Posts Tagged retro

Apple Dash HD Review

Apple Dash HD Review

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A nostalgic trip for many, Apple Dash HD is a highly enjoyable and challenging vertical platformer.

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Double Dragon Review

Double Dragon Review

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This faithful and worthwhile update of the original Double Dragon is an excellent blast from the past.

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Jack N’ Jill Review

Jack N’ Jill Review

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With its black-and-white retro visuals, Jack N' Jill is a charming but deceptively challenging little platformer.

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Ice Cream Surfer Review

Ice Cream Surfer Review

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Even a great retro art style can't save this sloppy shooter.

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Kid Tripp Review

Kid Tripp Review

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Kid Tripp is challenging, but far too often slips into frustration.

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Prehistorik Review

Prehistorik Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Originally from the Stone Age of console games, this update of a classic platformer doesn't quite hit the mark due to haphazard controls.

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R.Type Review

R.Type Review

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There might be a subtle name change but R.Type is still as fiendishly difficult as it ever was.

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Kavinsky Review

Kavinsky Review

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Kavinsky doesn't quite work as a fully formed game, but it's a vaguely interesting mix of beat em up and driving action.

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Samurai Shodown II Review

Samurai Shodown II Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
The classic beat-em-up comes to iOS for the first time, but is hampered by control and difficulty issues.

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Contra: Evolution Review

Contra: Evolution Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Contra: Evolution looks better than the original arcade game, but it's hampered with inadequate controls.

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Rocket Pirate! Review

Rocket Pirate! Review

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A decent, if unmemorable, pirate shoot 'em up.

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Workout (7 Minute Body Fitness Exercise) Review

Workout (7 Minute Body Fitness Exercise) Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Break a sweat in 7 minutes with this simple and elegant exercise app that doesn’t require any expensive equipment or sophisticated techniques.

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Pixel Rush Review

Pixel Rush Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
It's almost inexplicable how satisfying this endless runner is.

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Hipstamatic Oggl Review

Remember Hipstamatic? It's back with a host of features to challenge the likes of Instagram.

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Karateka Classic Review

Karateka Classic Review

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Karateka Classic is a port of a classic fighting game that holds up rather well today.

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Talisman: Prologue HD Review

Talisman: Prologue HD Review

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It's pretty, and it will certainly conjure memories, but Talisman: Prologue is only an appetizer - not the main course.

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Gargoyle Ruins Review

Gargoyle Ruins Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Game Stew's latest bizarro throwback hybrid is an unfortunate exception to an otherwise impressive release record.

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QuestLord Review

QuestLord Review

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Getting from Point A to Point B can be a bit of a drag, but QuestLord is still a fun and accessible throwback to classic Western RPGs.

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Fester Mudd: Curse Of The Gold Episode 1 Review

Fester Mudd: Curse Of The Gold Episode 1 Review

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Invoking classic adventure games of old, Fester Mudd is both a homage to those greats and its own master in demonstrating what's so memorable about the genre.

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Brickout Zero Gravity Review

Brickout Zero Gravity Review

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It’s a twist on the classic brick breaking game, with plenty of surprises to keep gamers happy.

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Mythic Mountain Review

Mythic Mountain Review

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Simple yet nostalgic, Mythic Mountain could do with more structure, but it's still a quite pleasant snowboarding-themed endless runner.

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247 Missiles Review

247 Missiles Review

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247 Missiles is a homage to the classic Missile Command. It's fun, too, with a handy upgrade system to extend play.

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Briquid Review

Briquid Review

An addicting and challenging physics puzzler that's not for the faint of heart.

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Relic Rush Review

Relic Rush Review

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Want a one-touch game fro your phone? Check out Relic Rush.

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Bacteria Arcade Edition Review

Bacteria Arcade Edition Review

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Weird, addicting and frantic are three words that best describe this retro-inspired arcade game.

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Take My Machete Review

Take My Machete Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Take My Machete offers plenty of charm to a well trodden genre, it just lacks tight and accurate controls.

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Lode Runner Classic Review

Lode Runner Classic Review

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Lode Runner Classic is an iOS version of the original game in the Lode Runner series, but its transition is a rough one.

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Vectrex Regeneration Review

Vectrex Regeneration Review

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Offering a bundle of Vectrex games in one attractive and easy to access package. It's fun but its age does show, of course.

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The Backstory
Both Zeboyd and Penny Arcade have had a hand in their fair share of RPGs over the past few years, but it wasn’t until recently that the two found each other and created some incredibly sweet (and utterly surreal) music together. This third entry in the Rain-Slick Precipice series marks both the Penny Arcade RPG’s first foray into “retro” territory as well as Zeboyd’s best refinement of their quirky RPG system to date. Ancient sea gods and mimes are just the beginning.

The Gameplay
One of the biggest differences between a Zeboyd RPG and a more typical example is the treatment of the combat. Health, magic, and items all reset after every fight, eliminating the need to constantly micromanage party resources. To compensate for this enemies gain strength with each passing turn, lending a sense of urgency and increased strategy to every combat scenario. What makes Rain-Slick 3 so much fun (aside from the rampant Penny Arcade humor) is the emphasis on multi-classing. Finding the right combination of character abilities can lead to some incredibly satisfying victories, and the way everything resets after every battle makes experimentation far less grueling.

How does it Compare?
The original Rain-Slick 3 made its debut on both Steam and Xbox Live Indie Games, and felt right at home on both platforms. It’s wonderfully retro while at the same time incredibly modern and accessible. And all of that “magic” has been retained in the iOS version. All the humor, the unique mechanics, the splendid visuals, and so on have made the transition almost seamlessly. The only real difference between the mobile version and its console/PC brethren – aside from the smaller screen and blessed portability – is the interface, which has been adjusted for touch controls. And save the rather garish virtual stick, it’s very near flawless.

One of the things I love most about Rain-Slick 3 on iOS is that it’s not an “inferior” version like some ports tend to be. All the bonus content (alternate appearance packs, Lair of the Seamstress DLC, etc) is included, and it’s received just as much post-release support as the other platforms. The fact that it’s a fantastic game even without prior knowledge of any inside jokes or experience with the previous two titles makes it all the more noteworthy.

*NOTE: “Console-quality” refers to the quality of the experience, not just the graphics. This is about the depth of gameplay, content, and in some cases how accurately it portrays the ideals of its console counterpart.*


$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-10-24 :: Category: Games

Boulder Dash-XL Review

Boulder Dash-XL Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A classic arcade boulder-pusher gets revitalized. Then that revitalization gets ported to iOS devices. And fans of the original are better off for it.

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