Category Archives: Retro

I've played and enjoyed a lot of role playing games over the years, but one genre I could never quite get into was the first-person dungeon crawler. Typically very non-linear and lacking the conveniences of modern-day RPGs in terms of tutorials and guidance, new dungeon crawlers always felt like titles that only appealed to gamers that were already fans. However, QuestLord [$1.99] doesn't elicit that feeling of being immediately overwhelmed that I seem to encounter with other dungeon crawlers. In fact, I'd argue that QuestLord's simplicity in both scope and gameplay, while probably a turnoff to genre veterans, makes it a great title for folks looking to get into the mix...

Oh, man, you guys needed to see QUEST LORD [$1.99], like, yesterday. It's a love letter to old-school, first-person dungeon crawlers that absolutely nails the look, the feel, and the trippy dungeon design sensibility of PC RPGs of yore. It also feels awesome on a phone, as the movement and combat mechanics have been tastefully engineered with touch-screens and gestures in mind. It's a blast, in other words...

'Archipelagos' Review - The Islands Need Cleansing!

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February 4th, 2013 10:00 AM EDT by Blake Patterson in $0.99, 3.5 stars, Puzzle, Retro, Reviews, Strategy, Universal
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Nineties-era 16-bit gamers who spent time in front of an Atari ST or Amiga might recall a rather unique and atmospheric first-person 3D game with an ominous premise. Archipelagos places you hovering above a chain of islands, once inhabited by a mysterious race known as the Ancients. Long dead at the hands of the Visitors, another race of their own creation, the Ancients' blood soaked into the land, poisoning it and bringing forth the twisted, writhing trees that crawl across the islands. And, standing as evidence of the dominion of the Visitors is a lone monolith and the smaller stones spread about the landscape from which it draws power to keep the Ancients at bay...

MAME Is Back in the App Store (For Now...) with 'Gridlee'

Yesterday, a game that was developed in 1982 for arcade hardware, but never officially released, quietly landed in the App Store. Gridlee [Free] is a simple game where you maneuver a little green fellow about a grid that stretches off into the distance, blasting upwards at bouncy red figures that try and squash you. That's Gridlee, but that's not the crux of the matter with this app...

'Karateka' Review - Mariko's Fate Is In Your Hands

'Karateka' Review - Mariko's Fate Is In Your Hands

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December 19th, 2012 11:25 PM EDT by Blake Patterson in $2.99, 4.5 stars, Action, Release, Retro, Reviews, Universal
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One of the very best gaming moments in my life took place 28 years ago, yet I remember it as vividly as if it happened yesterday. ..

Back in March we reported that Mike Singleton's expansive 1984 adventure game The Lords of Midnight, which brought a rich and incredible fantasy world to the meager ZX Spectrum home computer, would be making its way to iOS. Singleton teamed up with developer Chris Wild in early 2011 to begin the effort of bringing this true classic to modern platforms, and after much labor, the (universal) iOS version has finally landed in the App Store [$4.99]...

Late last month, Rantmedia Games leveled up the state of retro in the App Store with the release of Vectrex Regeneration [Free], their effort to bring the authentic Vectrex experience to iOS gamers. We took a close look at this vectorscopic one-stop-shop, and found that they had largely succeeded, but with a few rough edges just out the gate...

Ever since this past March when we first heard that the legendary role-playing game Baldur's Gate was heading to the iPad in a new enhanced version, out excitement has been palpable. Brad and Eli are excited to relive a late-90s classic on the touchscreen, and yours truly has never had a chance to play said title, which I've heard is a crime in the gamer community. Well I'm more than ready to right that wrong as following an accidental release last week, Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition [$9.99 (HD)] has finally landed in the App Store...

Interest in the retro gaming scene has really expanded in the last few years, thanks in no small part to the proliferation of capable mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad and the App Store behind them. As such, retro-minded iOS gamers have a wide range of games to choose from, such as retro-inspired new releases, retro remakes, as well as the actual games of olde brough forth through faithful emulation. It is in the last arena that, early this year, Rantmedia Games decided to toss its hat, sharing word of their upcoming Vectrex Regeneration, a one-stop-shop for fans of the much vaunted, early '80s Vectrex console...

Imminent 'Vectrex Regeneration' Gets New Video Trailer

Since August, we've been tracking the upcoming bundle of glowing vector goodness known as Vectrex Regeneration, a universal iOS app that emulates the much vaunted Vectrex game console of the early '80s. The app will come bundled with the system's entire original game library (nearly 30 titles in all) and will offer indie titles released after the Vectrex left market (in 1984) as in-app purchases, along with various feature packs, such as the multiplayer Controller Pack and the iCade pack...

This past June Stainless Games announced that they would be releasing the cult-classic vehicular combat game Carmageddon to the App Store this year as a side bonus of their successful Kickstarter campaign for the upcoming franchise reboot Carmageddon: Reincarnation. We went hands-on with an early version of Carmageddon for iOS just last month, and felt that it was a faithful port of a game that hasn't exactly aged gracefully in many ways, but is still highly entertaining...

I distinctly remember playing Zaxxon in the arcades, although I’m now a bit shocked to discover it was 1982. What I remember most about Zaxxon isn't so much its amazing graphics, but rather a vague sense of bewilderment as I tried to wrap my head around its pseudo 3D controls...

'Cool Pizza' Review - A Skateboarding Pile of Awesome Deaths

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October 4th, 2012 5:16 PM EDT by David Wolinsky in 4 stars, Action, Free, Retro, Reviews
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The iPhone’s accelerometer tends to be one of the most clumsily implemented features in games on Apple’s game machine that occasionally is used to make phone calls. It makes you look stupid in public playing anything with it, and usually the game isn’t responsive enough to reflect your strategic twitches. Cool Pizza [Free] is different. Actually, “different” is putting it rather lightly. Cool Pizza is downright single-malt deranged, has next to no story, and has the ability to turn your next commute into a fit of enjoyable seizures so violent you might look up and find yourself in a stretcher...

When I was a kid, all we had to entertain ourselves with were 8-bit computers. None of your new fangled on-the-line multi-gamer consoles. Handheld game systems only had blurry black and white screens, but we were thankful for them! Oh yes...

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