Third party consoles, or hardware emulation devices, are nothing new. There have been consoles released in the past which have emulated the hardware of the NES, Super Nintendo and even Genesis so that they can accept and play original carts form those systems. Hell, multi-system hardware emulators aren’t even a new thing, which most being made with slots to accept  carts from different console types. RetroFreak is looking to take the concept to a whole new level. This device claims to do it all. Not only does it have support for a number of consoles, including the NES, SNES, Genesis, PCEngine, GB, GBA, but also boasts save states, cheats, output filters, multi-gamepad support and, possibly most controversial of all, the ability to copy the game file from a cart and add it to an on-board library of games.… Read the rest

Prehistorik and Prehistorik 2 are a pair of platform games released in 1991 and 1993 (respectively) for various computer systems, including MS-DOS and Amiga. They were developed by the now defunct Titus Software. The last game Titus Software put out was Xena: Warrior Princess in 2001, so it’s safe to say that they are dead and buried. While they did give us such classics The Blues Brothers, Fire and Forget II and Carmageddon, they are also the group responsible for Superman 64. I’m surprised they didn’t go out of business and face a lynch mob after that spectacular fuck-up of a game.… Read the rest

Cadash is a side-scrolling RPG released in 1991 for the Turbo Grafix and in 1992 for the Sega Genesis. It’s a console port of an arcade game of the same name which was released by Taito in 1989. It was also re-released in 2005 for the Playstation 2 as part of the Taito Legends compilation. Cadash has a high fantasy setting and the player is able to choose between a warrior and a wizard. The arcade version included a priestess and a Ninja as playable characters, because nothing screams medieval fantasy like a Ninja. On starting the game I was surprised at just how massive the character sprites are.… Read the rest

Blackthorne is a platform based shoot-em-up published by Blizzard Entertainment for the Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis and PC. Blizzard actually has a long history of producing innovative and original games, even if all they do now is sell online multiplayer crack to anyone willing to cough up enough dough. It was originally released in 1994, but was re-released for the Game Boy Advance in 2002. It was then re-re-released by Blizzard on battle.net as a free download. Blackthorne looks fantastic. The colors are vivid, the character animations are fan-fucking-tastic and the cut scenes between levels are that 1980s-saturday-morning-cartoon kind of awesome.… Read the rest

Judge Dredd was developed by Probe Software, published by Acclaim and released in 1995 for the Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Game Gear and Game Boy. It was based on the film of the same name which in turn was based on the long running 2000AD series of comic books which featured Judge Dredd as its flag ship character. I love the comics, I actually quite liked the movie and I really enjoyed this game. I have to admit that I had no expectations of this game when I tried it out for the first time. If anything I was ready for the worst.… Read the rest