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Arkagis Revolution (2019) for Megadrive/Evercade

As a writing exercise, I'm trying to stick to around 500 word length reviews. Feedback on the writing would be nice. Arkagis Revolution (trailer video) is a Megadrive game from 2020 (says the Evercade menu, the title screen above say...

 
 
 

Quick impressions on Evercade VS (and Evercade)

I caved in and got another gaming console: Evercade VS. Given that I play even Switch docked almost exclusively, I went for the non-handheld version, even if that meant not being able to play Namco's collections (they're blocked on the...

 
 
 

Fledgling Retrodev: Mix

Not that long ago, Qix (Taito, 1981) was released on the Arcade Archives series on consoles. This was a game I recall from various other adaptations but I was never a massive fan of it. Qix on Switch. The core gameplay idea is that th...

 
 
 

GolfTopia (MinMax Games, 2021)

Some years ago, I saw on Eurogamer an article that mentioned a futuristic follow-up to an earlier golf course management game. This year, I recalled that and wondered what became of it. To my surprise, it exited Early Access a year ago...

 
 
 

Backports of retro games

One point of contention I've seen for some is that "retro" means "fake old". C64 and NES wouldn't be retro hardware but classic hardware, since they're authentic old hardware. But since "isometric perspective" has become to mean any bi...

 
 
 

Fledgling retrodev: A game that never was

I recall someone saying something like that a game designer has fourteen game ideas per day, and maybe one of them is any good. This is a story of one of those thirteen ideas. I made a partial prototype and an incomplete GUI mockup, bu...

 
 
 

Quartet on MSX (Ilkke & bitsofbas, 2018)

No relation to Quintet. Quartet is a puzzle game that has made its rounds on multiple platforms before landing on MSX in 2018, courtesy of Ilkke and bitsofbas. The original concept appears to be from a Flash game Quartet (Photon Storm,...

 
 
 

The Menace from Triton (Brain Games, 2020)

Konami's Nemesis is arguably one of the most popular game series on MSX. For Santiago Ontañón's The Menace from Triton (2020), that is also a key inspiration. The author has also stated that Steredenn (Pixelnest Studio, 2...

 
 
 

MSXdev'21 -- ten of my favourites

MSXdev is a long-running game dev compo for the MSX computers. The deadline for entries of the 2021 edition was the end of August 2021, and a record number of entries took part. Coincidentally, the rewards were also higher than ever be...

 
 
 

Fledgling retrodev: Reuse

MSXdev'21 will have its deadline on August 31st, 2021, and I wanted to add in my entry as well. This year, I didn't manage to make a brand-new game from scratch. Instead, I chose to just update my previous adventure game engine and wri...

 
 

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