Balatro
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by Rhys Wynne
1M ago
As a kid growing up in the arcades in the early to mid 1990s, there were the classic games like Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and all sorts of 1980’s platformers which has a unique graphic style. There were other games that had a very similar style of graphic that fit in with the time. I never played those machines, but if I ever turn my garage into an arcade like I threaten to, they will also be there. Video Poker Machines. I think I may have put 20p in one and regretted it ever since. The game was over very quickly. Sure you could win a massive £2.40 by sheer chance, but by and large it was ..read more
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64 Bit Emulation comes to Evercade
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by Rhys Wynne
1M ago
As part of the Piko Interactive Collection 4, Blaze Entertainment is happy to announce that Nintendo 64 is the newest console to be emulated by it’s popular handheld system, The Evercade. It announced it late last week as part of it’s latest round of it’s popular cartridges. The cult classic title Glover will be released in its 64-bit version on the upcoming Piko Interactive Collection 4 physical cartridge. Having been rebuilt from scratch by studio Byteswap Labs and Maximilian Wendell, Blaze Entertainment has been able to add some modern optimisations along with refinements for Evercade incl ..read more
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Sega Touring Car Championship
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by Rhys Wynne
2M ago
While most of us know Sega’s motorsport gaming division due to Sega Rally Championship, not many people know that two years after the release of Sega Rally Championship for arcade machines and one year on from when it was ported to Saturn, Sega had an attempt at another racing genre: the spectacular world of Touring Car Racing. I mean, who dislikes watching the cars that they drive everyday racing side by side in a racetrack? It is the only kind of motor racing in which you see one of the cars competing and say “Yeah that’s my boy”. The game, released in 1996 in the arcades, seems to have the ..read more
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Soccer Kid
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by Rhys Wynne
3M ago
Europlatformer. A phrase that strikes fear into many long term games. The up-to-jump collectathons that were a commonplace in the 8 & 16-bit microcomputers have, in many cases, aged as well as a pint of milk. Although wildly popular at the time, returning to them just becomes a bit of a struggle as modern games that use modern control systems are a lot easier to control. So it was great trepidation I approached Soccer Kid. Soccer Kid from apparently-footy-mad Krisalis Software (they did the Manchester United games) features an unnamed child (though later games that were roughly the sa ..read more
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Pocky & Rocky
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by Rhys Wynne
1y ago
I’d like to think I had either explored or made aware of every great game for my systems growing up. Take for example the Super Nintendo. I still own mine (albeit it’s a rather disgusting shade of yellow now), and in the 30 years or so I’d been SNES doing what Megadrive don’t, I thought I’ve played every game that was worth playing on Nintendo’s classic system: either I had it at the time, rented it from video stores, or emulated the ones that passed me by. That wasn’t the case when – 29 years after it was released – I played Pocky & Rocky for the first time. I definitely remember hea ..read more
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What is the difference between Namco and Namcot?
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by Rhys Wynne
1y ago
Eyebrows were raised when the Namcot Collection was released a few years ago. Sure, everybody is familiar with Namco – with their excellent arcade games (read our Tekken 2 Review, Point Blank Review, and Aqua Jet Review), but Namcot? Is that correct? I first became aware of Namcot when I began my retro game collection, and picking up Famicom games. A lot of them were branded with Namcot on their cartridges, which were odd. So this got me thinking – who are Namcot? Where was it used? And why did it not reach us? Well, after a bit of digging I began to piece together puzzle. The official answer ..read more
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PLAY Expo Blackpool returns to The Norbreck Castle in October 2022
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by Rhys Wynne
1y ago
PLAY Expo Blackpool is returning to The Norbreck Castle on the 1st and 2nd October 2022. One of the largest and most popular retro themed events in the UK returns once again to it’s spiritual home – the large exhibition space in The Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool this autumn. You can expect the usual: consoles, arcade machines, pinball, talks from within the industry and a trading hall to pick up retro themed goods. Last year’s event was one of the first events to take place post pandemic, which I attended, and it was a great event. I’ve already got my ticket sorted for this October’s even ..read more
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50 Years of Text Games: From Oregon Trail to A.I. Dungeon now on Kickstarter
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by Rhys Wynne
2y ago
A new book, detailing the history of interactive fiction games, has launched on Kickstarter, and has smashed its funding goal within a day. 50 Years of Text Games: From Oregon Trail to A.I. Dungeon is the latest Kickstarter project by Aaron A Reed – an award-winning writer and game designer with a PhD in interactive storytelling. Based on a popular blog post series from 2021, the series covered one text game from each year starting in 1971, when the original version of MECC’s The Oregon Trail was released.  The book version takes the project to its conclusion, presenting the revised fina ..read more
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Day of the Tentacle
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by Rhys Wynne
2y ago
I must admit I am not the biggest fan of point and click. I like the humour and the stories, in particular the fact that they’re probably the best form of story telling of games that are out there – particularly in the retro style, however I find the “click everything with everything” gameplay that exists in it a bit tricky to get my head around. Before playing Day of the Tentacle, I only played two in my life. Two lauded versions of the game – first being The Secret of Monkey Island (read my review of The Secret of Monkey Island on this here site), and the second many moons later being I ..read more
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The Codemasters 4 Quattro Compilation with SIX Games On It
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by Rhys Wynne
2y ago
For those of us of a certain age in the UK, Codemasters were a welcome beast of a games publisher. A large publishing house founded in 1986, Codemasters games were budget games that were available everywhere where games are sold, and a fair few where games weren’t. You’d often find a rack of them in chemists for example. These games would appeal to me as a kid as the bright boxes, often with colourful characters, appealing subject matters, words like “advanced” in the title and often hyperbolic language describing things as “Utterly Brilliant”. Little did I know later on in the years they were ..read more
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