Tofu Adventure

Tofu Adventure
Click here to download Tofu Adventure is a new-retro freeware platformer from Studio Byp. I think. I had a look at the documentation and it did give a few specific names, but the author’s homepage seems to be offline and there is no mention of this game on Studio Byp’s homepage either, which is weird, but at least the download still exists. Tofu, a traditional Japanese staple made from bean curd, comes in little white blocks, and the hero of the game has the same shape. Here in Japan it is still possible to find Tofu shops, normally run by and ancient little old lady, or sometimes a pleasant-to-the-point-of-being-creepy middle aged man with a huge, toothy smile.… Read the rest

Bandai releases printable character models

Bandai releases printable character models
Relative Linkage In a move that absolutely no one saw coming, Bandai has teamed up with Brother (that company which makes printers and fax machines) to produce printable retro game character models which are available for download, for free, via their website. Simply rock on up to the site, click on the desired character, download the .pdf file, print it and swear a blue streak as you attempt to construct your character of choice. I haven’t tried any of them yet, but it seems legit enough. The downloads are only available until the 29th of June, BUT, if the total number of downloads exceeds 10,000, Bandai have promised to release a second set, so get out there and start cutting and pasting like a hungover collage student pouring over Wikipedia the morning their essay is due.… Read the rest

Sonic the Hedgehog: Chaos

Sonic the Hedgehog: Chaos
Sonic the Hedgehog: Chaos, known as ‘Sonic and Tails’ in Japan, is one of the final 8bit incarnations of everyone’s favorite hyperactive blue hedgehog, and the first 8bit appearance of his unassuming fox-that-flies-for-some-reason, Tails. Released in late 1993 for both the Sega Master System and the Game Gear, Sonic the Hedgehog: Chaos (or just ‘Sonic Chaos’ as it is normally called) was met with positive, yet unenthusiastic, reviews. Kind of like a hungover father, half asleep at his daughter’s ballet recital and giving her a thumbs up with one hand while using his other to cover up a yawn. Sonic Chaos is one of the easiest games I have ever played, ever.… Read the rest

PSA: Eschalon Book I released as freeware

PSA: Eschalon Book I released as freeware
I previously reviewed Eschalon: Book 1 here. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Eschalon: Book I, Basilisk Games have decided to release the full version, for free, via their website, Steam, or Good Old Games. Click here for more details. For those who can’t be fucked reading my original review of the game, it is an old school, top down, single player indie RPG which really struck a chord with retro-gamers upon release. Now, 10 years later, it is available for free. I hadn’t played it for a while, so I re-downloaded the free version and gave it a spin. It works just flawlessly under Windows 10, but unfortunately cannot be made widescreen, so it retains it’s 4:3 aspect ratio.… Read the rest

ドラゴンクエスト Dragon Quest

ドラゴンクエスト Dragon Quest
Dragon Quest, or Dragon Warrior as it was known outside of Japan, is the first in a series of role playing games that really need no introduction. The game launched a legitimate phenomenon in Japan which continues on to this day. The game’s artwork being penned by Dragonball creator Akira Toriyama is the icing on the cake. But while this is all well and good, I recently realized that I have never actually played the very first instalment of the series. Partly due to not having a NES as a child (long live the Sega Master System). As I grew up and started getting my grubby hands on new systems, and even discovered the world of emulation, I still never got around to playing the game which started the Dragon Quest series.… Read the rest

KiddEd – Level Editor for Alex Kidd in Miracle World

KiddEd – Level Editor for Alex Kidd in Miracle World
KiddED (click here) is a level editor for the Sega Master System classic Alex Kidd in Miracle World which was built into the Master System 2 model.  Despite the name, the Master System 2 wasn’t actually a generation after the original Master System, but rather a re-modeled version which lost the card reader for card-based games and stuck to the cartridge port. Anyway, prior to Sonic the too-radical-for-the-90’s Hedgehog bursting on to the scene, Alex Kidd – the lost prince of a far away fantasy land called Radaxian – was Sega’s flagship character. The level editor gives you a great deal of control of the levels, to the point where you can re-build them from the ground up, however some enemies, particularly bosses, are a hassle to alter but can often be worked around.… Read the rest

北斗の拳 Fist of the North Star (Famicon)

北斗の拳 Fist of the North Star (Famicon)
Fist of the North Star is a legendary manga series which ran for several years during the mid-80’s in Japan. Naturally it spawned an anime series, a (terrible) live action film and, of course, a string of tie-in video games. The Famicon version isn’t the very first video game incarnation of the series, but it is as good a place to start as any. For those who are not familiar with the original manga series, it revolves around Kenshiro, a wandering ass-kicker who wanders around a post-apocalyptic wasteland kicking the asses of all he feels deserve and ass kicking. His signature move is the ‘Holy Fist of the North Star’ which consists of Ken attacking his opponent with a flurry of well-placed blows to the abdomen which results in a delayed explosion of the body.… Read the rest

Double Dragon 4 coming soon to Steam and PS4

Double Dragon 4 coming soon to Steam and PS4
A new installment in the legendary Double Dragon franchise is set to hit the virtual shelves on January 30th, 2017, which just happens to mark the 30th anniversary of the first Double Dragon title. The order of games is a little out of whack as Super Double Dragon for the Super Nintendo is technically the fourth Double Dragon game, but whatever, I’m just happy to see another Double Dragon title. As you could probably tell from the trailer, it is made to resemble an old school 8bit beat-em’-up. It definitely looks authentic, but only time will tell if Double Dragon 4 will live up to it’s predecessors in terms of gameplay.… Read the rest

Konami to release 53 game soundtracks

Konami to release 53 game soundtracks
Konami has released the soundtracks of 53 of their old school titles, over 1000 individual tracks, via the online music store Chakushin Uta (releative linkage). The site itself is Japanese, and it has not been made clear if Konami will release the soundtracks internationally, but it is a step in an awesome direction for video game music lovers everywhere. The tracks went up for sale on the 21st of December (2016). I had a poke around the site and it looks like you need a Konami ID, which *I think* can be set up from anywhere on planet, and not just the land of the rising sun.… Read the rest

Games Based on Movies that Don’t Exist: Apocalypse

Games Based on Movies that Don’t Exist: Apocalypse
Apocalypse stars Bruce Willis as Trey Kincaid in a si-fi action-adventure spanning through prison riots, zombie filled sewers and crime ridden city streets all in a desperate attempt to stop the mad scientist, “The Reverend”, from destroying the world by summoning the four horsemen of the apocalypse. As the title would imply, this game is based on a movie that doesn’t exist, but unlike most of the other games which fit into that category, Apocalypse was never intended to be based on any kind of film or franchise. The reason I call it a game based on a non-existant movie is because everyone thinks that it’s a game based on a movie.… Read the rest