Punk Arcade

Spreadsheets are not usually considered very punk. Nonetheless, if you love insane programming concepts and hacks and fancy playing an oldskool-looking RPG game, maybe you should consider trying out ARENA XLSM, a RPG game created by “chartered accountant” Cary Walkin. Arena.Xlsm is a turn-based RPG made entirely in Microsoft Excel using macros. An extensive wiki dedicated to the game is online here. There are some severe system limitations (doesn’t work on modern Macs. Only works on Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010 and 2013. And should you fancy trying out other Excel-based games coded by Mr. Walkin, be sure to visit his website.-LT View Larger

Spreadsheets are not usually considered very punk. Nonetheless, if you love insane programming concepts and hacks and fancy playing an oldskool-looking RPG game, maybe you should consider trying out ARENA XLSM, a RPG game created by “chartered accountant” Cary Walkin. Arena.Xlsm is a turn-based RPG made entirely in Microsoft Excel using macros. An extensive wiki dedicated to the game is online here. There are some severe system limitations (doesn’t work on modern Macs. Only works on Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010 and 2013. And should you fancy trying out other Excel-based games coded by Mr. Walkin, be sure to visit his website.-LT


Just a goodbye obituary to freeindiegam.es. For about 2 years, a team of 4 game curators selected new DIY free videogames and posted them to the blog regularly. What they lacked in descriptions, they made up for in breadth and quality. Freeindiegame.es was often my go-to site when I wanted to find something brand new, on the bleeding edge, and darn-it, a punk videogame. Several days ago they posted a goodbye announcement. It’s a huge loss that I’m feeling already, and I’m going to try to step up and post games more regularly here on Punk Arcade as a small way to carry on its legacy. View Larger

Just a goodbye obituary to freeindiegam.es. For about 2 years, a team of 4 game curators selected new DIY free videogames and posted them to the blog regularly. What they lacked in descriptions, they made up for in breadth and quality. Freeindiegame.es was often my go-to site when I wanted to find something brand new, on the bleeding edge, and darn-it, a punk videogame. Several days ago they posted a goodbye announcement. It’s a huge loss that I’m feeling already, and I’m going to try to step up and post games more regularly here on Punk Arcade as a small way to carry on its legacy.


Ok, here is the game Marshall 4 that you can play online (click the green flag to start). It’s created entirely in Scratch, the kid-friendly programming language designed at MIT. In Scratch, code is made up of lego-like blocks that you snap together. I’ve made a few things in Scratch, and let me tell you, this game Marshall 4 must have been a bear to build, not because Scratch is hard (it isn’t), but because it’s really for making much simpler games, animations and objects. Not only is a fun to play platform game,  the animation of the ball is sophisticated, there are no bugs (at least that i could find), and the game is enough of a challenge that I wanted to keep playing. That’s rather impressive for a Scratch game, it has high ratings. After playing, take a look at the code to get a good human-readable understanding of how the game was made. Remember that in Scratch, each sprite (like the Marshall ball, or a key, or a button) has its own code that tells it what to do, so try looking at the code for each sprite, and you can even try to remix it and create your own fork of the game (as 217 others have done so far).-LT View Larger

Ok, here is the game Marshall 4 that you can play online (click the green flag to start). It’s created entirely in Scratch, the kid-friendly programming language designed at MIT. In Scratch, code is made up of lego-like blocks that you snap together. I’ve made a few things in Scratch, and let me tell you, this game Marshall 4 must have been a bear to build, not because Scratch is hard (it isn’t), but because it’s really for making much simpler games, animations and objects. Not only is a fun to play platform game,  the animation of the ball is sophisticated, there are no bugs (at least that i could find), and the game is enough of a challenge that I wanted to keep playing. That’s rather impressive for a Scratch game, it has high ratings. After playing, take a look at the code to get a good human-readable understanding of how the game was made. Remember that in Scratch, each sprite (like the Marshall ball, or a key, or a button) has its own code that tells it what to do, so try looking at the code for each sprite, and you can even try to remix it and create your own fork of the game (as 217 others have done so far).-LT


Hey world, here’s a video from early February Pixel Punks DIY arcade curated by our friend Paolo Pedercini/Molleindustria along with Caitlin Boyle, Tim Sherman, and Tenley Schmida (aka Crushed Screen Collective). Check the video. They’ve taken our cardboard arcade aesthetic from the 1st Punk Arcade exhibition in 2012 and run with it, and made an exhibition zine too. Looking good.-LT 

Arcades are not dead! Skip school and waste your time at Pixel Punks, a showcase of deranged independent games. In the depths of the Internet a brave new movement of DIY game makers is producing rough, cheap, and brilliant digital entertainment. Their budget is zero. Their deadlines are whenever they want. Their games are fast and direct like a three-chord-song or visceral and political like a photocopied zine. Pixel Punks is an homage and a gateway drug to this exciting phenomenon.


Trailer for The Pirate Bay game bundle by moshboy. Torrent is here and game list here Described as “one hundred small, weird, free (mostly ignored) videogames that you probably haven’t played made by well over one hundred passionate game makers.”-LT


The Pirate Bay Bundle →

Not sure why this is called The Pirate Bay Bundle other than it’s torrented. It seems like this person emailed over 100 game makers and asked them if they’d like their games to be bundled together into a free torrent and they said yes. I want to play every game. -LT

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So here it is: the pirate bay bundle. You can also watch the trailer if you haven’t seen it This has taken me so much longer than I ever anticipated. I’ve been stuck in the thick of this for so long that I thought I would never see the light and even when I did,…


Just played the short lovely game The Sun Does Not Exist, recommended via the weekly Killscreen playlist email. It’s a Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas-styled adventure, only about 10 minutes to complete, but a beautiful little creepy cryptic story. Can be played in browser or downloaded. Featuring minimal but fun drawn scenes and interesting ways of using light (or lack thereof). I only played once, so I’m not sure if there are multiple endings. Created by Da Neel Games with Construct 2, which I haven’t used yet, but am excited to try out.-LT View Larger

Just played the short lovely game The Sun Does Not Exist, recommended via the weekly Killscreen playlist email. It’s a Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas-styled adventure, only about 10 minutes to complete, but a beautiful little creepy cryptic story. Can be played in browser or downloaded. Featuring minimal but fun drawn scenes and interesting ways of using light (or lack thereof). I only played once, so I’m not sure if there are multiple endings. Created by Da Neel Games with Construct 2, which I haven’t used yet, but am excited to try out.-LT


SHARECART1000 games have been coming out this winter.  The website has practically no instructions, so what is this?
SHARECART1000 allows (forces?) participating game creators to have their game’s data all save to the same file. So playing one game (and having your data saved) will cause changes/glitches to other games. All of the games are very different, created with different software, with different visual aesthetics, and with varying levels of play and fun and style. All of the games work on PC, but Fjordsss, Post-Future Vagabond, Player Piano and Patient Number have  Mac applications too. Not surprisingly, from the man known for his glitchy rogue-y games, Michael Brough's  Post-Future Vagabond appeared super glitched after I had played through several other games. Want to see some results right away? Try using the Player Piano cart, and then switch back to Post-Future Vagabond. I couldn't get Fjordsss working at the time I'm writing this capsule review, but I'm excited to try that one (the only game that costs money: $7 suggested to download).
The games themselves vary in their quality. SHARECART1000 definitely hasn’t quite hit its stride. It needs a few more games (the goal was 13). And the need to drop new games (after the first one) into a single SHARECRAFT1000 folder was a bit of a minor confusion. My other criticism is that I wished the games overall would glitch a bit more.
Still, it harkens back to the chaos of those 1000-games on a CD-rom that I used to love as a kid, with hundreds of crap and a dozen mini games that were golden. Which is also the inspiration for Pirate Kart. The game world could use more kludge and confusion and new approaches.
And I hope more people make games to work with it.-LT View Larger


SHARECART1000
 games have been coming out this winter.  The website has practically no instructions, so what is this?

SHARECART1000 allows (forces?) participating game creators to have their game’s data all save to the same file. So playing one game (and having your data saved) will cause changes/glitches to other games. All of the games are very different, created with different software, with different visual aesthetics, and with varying levels of play and fun and style. All of the games work on PC, but Fjordsss, Post-Future Vagabond, Player Piano and Patient Number have  Mac applications too. Not surprisingly, from the man known for his glitchy rogue-y games, Michael Brough's  Post-Future Vagabond appeared super glitched after I had played through several other games. Want to see some results right away? Try using the Player Piano cart, and then switch back to Post-Future Vagabond. I couldn't get Fjordsss working at the time I'm writing this capsule review, but I'm excited to try that one (the only game that costs money: $7 suggested to download).

The games themselves vary in their quality. SHARECART1000 definitely hasn’t quite hit its stride. It needs a few more games (the goal was 13). And the need to drop new games (after the first one) into a single SHARECRAFT1000 folder was a bit of a minor confusion. My other criticism is that I wished the games overall would glitch a bit more.

Still, it harkens back to the chaos of those 1000-games on a CD-rom that I used to love as a kid, with hundreds of crap and a dozen mini games that were golden. Which is also the inspiration for Pirate Kart. The game world could use more kludge and confusion and new approaches.

And I hope more people make games to work with it.-LT


I just played Taquito Tower: The Burrito Galaxy Bean Saga 30X6 and it is….well, it’s something. Certainly the first burrito roguelike game I’ve played. And I’m hungry now. Background info from the game below. Play it. It’s free. It’s online. More please!-LT

TAQUITO TOWER: THE BURRITO GALAXY BEAN SAGA 30X6 is a FIRST-PERSON NEO-BURRITOCORE PROCEDURAL ROGUELIKELIKELIKE RHYTHMIC TAQUITOCRAWLER. GAUC, A YOUNG HERO FROM THE PLANET SAL-5A HAS CRASH LANDED ON A STRANGE, TOWER-SHAPED PLANET. WEILDING ONLY A BURRITO AND A STRONG BACK HAND, YOU MUST SURVIVE THE INFINITE TOWER AS LONG AS YOU CAN. PLEASE CONSULT THE INSTRUCTION BOOKLET INCLUDED IN YOUR KIDS MEAL, OR THE OFFICIAL PAGE FOR GAME INSTRUCTIONS. PRINT OUT A HIGH SCORE OF 50+ HIGHER FLOORS AND TAKE IT TO YOUR NEAREST TACOBELL(TM) FOR A FREE BEAN BURRITO (offer valid in no states).
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I just played Taquito Tower: The Burrito Galaxy Bean Saga 30X6 and it is….well, it’s something. Certainly the first burrito roguelike game I’ve played. And I’m hungry now. Background info from the game below. Play it. It’s free. It’s online. More please!-LT

TAQUITO TOWER: THE BURRITO GALAXY BEAN SAGA 30X6 is a FIRST-PERSON NEO-BURRITOCORE PROCEDURAL ROGUELIKELIKELIKE RHYTHMIC TAQUITOCRAWLER. 

GAUC, A YOUNG HERO FROM THE PLANET SAL-5A HAS CRASH LANDED ON A STRANGE, TOWER-SHAPED PLANET. WEILDING ONLY A BURRITO AND A STRONG BACK HAND, YOU MUST SURVIVE THE INFINITE TOWER AS LONG AS YOU CAN. PLEASE CONSULT THE INSTRUCTION BOOKLET INCLUDED IN YOUR KIDS MEAL, OR THE OFFICIAL PAGE FOR GAME INSTRUCTIONS. 

PRINT OUT A HIGH SCORE OF 50+ HIGHER FLOORS AND TAKE IT TO YOUR NEAREST TACOBELL(TM) FOR A FREE BEAN BURRITO (offer valid in no states).


Wow, I just got sucked into a wormhole playing this great game Save The Date.
 It took me about an hour to “beat” the game, if that’s the phrase to use. I almost don’t want to reveal too much about it, because I don’t want to spoil the beauty of the game. Suffice to say, this is a meta game, one that has a compelling storyline that pulls you in, that has you struggling to get to the happy ending. Don’t give up! The first few tries, you may give up. You may think it’s cheesy. Hang in there. This game rewards experimentation. And I don’t want to tell you how it ends.
In Save The Date, you go on a date with Felicia. And she dies. And (maybe) you try again. And again she dies. But more ridiculously this time. And she dies again. And then again. And again. And again. And then…the game starts to get interesting. In a Bill Murray in Groundhog Day kind of way.
Like a lot of my other fave recent games, the game is based on a choose-your-own-adventure mechanic. But as you play and re-play, new options appear. 
The graphics are simple, the soundtrack is simple. And it works. Like a great novel, I became the main character. I cared.
The game is by Chris Cornell of Paper Dino. The drawing is gestural, minimal, digital watercolor - it was the right fit. The sound complemented the visuals.  It left a pleasant after-feeling.
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Wow, I just got sucked into a wormhole playing this great game Save The Date.

 It took me about an hour to “beat” the game, if that’s the phrase to use. I almost don’t want to reveal too much about it, because I don’t want to spoil the beauty of the game. Suffice to say, this is a meta game, one that has a compelling storyline that pulls you in, that has you struggling to get to the happy ending. Don’t give up! The first few tries, you may give up. You may think it’s cheesy. Hang in there. This game rewards experimentation. And I don’t want to tell you how it ends.

In Save The Date, you go on a date with Felicia. And she dies. And (maybe) you try again. And again she dies. But more ridiculously this time. And she dies again. And then again. And again. And again. And then…the game starts to get interesting. In a Bill Murray in Groundhog Day kind of way.

Like a lot of my other fave recent games, the game is based on a choose-your-own-adventure mechanic. But as you play and re-play, new options appear. 

The graphics are simple, the soundtrack is simple. And it works. Like a great novel, I became the main character. I cared.

The game is by Chris Cornell of Paper Dino. The drawing is gestural, minimal, digital watercolor - it was the right fit. The sound complemented the visuals.  It left a pleasant after-feeling.

See what you think.


What are your favorite games of the year? One of our favorite blogs is freeindiegam.es, founded by game developer Terry Cavanagh (and now with 5 game curators), and they just listed their end-of-year faves where I found this amazing game Pan Man. Pan Man is by Major Bueno (Benedikt Hummel and Marius Winter) who create 1 game a month. This is, I think, their August game. Give it a try and see how many pancakes you can flip.-LT View Larger

What are your favorite games of the year? One of our favorite blogs is freeindiegam.es, founded by game developer Terry Cavanagh (and now with 5 game curators), and they just listed their end-of-year faves where I found this amazing game Pan Man. Pan Man is by Major Bueno (Benedikt Hummel and Marius Winter) who create 1 game a month. This is, I think, their August game. Give it a try and see how many pancakes you can flip.-LT


Some images from the new Deluxx Fluxx pop-up arcade opening today at Art Basel Miami through the 7th. Created by NYC street artists Faile and Bast, the arcade features handmade beautiful psychedelic street collage consoles, new videogames, foosball and pinball. Wish I could see it in person.-LT

Take a turn with the specially created and programmed video games and pinball machines, or play a round of psychedelic foosball. Harkening back to the golden age of arcade games, contemporary punk rock and graffiti culture, this neon-laden, interactive, mixed media installation gives the audience a chance to genuinely engage with the work without feeling the pressure of the traditional gallery environment.