demakes Archive


Final Fantasy VII gets a 16-bit makeover

FFVII demake

Sure, it’s not the HD remake that we are waiting for, but this demake of Final Fantasy VII is still pretty cool.

Australian programmer Lucas Brown is giving the classic RPG the 16-bit treatment, recreating the game in 2D using RPG Maker 2003. And it looks fantastic! Since starting the project in 2008, Brown has remade the menu and battle systems, and created custom (and darling) sprites and 2D visuals, however he doesn’t plan to remake the entire game – and understandably so, it’s a big job. Brown has said that he hopes to have the first mission playable in the near future.

Sadly, the projects future is looking a little unsure as Brown has admitted that he does not have the time to the complete demake as work, love and other projects compete for his attention. Here’s hoping the Final Fantasy VII: 2D Remake’s time the spotlight recently sets Brown’s inspiration and motivation in motion once again, and we can see more of this charming project soon. Check out the media below.

Opening scenes:

Battle scene:

Source: Kotaku


Gearbox releases Borderlands demake

As a bit of a promo for their upcoming release Borderlands 2, Gearbox Software has released what they claim is a 16-bit inspired version of the game, dubbed The Border Lands, which available on their website.

It’s a bit like Smash TV, albeit without the 8-way shooting and frantic action – but it does have some of the neat loot trimmings of the real Borderlands experience.

Borderlands 2 is out mid September on the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.


God of War demake released

Independent developer Holmade Games has released a demake of God of War, taking Sony’s visually intense and highly cinematic brawler and turning it into an 8-bit platformer.

The demake, entitled Bit of War has been in development for five years, and is now available to download for your PC, free of charge.


Mega Man Legends demake concept video

Mega Man Legends is a bit of a sore spot with fans of the series following the recent cancellation of the 3DS sequel. In fact, you could say that fans of the Mega Man series are not particularly happy with Capcom in general, particularly after the awful port of Mega Man X to iOS.

Indie developer Tarbo-san has published this concept video of a demake (i.e. remake on more primitive hardware) of Mega Man Legends (or Rockman DASH), now reimagined as a NES game. Apparently a full game is planned, but we’ll just have to wait and see.


Super Smash Land released

You may have heard of Super Smash Land before, but for those who haven’t the game is a demake (modern game remade on older hardware) of Super Smash Bros. for the Game Boy – although the game is actually for the PC.

Well, the game is now available for all to play – you can grab it here.

Super Smash Land was developed by Dan Fornace, whose experience in designing the game helped him to land a job with a major studio.

The game features six characters (including fan demanded Mega Man), eleven stages, a variety of game modes and online leaderboard support.