Video games are always moving forward in a never-ending ludicrous-speed journey to the never-ending horizon. That’s how it’s always been, and that’s how it’s gonna stay. But sometimes, you want something simpler. It’s this desire for a tighter package that drives the thriving retro gaming market.
Yet, there’s another sort of game that is often overlooked: The humble ‘Demake.’ Taking newer games and recreating them in older aesthetics and gameplay is at the heart of the demake, and there are plenty of them. Gang Garrison 2 re-creates my favourite game into a 2D one, not dissimilar to LAN classic SOLDAT. Halo 2600 and Super 3D Portals 6 bring both modern series to Atari’s iconic 2600 console (you can even get the former in cartridge form!).
Portal received another demake today, this time as a full game for the Commodore 64 (not to be confused with the Amiga interactive novel that got a C64 port). C64 enthusiasts Jamie Fuller, Del Seymore, and Roy Widding are behind the splendidly-made game, bringing absolutely everything that Portal’s about into the 2D space. The attention to detail is impeccable; it looks and feels exactly like a game from the best-selling computer of all time.