WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Toki, Tony, & Aliens: Neoplasma
We're entering the last month of Q2 of 2023, boys and girls, and we got retro games of plenty. Yeah, our lineup for this week is stacked to the Brim with action, adventure, and, more importantly, fun! From sprawling open fields to monochrome dungeons to the spooky depths of space.
This week's three games are guaranteed to either hype you up or, at the very least, pique your interest. But let's be honest, for as long as it's old school, we know it's gonna be a fun ride. So sit back, relax, and we'll get right to this week's retro trifecta.
If you're a fan of awesome old-school arcade platformers, then you probably know about Toki, released way back in 1989 by Akira Sakuma. It broke into the scene and found its way into various systems like the NES, Sega Mega Drive, Atari Links, Atari ST., Amiga, and the good old Commodore 64.
So imagine you're an ape transformed from a human that shoots energy balls from your mouth. Pretty cool, right? All you have to do is beat up strange creatures with an evil wizard, and you're good. The best news here is that pretty soon, it looks like we'll be able to play a remastered version for the C64.
So far, things are looking good with the sprite colours, but we still need to give it a bit more time before we can actually get our hands on it. That being said, it's nice to see that the devs are focusing on ensuring this version of Toki lives up to the classic, and we can't wait to see how it turns out.
Now we move on to another retro console, namely our good old reliable Amiga. This time we got a brand new demo for the upcoming game Tony by Monochrome Productions. So far, aside from the teaser they dropped, we have very little info on the development process. Yeah, it looks like they're keeping things on the hush hush and that makes it all more interesting.
Thanks to Pawel Tukatsch, Michal Brzeziki, Rafal Dudek and XLent, we have a working demo and a nice monochromatic action game to be excited for. I mean, it is all about aesthetics, y'all. It's an action-adventure game, which is a tribute to Tony Hallock, a Polish filmmaker and explorer. Who had his own fair share of adventures as he created documentaries through the 1900.
From what we see, this game looks nice and fun, a re-imagining of his exploits, which takes you through various caves, dungeons, and a whole lot more. Best believe we'll bring you more news about Tony Once monochrome production sets the wheels in motion.
So we covered the open plains and dark crevices of the earth. So now, let's set our sights on some interstellar travel. The Sanchez Crew are bringing us Aliens: Neoplasma, an awesome action horror side scroller for the ZX Spectrum. Aliens: Neoplasma is a horror platformer that serves as a reimagining of the classic aliens. And yes, there will be face huggers just for you if the idea of running and shooting through a massive.
Spaceship and hiding from horrifying xenomorphs is your idea of a good time. Then you'll feel right at home. It's also worth noticing that this version can run specifically on the ZX spectrum next, with quite the graphical overhaul, there's suspense, action and many aliens to face. So if you have a ZX spectrum next, collecting dust on your shelf, this might just be the game for you.
As of now, Aliens: Neoplasm is available on itch.io for both the ZX Spectrum and ZX Spectrum Next, and if you wanna start lasting some aliens to smithereens, then go ahead and check this one out.
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