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Bill & Ted's Excellent Game Boy Adventure (Game Boy)

Bill & Ted's Excellent Game Boy Adventure (Game Boy)

Dude, where's our phone booth?

You leap about the screen avoiding enemies and collecting “fragments of time”. Grab them all and your phone booth appears to whisk you away to the next level. With characters and locations from the two films, Bill & Ted's Excellent Game Boy Adventure sees you travel across several time-zones in this simple but...

Street Racer (Super Nintendo)

Street Racer (Super Nintendo)

Road to joy?

On rare occasion, a game so revolutionary will appear that not only will it receive the usual much deserved critical acclaim, it’ll become responsible for the creation of an entirely new genre. Take Super Mario Kart for instance — the title single-handedly responsible for the birth of the console kart racer. Following its huge overnight success back in 1992, it doesn’t come as..

Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival (Game Boy Advance)

Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival (Game Boy Advance)

A fun but flawed port

1991's Street Fighter II is a game that got people very excited and led to a surge of interest in the fighting genre. It's also a game that got updated a lot — new moves, new characters, new speeds... — while also being ported to numerous home consoles and computers. When the 10th anniversary year arrived Capcom decided it was the Game Boy Advance's turn to get a version..

Hyper Lode Runner (Game Boy)

Hyper Lode Runner (Game Boy)

An enjoyable and frustrating title

Arriving in 1983 the original Lode Runner was a platform puzzler that appeared on numerous systems of the time including the NES. More Lode Runner games followed on various platforms including Battle Lode Runner for the PC Engine, whilst the Game Boy's entry in the series was Hyper Lode Runner. The aim of the game is to avoid a few enemies and collect the gold..

R-Type (Game Boy)

R-Type (Game Boy)

R-Lite: cut-down, but still a cracker

Following its original 1987 arcade release, Irem's highly regarded R-Type was ported to numerous home systems, with this Game Boy version appearing in 1991. For those not in the know (estimates range from 2-5 people living under a rock) the aim of the game is to take your space fighter and blast your way through...

Goemon's Great Adventure (Nintendo 64)

Goemon's Great Adventure (Nintendo 64)

A spectacular sidescrolling sequel

When it comes to underrepresented genres on the Nintendo 64, the humble 2D platformer is perhaps the most neglected of all. Despite forming a cornerstone of the 16-bit generation, the genre suffered a spectacular loss of popularity as the N64, Sega Saturn and PlayStation ushered in an exciting new revolution in the...

Super Bonk 2 (Super Nintendo)

Super Bonk 2 (Super Nintendo)

Bonk's most enjoyable adventure yet

If you've ever owned a TurboGrafx-16 or PC Engine, chances are you're quite familiar with our little caveman friend Bonk. Once these systems began to lose ground to Nintendo's Super Nintendo and Sega's Mega Drive (a.k.a. Genesis), Hudson decided to bring their prehistoric hero to some of the more popular platforms...

Mickey Mania (Super Nintendo)

Mickey Mania (Super Nintendo)

Mickey's been epic for years

This December many Wii owners will be delving into the world of Disney Epic Mickey, taking a moment to appreciate Mickey's animated past with 2D platforming sections in that game which allow you to play through his classic cartoons. However, 16 years ago UK developer Traveller's Tales pre-empted Warren Spector's game by...

The Great Circus Mystery Starring Mickey & Minnie (Super Nintendo)

The Great Circus Mystery Starring Mickey & Minnie (Super Nintendo)

Of Mice and Mystery

Isn’t it strange that the same creatures that carry disease and caused the rapid spread of the Black Death in Europe back in the 1340s eventually became the world’s most iconic and recognizable characters? Clearly Walt Disney was doing something right when he thought up Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and Capcom was doing just as...

Fire Emblem (Game Boy Advance)

Fire Emblem (Game Boy Advance)

Will this get our seal of approval?

Released on the Famicom in 1990, the Japan-only Fire Emblem was a slice of strategy role playing heaven, but despite building up a loyal army of followers in its native Japan the series didn’t make it over to the Western world until Fire Emblem for the Game Boy Advance took up the sword in 2003. By this time the...

Donkey Kong Land (Game Boy)

Donkey Kong Land (Game Boy)

Mobile monkey magic

Donkey Kong Country was a fun and popular platformer for the SNES, but not everyone thought it was great. Some people (possibly Mega Drive owners) said the game was in fact quite poor and any fans were deluded fools drawn to it for reasons other than gameplay – or, as Cranky Kong says, “put a few fancy graphics and some...

The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt (Super Nintendo)

The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt (Super Nintendo)

The hunter becomes the hunted

Following their release of the first Super Nintendo Addams Family game, Ocean Software’s programmer, James Higgins, gave an interview to Super Play magazine to promote the development of their second, Pugsley’s Scavenger Hunt. He highlighted the fact that the arcade platforming feel of this sequel was initially...

Silent Hill Play Novel (Game Boy Advance)

Silent Hill Play Novel (Game Boy Advance)

Choose your own survival horror

A popular release for the Playstation in 1999, Silent Hill saw players take control of Harry Mason – following a car accident, he awakens to find that his daughter, Cheryl, has disappeared. Naturally, Harry sets off to find her, but it soon becomes apparent that there's something strange about the surrounding town. This is also the set-up here, but as the name..

James Bond 007 (Game Boy)

James Bond 007 (Game Boy)

Fun portable Bondage

As an MI6 agent with a license to kill, James Bond has obvious video game potential. One option is the first person shooter, as seen with the Nintendo 64's Goldeneye 007, but that's not the only choice. Released not long after Rare's classic, the simply titled James Bond 007 is a very different game, but there's still a lot of...

Fester's Quest (NES)

Fester's Quest (NES)

What the macabre sixties sitcom were they thinking?

Uncle Fester of the Addams Family has to save the world from aliens in this cheap cash in on a beloved franchise. So, why is Fester's Quest so terrible? The reasons go on and on. This will remind you to go enjoy a nice day outside, play a board game or clean your kitchen. Any activity you could...

DuckTales (NES)

DuckTales (NES)

Woooo-ooh!

As part of our celebration week for the 30th Anniversary of the Famicom system, we'll highlight some key retro reviews to highlight the best of what the 8-bit system had to offer. Today we have DuckTales, and don't forget to click the Famicom banner on the homepage to see our content for this special occasion. Isn't it great when a...

Addams Family Values (Super Nintendo)

Addams Family Values (Super Nintendo)

The Legend of Addams

When anyone drops a mention of licensed games, it's generally appropriate to tune out. With very, very few exceptions, almost every single game based on a movie, TV series, comic or what-have-you is mediocre at best, and frequently completely terrible. There are exceptions – everybody knows about classics like DuckTales and GoldenEye 007. One series of titles that is not..

The Addams Family (Super Nintendo)

The Addams Family (Super Nintendo)

Morticia's marooned in a maniac mansion

Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, Manchester-based Ocean Software became synonymous with movie licensed games and established themselves as the go-to developer for Hollywood. They delivered their software on the home computers that were flourishing at the time and handled a huge list of movie licenses, with standout titles including Robocop, Batman:..

Resident Evil 2 (Nintendo 64)

Resident Evil 2 (Nintendo 64)

The horror continues

Leon Kennedy's having a tough first day at work. As with every new job, there are new people to meet and new challenges to face – namely, zombies and killing said zombies. Capcom's Resident Evil 2 follows two concurrent storylines: that of Leon, a police officer, and Claire Redfield, who's in town to investigate the disappearance of her brother Chris of Resident Evil fame..

Resident Evil (GameCube)

Resident Evil (GameCube)

Possibly the best in the series

In many ways, the GameCube remake of Resident Evil marks a return to where it all began. The original PlayStation release popularised the budding horror survival genre, and the events that took place at the mansion were, for a time, at the centre of the series' universe. The moment that gamers boot up the GameCube...