Homebrew & Indie Game Reviews

Review: TANGLEWOOD - A new and original game for the SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis

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When a designer and programmer who has helped produce a number of celebrated video games in the modern era with AAA studios such as Traveller’s Tales announces that they are going to be creating a new game for the 16-Bit Sega Mega Drive (or Genesis to our North American friends), here at Retro Collect we invariably sit up and take notice.

Last Updated ( 25 October 2018 )

Homebrew Review: 8Bit Music Power (Nintendo Famicom)


Releasing music in a bizarre or antiquated format is nothing new - just look at the tiny hand-cranked music box Mogwai released their 2004 single Tracy on; or Jack White’s decision to release a collection of his songs on a vinyl record that could only be played properly at 3rpm. There are undoubtedly even more weird and wonderfully original uses [ … ]

Last Updated ( 02 February 2016 )

Homebrew Review: The Ghost Blade (Sega Dreamcast)


The Sega Dreamcast is no stranger to aftermarket releases. The console which many view as having gone too soon holds what could be described as the most active homebrew scene around - with a handful of new games arriving on the platform each year. The latest of these hails from the retro publisher Hucast Games, a vertical scrolling shooter by the n [ … ]


Indie Review: Forward to the Sky (PC)

Fancy a light and breezy game for something a bit different? Then better get ready for a trip upwards with Forward to the Sky.

Last Updated ( 02 February 2015 )

Review: Rock Boshers DX: Director's Cut (PS Vita)


Queen Victoria's gone to Mars to kick ass and drink tea...and she's all outta tea! So goes the tag line for Rock Boshers DX: Director's Cut, the latest PS Vita/PS4 offering from Tikipod - creators of another recent retro-themed indie title, Aqua Kitty DX.

Last Updated ( 10 December 2014 )

Review: Don't Die Mr Robot (PS VIta)


As we approach the first birthdays of the new generation of consoles, consoles that offer up even more cinematic experiences, it warms my heart to see games coming out like Don’t Die Mr Robot.

Last Updated ( 25 November 2014 )

Review: Shovel Knight (Nintendo Wii U)


There have been plenty of video games that have released over the course of the past few years that have taken advantage of the retro boom. Even the original heroes have returned for brief moments of glory, with games like Capcom’s Mega Man 9 reminding us why it’s so good to relive those glory days. But with every indie developer throwing ideas to [ … ]

Last Updated ( 13 September 2014 )

Review: Velocity 2X (PlayStation 4 / Vita)


Futurlab are a studio with a very bright future, the developer is probably best known for their original Velocity (later re-released as Velocity Ultra), a great shooter/puzzle hybrid. For the sequel Futurlab have managed to surpass themselves in real style!

Last Updated ( 06 November 2014 )

Review: TxK (PS Vita)


In 1981 Atari released the arcade classic Tempest, designed by Dave Theurer. The follow ups to the tube shooter daddy were made by British industry legend Jeff Minter. Now in 2014 Jeff Minter and Llamasoft are back with TxK a spiritual successor to the Tempest series on the PlayStation Vita.

Last Updated ( 06 November 2014 )

Indie Review: Arcadecraft (Microsoft Xbox 360)

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Walking into a darkened building, pulsating with electronic noise, lit only by the raster glow from a million screens is one memory I will always keep with me. Videogame arcades from the 1980s golden age are long gone and, if you are a regular reader, much lamented by me.

Last Updated ( 05 April 2013 )

Homebrew Review: GunLord (Sega Dreamcast)


The NG:DEV.TEAM are becoming well known for their bold efforts to keep our beloved consoles afloat. After releasing a handful of stand-out scrolling shooters, the homebrew developers have stepped out of their comfort zone to create an iconic run and gunner - with a certain retro gaming inspiration shining through.

Last Updated ( 08 July 2012 )
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