Retro Game Weekend: Battletoads (NES 1991)

2219621-nes_battletoadsSo, this weekend me and my boyfriend felt like playing through Battletoads for NES. Because, that is what you casually feel like on a Friday night, right? Well, we sure got to work for it.

It is surely an addictive game. The game has some nice variation in what you’re supposed to be doing. You’re almost never doing the same thing which is unique especially for a NES game. The level designs are amazing, it rewards skill without being unfair. It is damn hard, but despite it you always want to play more.

Though some parts are unbelievably hard, like the rat race for example. (We did really just get to that part in the game, stupid rats.) Truth be told, that part is way harder than the famous “Turbo Tunnel” in my opinion.

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There’s that stupid rat…

Some levels that really stood out to me were the “Snake pit”, It had a really creative level design and was really fun to play through.

Also, the game has some really great graphics, with quirky details and badass toads. On top of that, the awesome music is making me bob my head a lot. It sticks in your head for quite a while.

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And the turbo tunnel.

All in all, we were unable to beat the game thanks to the previously mentioned rat. That was a shame, but to be honest, I’m quite happy that we even got to that point. It was almost at the end anyhow, and to be able to beat it we’d have to practice a lot.

As I said, a really great game, but surely not for the feint of heart. I absolutely recommend it if you want a good and challenging NES game to try out.

Retro Game Weekend: Pilotwings (SNES 1991)

So, this weekend me and my boyfriend played Pilotwings. It is surprisingly fun for a flight simulator and a game well worth trying as it’s strangely addictive.

The point of the game is that you’re training to gain licenses to fly. You get a couple of objectives to do, and you’re expected to reach a certain score to continue. Each level of the licenses adds more difficulty and different obstacles to get past.

I have to say that the hang gliding and skydiving is the trickiest to master, and the rocketbelt is the most fun to do.

Besides the objectives, the game is rather open for experimentation. You can fly wherever for example, at least until your fuel runs out (which takes a little while). It’s fun to explore when you’ve mastered all levels already.

Overall, it’s a short game but a really fun one. It’s one of those games that you should try at least once.

Retro Game Weekend: F-Zero (SNES 1991)

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So, after a lot of trial and error, and maybe a few curse words, me and my boyfriend beat F-Zero. It is a damn intense game and one I really enjoyed. One thing that sticks out the most is the music, damn that’s catchy.

F-Zero is a racing game set in the future where bumper cars are racing above huge cities, while taking damage whenever they hit the edges, the other cars or other obstacles. The walls in particular are so annoying and can kill you in a heartbeat if you’re unlucky. Especially as you bump to oblivion and back once you hit something, like you’re in a pinball game.

Also, it’s a shame that it doesn’t have a two player mode. That would have made it all way more fun to play than it already is.

All in all, it is definitely a game to at least try once. I’ll absolutely play it again.

Retro Game Weekend: Punch-out!! (NES 1990)

220px-punch-out_mrdream_boxartSo, this weekend me and my boyfriend played Punch-out!! We thought we would see if we could be able to beat Mike Tyson. However, what we didn’t realized before we went up against the last opponent, was that the version we played didn’t have Tyson to begin with. We faced Mr. Dream, the sprite that they had edited in there instead of Tyson when the license to use him expired (and they didn’t wanna renew).

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So this is Mr. Dream, apparently…

The game is rather cool, with a nice difficulty (when you figure it out) and fun sprites. It really takes a little while to get the hang on how to beat each opponent, they all have their own little hints and kinks to take down. It’s just a matter of knock down or be knocked down. A few of the opponents gave us quite a challenge. Mr. Sandman and Bald Bull #2 must have been the hardest, though Mr. Sandman is the harder of the two. I should count Mike Tyson/Mr. Dream into this as well as we barely landed any hits, let alone took him down. We didn’t try for to long, but damn he was hard.

Overall it is a game worth playing and a perfect weekend challenge. If you haven’t tried it already, you really should.
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Retro Game Weekend: Unreal Tournament (UT99)

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So, to write another one of these Retro Gaming Weekend posts, I decided to play some Unreal Tournament with friends. After kicking much ass in many LAN matches, I must say that it’s an epic game, especially when using InstaGib. InstaGib is a mod of sorts that I most often use. It lets me one-hit kill a person. Awesome!

We played with some extra bots to get the adrenaline going, and to have many more targets to shoot. We used bots on difficulty Masterful at first, before changing to Inhuman, and then later on to Godlike. The AI in this game handles it almost too well. Though, there are some bots that are extreme, like Tamerlane and Locke. I really hate those two.

Overall, this is a awesome game to play to kill some time or even spends whole weekends in, just capping and getting frags, competing against each other or just playing the single player tournament. And that music is so badass to listen to while playing. Will rally up any player as the mayhem starts, filling the halls with body parts, blood and screams of terror.

Would you dare meet me in a match?

Retro Gaming Weekend: X-Files, a really intense point-and-click.

37846-x-files_disc1of4_u-1474843343So, this weekend, I finished playing The X-Files Game, another interactive movie point-and-click game but this time for the PlayStation. I thought it would fit the Retro Gaming Weekend well.

Based upon the X-Files series, you take the role of Craig Willmore. An agent for FBI who is on the case to find the missing agents Moulder and Scully who’s gone missing.

The game will take you through Willmore’s daily life as he solves the case. It is a bit tricky, as the game doesn’t hold your hand in any way. You can get a few hints from your boss and your intuition, but they’re a bit vague.

It’s also rather realistic, for example you have to either remember numbers in your head or write them down when you need to call them. You also get a few choices in dialogue, which are time based. It may take a little while to get used to, especially when you aren’t presented with the options all to often.

Also, as you move the pointer with your controller, it can be a bit hard to reach the choice you want, and see what reaction Craig will have, before time runs out. A point-and-click like this really needs a mouse, as the joystick is rather sluggish.

Compared to a game like Phantasmagoria that adds real characters to a made-up world and lets you see your character all the time, this game uses more real areas and what looks like photographs as you move around. You also don’t see Agent Willmore all the time besides in cut scenes as this game uses a first person perspective, while you move between “squares”. Either you go left, right, ahead or look down while you explore, gather evidence and talk to people to find out what really happened.

The first part of the game is rather slow, but if you move thought it, the game will pick up and be really interesting. It is really intense, and the story twists and turns in a few directions before you can solve it all. Also, if you play your cards right, you’ll even get a bit of romance in there which is a big plus for me.

All in all, it’s actually a well worth game to play through, especially if you like detective work and crime stories, or if you like X-Files in general.

Retro Gaming Weekend: Legend (SNES, 1994)

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So, this weekend we decided to play a game called Legend, and I have to say that it is an amazing game. It is as sidescroller beat-em-up game and I love it.

First off, I have to mention the graphics, they’re really good in this game. In my mind, it is one of the best looking games for the SNES. I really love the feeling and the art style. The design and feeling really helps the game to stand out from other games in this genre.

Secondly, I love the music. The music really compliments the game. From the level music to the boss themes. It is also absolutely one of the best soundtracks to SNES.

34387-legend_usa-1459913426Gameplay wise, the style is medieval with swords and armors rather than guys on dirty back alleys, for example. It’s a pretty standard beat-em-up game really, with an average difficulty. You got your specials that take out the entire screen, you can pick up items, treasures and you kick some serious ass. You collect the treasures to gain a higher score, which can be fun if your playing co-op for example. Playing this with two characters is really the way to go, in my opinion.

The bosses can get pretty hard at times, but thanks to the boss designs it’s never really frustrating, as it just feels cool to face them. One of the most memorable bosses in this game is one of the last ones, when you’re fighting a huge, furry monster-like thing. The both of you are on a piece of stone that comes crashing down to certain death. That boss fight is intense, especially with two players!

All in all, the game is really rememberable and if you’re looking for a great feel in a beat-em-up for SNES, then look no further. This is as good as it’s gonna get.