A few months ago I introduced /downloads, a homebrew database dedicated to organizing the homebrews that can be downloaded on my server, as well as external links. You can rate the downloads as well as add your own homebrews, it’s free and doesn’t even require a login.
I haven’t blogged about PSP homebrews in a while, but it’s great to see the trends of votes, and I decided it would make sense to blog about the homebrews people like, in case your PSP had been collecting dust recently and you’re looking for new stuff to try, or if you simply want to discover some hidden gems. Here are the highest rated homebrew games for the month of January 2012, in reverse order to preserve the tradition of a countdown:
6. Pro CFW, By VF and Coldbird
No surprise, the open source CFW for the PSP which runs on the latest firmwares is one of the most downloaded and appreciated homebrews out there, so it still has a high place in your hearts.
5. ALEX Kidd Jan-Ken-Pon, by Tim2001
This is only a demo and it has its flaws, but this is a nice arcade game with cute graphics. You have to pilot a helicopter and avoid obstacles.
4.Megaman – Netnavi.exe, by double-B
This is a fairly addictive arcade game inspired by the “Megaman Battle Network” series of games, in which you fight a series of enemies in a tournament.
3. OpenCMA by Virtuous Flame
It seems I’m not the only one thinking that the Content Management Assistant on the PS Vita is crippled, as Virtuous flame’s tool is one of the most popular downloads for this month. Open CMA allows you to copy files between your PC and your Vita without needing to be connected to the internet, a “feature” that seems to be obvious for everybody but Sony.
2. BookR, by Nguyen Chi Tam
Probably one of the oldest homebrews on the PSP, Bookr is also one of the most downloaded ones. Bookr fills another void that was never handled by Sony: the possibility to read ebooks (pdf and text files) on your portable device. Yeah, reading ebooks on a mobile device is never going to become anything big, so I completely understand why Sony ignored this feature on the PSP. They took the same bright decision on the Vita, by the way.
1. Lamecraft, By Drakon
Is it a surprise? Despite the lack of recent development (Drakon, where are you?), Lamecraft has an active community providing mods and improvements, and was by far the most popular homebrew of 2011. This is a very well done Minecraft clone for the PSP, enough said?
Many cool homebrews were submitted to our database recently, and other homebrews got a fair amount of good ratings (I kept only the ones that had a “good amount” of ratings in order to have a fair comparison). These include Neur0n’s 6.60 ME (an alternate CFW for those who don’t like Pro CFW), PRXShot (codestation’s cool screenshot plugin), Draan’s cool tool to fully translate your PSP: Localizer, Spike132000′s PSP Installer (a tool to directly download and install homebrews), or the famous N64 Emulator, DaedalusX64.
Keep adding your homebrews, and keep voting for your favorite ones on /downloads!