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

The American Delta Vengeance Action Blood Force Kill Commando is a freeware first person shooter with a very distinct Commodore 64 feel. Clearly the game is far too advanced for an actual Commodore 64 to play, but the new-retro graphics make it pretty clear what the developers were going for. The damn game tripped my anti-virus, and then once it was cleared by the antivirus (the game is safe) it would immediately crash upon starting. Even playing around with the compatibility settings made no difference. So while I can’t actually give any kind of review for this game, it, ah, looks kinda cool.… Read the rest

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

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