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Feature: In memory of Dr Funfrock

Have You Played… Little Big Adventure 2?

Little Big Adventure 2 (which went by the only slightly better name of Twinsen's Odyssey in the US) was a follow-up to the previous alien action-adventure I've already talked about. But this time it's in 3D. If there's any lesson to take away from this, it's that fixed camera angles do not work in 3D, outside of horror games. I recently revisited it and it's arguably…

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Feature: For Dr Funfrock

Have You Played… Little Big Adventure?

Little Big Adventure (known in the US by the uninspired name of "Relentless") is perhaps where my love for PC gaming truly started and one of the first games I completed. We got our first computer with Windows 95 a couple of years after this game first graced MS-DOS, and we had to quit Windows every time just to get it to run, but memories…

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Streets Of Rage 4 brings the classic Sega brawler series out of retirement

Christmas may have come early for us 90s Sega kids. French retro developer and publisher DotEmu (Windjammers 2) announced that they're bringing back Sega's classic brawler series. Fans of eating chicken-a-la-barrel, 2 Unlimited-inspired beats and whacking stereotypical 90s neon-haired punks with metal pipes have a lot to look forward to with Streets Of Rage 4. It's going to be a three-studio collaboration, without Sega's involvement.…

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Neo Geo cult favourite frisbee-fighter Windjammers is getting a sequel

Windjammers for the Neo Geo was a lovely little thing - a bright and summery frisbee-sport hybrid of tennis, volleyball and a fighting game. While it wasn't a huge hit in its own time, Dotemu have announced that they're working on Windjammers 2, due out on PC in 2019. While an improbable game to get a sequel, it's likely due to a resurgence of interest in the…

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Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is out now

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…

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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!

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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!…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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HD Wizards: Heroes Of Might & Magic III HD Announced

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…

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Chuffed: The Last Express Available To Buy

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…

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Trans Europe Express: Free Transarctica

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…

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Birds Of A Feather: DotEmu Beta

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…

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