If you thought that no more PSVita homebrew games were going to be released, think again because Reddit user “JeffRuLz345” has recently been busy porting great GameMaker games to it! Among the games he ported, we find Wizard Wizard, Wasteland Kings and Cubic Conundrum; all fun games that you should try out.
Wizard Wizard – Saving the princess by.. jumping!
A princess that’s been turned into stone (Zelda: Minish Cap anyone) is mentioned in level 1 but it’s not mentioned elsewhere. (Game running on the PSVita)
Wizard Wizard, by CrateBoy, is an indie game in which you apparently have to save the princess (this wasn’t mentioned on the game’s page but it’s right there on the tutorial stage). In this game, you have to complete levels by jumping around the screen in order to get keys but it isn’t as easy as it sounds. Many keys are in hard to reach locations and you must do tricky jumps while avoiding moving blades/hammers to succeed.
Unfortunately, the game is pretty short as it only has around 30 levels (depending on the version that’s being used) but it ought to keep you intrigued for a while since levels can get pretty difficult later on. It also has a pretty good 8-bit-esque soundtrack by “_THE” so that means there’s quite some incentive for you to go try it out 😉
Wasteland Kings – Killing enemies in a wasteland and absorbing their radiation to level up
Wasteland Kings, by Vlambeer, is the precursor to Nuclear Throne which is a game that’s available for purchase via PSN. This game is a top-down shooter in which you fight enemies in a nuclear wasteland in order to become its ruler.
Wasteland Kings sounds like a pretty odd game but it’s actually a lot of fun! (Game running on the PSVita)
This game includes:
A couple of different weapons including a shotgun, grenade launcher, pistol, crossbow and melee weapon
A leveling system in which you gain EXP by collecting radiation from fallen enemies.
When you go up a level, you can pick a mutation to make your character better (similar to Borderlands 2)
The ability to choose between 5 different races which all have all have different mutations you can choose when leveling up
Music, that I don’t care for too much, and support for analogue stick controls which make it a joy to play
The framerate of this game port sometimes goes down a bit but it’s still good enough to be enjoyable. Sadly, this game was buried under other stuff as its Reddit thread was deleted so the only link provided is its download link.
Cubic Conundrum – A 3D platformer that many will feel nostalgic about!
Cubic Conundrum is pretty well-made and captures that late 2000s online game feel perfectly! (Game running on the PSVita)
If you were a kid in the mid-2000s to the early-2010s, then you surely remember Flash and Shockwave games. Among these games, there was a somewhat popular genre which was that of 3D platformers in which you navigate cubes/cuboids over a grid. Obviously, these 3D platformers didn’t get stuck in Flash/Shockwave land and somebody decided to create one with GameMaker.
This game is Cubic Conundrum, by Eric Wieber (forthw), and it will undoubtedly make some of us nostalgic. As the above suggests, this game is a pretty simple platformer but it has some punch to it which makes it worth playing. Unlike other 3D platformers, this one doesn’t have you going from point A to point B but it makes you have to colour in certain locations on the grid.
Colouring these locations is done by going a colour block, getting on it with a block face (which automatically puts that colour on that side of the cube) and then you have to transport that colour to the appropriate location without touching anything else with the coloured face.
This game has 25 levels, some background music and it accepts input via both the d-pad and analogue stick so you can play it however you like.
To download Cubic Conundrum, check out this recently posted (10 hours ago, as of publishing this article) Reddit thread.
If you have some time to spare, you should seriously check out these indie titles as they’re an absolute joy to play! Furthermore, they can be fun on a long trip or to play with a friend or two during the Christmas season. SilicaAndPina’s G*Maker was used to make these ports possible.
On a concluding note, I’d like to state that these games don’t seem to be mirrored anywhere (VitaDB/Brewology Store) so I hope that somebody takes up the task of preserving these hombrew games because it would be a shame to lose them!
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