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Homebrew Game Club

Homebrew Game Club

By Homebrew Game Club
A podcast about new games for old consoles. We're three friends exploring brand-new, original, aftermarket games for retro systems, as well as the quirky communities that create them. Each month we pick a game to play and discuss our experiences with it, on consoles like the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Atari 2600, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, and more. Play along with us and discover these great new old games for yourself!
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HBGC Extra: Ruby & Rusty Save the Crows
Conor and Nick discuss Ruby & Rusty Save the Crows, a charming platformer for the Game Boy Color that may or may not concern workplace discrimination and chronically traumatized birds (it doesn’t). Get the full game here: Play the demo here: Max Oakland on Twitter: The next game club pick is Alfonzo’s Arctic Adventure. Get it here: As always, find links to our social media and more at:
August 13, 2022
Episode 6: Xeno Crisis
The Homebrew Game Club takes on Xeno Crisis, a twin-stick shooter for the Sega Mega Drive. And loses, spectacularly. Get the game here, or on your platform of choice: The next game club pick is Alfonzo's Arctic Adventure for the NES. Get it here: Music break: "Nest (Area 4)" by Savaged Regime. Free Xeno Crisis OST download available via Bitmap Bureau here: Here's that Dunning-Kruger graph featuring the "Valley of Despair": Scrobins' State of Homebrew 2022:
July 17, 2022
HBGC Extra: Diamond Thieves
Conor returns to the podcast as the gang takes a look at Diamond Thieves, a new game for the Mega Drive and Genesis. Developed by Mangangá Team, Diamond Thieves is available through a joint collaboration between Mega Cat Studios and Video Game Sage. View the Diamond Thieves Official Trailer: Order your copy of the game here: Here's a deep dive on the game by Scrobins on VGS, with developer interviews: Mangangá Team: The next Game Club pick is Xeno Crisis for the Mega Drive. Find it on the modern console of your choice, or buy the ROM here: As always, find links to our social media and more at: ***The podcast would like to preemptively apologize to all Portuguese speakers and Sean Connery fans for the content of this episode.***
June 10, 2022
Episode 5: Space Raft
Nick and Bart discuss Space Raft for NES and its remixed semi-sequel, Space Raft Arcade. Bart has no regrets about taking over the Discord with Atari 7800 talk, and Nick builds a badass flight simulator. Also: Hey, did those Beanie Baby collectors ever make money?? Still need to play Space Raft? Get it here: The next game club pick is Xeno Crisis for the Sega Mega Drive. Get it here, among other places: Music break: "Tomorrow Today" (8-bit and original versions). Check out both on the Space Raft Bandcamp page: In case you don't get the 8BitDo jokes... How do you pronounce this company? The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute: As always, find links to our social media and more at:
May 25, 2022
Midwest Gaming Classic 2022 Recap
The 2022 Midwest Gaming Classic is over, and Nick and Bart are tired. For more on the Midwest Gaming Classic: Hair of the Dogcast: Warren Davis' Q*Bert Book: Premium Edition Games Series 4 Direct (NES homebrew 10-in-1 announcement): Video Game Sage: Space Raft, the game: Bite the Chili Productions (Anguna, Halcyon, and more): Songbird Productions (Lynx and Jaguar homebrew): As always, find links to our Discord server and more at:
May 03, 2022
Episode 4: NEScape!
The Game Club talks NEScape!, an escape room game for the NES. Conor makes the point-and-click connection, Bart is happy he finally figured out Morse Code, and Nick's just glad to have had help on this one. View the HBGC full livestream playthrough on our YouTube channel: Still need to play NEScape? Get it here: Music break: "Final Escape (Scene 4)" by Travis Nelson: The next game club pick is Space Raft for the NES. Get the game here: Or try it out in your browser: The Homebrew Game Club will be attending the Midwest Gaming Classic April 30 - May 1. Get tickets and more here: As always, find links to our social media, merch shop and more at:
April 01, 2022
HBGC Interview: Matt Hughson
The Game Club talks with Matt Hughson, developer of NES homebrew games Witch n' Wiz and From Below, as well as the upcoming From Below Pocket for Game Boy. While the discussion focuses on previous Game Club pick Witch n' Wiz, this is a great conversation for anyone interested in creating and marketing homebrew games, regardless of console. Matt Hughson's website: Matt Hughson's games: Blog Post: How to Start Making NES Games: As always, find links to our social media, merch shop and more at:
March 22, 2022
Episode 3: Witch n' Wiz
The gang talks about Witch n' Wiz, a puzzle platformer for the NES. Nick tries in vain not to swear, Conor confesses to a terrible mistake, and Bart has a particular room in mind where he'd like to play this one. There's also a bit about Reddit movies. Finally, Nick has a cautionary tale about giving your childhood stuffed animals away to high school filmmakers. Still need to play Witch n' Wiz? Get the full game here:  Or play it for free on Piepacker:  Music break: "Gravity" by Tuï:  The next game club pick is NEScape! For the NES. Check our social media for the livestream date, and get the game here:  Mawthorne on Kickstarter:  Skeller Boy on Kickstarter:  The Great Gatsby for NES:  Needle in a Timestack Trailer:  As always, find links to our social media, merch shop and more at
March 06, 2022
HBGC Extra: Retro-Inspired Indie Games
Nick has a story about losing his car keys. It's long, sorry.  Eventually, Nick and Conor talk about some of their favorite retro-inspired indie games. Let us know which ones we missed by yelling at us on social media or emailing Games mentioned in this episode: Streets of Rage 4 Fight'n Rage River City Girls Cave Story VVVVVV Super Hexagon Celeste Bionic Commando Rearmed Undertale GG Aleste 3 (Aleste Collection) Super Meat Boy Binding of Issac Shovel Knight Hollow Knight Sega Ages (Series) Limbo Braid Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 1 & 2 Shantae: 1/2 Genie Hero Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Super Hydorah
February 07, 2022
Episode 2: Deadeus
The Game Club takes on handheld homebrew horror with Deadeus for the Game Boy, a great Halloween title we're talking about in January for some reason. Warning: Spoilers abound. The guys wrap up with a discussion of their favorite non-homebrew games of 2021. Got a different take? Share your experience with us at homebrewgameclub (at) Play Deadeus here if you haven't already: Break music: Day 2 Overworld Theme by Stoo Busby: Bart Elfrink's horror short film Innards:  The next game club pick is Witch n' Wiz for the NES. Get it here: Find social media links and more at
January 21, 2022
HBGC Extra: The [Retracted] List of NES Homebrew Games
In this totally bonus, eminently skippable episode, Nick and Conor address a couple of wild days in the NES homebrew scene. Do you devour internet drama like it's hot popcorn? This episode is for you. Seth Abramson's Top 100 NES Homebrews (archived version): Response to the list from Sole Goose (Beau Holland):
January 07, 2022
Episode 1: Lizard
The Game Club kicks off with enigmatic platformer Lizard for the NES, and contentious takes abound. Conor is perplexed by the soundtrack, Bart is scared and confused, and Nick wonders if his favorite homebrew game is an existential crisis simulator in disguise. Got a different take? Share your experience with us at homebrewgameclub (at) The next game club pick is Deadeus for Game Boy. Check it out here: 2A03 Puritans on Bandcamp: N64 Homebrew Game Jam: Don’t forget about our Witch n’ Wiz giveaway: RetroUSB’s 8-Bit Xmas 2021: GB Dev on Twitter:
December 03, 2021
HBGC Extra: Bart Elfrink on Drinksgiving
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the U.S., and the Game Club's own Bart Elfrink made a movie about it! Here's a short, totally-extra bonus segment featuring Bart and Nick talking about Drinksgiving, a film Bart co-directed back in 2016, now available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video and Paramount+. IMDB page for Drinksgiving (with poster art): Drinksgiving on Prime Video:
November 24, 2021
Episode 0: Introductions
Meet your podcasters! The gang discusses what they mean by “homebrew games” and why they’re different from “hacks” before outlining plans for the podcast. Bart examines what he looks for in a game, Conor reminisces on video games in 1990s Ireland, and Nick reveals behind-the-scenes tales from a family-operated video rental chain. The conversation turns oddly philosophical before wrapping up with a reveal of the first Game Club pick. It's all downhill from here, folks. Get Lizard here: UK games market share from 1992: Jeremy Parish on Bio Miracle Bokkte Upa (the baby game; yes, it’s real): And here’s that excellent Micro Mages promotional video: Play along with us on Discord: Instagram, Twitter, and other links:
November 02, 2021
Trailer: Homebrew Game Club Podcast
Welcome to the Homebrew Game Club podcast! Did you know that brand new, original games are still being made for retro video game consoles like the NES, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, Atari 2600 and more? Join us as we explore these games and the communities that make them. Find links to show notes, our Discord server, and other social media at
October 26, 2021