We're going hard with the updates as we quickly reach Q4 of 2023. Seems like only yesterday we kicked off the year, and now we got autumn at our doorstep. You'd think the retro world had slowed down, but no, that'll never be us, lucky us! From a brand new title to a retro remaster to some sweet nostalgic accessories, this week is all about the old-school feels you never thought you'd want to get your hands on, so stick around for more and let’s go!
We're looking at a brand new game for the Game Boy Advance that's available on modern consoles like the Nintendo Switch, your good old PC. But if you still have your original GBA intact, you'll be happy to know that Goodboy Galaxy will be very much playable in 2023. Goodboy Galaxy started as a Game Jam submission back in 2018 and is now looking like one of the most exciting Game Boy games in the current generation.
What players get is a platforming experience with a lot of running, jumping, shooting, and unique level designs that offer puzzle elements and a bunch of enemies to eliminate. But make no mistake, this is a true GBA game. Created for both original GBA hardware and modern systems. So, if you still own a Game Boy Advance, this will be an incredible addition to your collection.
Goodboy Galaxy will be available on the Steam Store and the Nintendo Switch Store. The physical editions are available for pre-order through First Press Games. Right now, there's a free demo available on Itch.io if you want to try it out.
We got a special surprise for the 80s and 90s kids because Retro Fighters just announced an actual Blockbuster VHS Nintendo Switch Game Case. This may look like an ancient relic to the Gen Z folk, but it's a sweet blast from the past for us. This comes fresh off the new Retro Limited series that focuses on a new line of nostalgia-based products and collectables. This is pretty cool, as only one physical Blockbuster store is still open, and it's located in Bend, Argon, USA.
Yes, Blockbuster's seen better days. So what you get is a slightly smaller but realistic model of an old-school VHS tape that houses your Nintendo Switch games snugly. It can store up to 12 Nintendo Switch games and four memory cards. If you're interested, these Blockbuster Mini VHS cases will be available on the Retro Fighters website for just $19.99.
Pre-orders are ongoing, and the official launch is set for November 15, 2023. So if you don't want any late fees, best to check it out as soon as you can.
90s kids are eating good this week because we have yet another nostalgia trip that bridges the gap between after-school video games and afternoon cartoons. Limited Run Games just announced a series of physical editions of Gargoyles Remastered set for release on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. This series features standard and collector's editions for the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 available from Limited Run Games, which is nice.
But of course, this only means we're getting collector's editions with all the bells, Whistles and collectables. The Gargoyles Remastered Collector's Edition includes a physical copy of the game, a special hinge-style box featuring the voice of Keith David, a limited edition Goliath action figure, a certificate of authenticity, and a whole lot more.
We'll also get a special re-release of the Genesis Standard and Collector's Edition, both coming in unique game cartridges. If you're a Gargoyles aficionado, you definitely want these in your collection. The Gargoyles Remastered Physical Editions are currently on the Limited Run Games website with the Collector's Editions priced just under $175, Standard Editions just under $70, and the Collector's Sega Genesis Edition just under $100.
This is a limited edition pre-order, so best to check them out while you can. As for Digital, Gargoyles Remastered is set to release on October 19th for PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
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More games in June for everyone to enjoy. And yes, we’ll be switching things up in the following weeks, but hey, you’ll know we can’t just pass up the chance to bring you guys some awesome action, right? I mean, after all, it’s part of our overall unofficial theme.
We all know your old-school badasses, so it’s all good. This week we’re going straight up supernatural and mythological, from castles in the sky to more familiar castles you’ve explored growing up. Best believe we’re bringing some high-octane fun that’s guaranteed to score higher on the retro action scale and, at the very least, pique your interest.
Now if you’re a proud Amstrad owner, it’s time to fasten your seat belts because we’re going up, and I mean up. We got a little something for all the fans of ESP Soft, previous titles like CPC Jewels and Red Sunset. A brand new game called Gates to Heaven isn’t exactly what you think it is, but it is what you’d expect.
The game follows humanity’s saviour Ruperto González who went on to defeat the likes of Mr Gates. No relation to anyone and the insidious of Microchoft. Also, no relation to anything. Now this time, it looks like the big bad tech made a change of heart under the new name Amsoft + with different bases located among many unique museums. As Ruperto, it’s your task to ensure that Amsoft + stays afloat as you take down a few revolutionaries looking to seize control and bring back the old ways, all the old, big, bad ways, of Microchoft.
So if you’re into some heroism while being the standard bearer of good tech, it’s best to check out Gates to Heaven.
As tiny Thor, you’ll use your hammer to beat up enemies, collect coins and jewels, solve puzzles, and explore a beautiful, detailed landscape with its mystery secrets. If you’re a fan of Epic Boss fights, lots of cool treasures, awesome special abilities, weapon upgrades, and massive levels, then you might wanna join Tiny Thor on his adventure.
We don’t mind if you remember Castlevania Spectral Interlude by Sanchez on the ZX spectrum, you’ll be stoked to know that we have yet another Castlevania-like title called Castlevania AGA. It’s a work in progress for the AGA Amiga by Dante Retro Dev.
You can’t deny Castlevania’s legacy and the awesome games that drew inspiration from it. Some even became spiritual sequels, which is awesome. Now thanks to Dante 3D dev, players can still get ahold of the playable prototype, featuring the whole first level with these playable sections right up to the boss.
The basic framework for the game is good to go, so you can’t expect an awesome playable demo. Currently, progress is looking good with some new stages in development, so we might be getting a Dracula AGA a bit sooner than expected. Fingers crossed!
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Midway through March, we're looking at yet another action-packed lineup of both retro classics brought back to life and brand-new titles with a more vintage feel. The variety of titles keeps growing, and we're all here for it, whether it be a street fight, a smart dragon, or a sci-fi horror. It looks like we've got you covered this week.
Now if you're a fan of all the nineties PlayStation Classics and just so happen to have a Commodore Amiga 1200, then we have some very good news! A tech demo for Spyro The Dragon by Rst7 looks pretty good regarding awesome blasts from the past. So far, there's been a lot of positive feedback from those who've seen the engine, and this version of Spyro looks huge in the Amiga scene.
According to the Creator, it uses a simple 3D engine that takes advantage of the 1200 stock configuration inspired by dread, and it uses high-res ham six to produce 64 colors with two bits per RGB, which is cool. As of now, with still a work in progress. But given how the community's been reacting, it looks like we have yet another modernized classic in the form of good old Spyro.
Dungeon crawlers that are timeless., and many modern games, especially on mobile, take a chunk of inspiration from this classic genre. This time we're looking at a new title that uses the old dungeon crawler mechanic and incorporates an old retro first-person grid perspective. We're talking about the sci-fi horror of Hibernaculum. According to developer WormWood Studios, Hibernaculum was initially inspired by pre-1990s science fiction novels.
The idea behind the game is to revisit the dungeon-crawling experience of Eye of the Beholder and Lands of Lore while incorporating the survival horror elements of System Shock and Resident Evil. The main game features detailed character creation, leading players to explore the Hibernaculum with a unique, non-linear gameplay experience.
You can play at your own pace through environmental storytelling and a dark brooding atmosphere as we all did in the eighties and nineties. The game is currently being developed in C++ for PC, Mac, and Linux, with immediate plans for porting to Steam Deck, iOS, and Nintendo Switch. As for when, well, we'll keep our eyes peeled, so if you're into some classic in-your-face horror, it's best to look out for Hibernaculum when it drops.
Lastly, we have neither report nor a brand-new title. Considered both a remake and an homage to a fighting game classic. C64 gamers can rejoice as Jon Eggelton and Gianluca Alberico just dropped an ALPHA version of their much-awaited C54, a version of SNK vs Capcom, known as Retro Fighter.
It's been a while since retro fighters have been in development, so it's nice the new 64 versus fighting engine enters the early stages of testing. With new features implemented, like a new UI and color selection for each player, we're even treated to some intro sequences before every battle, just how it should be.
We also have flaming hits, projectiles, special moves, and different battle arenas to choose from. The game also includes music for all the stages, improve game mechanics such as guard breakers and reversal moves, and complete character storylines from intermissions and ending animations. Now, this is definitely a classic feeling fighting game worth looking out for, especially if you're a longtime fan. So whether you're an old timer or an old soul in the fighting game community, then it's best to follow Retro Fighters progress.
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We’re always out for an adventure, especially the old-school kind. We love a good story. We enjoy a bit of action, and now and then, we like to be challenged by a few puzzles. In that department, nothing beats the classic feeling you get from the 80s' and 90s', and luckily we got a couple of games that fit the bill to a T, so let’s check ’em out.
Checking back into the MSXDev competition, we got the news in a downloadable version of Tower of Damnation, A challenging Platformer by Marcelo “BigFive” Correia. The game has you exploring several levels as you rescue hostages and kick some criminal. Sounds like my idea of a fun weekend. It’s a pretty straightforward game, downloadable and playable on the MSX1.
That being said, BigFive added a bit of a twist to the game’s mechanics. In this platformer, enemies can disappear for good, like forever. However, these pesky enemies are powered by AI and can provide quite a challenge. Long story short, they won’t go down so easy. Tower of Damnation offers a lot of excitement, giving players the chance to run and jump around, fight some bad guys, and eventually save the day. All for the sake of fun. And if this sounds good to you, then the tower, you must go.
Now if you’re in the market for a pretty looking good feeling game for the Amstrad Plus and GX4000, then you might wanna check out Praline Software’s upcoming title of Bubble Quest. It’s a game feast for the eyes and the gamer’s brain. It plays simply enough. Having you guide as a bubble around a maze as you avoid getting popped by just about everything. Make no mistake, though, as this game is picturesque.
From the full-length animated intro to the skillfully crafted maps, getting distracted will be easy. Lucky for us, the game is nearing its completion, and we will all be able to enjoy this beauty. Praline Software is gunning for a physical edition that’ll fit into a cartridge but with much greater capacity. Besides that, we’ll keep our eyes and ears open for more. If all goes well, they’re looking at a 2023 release. Sounds good. And hey, it looks even better.
We’re moving into more action territory with Alevgor’s Action Platformer, Haunted Lands: Burial Grounds. At first glance, it may seem like a simple PC homage to classic action-packed DOS games, but you’ll soon realize how it cranks up the action and gore just a teensy bit more.
The mission is clear. Survive the night as demons and ghouls try to rip off your face. Thankfully, you won’t be alone. You have the most trustworthy partner around. A powerful shotgun haunted grounds hit the ground running as you blast into the night. Currently, the game features 2 difficulty modes, 4 playable characters, and multiple levels swarming with supernatural horrors, all lining up perfectly with your iron sights.
All this, coupled with a kick-ass soundtrack created that sets the tone throughout the game, and you’ll have the time of your life as you fight for your life. From all the horror and action fans out there, lock and load because this might be your life's longest, most action-packed night.
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