I wasn’t able to find out anything about this game’s creator or the origin of this game, expect that it was submitted to some kind of home-brew game competition. The premise is simple, collect all the treasure on one single, static screen to complete the level. The player character can smash the blocks directly above himself by jumping up into them, a la Super Mario Bros, but can only smash blocks made from bricks, with the solid blue blocks being impossible to smash. There are items in the game which have different effects, but probably not what the average game is used to.… Read the rest

Cute little witches ride around on brooms and shoot the every loving shit out of balls of fluff and other witches. The video will do a better job of describing it than I ever could. It’s on a demo, and it’s pretty short, but fuck-me-runnin’ if it ain’t fun. Click here to go to download page… Read the rest

Ahead Striker is a top-down freeware shooter with good enough production values and gameplay innovation to make it a cut above the rest of the countess number of freeware Japanese shooters. The game looks very nice and plays exceptionally smoothly, and even has a pumping soundtrack, but what really impressed me was the shooting itself. The player craft can shoot in three different directions; forward, backwards or from (both) sides. While it is a little fiddly to begin with, it made for an interesting and quite intense gaming session. There is a bomb attack available which is a little overpowered, but hey, sometimes it is nice to have the tables turned in your favor.… Read the rest

As mentioned in an earlier post, Bandai have teamed together with Brother (the printer and fax machine company) to release some printable retro game characters. All you need is a regular paper printer, scissors, glue and a free afternoon to put them all together. The best part? It is all completely free. And now a quick guide which will have you downloading, printing, and getting glue all over your fingers as you swear a blue streak attempting to put the characters together in no time. First go to the landing page by clicking here These kinds of paper models have always been quite tricky to put together (the stars under the image indicate the difficulty level) but this time the Bandai and Brother have pulled all the stops and released a paper model with a hernia-inducing level of difficulty.… Read the rest

Mouse Shooting is a super-simple space shooter in which the player space craft is controlled by the mouse. Movement is unrestricted by artificial lag or slow down, so you can dart about the player screen with the same speed you could move the cursor on your desktop to close that porn site when your wife walks into the room. The creator actually already uploaded a gameplay video, so I will link that here as it does a better job of showcasing the gameplay than my dictionary-through-a-blender approach to writing ever could. Click here go to download page… Read the rest

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

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

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

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

It looks as thought the Sega Game Gear is getting a long overdue screen upgrade, nearly 18 years after its production was discontinued. Anyone who has ever attempted to play this damn thing in anything other pitch-black darkness will know all too well how prone this dinky system was to screen glare. The Game Gear was supposed to challenge the Gameboy for the (at the time) new market of portable consoles. If failed for a number of reasons, with the lack of visibility being right at the top of the list of complaints. Well, that and the way it would drain batteries like an engineering student drains a beer bong.… Read the rest