Feathered friends in new frontiers

Hataraku Chocobo does something so incredible when you turn it on I'm almost reluctant to talk about it, because when typed out it sounds as if I've resorted to pathetic "My uncle at Nintendo said..." level lies. You see, Squaresoft's game was exclusively designed for and released on Bandai's WonderSwan - the original monochrome WonderSwan, the … Continue reading Feathered friends in new frontiers

Two siblings, a mysterious girl, and a monkey go on an adventure…

This 1996 Super Famicom RPG may have been published by Squaresoft but it's actually the work of a certain Sting Entertainment, the same developers behind many unusual titles over the past thirty years including the Dept. Heaven series (Yggdra Union, Knights in the Nightmare, etc.) and a rather atmospheric dungeon crawler called Baroque... And that … Continue reading Two siblings, a mysterious girl, and a monkey go on an adventure…

A role playing game, but not an RPG

I imagine my first time with Unlimited Saga will sound familiar to a lot of people: The nigh-impenetrable tangle of opaque gameplay systems busily working away behind the scenes of the title's unconventional area roaming and menu based towns made for an experience that seemed determined to keep me held at an uncomfortable distance, and … Continue reading A role playing game, but not an RPG

Give peace a chance (even in action games)

It's not all that unusual for those important first sequels in an older series to go off in strange and unexpected directions, unceremoniously dumping previously unshakeable core rules while simultaneously shifting their focus towards something else entirely without even considering what such a huge change would feel like to those who enjoyed the original outing: … Continue reading Give peace a chance (even in action games)

Welcome to the devil’s kaleidoscope

Let's kick this off by dealing with the obvious elephant in the room: It takes nothing more than a quick glance at iS: internal section's sharp lines, flat-shaded polygons, and abstract imagery all beautifully accompanied by a thumping techno soundtrack (courtesy of the incredibly talented Shinji Hosoe and Ayako Saso) and think of just one … Continue reading Welcome to the devil’s kaleidoscope