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Category: Retro Gaming (Page 1 of 2)

The Original Xbox is Slowly Dying Out

When I was about 8 years old I was obsessed with getting an Xbox. I really liked playing with computers, and hence, using Windows, so I assumed Microsoft were amazing and must have made a really cool games console. I spent ages browsing Amazon, looking at all the sweet games I could get. I thought Blinx the Time Sweeper, the failed mascot of Xbox, looked like the absolutely coolest thing. I also really wanted Midtown Madness 3, because I loved Midtown Madness 1 & 2!

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King’s Quest I: Quest for the Crown

King’s Quest I: Quest for the Crown is a classic and well regarded adventure game from the early 80s. It went on to spawn several sequels, remakes and reboots and it’s still well-remembered after nearly 40 years.

The Original King’s Quest

The original game features keyboard controls and text input to tell our hero what to do. Although this version is available on GOG, most people don’t recommend playing it unless it’s a game from your childhood.

There’s some dated game design choices in the original game – instead of a more usual point and click interface, you have to type in commands to perform actions. There’s also a lot of “dead ends” where the player may miss an item and make the game impossible to complete.

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Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly

Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly was the fourth entry into the Spyro series. When I was a kid I was really into the previous instalments, so I was super excited to try it out. I headed to Blockbuster with my mum and rented it. Thankfully, I did not buy it. Even as a kid I could tell this game just wasn’t really…right.

Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly has quite a reputation for being a bad game, and is thought to be the downfall of Spyro.

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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition is a remake of the classic point and click adventure by LucasArts. It replaced the old, low resolution pixel art with amazing painted scenes and hand-drawn characters based on original concept art.

The game also has some quality of life improvements, such as the saviour of frustrated point and click adventurers – a hint system. This is my first time playing, or even seeing, a Monkey Island game. I can safely say this is a very strong start to the series of games and I’m now playing through the fourth game in the series.

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Cosmo’s Cosmic Adventure

Cosmo’s Cosmic Adventure is an ancient shareware DOS game – it’s actually so ancient, it’s slightly older than me. It features Cosmo, a green alien boy with a full head of red hair.

It’s a pretty nice platformer, taking place over three episodes. I remember it quite fondly as a game I played a lot as a kid, and it’s now available through GOG, so I’ve been quite excited to play through once again!

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Medievil and the Medievil Remake

Medievil is an ancient PS1 game about a hapless skeleton called Daniel Fortesque. There was also a sequel, (predictably) called Medievil 2. More recently, the original game was made from the ground up for the Playstation 4. I happen to have played all three of these games and they’re really very good so I’d like to talk about them.

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Malice is a relatively obscure game. I picked it up on the PS2 for £2.50 (delivery included). It’s about a Goddess called Malice who wields comically over-sized weapons and has to battle against the Dog God. There’s also a bunch of crows who shoot you for some reason.

This game went through a very difficult development cycle with long delays, cancellation and then eventual revival. I remember being very young, constantly browsing the latest Game Trailers to see what awesome games were coming out and being captivated by this game. It looked amazing and to be fair, looking back at the trailer, it still looks pretty damn cool.

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