The developer's name is Dan Marshall, and he's a BAFTA-winning indie developer. Earlier today I cheekily asked him via Twitter when a Dreamcast version of Behold the Kickmen was coming:
|Kickmen for Dreamcast: confirmed.|
Behold the Kickmen
The very game that got me thinking about this whole subject. If you go and have a look at the footage of the game running, it really does look like a lot of fun, and the 'bullet time' passing and ball physics appear to be spot on. The reason this makes the list though, is that the Dreamcast's library of soccer games leaves a hell of a lot to be desired - and I'm certain that if Behold the Kickmen ever made it the the DC, it would easily be crowned the best of the bunch...and it's not even a 'proper' soccer sim.
Aqua Kitty: Milk Mine Defender DX
I love everything about Aqua Kitty DX. The music is brilliant, the premise is fun and quirky, the visuals are really well drawn and Dugan - the guy behind the game - is a really nice bloke. Aqua Kitty DX also has the bonus of looking like a classic Super Nintendo game on steroids, and it plays like a mixture of a bullet hell shooter and Defender - what's not to like? The game casts you in the role of the titular anthropomorphic cat and it's down to you to dive beneath the waves in a submarine equipped with guns and defend the milk mines dotted about the seabed.
this game out if you own any of the formats it's currently available for.
A game in which you play an immigration officer and have the power to rip families apart or condemn people to certain death if you don't let them cross a border? How the hell can that be considered fun? Well, it is - and Papers Please proves it. Papers Please is a few years old now and I played it on my MacBook only recently, but it's a fascinating experience that really makes you question your own morality at times. It's a careful balance of exhibiting human compassion and trying to keep your own family housed and provided for, all the while having your performance and decisions monitored by some omnipresent, dystopian government-at-large.
PS Vita port was announced in 2014, but Stalin knows what happened to that. Again, a Dreamcast port is about as likely as Moby Dick swimming up the Manchester Ship Canal squirting strawberry milkshake out of his blow hole, but Papers Please is an indie game that would suit the Dreamcast hardware down to the ground.
Naturally, there are a ton of other indie games I'd love to see on the Dreamcast, but lets face it - the market for such endeavours is tiny, and the developers of these games have enough trouble trying to make a living putting them out on current gen and mobile devices. You know - formats that people actually buy games for. That said, we do have a fairly vibrant scene and the range of Dreamcast-specific indie titles on the horizon is very exciting. You only have to look at SLaVE, Elysian Shadows, Alice Dreams Tournament, Xenocider, AMEBA, and the un-named clowns with guns simulator we looked at recently. Even without Kickmen, Aqua Kitty or Papers Please, it's a good time to own a Dreamcast for sure.
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