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Retro Review: Alien Storm (Sega Mega Drive)

In the Mega Drive's early years, Sega had this habit of releasing 'pseudo-ports'- games named after one of their arcade titles, but with different graphics and game mechanics. Alien Storm is one of these titles, but it actually benefits by distancing itself from its arcade cousin...
Last Updated ( 15 July 2011 )

Retro Review: Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine

coverNo Sonic, lots of villains and a heap of cute little beans. By looking at the colourful, cartoony visuals of Doctor Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine you'd be forgiven for passing it off as quick Sonic cash-in. However, this is one fiendish puzzle game that will have you returning over and over again.
Last Updated ( 25 April 2011 )

Retro Review: Astro Rabby (Nintendo Game Boy)

The original Game Boy, eh? Home to hundreds of obscurities, games that never got the attention they deserved the first time around, just ripe for you to discover! One such obscurity is Astro Rabby, a Japan-only platformer... Kind-of.
Last Updated ( 14 April 2011 )

Retro Review: Ghoul Panic (Sony Playstation 1)

While the showcase titles for the Playstation's G-Con 45- the best light-gun ever- were Time Crisis and the Point Blank series, no-one ever seemed to give much notice to Ghoul Panic, probably because it was Point Blank's slightly scarier 3D cousin. Is it worth a shot?

Last Updated ( 24 March 2011 )

Retro Review: Motocross Maniacs (Nintendo Game Boy)

One of the earliest Game Boy releases (and the first from Konami), Motocross Maniacs is what every portable-born game should be, as far as I'm concerned- easy to grasp and not too time-consuming, but great to dip into for five or ten minutes for a quick challenge while waiting for a train.
Last Updated ( 12 March 2011 )

Retro Review: Master of Darkness

MoD coverCastlevania is a game that is mentioned a lot in the retro gaming press. It’s a classic title that has stood the test of time and continues to excite gamers. Spare a thought then for fans of Sega’s Master System console as Konami never released their game – in any capacity – on Sega’s little 8-bit machine. However, hope shone through in the form of [ … ]
Last Updated ( 26 February 2011 )

Retro Review: Crisis Beat (Sony Playstation 1)

Developed by Soft Machine and released in Europe in 2000, Crisis Beat dropped straight into obscurity upon release over here, which is a shame- it's a flawed but generally well-executed 3D scrolling brawler with some neat ideas.

Last Updated ( 31 July 2011 )

Retro Review: Rainbow Islands Putty's Party (Bandai WonderSwan)

Rainbow-Islands-Puttys-Party-bandai-WonderSwan-Retro-ReviewDespite being one of the most iconic arcade games of all time, Rainbow Islands holds a somewhat unknown port hiding amongst the praise. Rainbow Islands: Putty's Party arrived on the Bandai WonderSwan in Japan and remained an exclusive treasure for retro importers.
Last Updated ( 16 February 2011 )

Retro Review : Blue Stinger (Sega Dreamcast)

They say that imitation is the best form of flattery. Judging by Blue Stinger, Climax Graphics had been playing a lot of Resident Evil and Tomb Raider, sadly they may not have been paying full attention.

Last Updated ( 13 February 2011 )

Retro Review : Sonic Adventure (Sega Dreamcast)

Every new console needs a game, the killer app, to wow the audience and convince them to part with their hard earned cash. The Sega Dreamcast was no different and this task fell to Sega’s favoured child, Sonic the Hedgehog.

Last Updated ( 30 January 2011 )

Retro Review : Incoming (Sega Dreamcast)

Rage Software’s second Sega Dreamcast launch title was another arcade style game, Incoming. Billed as the ultimate multiple vehicle shoot-em-up it would fall far short of this boast.
Last Updated ( 19 January 2011 )
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