Episode #895 - Don't let the retro-inspired visuals fool you; Horizon Shift is one of the year's best shoot-em-ups. Switching sides and jumping around the screen may not sound like much, but they become a game changer thanks to Flump Studios. It's not without a few missed opportunities, but Horizon Shift is the best $5 you will spend today.
Episode #896 - Don't be fooled by the 19th century setting, Regency Solitaire is one of this year's most addictive games. You can't help but fall in love with Bella as she solves all of her problems the old fashioned way -- by solving complicated solitaire puzzles. The gameplay is surprisingly deep and the story is delightful. Regency Solitaire is a real charmer.
Episode #1214 - Adam Wallace returns with another must-read retro review. This time he's taking another look at Kool-Aid Man. What does he think of this Intellivision port? Find out when you read his full review.
Episode #894 - Vortex Attack is a fun throwback shoot-em-up that is marred by repetitive action, disappointing boss fights and a serious pacing issue. Fans of the genre may get a kick out of the competitive scoring system and regular tournaments, but I couldn't get beyond the sense that I've seen this all before.
Episode #893 - Defunct Games reviews The Fruit of Grisaia, out this week on Steam. The Fruit of Grisaia is a perfectly good visual novel that is marred by pacing issues and a whole lot of underage sex. Fans of the anime may get something out of the different stories, but it takes so long for the game to get going that I had already lost interest.
May 25, 2015
Episode #12 - We're mixing things up with today's episode. Instead of going back to Next Generation, we're going to recreate an interview with Mario mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto that was featured in a 1998 issue of Entertainment Weekly. This is Shiggy at the peak of his success, not long after the release of Mario 64 and just before everybody fell in love with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Episode #4 - It's Memorial Day Weekend, and we want to honor the super-sized weekend with an extra-large contest of our own. This week we're giving away a LOT of copies of Brawl, the Bomberman-esque party game for the PlayStation 4. If this looks familiar, it's because Brawl is a remake of Basement Craw, the single worst game on the PS4. But Bloober Team really got it together and created a game that is actually pretty fun.
Episode #1213 - Adam Wallace is back with yet another must-read retro review. This time he's taking a look at one of his favorite games of all time -- River Raid. How does this ColecoVision port compare to the Atari 2600 version? Find out when you read Adam's review.
Episode #892 - Lifeless Planet does an excellent job of creating a unique alien world full of gorgeous sights to take in. Unfortunately, the game built around this inhabitable world lacks thrills and excitement. The puzzles are simple and repetitive, and too much of the game involves poorly constructed platforming sections. Both as a game and a vacation spot, Lifeless Planet is occasionally beautiful, but seriously lacking in the amenities.
Episode #1212 - Adam Wallace returns with another incredible retro review. This week he's taking a look at Venture for the ColecoVision. Is this adventure worth taking? Find out now!
Episode #1211 - Adam Wallace returns with another review. This week he's taking a look at Tron: Deadly Discs for the Intellivision.
Episode #43 - Nintendo Power Uncovered is back! After taking a year hiatus, Cyril is back with a brand new Nintendo Power review. This issue features two of the most recognizable cartoon characters of all time -- Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner. Find out why this duo sends the cover critic into a downward spiral.
Episode #891 - Rogue Legacy is a devilishly clever mix of Castlevania and Spelunky. No matter how many times they die, players will never grow tired of the large variety of characters and classes, as well as a world that changes with every play. While great on all systems, it really shines as a portable action game. This is one roguelike that is hard to put down.
Episode #12 - Today we're going to shake things up a little with a new episode of You Only Live Once, the show where I see how far I can go on a single life. In the past we've only looked at old 8- and 16-bit games, but going forward we're going to offer a better mix of retro games and brand new releases. We're kicking things off with Horizon Shift, which hits Steam on May 29. It's from Flump Studios, the makers of Super Killer Hornet, Retro Racer Combat, Pester and SKH Resurrection. I've put a couple hours into this game, but am generally pretty bad at it. Let's see how far I can get in a single life.
Episode #1210 - Adam Wallace returns with yet another retro shooter. This week he's taking a look at Astrosmash on the Intellivision. Does this game compare to Asteroids and Space Invaders? Find out when Adam reviews Astrosmash!
Episode #890 - Color Guardians has a simple premise that quickly overstays its welcome. The gameplay is basic and easy to learn, but the unfair stages will send players into a rage. The game becomes less fun as each additional obstacle is introduced, and many of the 70+ stages feel like filler. Color Guardians starts out fun, but lost me the longer it went on.
Episode #889 - Although it looks like Earthbound, Why Am I Dead At Sea is more of a murder mystery than role-playing game. The graphics may be simple, but the story is complicated and full of twists and turns. While some may not enjoy the endless conversations, I enjoyed the way the game played out and was captivated by the mystery. It's slight, but this case is worth cracking.
Episode #1209 - Adam Wallace returns with another retro review. This week he's taking a look at GORF for the ColecoVision. That's right, GORF! What does it stand for? Is it any good? Why is he bothering to review this? These questions and more will be answered when you read Adam's full review of Gorf.
Episode #1208 - Adam Wallace returns with another batch of retro reviews, including this week's look at Zaxxon for the ColecoVision. How does this version compare to the arcade? Find out when you read Adam's full review of Zaxxon.
Episode #13 - Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard about Microsoft's How-Old.net website. It's a goofy little program that is supposed to accurately assess your age. Unfortunately, it's not very good at this job. Instead of clogging the website up with pictures of friends and family, I decided to see how old all of my favorite retro game characters look. The results were ... interesting.