This week we've got a few mega-doses of nostalgic bliss for our seasoned gamers. At the top of the list is Excelsior, a deceptively simple-looking role playing game that doesn't try anything unconventional but still manages to deliver an excellent experience. Hurrican, on the other hand, modernizes a classic shooter by leaving the gameplay intact and giving the visuals a facelift. And if retro gaming isn't your thing, we've also included some not-old titles that are sure to please your twitching gaming fingers (and eyes).
Caribbean Hideaway (Windows, 25MB, demo) - What do you get when you combine pirates, a matching puzzle game and a village sim? Caribbean Hideaway, a game that attempts to mash several genres together to create something unique. As you complete puzzles you can build new structures on your pirate island that, in turn, open up new abilities and items to use in the next puzzle. It's an interesting concept that doesn't delve too deeply into either genre it touches on, creating something that can entice fans on both sides of the fence.
Hurrican (Windows, 40MB, free) - A remake of the classic Metroid-esque Commodore 64 game, Turrican. Plenty of vast, non-linear levels to explore, each one packed to the brim with weapons to find and swarms of enemies to use them on. The controls are a bit complex at first, so expect a slight learning curve, but it's all action from there on out.
Nimuh (Windows, Mac, Linux, ~60MB, free) - A wacky (but simple) isometric puzzle game that teaches players about the Spanish community of AndalucÃa. Don't worry, it's far from an edutainment title, but the factoids between levels are actually pretty interesting. Plus, the music is nothing short of hilarious. You won't find too much variety in gameplay, but it's a good experience nonetheless.
Excelsior Phase One: Lysandia (Windows, <1MB, shareware) - A decidedly retro RPG that only an old-school gamer could love, Excelsior is a simple-looking title with enormous possibilities. Wander the islands of Lysandia as a Fixer, a mysterious being sent to right the wrongs of a world. Choose from a number of unique classes, defeat tons of enemies, and gather items to sell in towns. Excelsior refuses to hold your hand and walk you through the adventure, allowing you the freedom to explore and experiment on your own.
Really Rather Good Battles In Space (Windows, Linux, 55MB, free) - A real-time strategy game, set in space, that is quite possibly really rather good. Control massive fleets of ships after the fall of the great Artilian empire in this highly-polished game. It's a little on the slow side with a long tutorial and fairly complex gameplay, but if you take the time to learn the ropes you'll be greatly rewarded.