My name's Josh Hallaran and I'm an independent game developer from Australia. For over a decade now, I've been making games under the business name of Critical Games.
While I've dabbled in mobile development, I'm best known for my work on PC (and soon consoles), creating story-driven Japanese-style RPG experiences with the 8-Bit Adventures series.
I want to stress that I'm not usually a solo developer, and big games like 8-Bit Adventures 2 are definitely a team effort where I've worked with fellow freelancers. My real passion is Writing and Game Design, although I've filled many roles on my projects.
This website exists as a portfolio of my work, and a way for players to easily get in touch with me.
8-Bit Adventures 2
Genre: JRPG Release Date: January 31st, 2023
Platforms: PC (via Steam, GOG, Itch.io) Coming soon to Nintendo Switch,
PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.
8-Bit Adventures 2 is everything you love about NES, SNES and PS1-era JRPGs - with all of the charm, heart and soul, but none of the inconvenience.
That means a a heartfelt, character-focused narrative; strategic turn-based combat; deep party customisation; an unforgettable soundtrack; no random battles; and a fantastical world traversed by Airship, all brought to life by vibrant 8-Bit inspired visuals. While it may be a sequel, anyone can jump into this all-new JRPG adventure!
8-Bit Adventures 1
Genre: JRPG Release Date: March 31st, 2015
Platforms: PC (via Steam, GOG, Itch.io)
8-Bit Adventures: The Forgotten Journey Remastered Edition is a retro-styled JRPG with polish and personality, that focuses less on references (although there are plenty!) and more on telling a story...
Featuring a classic story with a unique twist, genuine NES-like music with retro charm, a vast World Map packed with monsters and treasures, a colour-based Element System which adds an extra layer of strategy to battles, and engaging, lovable characters!
Tales across time
Genre: JRPG Release Date: April 18th, 2016
Platforms: PC (via Steam and Itch.io)
Tales Across Time is a linear, story-driven RPG experience from the creator of 8-Bit Adventures: The Forgotten Journey. It uses the classic short-story format to tell the tale of three very different characters; each living centuries apart, but in the same location.
Each narrative presents a different experience. Explore a haunted, ancient ruin; help a young woman save her town and her love; face off with an unstoppable masked killer. Many tales have been told across time; will yours be able to transcend it?