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Rakugaki Showtime
■ Treasure’s only PlayStation exclusive features scribbled characters battling each other in a 3D arena, which inevitably draws comparisons with Capcom’s Power Stone, but the act of throwing objects is far more important in Rakugaki Showtime. It’s qu
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Gunstar Heroes
■ Few debuts have impressed as much as Treasure’s eponymous run-and-gun. Not only is it a technical showcase of just what is possible on Sega’s 16-bit console, it also features gameplay mechanics that are just as accomplished as its stunning aestheti
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News June 2004
Former president of the USA Ronald Reagan passed away on 5 June, at the age of 93. After initially finding fame as an actor, he moved into politics as part of the Republican Party, serving as governor of California from 1967-1975. After an unsuccessf
Retro Gamer3 min de lecture
Lightning In A Bottle
The Nineties. Remember those? Going into that decade, I had little inkling that – for better and sometimes worse – I’d come out the other end having carved out my own small footnote in gaming history. I am of course talking about Digitiser, the daily
Retro Gamer9 min de lecture
The Evolution Of Miner 2049 Er
BILL HOGUE » Although too busy right now, Bill Hogue might make another Miner 2049er title when he retires. At the dawn of the Eighties, innovations in coin-op hardware led to character-based videogames that previously hadn’t been possible. During th
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Target: Renegade
» ZX SPECTRUM » 1988 » IMAGINE SOFTWARE I was a massive fan of Renegade in the arcades and I was equally impressed with the excellent Amstrad version, which did a fantastic job of capturing the grittiness of the arcade original. When it was revealed
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SIN & PUNISHMENT
■ This 3D shoot-’em-up is arguably the most essential import game in the N64 library, featuring spectacular graphics and non-stop action. Sin & Punishment plays similarly to the likes of Cabal – you control a character in the foreground, and dodge le
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The Making Of: Atlantis
In the early days of console games, simple was often the key to success – and that went for naming the title, too. “I liked the fact it was a oneword name for the game and yet with that single word, you could evoke all these images associated with th
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Classic Moments: Battletoads In Battlemaniacs
» PLATFORM: SNES » RELEASED: 1993 » DEVELOPER: RARE If you’d previously played the first game on any of the machines it came on, you might initially wonder if you had made a good purchase with Battlemaniacs. Its first level is much simpler than befor
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Developer Interview
Had you played the original arcade game? I didn’t know anything about the game and had never seen it in the arcades. I just remember the arcade machine showing up in the office one day and us spending far too long playing it – it was highly addictive
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Ridge Racer Revolution
» PlayStation » 1995 » Namco Right now, I’m in a situation that I’m sure plenty of you out there have experienced at some time or another, where I find myself constantly fatigued and just thinking, “Man, I need a break.” Whenever I take a moment to p
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Luigi’s Mansion
» GAMECUBE » 2001 » NINTENDO EAD I still recall buying my GameCube. I decided to buy one the day before launch after watching someone on Cube play Luigi’s Mansion. Amazingly, I was not only able to secure a machine, but I somehow managed to be the se
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Endgame
» Do you need a brilliant plot in a shoot-’em-up? It would appear that the rather obscure Korean developer Afega didn’t think so, as your ultimate victory in Red Hawk leads not to any kind of epilogue that you would expect, but a simple credits roll
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Gaist Crusher God
■ Treasure’s final development to date actually serves a dual purpose – as well as including a whole new story, focusing on the emergence of the more dangerous creatures, Gaist Crusher God includes the original game’s story and refines the game desig
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Alien Soldier
■ All the technical wizardry that Treasure learned while coding for Sega’s 16-bit console is put to the test with Alien Soldier. It’s an astonishing showcase of what Sega’s machine is capable of and constantly pushes the hardware with its dazzling di
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Your Say
What’s your favourite Treasure game? I truly believe Sin & Punishment: Star Successor is their magnum opus; deceptively simple gameplay, endlessly inventive, action packed and criminally underplayed. One of the best games in the Wii’s library. Gradiu
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Quarter Arcades: Bubble Bobble
» Buy it from: numskull.com, retail » Buy it for: £149.99 Numskull’s latest game in its Quarter Arcades range is a rather significant one, as it marks the first time the company has released a dual joystick cabinet. The upside of this is that you can
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Competitive Racers
■ Kart racers were a big thing in the late Nineties: even Toy Story got in on the action. Playing as Woody and his diminutive gang gave developer Traveller’s Tales the opportunity to build creative tracks, where everyday settings like shopping centre
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Conversion Capers
■ As you’d expect the 16-bit versions look impressive, especially the digitised depictions of the Ghostbusters. Graphics are detailed throughout and there’s some nice animation. There’s no in-game music but it does have a solid rendition of the theme
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Smooth As Siilk
While not terribly dangerous on its own, the goose chopper can be troublesome if it appears at an inopportune moment. But there’s a neat trick you can use to take it down quicker and maximise the bonus. The second piece that flies in is vulnerable to
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F1
» Atari ST » 1993 » Lankhor I’m not really the sort of person to buy hardware blind, but not long after I started on Retro Gamer, I got the opportunity to pick up an Atari ST and just jumped at it. I made the decision, sent the email and then set abo
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Astro Boy: Omega Factor
■ Though it includes some light platforming and shoot-’em-up elements, this licensed game is more beat-’em-up than anything else. With vast hordes of enemies to tackle, you’ll quickly realise that Astro Boy’s special attacks aren’t to be jealously ho
Retro Gamer9 min de lecture
The Making Of Civilization II
When the original Civilization released back in 1991, there’s no doubting the novelty, innovation and, of course, the compulsive just-one-more-turn appeal that it brought to videogames. It might not have had the wow factor that many games of the era
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Dragon Drive: D-masters Shot
■ This Japan-only release is a videogame adaptation of a manga about a fictional videogame in which people battle with virtual dragons. Got that? Good. It’s a 3D shooting game with some on-rails areas similar in style to Panzer Dragoon and some open
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Boulder Dash Deluxe
» System: PC (tested), Mac » Buy it from: Online » Buy it for: £13.99 Rockford returns in the latest version of this venerable action-puzzle series, and it’s a comeback that we’ll welcome. While Boulder Dash Deluxe definitely has a certain budget gam
Retro Gamer14 min de lectureComputers
Laurant Weill
How did you get started in the videogame industry? Well, at first, it was like many other people: I was interested in the computers that were coming out at the time. I’d already been building electronic devices such as home-made alarms and I enjoyed
Retro Gamer4 min de lecture
The Latest News From June 2004
With the assorted members of the UK press making their annual excursion to sunny Los Angeles for an E3 filled with whooping and hollering, crowds and noise, magazines were looking into their crystal balls to see what might be on the horizon. Or, rath
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Gunstar Future Heroes
■ The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – like its predecessor, Gunstar Future Heroes is technically impressive and actionpacked. It’s even stuffed with more variety if you can believe it, with homages to games like Flicky and After Burner joining
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The DNA Of Monolith Productions
■ Few studios start as ‘big’ as Monolith, with its multi-building office complex, sound studios and rapid acquisition of talent. The studio built up its start-up pot so that it could afford to go in all guns blazing, and that helped it make all the m
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Seaquest
» ATARI 2600 » 1983 » ACTIVISION One of the things I loved about visiting Andrew Bacon’s house after school was browsing through his impressive Atari 2600 collection. We didn’t always get to play on the games themselves because the console was in the
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