This edition of Weekend Download highlights some of my favorite entries in the recently-ended (and completely awesome) TIGSource Bootleg Demakes competition. Designers were challenged to remake a game for a system released before its time. So, for example, creating a Super Smash Bros. knockoff for the NES. Nearly 70 games were entered in the competition, so be sure to check out the competition page and try some more on for size.
Fable of Griselda (Windows, <1MB, free) - An extraordinarily accurate demake of the original Legend of Zelda game... using ASCII characters! There are rocks! There are *-shaped enemies! There's a sword to hit stuff with! What more can I say other than "dangerous take this"?
Hold Me Closer, Giant Dancer (Windows, <1MB, free) - A seriously demade demake of Shadow of the Colossus, the epic giant-climbing game for PlayStation 2. Scale gargantuan 2D pixel monsters one foothold at a time, using the [x] key to grab and hold onto the green tufts of moss on the giant's body. The controls are a bit complex, but once you get them down, you're in for a great game.
Thieving Raccoon (Mac/Windows, free, browser-based) - Remember the old Nintendo Game & Watch systems? Of course you do! These and other simple LCD games of yore are what inspired this Sly Cooper demake, cutting out everything except the most basic reflexive button pressing.
Squish (Windows, 3MB, free) - A demake of the PSP puzzle-platformer Crush. Collect all of the coins to open the door at the end of each level. The catch? You must switch between 2D and 3D perspectives in order to traverse the landscape! Similar to Super Paper Mario in style, though much simpler.
Gang Garrison 2 (Windows, 3.3MB, free) - A surprisingly faithful demake of Team Fortress 2, pared down to blocky sprites, a few colors, and a 2D world. All of the classes are present, from the ever-burning Fireman (Pyro) to the explosive-loving Detonator (Demo). And of course online multiplayer is part of the experience!
Little Girl in Underland (Windows, 7.3MB, free) - One of the most impressive bootleg demakes of the bunch, Little Girl in Underland both mocks and pays homage to American McGee's Alice. It's similar to the old adventure games, only this one's built around hilariousness, not puzzles.