Notch is known for one game, and it’s one of the most popular games of all time, as well as an icon for indie games. The praise that Minecraft gets it’s justified, but it’s a shame that people don’t know more about the other games Notch has made.
Luckily, a variety of Notch’s games are available for free online (for any programmers out there; he’s also released the source code). A lot of these games were made for competitions, and they’re mostly very small. But that’s not to say they aren’t fun. Here’s a run down of some of the games he’s released:
The visuals for Miners 4k are clearly inspired by Lemmings, and some of the gameplay is similar. The goal of the game is to dig up the gold, which is buried underground, and bring it to the surface. The miners follow a linear path, walking forward and turning around when they hit a wall. They will occasionally jump over holes, and they’ll die if they fall too far.
You can manipulate the world using your mouse; left click draws dirt, and right click deletes it. This means you can create pathways for your Miners, leading them to the gold and then back up to the surface.
Mega 4k Man:
Mega 4k Man is a mega man clone. You control Mega Man, using w a s d to move and space to fire. You have to jump over spike balls and avoid enemies. It’s a fun game, but it’s not as unique as some of others which are listed.
Sonic Racer 4k:
This game is very difficult to control, but it’s still fun to mess around with. You basically try and get the best possible time, and considering this game had to fit into 4kb of space, it’s pretty impressive, given that it has psuedo-3d graphics.
Maybe my favourite of the games listed on Notch’s site. This game is a mashup of Mega Bomberman and Gauntlet. Your goal is to progress through the levels, bombing enemies as you go, in classic bomberman style. There are powerups and health pickups along the way, and while the enemy AI leaves something to be desired, this game is still very fun. It even has a multiplayer feature, though it looks like you may need to be sharing a keyboard for that to work.
Left 4k Dead:
A ‘clever’ title that will no doubt generate interest from anyone familiar with Valve’s ‘Left 4 Dead’. In this game you aim to progress through the levels while avoiding a zombie inflicted death. You have a gun, which makes it only very slightly easier to make your way through the hordes of zombies. The best part about this game is the very clever light/vision system, which basically stops you from seeing anything that your character wouldn’t be able to see. Expect surprises when you turn corners.
All of these games are available on Notch’s part of the Mojang site, which is here. Enjoy, and leave a comment about this games once you’ve tried them out.