Tagged "Retro"

Jan 12
By Matt Gander In Our Pixilated Past 3 Comments

Released: 1995
Formats: Mega Drive (played), Mega-CD, SNES, PC, Amiga, 3DO

When Bullfrog started developing Theme Park for the Amiga and PC I doubt that even in their wildest collective dreams would the game end up on the humble Mega Drive. But EA gets what EA wants, and conversions for both Mega Drive and SNES arrived in 1995. Bullfrog should have just been grateful that EA didn’t want a GameBoy version.

The end result turned out pretty good – it’s better than the non-AGA Amiga version (in which all the shops are dull wooden huts) but not as good as versions released on more power systems. Here for instance there’s only one entertainer – a clown that juggles – but in the PC version a whole host of poor sweaty souls in costumes can be hired.

Navigating the menus does take a little while to master – I still struggle to find the option to delete buildings even though I’ve clocked countless hours playing it – but after half an hour or so you should get the hang of things. There are allsorts of options to play around with too, like adding extra caffeine in the coffee so that people go whizzing around the park. The odds of winning the sideshows, like coconut toss and hook-a-duck, can also be changed.

The music is both good and bad. Good, because it ingeniously changes on the fly depending on what ride is on the screen. Bad, because these music samples only play on a 10-second loop so they soon become tedious to listen to. Visuals fair better – it’s bright and colourful, and the Mega Drive copes well even when your park is packed full of visitors.

A lack of a proper save feature though means that only cash earned can be saved via passwords. Another thing I’m not keen on are the ‘handshaking’ sections where you have to come to an agreement regarding staff wages or stock costs. It seems impossible to come to an agreement in your favor.

Playing the game properly is all well and fine, but fun can also be had by using your imagination. I once opened a park full of nothing but toilets with a stupidly high ticket price just to see if any visitors came. It’s also possible to make roller coasters with dangerous bends that send your customers flying through the air. Whee!

Jul 07
By Adam Philbin In Blog 4 Comments

RetroN 3

Got a pile of old cartridges and controllers lying about since the 90s? Want to relive the excitement of blowing into your NES cartridges? Well, cheap peripheral company Hyperkin has just released the RetroN 3, a slightly-knock-off games console that plays original NES, SNES and SEGA Mega Drive game cartridges, using the original control pads too (although it comes with two wireless SEGA Mega Drive style controllers).

We’re not sure what SEGA or Nintendo would have to say about it, but as long as it doesn’t explode, at $70 it seems like a nice little curiosity.

Feb 03
By Matt Gander In Blog No Comments

Ninety nine games for £9.99. Sounds like a good deal, doesn’t it? Now what if I told you they were crusty old Commodore 64 games, albeit good ones that people may remember like Bomb Jack, Ghouls & Ghosts and Paperboy? Still interested? Then you’ve probably got a soft spot for all things retro. Which is good.

The Speed Link Competition Pro USB PC joypad – which comes with a disk containing 99 C64 games – is available to pre-order now on Play.com, with a mooted 19th February release date. No drivers are needed, claims the blurb.

There’s a few licensed games on the disk too, such as Gremlins and Thundercats, which makes me wonder how official/legal the contents of the disk are. As such it might be an idea to get your order in now before it gets pulled.

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