Eric Ruth Games is a tiny indie game developer after our own hearts. As if making a free Mega Man tribute game wasn’t enough to melt our pixellated hearts, they’ve gone and started converting Left 4 Dead into the authentic 8-bit NES experience. Just check out this NES Left 4 Dead Gameplay Video on YouTube.
To quote Eric Ruth Games:
This game play footage gives you an idea of what the project looks like in action and how it plays. As you can see, it’s a standard top-down 4 directional action/shooter. Remade in the NES retro style, the resolution is at 256 x 240 and features 16 colors and a 4 sound channel soundtrack.
Here are some screenshots of the adorable zombies eating your adorable brains:
Some Questions and Answers:
Q: Is this just an animation or an actual game?
A: An actual game. It will be available for free download on PC around January 4th, 2010.
Q: I only see one “special infected.” Will there be more?
A: Yes. All 5 special infected appear in this game regularly.
Q: How far along are you currently?
A: As of November 15th, I am completed with the first “mission: No Mercy” as well as most of the core game play mechanics.
Q: Does Valve know about this? And would they approve?
A: No, Valve doesn’t know about it yet, but I’m sure (with their love of community creations) that they will find this mildly amusing at worst, and hilarious at best.
Q: Will this version have all of the campaigns from the original game?
A: Yes. All 5 maps of all 4 campaigns will be present in the final product.
Q: Like your other games, did you make this one all by yourself?
A: With the exception of a few friends backing me up in the QA area, yes, the coding, debugging, sound effects, music and pixel art are all original work of Eric Ruth.