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Snow Bros. (Genesis)

Snow Bros. review (GEN)

Reviewed on March 22, 2005

Snow Bros.; Possibly one of the most bizarre yet unoriginal arcade style games to be ported from the arcade to the Mega Drive. Don’t get me wrong though just because this game isn’t original doesn’t mean that it is a travesty! In fact Snow Bros is possibly one the most addictive two player games on the Mega Drive, due to its insane length and extremely durable gameplay.
Super Mario Land (Game Boy)

Super Mario Land review (GB)

Reviewed on March 20, 2005

Super Mario Land was one of the launch titles for the Gameboy and alongside Tetris, it may be the best game that the system has to offer. It took the basic Mario formula from the original NES classic, Super Mario Bros and added a few new ingredients to make it a little different from its bigger brother. It plucked our heroic plumber from the Mushroom kingdom, his usual base for his adventures and dropped him in the Sasaraland. Here, our chubby plumber was out to rescue Princess Daisy (What h...
Dynamite Dux (Sega Master System)

Dynamite Dux review (SMS)

Reviewed on March 17, 2005

Dynamite Dux was a fun, yet extremely obscure game that was released in the arcades in 1989. A cute cuddly-looking platform/beat-me-up that set out to capture the hearts and minds of arcade gamers everywhere but failed miserably. It is now a game long forgotten (despite it being barely noticed by anyone in the first place) now cast in the pile of games that didn’t quite get the attention that they sought along with other games such as “Snow Bros” and “Golden Axe warrior.” It is a shame that Dyna...
Dynamite Dux (Arcade)

Dynamite Dux review (ARC)

Reviewed on March 17, 2005

Dynamite Dux may be severely underrated but it’s still one of the quirkiest and original beat-em-ups I’ve played in a long time. Instead of using the standard scheme of a city being overrun by crime or a big axe being stolen, it does things a little differently. You play a duck called Bin, a character who was probably designed to be SEGA’s mascot, judging by his red sneakers and blue skin who has to punch, kick and shoot his way through an army of bizarre enemies. It was an early release for ...
Eternal Champions: Challenge from the Dark Side (Sega CD)

Eternal Champions: Challenge from the Dark Side review (SCD)

Reviewed on March 14, 2005

Mortal Kombat made it big by overwhelming us with gratuitous gore and bloody fatalities. The concept of actually killing your opponent in the fight was a little more radical than just beating the snot out of them. Because of this irreverence, it became a controversial hit for all fighting game enthusiasts, playing the game just to see the blood and forgetting about the things that actually made a fighting game good. The sequel to Eternal Champions is an example of a game that follows a similar...
Splatterhouse 2 (Genesis)

Splatterhouse 2 review (GEN)

Reviewed on March 13, 2005

Splatterhouse was a fantastic gore-fest, packed with rotting body parts, blood stained hallways and gruesome monsters intent on ripping your guts out. It spawned a mass of controversy on its release and was ripped from arcades shortly after. This bloodbath was also ported to the Turbo-grafx 16, a great port that had a few things edited because of a Satanic reference, an upside down crucifix. It was an original platformer and was one of the first games that dared to go down paths that many games ...
Flicky (Genesis)

Flicky review (GEN)

Reviewed on March 10, 2005

When digging deep into my collection of games I came across the weird part of the closet. Here lay some of the oddest games I had ever played for various systems, ranging from either the generally wacky to the outright bizarre. Games like Snow Bros., Psycho Fox, and Alfred the Chicken seemed to be ones that stood out from the rest because of their originality and charm, while one that never escaped me was a game called Flicky on the Genesis.
Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee (Xbox)

Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee review (XBX)

Reviewed on February 28, 2005

Munch’s Oddysee was one of the launch titles for the Xbox and was the third game in the Oddworld Quintology. Unlike the previous Oddworld antics, it was in a fully 3D environment and also allowed a tag feature between two characters. Although these features were added the qualities that made Abe’s Oddysee and Exoddus great were ground down to their basics. The stealth puzzles were rare and the Gamespeak was minimized from six characters to two. In their place were more action, explosions and ...
Brutal: Paws of Fury (Sega CD)

Brutal: Paws of Fury review (SCD)

Reviewed on February 26, 2005

When a game is released on three different systems and you own all three systems it can be a small chore deciding what system to get which game on. With Brutal, a 2-D fighting game from the 16-bit days, I had a choice of three versions, the Genesis, the SNES and the Sega CD. If Brutal were a movie then the Sega CD would be the DVD version, the Genesis would be the cheap VHS version and the SNES would be the camcorder in the back seat of the cinema version. While the SNES reformed the game entire...
Hokuto no Ken 7: Seiken Retsuden - Denshousha heno Michi (SNES)

Hokuto no Ken 7: Seiken Retsuden - Denshousha heno Michi review (SNES)

Reviewed on February 21, 2005

Toei didn't learn from their mistakes when they released HNK7, a gritty Fist of the North Star game on the SNES. The prequel was poor but had a few moments where you could sit down and play the thing for a little while and have a bit, and I stress, a bit of fun out of it. I was hoping that Toei would give the game a total overhaul and improve the gameplay a lot, maybe take out the annoying Aura power thing and also change the character roster. I was overjoyed when I first browsed through at what...
Hokuto no Ken 6: Gekitou Denshouken - Haou heno Michi (SNES)

Hokuto no Ken 6: Gekitou Denshouken - Haou heno Michi review (SNES)

Reviewed on February 21, 2005

Hokuto no Ken 6 is a lousy fighting game on the SNES based on the popular Fist of the North Star series. The series was pretty popular in America and Japan a few years back but nowadays it seems that there is only a small cluster of fans of this hardcore anime left. I am proud to say that I am one of those fans and those who have not watched a Fist of the North Star episode or read any of the manga novels are seriously missing out. The series was based in a post-apocalyptic period where the worl...
SoulCalibur II (Xbox)

SoulCalibur II review (XBX)

Reviewed on February 18, 2005

Soul Calibur 2 has been Namco’s recent big hits, aside from the earlier Tekken games, which rocked, the company hadn’t brought out anything that was regarded as a classic, from a general gamers point of view. However, with Soul Calibur 2, Namco recreated the weapon-based 3-D fighting experience that thousands have now enjoyed. The game follows the legacy of the demonic Soul-Edge, a sword of apparent unfathomable evil and it covers the quests of various warriors on their quest to destroy the b...
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (Xbox)

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 review (XBX)

Reviewed on February 10, 2005

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 may be the most addictive 2-D fighting game of them all. Unlike Capcom vs. SNK 2, it didn’t rely on complicated fighting “grooves” or a fussy scoring system but on pure mayhem and oversized hyper combos! Luckily, those who never visit arcades or who are unfortunate not to have one in their area got an almost perfect port on their favourite home consoles. Capcom delved into many of their older titles, digging up a bunch of familiar faces as well as some obscure ones. Marve...
Bonanza Brothers (Genesis)

Bonanza Brothers review (GEN)

Reviewed on February 10, 2005

Another gem from Sega's closet of barely known games would be thief based Bonanza Bros., released on the Mega Drive. Containing qualities that could be a violent adult based game Sega moulded it nicely into something that the younger generation could relate to and also providing a fun yet short challenge for the rest of us.
Altered Beast (Genesis)

Altered Beast review (GEN)

Reviewed on February 01, 2005

Altered Beast is the old and rusty classic that most gamers see as poor nowadays. It was the first game on the Sega’s Mega Drive, the classic 16-bit system known better as the Genesis. It was the first of Sega’s arcade games to get a port that looked similar to its arcade counterpart. Back then it was quite big but nowadays it’s something you can get some cheap thrills out of and play again at a later date.
Alien Storm (Genesis)

Alien Storm review (GEN)

Reviewed on January 31, 2005

Alien Storm was released in 1990 and was yet another arcade game by Sega, which joined the ranks along with other arcade classics such as Altered Beast and Golden Axe. This game was released in the arcades and a few home versions for Sega's systems, the Master System and Mega Drive and a not so good port of the game was also dumped on the NES. The 16-bit version was the best of the home conversions and was a nice addition to the growing Mega Drive collection. Unlike most of Sega's arcade games ...
Doom II: Hell on Earth (PC)

Doom II: Hell on Earth review (PC)

Reviewed on January 28, 2005

Doom is probably the only first person shooter that you can never grow tired of. It defined it’s genre back in the early 90’s and was possibly the most popular PC game of the time. Doom made FPS games what they are today, without the popularity of this gem back then I truly believe that games like Half-Life and Halo wouldn’t have been successful as what they are now. Doom 2 stands out in the crowd as one of the greatest first person shooters available and even today, the classic charm and da...
Super Smash Bros. Melee (GameCube)

Super Smash Bros. Melee review (GCN)

Reviewed on January 20, 2005

Nintendo decided to take a trip down memory lane again. After the success of Super Smash bros on the N64, they probably thought it would be a good idea to revamp that popular game on the big N’s new (at the time) creation. After gathering the key stars and grouping them together for the first encounter, Nintendo decided to go even further into their library of forgotten and not so forgotten classics. The N64 version provided the player with a substandard cast of fighters, focusing on the true ...
Cosmic Carnage (Sega 32X)

Cosmic Carnage review (32X)

Reviewed on January 11, 2005

One of the few fighters created just for the 32X was an obscure game called Cosmic Carnage. Unlike the majority of those on the system, this one was actually an original game and not a port of an overused arcade title like Mortal Kombat or Primal Rage. It was released only on the 32X, so it is virtually unknown due to that add-on’s failure (it wasn’t the only game to suffer such a fate). A beat-em-up with little innovation or any special qualities to make it stand out in the crowd Cosmic Carnage...
Kolibri (Sega 32X)

Kolibri review (32X)

Reviewed on January 11, 2005

Novotrade is barely known in the gaming world nowadays. The company themselves may not be known but their classic game “Ecco the Dolphin” probably will. Another game by Novotrade that didn’t become as popular as the Ecco series was “Kolibri” a game similar to Ecco in many ways but had a few original concepts. It was only released on the Sega 32X, the failed console that Sega probably don’t want to hear about ever again. It hit the stores 1995 which was when the gaming world was slowly changing f...

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