I first heard about this (under its international name, Mercenary Force) when I was just a wee little Kimi-mite in one of those old review/cheat compilation books you used to get - you know the sort, surely - it would have been printed on a hundred pages of paper so cheap you'd have been disappointed … Continue reading Tenjin Kaisen
Some phrases instantly make my ears prick up and flex my already overworked "Add to basket" clicking finger, and one of those is definitely "Nineties 3D run-n-gun by Konami" - what more is there you need to know about a game you can describe like that other than "How long do I have to wait before … Continue reading Gungage
Nineteen ninety-two. Kirby's Dream Land and Alone in the Dark were brand new and completely unknown games, Zool (that Chupa-Chup hawking Ninja of the Nth Dimension) was parading around like the Amiga had found an answer to Sonic the Hedgehog, Alisia Dragoon left a very positive impression on a young Kimimi, and... Virtua Racing heralded the dawn of a new … Continue reading Sega Ages: Virtua Racing
This was something of a later title for the PSP, coming out in 2011 when I and probably everyone else was already all Monster Hunter'd out just from plain old Monster Hunter, making the endless parade of similar games of wildly varying quality that tried their own hand at this popular genre in the five … Continue reading Lord of Apocalypse
Seeing Sega games on what could be considered rival formats may have been nothing new even as far back as the year 2000, when this Sakura Taisen game released on Nintendo's unstoppable Game Boy Color, Sonic the Hedgehog had an excellent platformer on the Neo Geo Pocket Color, and Sega's own Dreamcast had players worldwide … Continue reading Sakura Taisen GB: Geki Hanagumi Nyuutai!
If you take a quick glance at the screenshots on this page of TGL's 1999 PC exclusive spin-off of their long-running Farland Story/Saga series(s) of SRPGs you could easily be forgiven for thinking that by the time Farland Odyssey came along they'd abandoned all pretence of internal creativity and gone down the dark road of Ys-y knockoff-dom instead, red-haired hero … Continue reading Farland Odyssey
This little old thing is the first of three HuCard-based strategy games by NCS for the PC Engine, but confusingly the second in its own fantasy trilogy that began with Elthlead (PC-88) and charts the struggles of the good King Sieghart against the dark forces of Böser. If any of those names sound familiar then … Continue reading Gaia no Monshou