First of all, I put "unofficial video games" in quotes because I didn't mean an unofficial thread about video games, no. I mean a thread about the more unconventional video games that are in existence. Games that aren't official releases by big development companies and aren't released through the usual mainstream venues.
My main drive is at games that aren't even made by game makers; I mean games that are made by fans. Just someone with the know how to make a game themselves and then goes on to make something that touches the hearts of other fans. The real kicker of all this: they do it for free.
When it comes to games like this, three recent games come to mind:
- Super Mario Star Road - Watch the trailer here
This is a game done by a guy who made a patch to the already-existing N64 rom of SUPER MARIO 64. It's a completely brand new game, full of different worlds, maps, and objectives to complete. Using what was already there, he made a whole new game. I for one love it. I even went so far as to get a USB connector for my N64 controller and calibrate it. This game is everything I wanted back in the day, but never got.
- Abobo's Big Adventure - Watch the trailer here
This is a completely brand new spin on an old character, Abobo from the old DOUBLE DRAGON series. Taking an obscure character that barely anyone knew, these guys made a game with an original storyline (however lame/hacky it may be) and combined great elements of other games to make it great.
- Super Mario Bros. Crossover - Watch the trailer here
Now this is an amazing title, through and through. Taking the already-existing worlds of the original SUPER MARIO BROS., and then allowing for other NES game characters to explore and play within them. It's such a simple formula, and it works! I love playing this one over and over again
So...those are my favorites. Anyone else got any of their own discoveries to share?