My first thought, upon seeing UFO 50, was “oh, so it’s like a modern day Action 52?” The new indie project is a collection of 50 games with a bit of a backstory. The idea behind it is that the games were “created in the 80’s by a fictional company that was obscure but ahead of its time.” Each of them features “a unique 32-color palette and other restrictions” that are intended to “make them feel more authentic.”
In reality, however, it is a collection of 50 games that were created by Derek Yu, Eirik Suhrke, Jon Perry, Paul Hubans, and Ojiro Fumoto. Among other games, members of this group are known for Spelunky, Downwell, and Time Barons.
Few details about the series are available at this time. The games are said to be “slightly smaller than commercial 8-bit titles from the 80’s,” but it is also noted that “they are full games and not microgames or minigames.” The collection will feature platformers, shoot ’em ups, puzzle games, and RPGs, among others. While every game will feature a single-player mode, only around one-third of them will feature some sort of multiplayer mode. In all, it is said that “completing the entire collection could easily take over a hundred hours.”
UFO 50 is set to be released sometime in 2018 for an as-yet undecided price. You can find more information about the collection on the official website.