Kudzu review (Switch)

Modern day Game Boy releases tend to take inspiration from either Castlevania or Zelda. It pays to crib from the classics, certainly, and the genres in which these two fall allow for a wealth of possibilities. With its top-down perspective and dungeon-style locations, it’s clear where the bulk of Kudzu’s inspiration lies. The premise is …

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Thirty-six years later, Beyond the Ice Palace finally gains a sequel

Back in 1988, Commodore 64, Amiga and Spectrum owners found Elite’s action platformer Beyond the Ice Palace to be a more than sufficient alternative to Ghosts ‘n Goblins – which was also published by Elite on home computers. Today, PQube has a sequel. Beyond The Ice Palace 2 is coming to all current formats, and …

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RoadBlasters – from Atari coin-op, to a forgotten toy line

A few years ago, we looked at the partnership between SEGA and the radio-controlled car manufacturer Tyco, which resulted in Pocket Power – a unique line of pocket-sized toys, varying from launchable cars to glow in the dark skeletons. This wasn’t the only unlikely partnership between a toy car manufacturer and a video game giant, …

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Felix the Cat review

Now here’s a collection that’s equal parts fascinating and puzzling. Hudson Soft’s 8-bit Felix the Cat platformers are rarely mentioned, with the NES version being a reasonably late arrival on the system. One of the last NES games to feature on the cover of Nintendo Power, no less. The Game Boy version is expensive nowadays …

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Nightdive are bringing back the forgotten 3DO FPS PO’ed

Nightdive Studios has waited until today, of all days, to announce PO’ed Definitive Edition. While many on social media brushed it off as an April Fool’s Joke initially, it’s definitely happening – and there’s a Steam page, with required PC specs and achievements, to prove it. It’s also very much in Nightdive’s wheelhouse, with retro …

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The N64’s peculiar, and slightly dreary, European exclusives

Ever since the humble N64 entered its twilight years, circa 2001, a lot has been said about its catalogue of games. It was a system often criticised for having glaring holes in its library, especially when it came to RPGs, and fighting games to rival the likes of Tekken 3 and Virtua Fighter 2. Racing …

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Most Played: Antstream Arcade (Xbox)

This month has been busy for ol’ Games Asylum, bouncing from one new release to another. After plugging twelve hours into The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island, I invested roughly the same amount of time into Penny’s Big Breakaway, followed by playing Cartel Tycoon and Highwater for a good eight hours each. This, understandably, hasn’t …

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Llamasoft: The Jeff Minter Story review

You never forget your first. This is especially true for anyone who has played a Jeff Minter game. I was introduced to the mind of Minter in 1993, discovering Llamatron 2112 on an Amiga shareware disk. The use of llamas and goofy enemies made for a memorable experience, putting a nonsensical spin on the seminal …

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GRANDIA HD Collection is coming to PS4 and Xbox One later this month

The spare time sapping RPG package GRANDIA HD Collection is coming to Xbox One and PS4 on March 26th, courtesy of GungHo Online Entertainment America.  Not only this, but Limited Run Games will be releasing a physical edition for $34.99, with pre-orders going live on March 15th. It’ll include a trio of art cards and a …

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The Snow Bros. inspired arcade game Slam and Roll heads to Steam soon

When the world’s monuments become targeted by aliens, mankind’s plan to wipe them out with heavy artillery backfires. All is not lost, though – turns out the aliens are susceptible to baseballs, hockey plucks, and other sports equipment pelted into their faces. Who knew? That’s the premise behind Slam and Roll – a modern arcade-style …

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