Arcade Paradise

Simulators seem to be rising in popularity, with the likes of PowerWash Simulator, Microsoft Flight Sim, plus various farming and trucking sims, becoming money makers almost overnight. Publisher Wired Productions could have easily asked developer Nosebleed to cram the word ‘simulator’ into Arcade Paradise’s title to form Arcade...

After Wave: Downfall

We have no qualms with comparing this colourful and chaotic vertical shooter to an arcade game. Unfortunately for fans of the genre, the comparison is with one of those modern child-sized novelty cabinets that dish out prize tickets. Bright colours, big explosions, simple gameplay, and little else. Pop...

EA Replay – the often-forgotten retro collection

EA has been around since 1982, amassing a back catalogue of hundreds – if not thousands – of games. Yet, the company very rarely explores its past, being firmly fixated on the future instead. This has been true for around a decade now, with the uber publisher doubling...

Stray

I’m done with humans. And humanoid aliens, and anthropomorphised animals – all an utter waste of gaming’s unbounded potential. If nothing else, Stray demonstrates what an unusual protagonist can do for a game. This should be familiar territory: a post-apocalyptic city inhabited by robots, you have to find...

Hell Pie

One of the most renowned tales in gaming is how Rare become so sick of making cutesy 3D platformers that they went entirely in the opposite direction, turning Twelve Tales: Conker 64 into the crass and chaotic Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Not even Nintendo themselves would touch it,...