Chilltendo is a video game concept album. It’s twelve tracks from Nintendo’s rich musical history, reimagined as lo-fi hip hop beats.
Lo-fi hip hop is a subgenre of electronic music that features minimal, instrumental arrangements accompanied by environmental sound design. If you’ve heard a chill beat with the sound of rain falling, ocean waves, or vinyl crackle, you were most likely listening to Lo-fi.
Chilltendo was produced by the artist Jokabi (real name Kai Jakobi), a musician from Germany. He hails from a talented family. His brother, the artist Mikel, produced the hit album “Zelda & Chill.” At the time of writing, the album has racked up over 60M play on Spotify and YouTube. Mikel is features on the remix of Forest Temple.
Chilltendo includes remixes from Animal Crossing, Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Galaxy, Pokémon, and Chrono Trigger. It even includes a remix of Undertale, while not directly a Nintendo game, is now available on Nintendo Switch.
It’s kind of hard to believe that making illegal games was ever profitable, but judging by the amount of work that went into some of these, there must have been some market for it. Either that or some really smart folks just had nothing better to do with their spare time. Either way, we get some interesting gems such as Kart Fighter to check out thanks to their efforts…
Today we’ll look at some of the classic games that were based on Rogue and have since developed into decade-spanning addictions for RPG lovers. Since there are over three decades of roguelikes, you are only seeing my personal recommendations of a massive world of games. There are plenty more you if you dig a little. As you can see some of these have even been ported to iOs and Android. Most of the games are so simple that you can install the entire thing on a USB jump drive, pop it into any random computer you encounter and pick up where you left off.
Imagine if every time you played Legend of Zelda, the dungeons were in different places, the mini-quests changed and even new monsters and weapons appeared. You’d probably be much more apt to replay the game for more than just nostalgic reasons. Personally, I only replay games when so much time has passed that I no longer remember the details.
This is the promise of Roguelikes – a genre of turn-based games that have a lot in common with RPGs. Although they eschew the heavy story elements and everything but the most basic graphics, what they offer in depth of play more than makes up for it. Roguelikes offer infinite replay value can usually be played on almost any machine that can run a terminal and can be very addicting.