See GTA IV with 8-bit graphics...

We’ve seen some great remakes this year. The success of Bionic Commando Rearmed on Xbox LIVE and Final Fantasy IV on the DS shows that playing old games on new hardware is still fun. But the good folks at The Independent Gaming Source have turned the idea of remaking classic titles on its head with their recent Bootleg Demake competition.  Instead of making old games look new, competitors were tasked with creating unofficial remakes of newer games with retro twists, which made them look like they were developed for older hardware. The competition has yielded over 60 creative, fun and hilarious spoofs of some of our favorite games, so we thought we’d share our favorite entries. You can learn more about TIGS’ Bootleg Demake competition by heading here, and we encourage you to check out the other great entries and vote for your favorites.



We demand that all Team Fortress 2 fans try this demake. Gang Garrison II is guaranteed to make you grin when you hear its cover of the TF2 theme song with MIDI-fied bleeps and bloops. And it’ll keep the smiles coming when you start scrolling through the game’s super pixilated takes on TF2 classes, like “The Runner” and “The Rocket Man.” So far, the game only has one capture-the-flag map. It’s a 2D version of 2Fort, which the authors are dubbing “2DFort.” But on the plus side, you shouldn’t have too much of a problem finding other people to play with. We were actually able to find several active servers at the time of writing, and even found someone playing as “The Healer,” which helped us score more kills with “The Firebug.”

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  Above: The Pyro becomes “The Firebug” and 2Fort becomes “2DFort” in Gang Garrison’s loving demake of Team Fortress 2 

Above:  See Gang Garrison II in motion



Have you ever wondered what Dead or Alive’s bouncy breasts would’ve looked like on an Atari? We haven’t. But we’re glad that someone else did. Sexy Seaside Beachball lets you buy sexy presents, make sexy friends, gamble in sexy outfits, and play lots of super sexy volleyball on a sexy seaside shore. Don’t download this game to play it. Download it to laugh at everything that’s ridiculous about the Dead or Alive Xtream Beach Volleyball series.

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Above: This game features breast physics!

Above: Meet Kasuki, the cover girl for Sexy Seaside Beachball 



Healthy Wave takes Audiosurf’s trippy visuals down a notch with Game Boy-styled graphics. But that’s part of the point with these demakes. Like Audiosurf, Healthy Wave’s fun factor kicks in once you start adding your own songs to the game’s tracklist.

The only trick is that you’ll probably need to convert your song files so that Healthy Wave can recognize them. We suggest you download ACE-HIGH MP3 WAV WMA OGG Converter. It’s free. It’s easy to figure out and you can use it to convert any MP3s you have into the OGG files Healthy Wave needs.

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Above: Healthy Wave with the opening song from TalkRadar. It’s Helix Nebula by Anamanaguchi and has been stuck in our head for the last few months


  • Japanaman - June 14, 2011 8:28 p.m.

    GTA already has an 8 bit version on the Gameboy Color, but it's still nie to see people cling to their 8 bit roots.
  • JacobOB - October 16, 2008 4:37 a.m.

    that's pretty funny why would you bother to remake other games that's just lame. lmao
  • Nickenstien - September 26, 2008 2:34 p.m.

    Nice one, GamesRadar person! :) Here is the trailer video for LSVS if you can't be bothered to get it but fancy a look anyway: :) Cheers, Nick
  • Yellowhat17 - September 26, 2008 2:18 p.m.

    Soundless Mountain looks like the best... and besides, it actually feels/looks like a classic game.
  • JosephCh - September 26, 2008 12:45 p.m.

    And any help with connecting GG2 to a network would be appreciated. Can't figure out how to use that plug-in :/
  • JosephCh - September 26, 2008 12:16 p.m.

    Lol the names they gave these are what's awesome :P. Large-scale Vehicular Stealing FTW!
  • ELpork - September 26, 2008 9:49 a.m.

    Quite mill...ohhh sad.
  • kjadf12329 - September 26, 2008 2:19 a.m.

    is anyone playing gg2?
  • Amnesiac - September 26, 2008 1:04 a.m.

    Def gonna check out Soundless Mountain 2.
  • lava_lamp - September 25, 2008 10:52 p.m.

    gang garrison 2 is classic
  • corey2014 - September 25, 2008 10:26 p.m.

    hahaha.. i would still play gta if it looked like that.good times good times.and the blood looks like jam,man im hungry
  • KEEPFROMFREEZIN - September 25, 2008 9:50 p.m.

    is the talk radar theme an actual song and if it is whats it called?
  • Defguru7777 - September 25, 2008 9:24 p.m.

    First! Gang Garrison II, Super Maria Cosmos, and Whatever the Fuck the Grand Theft Auto IV Ripoff was Called are my highlights from this.
  • Smeggs - September 27, 2008 1:48 a.m.

    ROFL! Large-Scale Vehicular Stealing!
  • cricket0 - September 26, 2008 8:49 p.m.

    I think that every game should have a cheaper demake for those who have little cash.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - September 26, 2008 4:46 p.m.

    >is the talk radar theme an actual song and if it is whats it called? Yes, it is called Helix Nebula, and it's by Anamanaguchi. They're awesome, so check them out:
  • NelosAngelos - September 26, 2008 2:57 a.m.

    YES!!! I want GTA, oops, I mean LSVS for the NES!!!
  • Cynwyddon - September 26, 2008 1:13 a.m.

    This has to be the greatest thing since Bullet Ball.
  • theaznboy510 - September 25, 2008 11:14 p.m.

  • corey2014 - September 25, 2008 10:28 p.m.

    hahaha.. i would still play gta if it looked like that.good times good times.and the blood looks like jam,man im hungry

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