February 4, 2023

A whole lot of PC indie gaming seems to boil down to “if the big dogs stop making the kind of game I like, then I guess I’ll just do it myself.” My favorite result of this impulse is the thriving “boomer shooter” scene, with gutsy solo developers or small teams remixing old favorites and putting a whole new spin on the timeless concept of “angry slippery man with a gun unleashed in a maze full of enemies.”

Angry slippery man with a gun let loose in a maze full of enemies

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite retro indie shooters from the past year, as well as continuations of old favorites and some tips for getting started with source ports of classic FPSs.

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