Posts Tagged ‘DotEmu’

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is out now

Wonder Boy

So here’s a thing I’ve never heard of up until now. Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap [official site] is a remake of a Sega Master System platformer from 1989, and it’s out now on PC. Our Alec played a little bit for this week’s Unknown Pleasures but perhaps you missed that (for shame!). Am I just going to annoy people if I say that the reason I haven’t heard of it is that it came out before I was born? Well, there you go, I’ve said it.

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DotEmu closing its own online store

The retromancers of DotEmu are closing down their own online store, they announced yesterday. Competition is fierce, they say, and these days they’re more into developing and publishing games anyway. They’ve been selling their games through other stores (and on consoles) for years too. Folks who’ve bought games from the DotEmu store have until June 1st to download them, before they vanish forever. Chop chop! Read the rest of this entry »

Trap remix: Wonder Boy shows off new-old switching

One game I’ve overlooked in the eternal crusade to remake or remaster every game released prior to 2014 is Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap [official site], a remake of a Sega Master System platformer from 1989. It’s a game fondly remembered, I’m told, though I wouldn’t know as my Master System experiences were five minutes round a friend’s house getting bored playing After Burner. Anyway! The Dragon’s Trap comes to my attention now through a trailer showing off switching on the fly between its original art and the hand-drawn new style. Observe: Read the rest of this entry »

Bouncing Back: Pang Adventures

Nostalgia can strike from the most unexpected angle. Pang is a game about popping balloons using harpoon guns – I remember it fondly because it was one of the few cooperative games I owned as a kid. It might not have been clear to me why we were travelling around the world’s landmarks bursting balloons but I was pleased that I could convince anyone in my family to come along on the journey. I loved the music too.

And now there’s a ‘new’ Pang game. Pang Adventures [Steam page]. I’m unnerved by the presence of flamethrower and shuriken power-ups, and monstrous alien boss creatures, but the core of the game seems to be intact.

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Fight! Arc’s Battle Fantasia -Revised Edition- Released

Those terrible teases at Arc System Works are continuing to tweak my nose by releasing everything but what I want: the gorgeous Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN. Ah well, more fighting games from that lot coming to PC is good all the same.

Overnight they released Battle Fantasia -Revised Edition- [official site], a tarted-up version of their 2.5D fantasy man-puncher from 2007. Unfortunately, it sounds like it has a problem or two.

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Triple Dose Of Double Dragon Now On Steam And GOG

I can’t help but feel that DotEmu, the publisher behind new Double Dragon re-releases, have missed a trick. Triple Dragon, anyone? Why, you could even apply a little arithmetic and go with Sextuple Dragon to spice the series up a bit.

Still, even if you disagree with their naming policy, you’ve got to give DotEmu a pat on the back for continuing to port numerous retro games to the PC. Double Dragon Trilogy is available now on GOG for £3.19 or on Steam for £3.83.

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HD Wizards: Heroes Of Might & Magic III HD Announced

The judges give champions Skeleton Crew four stars - a perfect score.

In my hypothetical Gaming Made Me, playing hotseat Heroes of Might & Magic would be the moment where I discovered multiplayer. HoMM 2, maybe. Then I discovered I could shoot faces in multiplayer, and scampered off in that direction. I haven’t played a HoMM in yonks (and hear rough things about recent games), is the point, so I’m glad to see Ubisoft rework one of the classics. Yesterday they announced Heroes of Might & Magic III – HD Edition with a release date of January 29th, 2015.

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Run ‘N’ Fun: Metal Slug X On Steam

Careful now! Don't shoot that barrel!

The ‘X’ in Metal Slug X does not stand for 10. No, the X stands for this is the nineties and everything is xtreme to the max. The Metal Slug part of the name, that stands for this is a game about running and jumping and shooting the heck out of everything. First released in 1999 on Neo Geo, the expanded version of Metal Slug 2 arrived on Steam last week with new bits like online multiplayer and global leaderboards.

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Chuffed: The Last Express Available To Buy

Are you shouting on the train again?

The chances are if you’ve heard of The Last Express, you’ve either played it and evangelise about it, or have always meant to get a copy. It’s one of those games. I’ve played half of it, but was then interrupted by having to save the world or something. But that was only because I borrowed the original discs from adventure aficionado Richard Cobbett. But now even people who don’t know Richard Cobbett can play this most esoteric and interesting of adventures once more, as it’s been released via DotEmu. The Jordan Mechner game (Prince Of Persia’s creator) is set on the Orient Express, pre World War One, and is packed with so many unique ideas.

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Trans Europe Express: Free Transarctica

I just love that guy in this screenshot. I love him. I love you, guy. You hear me? I love you. I FUCKING LOVE YOU!

When we wrote about the DotEmu beta opening we expressed enormous chagrin that, despite them claiming otherwise, Transarctica wasn’t available to download. Oh noes! Oh noes no more, as Frankie The Patrician noted that it’s up there now. You can get it now. Transarctica is a strategy game about enormous armoured trains in a new ice-age, and is one of the games that seems to stick in people’s imaginations, even if you’ve never played it. Got to be worth downloading for the files, yeah? Video follows…
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Birds Of A Feather: DotEmu Beta

Just wanted to make sure at least one worked - it does, through DOSbox. I killed this dude within three seconds of starting the game. Go me!

Hmm. Looks like Good Old Games has a competitor in the old-classics/no-DRM/low-price market. DotEmu is basically an old-classic/no-DRM/low-price online retailer who has just gone into open Beta. Currently it’s got a limited range, which leans Francophile with the most obvious deals being the Alec-loved Gobliiins Trilogy for 4.90 Euros and the 16-game Silmarils collection. As an encouragement to sign up, during this beta period, people who do so will apparently be able to download Ishar I, Nicky Boom 1, Metal Mutant and Transartica for free. I say “apparently” because at the time of writing, of the four, I can only find a free download link for Ishar I. Though there is the (freeware) Beneath a Steel Sky and – I have no ideaDraskula. Oh – and some webgames, which just lead me to wasting 10 minutes playing Street Fighter 2 CE. ME BLANKA! STRONG! NO FEAR THIGHS OF CHUN-LI. YOU LOOK LIKE A RUGBY PLAYER, LADY.