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Something to check out – Video game randomizers

September 23rd, 2017 No comments

So here’s something I got pretty interested in semi-recently. They’re a great way to get back into games you might already love. Part of this for me is watching community-organized tournaments, other part is actually learning these myself. That would be video game randomizers. Take a game, put it into a program, and switch things around. All sorts of things. It gives you a new perspective on how the games are designed and how they can be played.

So yeah, I want to talk about these, specifically the ones I play or have overall good knowledge of. I certainly don’t know all of them, and there’s a lot. Some for modern games, some for classics. But I’m focusing on the classic games that are a bit faster to play through in the first place.

Video game randomizers are fan-made and require ROMs to use them, and I don’t intend on distributing ROMs here and expect anyone who reads this to procure said ROMs legally (which means dumping your own cartridge of the correct version of the game).

So I thought I’d do a quick post about this one thing I like. Let’s go!
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Eskimo Bob Starring Alfonzo impressions

August 2nd, 2017 No comments


Before yesterday I knew nothing about Eskimo Bob. I actually supported the Kickstarter for this mostly because it was a new NES game, though I did get the Steam version instead of the cartridge (which seems like it will be out later this year, and you can find a link to pre-order it on the Eskimo Bob website). It was a nice KS since it was only back in May and I already have my game on Steam, really fast turnaround.

So I played a good amount of the game, and decided last night to check out what Eskimo Bob was all about… it was… even less than I was expecting (I watched 22 episodes). Cheaply animated, mostly unfunny flash cartoons that either had no point or were so short that I just wondered what happened. I wouldn’t call it enjoyable, but I’m sure it has some fans, as it is one of the longest running web cartoons, getting 53 episodes (usually around a minute long, counting the intro “song”) from 2001 to 2013 (and one of the stretch goals for the kickstarter was a new episode, which was reached but I don’t think it happened?). Not a fan of the show overall.

Eskimo Bob might not be cool, but maybe his game is. So let’s check it out! This is an impressions post because I’m not quite done with it, and forgot to write down my password when I last played so I’d have a bit to replay through and I don’t feel like doing that right now.
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Blaster Master Zero review

March 10th, 2017 No comments

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Blaster Master is an absolutely classic NES game (there’s also a GBC game, a Genesis game that sucks and a Playstation game I never played… Blaster Master Boy doesn’t count, it’s a sequel to a Bomberman spin-off). It’s also very hard. The series got a revival in 2010 on Wii called Blaster Master: Overdrive, which I recall being fairly solid, though thinking back on it the graphics were kinda unattractive. It was very much like the original but with new kinds of upgrades and it was fun.

Blaster Master Zero is a something of a remake of the original Blaster Master, and I was hyped for it as soon as it was announced. Moreso when it was confirmed for Switch.

Let’s see if it’s good!

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The Legends of Owlia review

January 21st, 2017 No comments

The NES is a truly enduring console. Not only does it have some of the most classic games ever that remain good to this day, it actually still gets new games from indie devs from time to time. The top of the new NES games are clearly both Battle Kid games (which should be released on modern platforms as a bundle, seriously… no idea what’s been up with Sivak after BK2). But there’s a ton more. Most of it is pretty subpar but it’s still a pretty interesting thing to look at. I even backed Dreamworld Pogie on Kickstarter recently (a game that was supposed to come out on NES that didn’t, by Codemasters at the time)… I’ll review that whenever I get it, even if it isn’t getting anymore copies after the KS (at least for now). The NES isn’t the only console getting homebrew games, but it gets the most noteworthy ones (unless the Atari Lynx ones are good but no one has an Atari Lynx so who knows).

This one comes from Gradual Games, the makers of another homebrew NES game that I have previously reviewed, Nomolos: Storming the Catsle. Outside of the dumb title (no seriously the underline under “Cat” is part of the title), it was a pretty fun game. A precise, fast-paced platformer that took just a bit of getting used to. So this is a new NES game, but it’s also available to buy on Steam (basically running it through a crappy emulator). Nomolos will also make it on Steam at some point soon too.

So let’s see if I liked this one!

(this is gonna be fairly short)

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NES Classic Edition – Hardware mini-review

November 12th, 2016 No comments

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Alright, so I have mini-reviewed all the games on this pre-loaded console (I did a few edits after playing this, I note all of them with some specific details). I braved the lines and the cold to get one (okay not really, only a 3 hour wait), so I figured I’d give my thoughts on the actual hardware.

Let’s go! I’ll try to make this quick.

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Categories: Console, Games, impressions, NES, Rant, Review

NES Classic Edition – 30 games mini-review

November 7th, 2016 No comments

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So the NES Classic mini console is about to come out, and just for fun I figure… Why not review each of the 30 games in it, and see if it’s a worthwhile buy?

Since I own all but 2 of these games on the NES and have played almost all of them to a decent extent, why not review them now? Might help people who aren’t familiar with the NES see if they’re interested in any of this!

So 30 super-mini-reviews. Let’s a go. (at the end of all the mini-reviews, a list of the games I’d remove from this, and what I’d replace them with)

(random note: you know what would be REALLY cool? If the console came with reproductions of the game manuals, printed out in the classic style)

NOTE: This is not a review of the actual console. I do not have it and probably never will, with my luck.
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NES Remix 2 review

April 27th, 2014 No comments

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It wasn’t too long since the first NES Remix came out, but there you go, another one already. I was kinda thinking this would be DLC for the first one, but it’s basically the same thing as the first… So I figured I’d write a very quick post about it.

Read on and see what I thought.
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NES Remix review

December 23rd, 2013 No comments

NES Remix
So this was a completely random release by Nintendo, both announced and released at the latest Nintendo Direct.

It’s a game where you challenge a series of (all Black Box except for Zelda) NES games with specific things you have to do, and challenge remixed levels of the games with special properties to them.

Is this any good? Read on and see! This’ll be really quick
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Games of the Year 2012!

December 25th, 2012 1 comment

Wow, this year kinda sucked… In a way.
Usually I do a lot of GotY posts, with one per major system/handheld and one for multiplat releases (since including multiplat releases in “best of X system” awards is retarded GameTrailers), as well as overall winners, with 3-5 winners in each category if possible (because I feel it’s ridiculous to call anything a “best” game, and I like choice). This year there just aren’t enough great games for that.

Not to say there weren’t good games, but very few that I feel were good enough to be in the running for GotY. So, due to that, I decided to go at it in a very simple manner and do one post, and maybe put a couple honorable mentions at the bottom for games I didn’t feel were GotY caliber.

So… let’s go with this year’s winners right away!

(Please note: I may not have played every game that came out in 2012, so sorry if I missed anything that you feel should win… oh, and FUCK Journey and FUCK anyone who likes that vapid non-game POS… yes, that means you Jim Sterling)
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Dust Off The Cartridges: Forgotten Franchises That Need A Makeover: Demon’s Crest

October 8th, 2012 No comments


Here’s one that I think a lot of people want actually. Gargoyle’s Quest is quite well known as one of the better games on the original Game Boy, but it has quite a legacy, with one of its biggest problems being that it just died out of nowhere after the BEST game in that series.

So here’s what I have to say about this series that I really want to see making a comeback!
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