros. clone for the ZX Spectrum which leaves the official 1987 clone completely in the dust. The original Mario Bros. arcade machine was one of my childhood obsessions, so of course I highly approve of this!
CyanogenMod, the best Android distribution ever, the source of new life for many mobile devices abandoned by the vendors way before their time, is dead. After the parting of ways with CyanogenMod’s original creator a month ago, Cyanogen has just announced the end of all CyanogenMod services and nightly builds, effective before the end of 2016. Most of us CyanogenMod fans knew this would eventually happen. Trying to turn this community project into a very risky commercial enterprise (which ended up failing spectacularly, as expected) was a bad idea. A terrible idea.
Here’s another chapter of the strangest love story ever written. The Linux Foundation has just announced the name of their newest Platinum member. Yes, you guessed it. It’s none other than good ol’ Microsoft!
Super Jagua is a little gem of a game, a faithful and loving homage to classic console platformers of the 8-bit era. As a former owner of both a Famiclone and a Sega Master System, I can say it really takes me back!
Princess Remedy in a Heap of Trouble is an increasingly frantic arena shmup framed inside a weird JRPG-like adventure. Some time ago, an enormous Boss Tower sprung from the ground, lifting entire towns with it. Now the inhabitants of the tower are coming down with a series of strange illnesses, and it’s up to Princess Remedy to heal all of them, using the tried and true method of shooting medicines at the pathogens until they’re completely obliterated!
What do you mean the blog looks different? It’s always looked like this. Missing posts? What are you talking about? I don’t follow you. Old posts that weren’t here before? Of course not. How could that be? The content of existing posts is somewhat different? Are you sure you are not hallucinating, dear reader? This blog is the same as it’s always been. We’ve always been at war with Eastasia.
To be completely honest, I’m not a fan of adventure games. I dislike their tedious gameplay and almost complete lack of replayability. Yet, for some reason I can’t fully explain, I’ve always loved LucasArts’ classic Day of the Tentacle. Maybe it’s the colorful graphics, hilarious animations, zany sound effects and timeless humor, which makes me feel like I’m playing an interactive version of a classic Looney Tunes cartoon. Maybe it’s the time travel theme, which is one of my favorite sci-fi tropes. Anyway, I was positively ecstatic when Day of the Tentacle Remastered finally got a Linux version yesterday!
Mega Q*bert is a fan adaptation of a quirky, beloved arcade classic for the Sega Mega Drive. As you can infer from my pseudonym and the title of this blog, I happen to be a really big fan of the Mega Drive. Good homebrew Mega Drive games are, unfortunately, very few and far between, so I greatly cherish each and every one of them!
For nearly a full year, first with Gentoo and later with Arch, I’ve been running a pure 64-bit Linux setup, and being quite proud of it. I strongly dislike multilib stuff. Yet, as I write these words, my once pure 64-bit Linux is now home to more than a hundred
lib32 packages. Why? Video games made me do it!
Basment Dwellers (not a typo) is, in the words of its creator, “an epic, procedurally generated, next-generation CRPG about killing monsters and stealing their treasure”. All right. That works.
Tourmaline is probably the best Boulder Dash clone for ZX Spectrum (48k and up) that I’ve played in quite a long time. It strongly resembles Earth Shaker, so it’s very colorful, and has a touch of Bomberman.
Gyro Boss is an addictive arcade style dodge’em up for Android. For how long can you avoid being hit by the titular Gyro Boss’ endless barrage of bullets, rockets, lasers, space mines and live squids?
So it wasn’t an April Fools joke after all. The Ubuntu subsystem in Windows 10 is real, and it’s coming. It’s not virtualization. It’s not Linux utilities recompiled for Windows, a la Cygwin. It’s unmodified Linux binaries from Ubuntu’s repositories running directly on Windows. Woah. This is moving way too fast!
For a while now we have been told that Microsoft loves Linux. Long gone are the days of the Halloween Documents and Steve Ballmer calling Linux “a cancer” (in fact, recently he’s been forced to eat those very words). It all probably began when Microsoft started contributing code to the Linux kernel, and later briefly became one of the top 20 contributors. Then came Visual Studio Code, the joint celebration of the release of Debian 8 (complete with cake), SONiC, and now the announcement of SQL Server for Linux. So, is Microsoft’s professed love for Linux sincere? Or was the cake a lie?
Mininim is not a remake of Jordan Mechner’s Prince of Persia. It’s a meticulous recreation, a genuine labor of love by a real fan of the original, and it shows. It looks and sounds exactly as you remember.