Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.6: Ichini no Tant-R to Bonanza Bros.

From an outsider's point of view Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.6: Ichini no Tant-R to Bonanza Bros has the distinct whiff of OK SO THAT DIDN'T WORK BUT DON'T PANIC I'VE GOT A NEW IDEA about it. There is a conspicuous lack of 3D in this 3D AGES game. There are no new gimmicks, no well-meant attempts to graft … Continue reading Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.6: Ichini no Tant-R to Bonanza Bros.

Found at sea

Septentrion is so unashamedly eager to ape '70s disaster movie The Poseidon Adventure it doesn't just broadly copy the setting and flow of its memorable inspiration, the game even makes the effort to lead with a movie-like opening sequence and later end with a fake cast roll, complete with legally-distinct actors (such as "Jean Hickman") for every part. … Continue reading Found at sea

Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.5: Golden Axe

Golden Axe's strength lies in its simplicity. Its trio of heroes essentially share one small moveset between them. They all wear one defining colour, and their clothes have no complicated flourishes or fine detail. There aren't many enemy types for them to fight, those enemies more or less all behave in the same way, and … Continue reading Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.5: Golden Axe

Samus’ spooky adventures on SR388

The 3DS remake was... fine, I suppose, and the fan remake swiftly shut down by Nintendo's ever-vigilant lawyers was nothing short of fantastic, but what about the real Metroid II, the original monochrome Game Boy game? It doesn't have the historical significance of the NES classic that started it all, and neither is it as lush or eternally popular … Continue reading Samus’ spooky adventures on SR388

Sega Ages 2500 Vol.3: Fantasy Zone

Unlike Monaco GP, which took a truly old game even by my retro-leaning standards and then made an honest attempt to update its fast-paced formula while still staying true to the spirit of the original, this remake of Sega's System 16 arcade hit Fantasy Zone - the one that first caught everyone's attention in 1986 with … Continue reading Sega Ages 2500 Vol.3: Fantasy Zone