UFO 50 receives new trailer during Day of the Devs 2024, and it's everything Action 52 wasn't

UFO 50 Day of the Devs 2024
UFO 50 receives a new, promising trailer during Day of the Devs 2024 (Image via Mossmouth)

One of the standouts from Day of the Devs 2024 had to be UFO 50, from Mossmouth Games. It comes with an extremely interesting premise, and although it’ll immediately draw comparisons to one of the worst compilations of all time, it won't be due to quality. Those netizens of a certain vintage have either seen via the Angry Video Game Nerd or even played for themselves, Action 52.

It was a collection of 52 games on one cartridge, and most of them either didn’t work, worked poorly, or were bugged/corrupted. It’s easily one of the worst things to ever hit the NES back in the 90s. However, Mossmouth’s UFO 50 proves that game collections can be amazing. It’s not just an assortment of mini-games, like WarioWare. Each title in this collection is fully functioning, and some are even multiplayer.


UFO 50 reveals new game footage and more during Day of the Devs 2024

This Day of the Devs entry has something for everyone - even classic 80s/90s dungeon crawler fans (Image via Mossmouth)
This Day of the Devs entry has something for everyone - even classic 80s/90s dungeon crawler fans (Image via Mossmouth)

UFO 50 was one of the many games revealed during the Day of the Devs 2024 and it looks to be a real standout. One of my favorite trailers at the presentation, not only is it a collection of 50 games all in one place, it also appears to have a story. It’s a collection of games that shows such incredible promise, and it’s coming this year! This video game collection releases on September 18, 2024, for Steam.

That facet really sells it for me. According to the lore, these video games were developed by a fictional company named “UFO Soft”, but we must wait and see to learn more about them, and if anything sinister is afoot in UFO 50.

It’s a wide assortment of genres, too. Do you like platformers? Roguelikes? Shooters? RPGs? It’s got something for everyone. The games feature a cool 8-bit aesthetic, and run the gamut between classic dungeon-delving RPGs, to fun, fast-paced platformers.

It even features at least one run-and-gun/rail shooter (Image via Mossmouth)
It even features at least one run-and-gun/rail shooter (Image via Mossmouth)

I don’t like to compare it to Action 52 — one of the most infamous game collections ever published — but it does remind me of that. Down to almost the same amount of games, and a similar variety of in-game types. However, unlike that unfortunate NES title, this one appears to work. With many of the games being multiplayer, it promises to give something to almost everyone.

Personally, I’m a big fan of games that combine the retro aesthetic with a more modern game design, so the Day of the Devs trailer for UFO 50 sparked excitement in me. It’s easily one of the best games to be revealed this Summer Game Fest.


UFO 50 hits PC on September 18, 2024. No other platforms have been revealed, though that could change in time.

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