Left 4 Dead, in 8-bit

As we all know, Left 4 Dead 2 was effectively castrated in order for it to get past the Australian censors, removing blood, gore, dead bodies, and a lot of interest in the game.

We’ll give the guys the benefit of the doubt there, and assume that they didn’t mean to make the game a mockery of its former, zombie-slayin’ self.

But what happens if you set out intentionally to poke fun at one of Valve‘s best-selling franchises?

Eric Ruth has done just that, lovingly crafting what he considers a “retro de-make” of the original Left 4 Dead. The end result, the 1986-tastic Pixel Force: Left 4 Dead is now available for download, and we’ve got a trailer as well as some screens to show it off in all its 8-bit glory.

(Yep, that’s a real, playable game.)

Wanna get in on this pixellated action? Head over to File Planet and pick up your own copy of Ver1.1 (also worth checking the various other mirrors: Strategy Informer, Atomic Gamer and even the author himself).

But that’s not all – Ruth explains that he has created this new masterpiece as the “flagship title” for an upcoming series of Pixel Force titles, so there’s (potentially) plenty more where that came from. Stay tuned!

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