Friday, October 28, 2011
By Dave Herndon & Dave Scanlan
Ghosts, ghouls and goblins alike will be coming to your door Monday night trick or treating, earlier this week we published lists of films to enjoy between visitors, but if movies aren’t your thing, here are the top 10 horrifying video games, many of which can still be played on modern gaming consoles.
10. Dead Rising 2 (Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC)— This is a zombie game, no this is THE zombie game, set in the fictional Fortune City, the game follows Chuck Greene as he fights off zombies while accomplishing goals around the city. Various weapons can be picked up, and even customized to as the play makes their way through the game. Up to 7,000 zombie characters can appear on screen at a time.
9. Resident Evil —(Playstation, Sega Saturn, PC, remade and revamped for GameCube and DS, the latter being known as Resident Evil: Deadly Silence) – As a member of S.T.A.R.S (Special Tactics And Rescue Service), it’s up to you to go to Raccoon City and fight your way through hordes of infected creatures to find your comrades.
8. The House of the Dead (arcade) —One of the best arcade shooter’s I have ever played, not so much scary as creepy, this is just as the title suggests set in a house filled with ‘dead’ things, or rather the inhuman experiments of one very mad scientist.
7. Ghostbusters (Nintendo Wii, Playstation 2 & 3, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PSP, PC) —The movie franchise from my youth became a fantastic game a couple of years ago. The game play is fantastic, the story is wonderful and the voice cast is all the originals from the film, what more could one ask for when hunting down the ghosts and ghouls from the netherworld?
6. Uninvited (Atari, Commodore 64, NES, PC) — Your sibling’s left the car after its crashed in front of an old mansion, and you have to find them. A tricky game, not unlike a choose-your-own-adventure, in which strange and horrifying deaths are not uncommon. Keep your wits about you.
Monday, October 24, 2011
The Elite Collection iOS app, which brings together 12 classics of the 1980s and early ’90s, will be available very soon.
As technology gets more and more advanced, the retro movement shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, the more advanced the device, the more eager people seem to be to play titles from 20 or 30 years ago on it. As such, we have already seen apps that let your iOS device pretend it’s a ZX Spectrum in all its four-color clashing glory. Longstanding UK publisher Elite Systems has been teasing its upcoming “Elite Collection” app, featuring a selection of what it calls “near-100%” 8-bit titles from the ’80s and ’90s, for some time now — and this weekend you’ll finally be able to get your hands on some of gaming’s true classics.
The Elite Collection and Elite Collection HD apps (for iPhone/iPod touch and iPad respectively) will be available this weekend for a seven day only promotional price of $.99, after which it will rise to $2.99. For less than a dollar, you’ll get 12 games from the Commodore 64/Atari 8-bit era, including revolutionary freeform RPG Alternate Reality: The City and its standalone expansion/sequel The Dungeon; action adventure Black Magic, already available as a standalone app; shooter Uridium; racer Buggy Boy (aka Speed Buggy); platformer First Samurai; soccer management sim Bundesliga Manager; shooters Denaris and Enforcer; an adaptation of the board game Battleship; sports game Frank Bruno’s Boxing; and Arkanoid knockoff Batty. Available for purchase inside the app will also be four more packs of games which will be $0.99 each — the contents of which are yet to be revealed.
Blessed with a surplus of ancient Commodore 1702 monitors and a handful of GameCubes, Personal Computer Museum curator Syd Bolton stacked them all together to form a pleasantly confusing cube of cubes.
After debuting his cube of cubes at a recent Game Night held at his Ontario, Canada museum, Bolton took a little time out of his busy schedule of discovering one of the rarest Atari 2600 cartridges in existence to explain how the project came about and came together. I conceived the “Cube of Cubes” several years ago when the museum started receiving a large number of Commodore 1702 monitors (the kind that were used on the Commodore 64 but are still useful today as small televisions for gaming systems or DVD players).
Finally, those stalwarts who refuse to “upgrade” from their trusty Commodore 64 computers can experience that hot new game, Prince of Persia. Homebrew developer mrsid ported the 1989 game from its original Apple 2 version, making the cartridge image available for download from his site (http://popc64.blogsp … commodore-64128.html). If you have a C64 or 128 and a flashable C64 cartridge — or, more likely, if you have a C64 emulator — you can check out the achievement.
The rest of us will have to settle for this video, which looks remarkably smooth for an unofficial port on such an old system. It drew the attention of Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner, who commented to say “I’m amazed and humbled by the amount of work this must have taken.”
Full article: http://www.joystiq.c … aps-to-commodore-64/
It’s been out of production for years but garage coders and hardcore fans of the Dreamcast have been keeping it alive with fresh content and inventive hacks. The latest example of the former comes from German studio NG:DEV.TEAM in the form of Gunlord. The side-scrolling shooter appears to show the influence of the old-school Commodore 64 classic Turrican and Nintendo’s Metroid franchise. It’s funny how a graphical and presentational style can evoke memories of a time and place. For me, watching this trailer reminds me of studying for the SATs and desperately waiting for acceptance letters for the various colleges that I’d applied to.
Full article: http://kotaku.com/58 … commodore-64-classic
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Secret Quest review. Classic Game Room reviews SECRET QUEST for Atari 2600 released in 1989. Secret Quest plays like Atari’s answer to Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda. Secret Quest is a red label Atari 2600 cartridge that says “by Nolan Bushnell”, creator of Atari and Pong. Produced by Axlon, Secret Quest is an awesome action / adventure game where you collect codes, blow up space ships and waste aliens with a light saber!
Mark & Classic Game Room