Gearbox unleashes a free browser-based Borderlands demake

Claptrap: "Go old skool and play the 1989 16-bit original to see how it all began."

Gearbox Studios may be hard at work making Borderlands 2 and Aliens: Colonial Marines, but that hasn't stopped the developer from creating an official browser-based 16-bit demake of its open-world shooter Borderlands.

Envisioned as a top-down Smash TV-style arcade game, you pick one of Borderland's four leads to withstand wave after wave of foes. True to the original game, there are plenty of weapon drops and level upgrades, even if customisation has been removed.

"Borderlands wasn't always the slick, handsome bastard of a game it is today! Go old skool and play the 1989 16-bit original to see how it all began. I can't believe how young I look!" said robo-sidekick Claptrap, taking time off from making marriage proposals.

Play it for yourself right here.

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