Spend it like Beckham

With that World Cup thing now upon us, we thought it would be a good idea to have a football feature up on these hallowed pages. But what to write about? A history of FIFA games? Sounds about as dull as watching Millwall play. The evolution of virtual...

Alex Kidd’s Brain Training

If somebody had told me back in the early 90s that in twenty years time it would be possible to buy a colour handheld with twenty 8-bit Sega games built in and it would cost under £10 to buy, I would have probably jammed Lego bricks into their...

Sonic the Hedgehog’s 8-bit years

Sonic’s 16-bit hits are incredibly renowned – million sellers that have been talked about for decades, torn part and praised within the gaming press countless times. The blue-haired mammal’s 8-bit back catalogue doesn’t receive anywhere near the same level of coverage, and this is despite it being far...

Twenty years of middling Simpsons games

The 14th January 1990 will be a date recognisable to any Simpsons fan – it’s the date that the first ever episode aired on American TV, some three year afters the crudely animated 30-second shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show made the yellow fellows famous. To celebrate The...

Namco Museum Virtual Arcade

No matter how much horsepower a console has you can guarantee on two things – somebody will release Tetris on it and Namco will bring out a collection of their ancient arcade hits. There are already been three Tetris games on Xbox 360 – Tetris Plus, Tetris Splash...

Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection

It’ll be a cold day in Hull – sorry, Hell – when Nintendo releases a 16-bit retro collection of this magnitude. So, let’s use this review as a means to honour Sega for not being as stingy as Nintendo are with their primitive pixels. All together now: hip,...

Sega doesn’t know their Sonics

Sega has slipped up! Next to the caption for Sonic 2 on the back of the new Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection (known as Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection in the US, for some bizarre reason) somebody has used an image of Sonic 3 by mistake. It’s an easy...

EA Replay

Why EA hadn’t jumped on the retro compilation bandwagon before now is a bit of a mystery. Maybe it’s down to format choice: when the Saturn and PSone were in their prime, the Mega Drive and SNES were still a recent memory. PlayStation 2 and Xbox were probably...