Latest Reviews

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    Virtual Console / Commodore 64

    Review Last Ninja 3

    Epic fail...

    Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that we have revised this review in light of the game-breaking bug which prevents the player from progressing beyond level one in the game. We raised this with Commodore Gaming at the time of release and was assured that a patch would be made available ASAP. As this patch is still not available we did...

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    Virtual Console / Master System

    Review Sonic the Hedgehog 2

    Sonic is back for a second 8-bit outing

    In 1992 if you weren’t lucky enough to have upgraded to a Sega Mega Drive / Genesis system and still had a humble Master System you might have picked this up. Interestingly the Master System version was released slightly earlier than its 16-bit counterpart so no one can accuse this of being a soulless...

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    Virtual Console / Neo Geo

    Review Metal Slug 2

    More run and gun fun

    Not many games at the time could go toe-to-toe with Konami's Contra series quite like the Metal Slug titles. Not only did they feature the same run-n-gun arcade action of Contra, but they also took things to new levels of intensity and sported some of the largest and most creative boss encounters ever seen in a game of their...

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure

    While investigating Professor Stinkbaum's lab, Boogerman stumbles upon a strange machine that opens a portal to another dimension.

    Almost everybody knows Earthworm Jim - But Boogerman, which was created inbetween the first two Jim games, is much less familiar. This is a bit unjust, as it's every bit as quirky and fun as the aforementioned series...

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Forgotten Worlds

    You will never forget this one!

    Forgotten Worlds was an interesting shoot-em-up arcade game back in the days. Not only was it developed by Capcom, it featured 2 player simultaneous play and a innovative control system were you rotated a second joystick on a 360 degree axis to determine what direction you wanted to fire in. On the shiny new CPS-1...

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    Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Space Invaders: The Original Game

    Experience one of gaming's iconic franchises

    In 1978 Space Invaders was the talk of the town, people were lining up in their droves to part with pocket change for a turn on this new groundbreaking videogame from Taito. Of course as videogame technology moved on this humble game was surpassed by many cocky new contenders to the shoot-em-up throne,...

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Phantasy Star IV

    In the year AW 2284, planet Motavia is once again plagued by strange biocreatures.

    After two successful Phantasy Star releases, Sega decided to change things up a bit for their third release in the series Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom. The game featured more of a medieval look to it instead of the science fiction theme that had been such an...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Mega Man 3

    Good to be three

    After two successful Mega Man releases on NES, Capcom decided to upgrade the series with a few new twists for Mega Man 3, adding a little more variety to an already amazing series. With eight brand new Robot Masters for players to take on, the game would prove to be a huge success and went on to become a fan favourite among gamers...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse

    Drac's back!

    After the success of the original Castlevania title on the NES system, Konami decided to change things up quite a bit for Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. Gone was the straight-ahead platforming action of the original, replaced with a much more rpg-flavored approach that placed more emphasis on item collection and exploration. While...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Devil World

    A devilish Pac-Man clone from Miyamoto

    Devil World is one of extremely few Nintendo titles that was released in Europe, but not the US. Most likely this was due to Nintendo of America's strict rule not to feature any "religious" factors in games, and seeing as the game includes a devil, that just wouldn't slide with them. It's actually a pretty fun...

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    Virtual Console / Commodore 64

    Review Mayhem in Monsterland

    Mayhem is an unhappy dinosaur, as Monsterland is an unhappy place, due to an apprentice magic dinosaur who decided to practice some of his master's spells, after drinking too much cactus juice.

    The year 1993 saw the last of the full-price commercial games for the C64 hit the shelves as the market for 8-bit fare was finally grinding to a halt. In...

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    Virtual Console / Master System

    Review Space Harrier

    Blow your mind in a fantasy zone

    When Sega released the Master System back in the ‘80s the company was facing an uphill struggle against Nintendo’s NES. The NES had the software support and thanks to Nintendo’s nefarious practice of making developers agree to keep their titles exclusive, it left Sega with little in the way of third party...

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition

    Street Fighting SEGA style.

    Back when Street Fighter II-mania was gripping the global gaming community, Capcom’s decision to release the first home port of the game on Nintendo’s SNES spoke volumes. This move showed that the company was backing Nintendo in the 16-bit war (up to this point all of Capcom’s Megadrive/Genesis games had actually...

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    Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Secret of Mana

    Good and evil battle for a young warrior’s heart. There is one force in the universe that keeps good and evil in perfect balance.

    As action rpgs started to gain in popularity during the 16-bit era, many game companies began cashing in on this new trend. Some were good, and some not so good. Enix had already created a hit with their action rpg Soul...

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    N64

    Review Mario Golf

    Mario hits the links

    After Mario's forays into non-platforming genres, such as Mario Kart, Mario's Picross and Dr. Mario, Nintendo realized something: Whatever you put Mario in, it will sell. Soon after, they made loads of Mario sports games - Starting with Mario's Tennis on the Virtual Boy, Nintendo soon made the plumber try golf, and, more...

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Earthworm Jim

    A crow is chasing a worm named Jim, while in outer space, Psy-Crow is chasing a renegade ship.

    If you were at all interested in videogames or cartoons in the early 90's you were no doubt a fan of Earthworm Jim. Originally appearing in this game, the unusual hero went on to star in his own cartoon and a number of sequels to the videogame. Earthworm...

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Shining Force II: Ancient Sealing

    It’s a dark and stormy night in the kingdom of Granseal when a thief steals two jewels from the Tower of the Ancients.

    The original Shining Force was a massive success for Sega, granting the Genesis/Megadrive with a strategy RPG to rival Nintendo’s popular Fire Emblem franchise. A sequel of some description was inevitable and when it arrived the...

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    Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Super Turrican 2

    As the last survivor of the United Freedom Forces, it is your duty to destroy the Machine’s forces that have devastated the galaxy.

    The Turrican series began life on the Commodore 64 computer and would soon see quite a few releases on the various personal computers of the time period. The series made its first appearance on a console with the Sega...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Super Dodge Ball

    Not too dodgy

    The characters from River City Ransom (of which the main character is known in Japan as Kunio-kun) are back for a friendly game of dodge ball. Or are they? If you've played the aforementioned game, you'll know that the Kunio series hilariously overdoes everything. You were able to smash enemies around not just with chains, but also...

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    Virtual Console / Commodore 64

    Review Boulder Dash

    Oh Boulder Dash!

    Boulder Dash is a fondly-remembered classic and was so popular back in the day that it spawned umpteen sequels and numerous ports and remakes which continue to appear even today. It was perhaps inevitable that the game would appear in some capacity on one of the Wii's download services, so how does the old classic stand up today?...

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    Virtual Console / Commodore 64

    Review Jumpman

    Jumpman is a bomb disposal expert. He is called on to save the Jupiter headquarters after the evil Alienators invade it and booby-trap its 30 levels.

    While the video game industry was crashing down around us, personal computers were beginning to invade households around the world. The Commodore 64 was one such computer and went on to become one of...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Clu Clu Land

    Clu Clu a choo

    First, a lesson in linguistics – ‘Kurukuru’ in Japanese means ‘turning around’. Why are we telling you this? Well, it neatly explains Clu Clu Land’s rather unusual title, and also gives some insight into the mechanics of the game. You assume the role of a funny-looking fish called Bubbles, who due to some cruel...

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Ys Book I & II

    Ys Book I & II chronicles the first adventures of Adol Christin, a young, red-haired swordsman on a quest to unlock the secrets of an ancient kingdom.

    Even the most hardened TG16 fan will admit that the machine wasn’t exactly a massive success when it was released in the States. It struggled against the Genesis and SNES despite having some great...

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    Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

    Mario + RPG = WIN!

    What do you get when one of the best RPG creators in the world decides to build an RPG around one of the most recognizable video game characters in history? What you get is a video game that is considered one of the greatest ever made and an RPG that's not only unique, but extremely playable as well. Many were skeptical when the...

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    Virtual Console / Commodore 64

    Review Pitstop II

    Pitstop II is the first racing game that brings you the thrill of battling an opponent, the excitement of fighting for the lead out on the track and the suspense of struggling to be the first out of the pits.

    Racing games, as a whole, haven't exactly aged as well as games from other genres over the years, but there's still something to be said for...

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    Virtual Console / Neo Geo

    Review Samurai Shodown II

    First released in 1994, this fighting game follows 15 samurai in their individual quests.

    Let's face it, the majority of SNKs existence is based around their unrelenting quest to come up with a fighting game for their system that could stand toe-to-toe with Capcom's immensely popular Street Fighter II arcade game. Samurai Shodown has the unique...

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    Virtual Console / Master System

    Review Sonic the Hedgehog

    Sonic's back in 8-bit style.

    Following the undoubted success of Sonic The Hedgehog on the Mega Drive it seems only fitting that a version of the game was created for the Sega’s 8-bit wonder, the Master System which still had strong support in Europe at the time. This game was also something of a swan song to North American gamers who had took a...

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Splatterhouse 2

    Rick, once again encounters the Terror Mask and must use its powers to rescue his beloved Jennifer.

    Rick is back! After the Terror Mask from the first Splatterhouse comes back and tells him his girlfriend (Who seemingly meets an unpleasant fate in the first game) can still be saved, Rick puts on the mask again, and goes back to the remains of the...

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Chase H.Q.

    Let's go Mr. Driver!

    Back in 1988 Taito released Chase HQ into arcades around the world. It took the driving aspects from many other racing games of the time period and coupled them together with the intense action of a high-speed police pursuit. While this offered a nice change of pace from the typical and often redundant racing experiences found...

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    Virtual Console / Commodore 64

    Review International Karate +

    Karate fighting has never been so much fun.

    After the original was released as one of the two debut C64 titles on the VC, we didn't have to wait too long for the even better sequel to appear. At heart the same game, the plus in IK+ refers to a key difference - a third fighter. Whilst you could previously compete against a friend or the computer one...