Over Horizon X Steel Empire review

Even within the pages of charmingly garish ‘90s video game mags, HOT-B’s Steel Empire stood out. Shoot’em ups set in space were par for the course for the Mega Drive, yet here was something daring to be different, featuring a bi-plane and a zeppelin battling steam-powered contraptions using bullets and lightning-based bombs. Not even the …

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Parasol Stars: The Story of Bubble Bobble III review

At a time when many of the biggest names in retro gaming are often reserved for subscription services – such as Antstream and Switch Online – or used as selling points for dedicated retro collections, it’s refreshing to see a much-requested retro gem gain a multiformat standalone release. Taito could have easily held back Parasol …

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Double Dragon is back, again, in 2025

Arc System Works are teaming up with YUKE’s to create Double Dragon Revive – a 3D reimagining of the 1987 classic side-scrolling brawler. Details are currently slim on the ground, with the press release mostly comprising character art. We can at least tell you that Arc System Works’ fighting game staff are on board to …

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The PlayStation 2’s incredibly belated Beverly Hills Cop game

London-based publisher Blast Entertainment was a latecomer to the PlayStation 2, arriving on the scene in 2006. To put this into more perspective, the PS2 was about to enter its twilight years, with the Xbox 360 and Wii already available – and soon to be joined by the PS3. There was a strategy behind this. …

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Atari and Technos ‘Super Pocket’ handhelds coming this October

Hyper Mega Tech’s Capcom and Taito Super Pocket handhelds must have proven popular, as two new models are due later this year. As before, they’ll be Evercade cartridge compatible, and retail at a modest £49 each. The Technos model is Double Dragon orientated, including six of the scrolling brawler’s entries, along with Renegade, The Combatribes, …

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The next two Evercade carts are Data East and Toaplan arcade collections

Ahead of the upcoming Evercade Alpha ‘arcade bar’ tabletop system, the next two Evercade cartridges set for release are both arcade collections. Toaplan Arcade 3 and Data East Arcade 2 launch on 28th November, with pre-orders going live at the end of September. To clarify, they’ll work on any Evercade system as long as the firmware is …

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Capcom’s Marvel arcade games are coming back in a new collection

MARVEL vs. CAPCOM Fighting Collection: Arcade Classics will set you back $49.99 when it launches later this year. A slightly steeper price than usual for a retro collection, with the Marvel licenses likely to blame. There’s no denying that it isn’t looking like a worthwhile package though, full of often demanded re-releases. Seven titles will …

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Evercade Piko Interactive Collection 4 review

As Forest Gump once mumbled, “Life is a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” The same is also true for Piko Interactive collections, with Piko merely being a license holder – whenever they’re involved, you never know which games are going to appear. It’s a very different case from something like …

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Rider’s Spirits review

When browsing the Japanese libraries for consoles such as the Mega Drive and SNES, it’s clear why countless games remained in SEGA and Nintendo’s home turf. Things like romantic visual novels, horse racing-based gambling games, and sumo wrestling sims would have performed poorly commercially in Europe and the US. Then there are games that would …

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The Thing: Remastered is in development at Nightdive

Nightdive has announced another project they’re currently working on. The Thing: Remastered takes the cult PS2/Xbox original – based on the 1982 movie – and gives it a good spit ‘n polish. The retro specialists are reworking the 2002 original through their KEX Engine, adding new lighting and other atmospheric effects along with improved textures …

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