Retro Atari Classics

Retro Atari Classics

Not a bad bunch of titles, but the “remixed” visuals is a joke and the touch-screen controls are not not all they could have been. If you are a retro fan, chances are you’ll have most of these titles already so all in all this is a compilation that can be safely ignored.

Gameplay: Some games are more fun than others, but overall the quality is a bit rough.

Graphics: Whoever thought that getting graffiti artists to do the “remixed” graphics made a terrible mistake.

Sound: Faithful to the originals at least

Stonekeep

Stonekeep

It was a very long wait for gamers back when Stonekeep was first announced until it was released, but it was also worth it. The game is fun to play, although some role playing purists might bemoan the lack of character customization. Stonekeep features a long quest, with plenty of great characters, but is hampered somewhat by slightly tedious combat and endless corridors that look the same. If you don’t mind the slow pace and the fact that the visuals are definitely showing their age, then you will have a lot of fun with Stonekeep.

Gameplay: A fun dungeon crawler with a better than average storyline.

Graphics: Obviously dated now, but back in its time the enemies and special effects were brilliant.

Sound: The voice acting is surprisingly good and the music is nice and atmospheric

Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness

Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness

The Ultima series provided the world with some truly groundbreaking games over the years and it is great to see the humble roots of such an excellent series. This EGA version has been given a new visual coat of paint compared to the monochromatic original, but still looks archaic compared to modern titles. However, the gameplay, although simplistic, can still entertain if you are able to look past the limitations. Whether you want to play it for nostalgic reasons or simply see what all the fuss was about, Ultima 1 should definitely be owned by all retro fans and RPG aficionados.

Gameplay: Truly great for its time, but obviously it is very simplistic by modern standards.

Graphics: Once again good for its time, but time hasn’t been too kind.

Sound: Nothing more than noise

Final Game In Blackwell Saga Releases On App Store February 18

Final Game In Blackwell Saga Releases On App Store February 18

February 18 2016 will be a bittersweet day for fans of the Blackwell series as it is the date that the final title hits the App Store. The previous four adventures, Legacy, Unbound, Convergence and Deception were all well received by fans of retro-style adventures and Epiphany looks like it won’t be an exception

METAL SLUG 3

METAL SLUG 3

I have to confess that I am a huge fan of the Metal Slug series and number three is one of my all time favorites. It has been fourteen years since the game was originally released in arcades, but it has lost none of its charm or playability. It once again hooked me right from the start and prompted quite a few playthroughs even though I am very familiar with the levels. Veteran players are in for a nostalgic blast from the past while newcomers have a chance to see why this game is so highly regarded by fans of the genre.

Gameplay: An action packed run and gun title with awesome vehicle and huge bosses.

Graphics: The 2D visuals looked excellent way back in 2000 and still hold up great to this day.

Sound: As chaotic as you would expect from an arcade title

MURI

MURI

If you remember the classic DOS era platformers such as Duke Nukem, Commander Keen and Bio Menace then you will love Muri. Everything from the visuals and sound right down to the frame rate is a homage to these early titles. It is rare to see a title embrace these kinds of limitations so faithfully and still manage to deliver an entertaining experience.

Gameplay: Perfectly captures the run-and-gun platforming feel of a DOS era title.

Graphics: 16-Color EGA at its best.

Sound: Faithfully recreates the PC speaker sounds

3D Realms Anthology – Steam Edition

3D Realms Anthology – Steam Edition

3D Realms created some of the best PC titles in the 90s bar none and the opportunity to add the whole bunch of them to your Steam library shouldn’t be missed. Whether you fondly remember playing these games as a kid or simply want to check out why these games revolutionist the Shareware industry don’t hesitate to splash out on this anthology. Just bear in mind that a lot of the titles included in the anthology can also be picked up for free from the 3D Realms website.

Gameplay: The anthology features 32 classic games spread across a multitude of genres.

Graphics: Since the majority of these games are pushing three decades in age the visuals are a little dated, but certainly not bad.

Sound: Many of the games feature great audio and the inclusion of the Re-Rockestrated Soundtrack is also a big plus

Rock Boshers DX: Directors Cut

Rock Boshers DX: Directors Cut

Hats off to Tikipod Ltd for managing to create a game that not only plays exactly like a ZX Spectrum title, but a very good one at that. If this game was released back in the heyday of the Spectrum it would have been rightfully regarded as a classic and even in today’s market it is still a lot of fun. Rock Boshers DX: Director’s Cut isn’t a game to show off your hardware, but if you are looking for fun and a challenge you can’t go wrong with this title.

Gameplay: Very challenging, but also very entertaining.

Graphics: Looks just like a high resolution and very polished ZX Spectrum title.

Sound: Catchy 8-bit tunes and authentic sound effects

Devil’s Dare 悪魔の挑戦

Devil’s Dare 悪魔の挑戦

Devil’s Dare isn’t afraid to challenge you and mock you for your pitiful skills, but it is also very rewarding and surprisingly addictive. The pixel art visuals are very stylish, although a little on the monochrome side, and packs a lot of charm. The lack of online co-op is obviously a bummer, but understandable for a game like this. To get the most out of Devil’s Dare you are going to have to actually play it enough to become good at it, which is something that can’t be said for many games these days.

Graphics: Charming and detailed pixel art visuals, but not a lot of color.

Sound: The music sounds like something straight out of the Arcade era.

Gameplay. Unforgiving, but very rewarding and addictive