5MA – Ikaruga (2002, Dreamcast/X360)

This 5MA is a touch over a month overdue, but still bears articulating. Here’s a gameplay video (not mine!) Playing Dreamcast Ikaruga for the first time on a 90-degree rotated telly, slightly drunk in a highly-competitive setting and BAM! BAM! BAM! getting it (mostly) right was a great experience. Vertical shooters are an arcade/oldschool staple…

Who Is Techno Cop?

Techno Cop is a 1988 game for 8/16-bit home computers published by erstwhile industry stalwarts Gremlin Graphics, which was also ported to MegaDrive in 1990. This isn’t a review, but here’s a quick bit of context. The game obviously seeks to riff on RoboCop (you’ve heard of him, right?). Gameplay is an interesting 50/50 combination…

REmember TomorROw

OK, bit of inside-baseball here, but what are blogs for, eh? For years now your humble hosts at VGR have made time with friends for an annual gathering of retro-gaming and catching-up. For the busier among us it’s a rare chance to sink teeth into some solid extended gaming time. Original hardware, pads and peripherals…

What Is Best In Life #11

Let freedoom ring with a shot gun blast! Thank you Machine Head, I couldn’t have put it better myself.  Despite the silly play on the word freedom, this post in my opinion is mostly definitely “What Is Best In Life” in regards to the first person shooter genre Now i would say i am a…

Double Sega dragons

Along time ago in a retro man cave in the south of England two brave warriors dared to be tough enough to take on the street gangs to rescue a hot babe. First off was double dragon on the megadrive, Accolade and Ballistic brought this conversion to the 16bit marvel. Complete with funny cartridge and…

Ecco ecco ecco

It may just be me but 20 or so years on I still have no clue what to do in ecco the dolphin. I remember being a kid thinking what’s the fuss all about. I enjoyed swimming around and flipping out of the water but I didn’t really get past that. There was little to…

Transbot Boxart

I never had a Master System as a kid, but I do remember the simplistic artwork that adorned most of the game boxes. Personally, I’m not a fan, but I can appreciate that to some people they’re probably very nostalgic. Transbot is definitely a game whose cover I remember seeing in shops. It’s a terrible illustration….

VIRTUA RACING – megadrive

My dear Bro Retrolechuck kindly gifted me this monstrosity for my birthday I owned it on Sega Saturn back in the day but always wondered what is the was like on the megadrive. Firstly the cartridge is a beast, looks very similar in design to the 32x ones but bigger. Opening it up the first…

Inbox Items – March 2016

Its Inbox Items time again and a chance (this time its a slightly quicker post Acidbearboy lol ) to share my retro finds for March.  March was a little quiet for me but means April will be very fruitful 🙂 Star Tropics and Star Tropics 2 – Zoda’s Revenge Nice art work on the NES…

Kombat Night – Sega Mortal Kombat (Updated)

“Da22 comments will be posted at the end of each section in italics” Wednesday 16th March 2016 felt like an ordinary day.  Little did i know at around 20:30 that evening myself and Da22 would be transported back to 1993 and entered into the most legendary Kombat tournament in the existence of video games.  This tournament…

Phantasy Star Collection – GBA

A March pick up kicks off with the wonderful Phantasy Star Collection on the Nintendo GBA.  A great spot by Da22.  I picked the game up in very good condition for a good price.  Its great to have the first three games in the series on one cart. I am familiar with the first game…

Flicky – Sega Megadrive

Ah it’s 1991,what a year for game releases, too many to choose from, Street Fighter,Sonic, Monkey Island 2, Zelda, Mega Man 4 to name but a few. Some have even called it the greatest year in gaming history however it suprised me to learn when firing up Flicky that this was also released in.. yup…