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

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

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

RetroFreak : Multi-System Hardware Emulation Console

RetroFreak : Multi-System Hardware Emulation Console
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

TFT Display Kit Relased for the Sega Game Gear

TFT Display Kit Relased for the Sega Game Gear
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

Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire

Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire
What a mouthful. The title translates roughly to something like “Legend of the Intergalactic Police Women Sapphire”. I really don’t know what that ‘sapphire’ is doing there, but who really gives a shit? I don’t and neither should you. The game was produced by Hudson and released for the PC Engine in 1995. It is a top-down 2d vertical shooter featuring four playable characters who, like the name of the game would suggest, are police women. Despite them all looking about 14 years old, they have no problem kicking some serious ass in their space crafts. The game has you traveling through time and each level takes place in a different point in history (and the future, of course).… Read the rest

Ungra Walker アングラウォーカー

Ungra Walker アングラウォーカー
Ungra Walker is a rogue-like dungeon crawler from game studio Success and was released in 2002 for the Sony Playstation. To the best of my knowledge it was Japan-only and never saw a translation nor a release overseas. The title seems a bit odd, but I’m pretty sure it’s a bastardization of “Underground Walker,” as in someone who walks under ground, which is actually pretty fitting for a dungeon crawler like this. The game starts you off picking a name, a gender and a class. You are able to play as a warrior, a thief, a wizard or a priest. You can change the color of your characters outfit as well, but it’s completely arbitrary.… Read the rest

Zombie Shooting Lite

Zombie Shooting Lite
Download page The title says it all. Zombie Shooting. That’s literally the game. You stand in a room with a gun and shoot zombies. Have you ever played a game that failed to deliver? A game with a title that mislead or flat out lied to the player. Yeah? Well this game is the absolute opposite of that. There is no bullshit training mode to sit through, nor is there some third rate b-movie level plot. No hammy voice actors just reading straight from a script and hoping that their pay check will cover this months liqour bill. It really is nothing but shooting zombies.… Read the rest

Kaikan 壊漢

Kaikan 壊漢
Download (scroll down to the bottom of the page) Kaikan is a freeware vertical shmup from Zakichi, the same mad mind behind Contlade. I would say, in my own humble, alcoholic opinion, that Kaikan is the superior of the two, even if Contlade is a lot of fun in its own right. While Contlade closely resembled an early console shooter, Kaikan closely resembles an arcade shooter. It’s fast, it’s hectic, it’s got shit flying everywhere and power-ups galore. It’s awesome. You start the game choosing a craft to pilot. Each craft has a different main attack and appearance. The appearance of the ship is completely arbitrary, but the main attack alters the gameplay significantly.… Read the rest

Colorful Shooting

Colorful Shooting
Download (Click on the first link) This game has to be the ugliest thing I have ever seen. It looks like someone threw MS paint into a blender and poured the result onto a computer monitor. But, as it turns out, there is a very valid reason for the games gag-inducing color scheme. The background is made up of 3 colors, and enemy fire is also made up of those same colors. This means that if an enemy is firing red projectiles, you will not be able to see them when the fly over any red patches of background. Couple that with the fact that the background moves with the player, this title can make for a very intense gaming experience.… Read the rest