Let’s… Sorta… Talk About Biomotor Unitron

Pokemon had a lot to answer for. In the age of battling little creatures against each other, it seemed as though the pocket monsters phenomenon was head and shoulders above the rest and nothing was truly going to ride its coat tails. In truth, this was pretty much exactly what happened, albeit not without some…

Let’s NOT Talk About Pocket Tennis Color

People, I like tennis and I like tennis games and in a weird way I like this game because it’s a perfectly perfunctory tennis game but good lord are you about to be bombarded with reasons as to why tennis DOES NOT WORK ON A VERY SMALL SCREEN. Oi yoi yoi… tennis on a handheld….

Let’s… Sorta… Talk About Gals Fighter

Japanese fighting game lore would have it that at some point, you will come across an all-female fighting game somewhere in your life. In the UK, finding such a thing is a thing of mystery – not beauty – but they do actually exist. At some point, all-female fighting games have been released in the…

Let’s… Sorta… Talk About Dark Arms: Beast Buster 1999

I’m not convinced that this game truly represents 1999. And given that I remember the year reasonably well – mostly because I was alive – the whole concept of the game doesn’t fit that very well at all. Let’s think about it for a second.┬áThe Euro is established, Family Guy debuts on TV, the Dreamcast…

Let’s NOT Talk About Crush Roller

The Neo Geo Pocket Color was generally good at two things: housing a plethora of fighting games – all of which were from SNK – and being home to handheld puzzle titles. You will notice that I never mentioned the quality of these games. For the most part, the fighting games are simplistic versions of…

Let’s… Sorta… Talk About Samurai Shodown! 2

Firstly: yes. There is an exclamation point after Shodown and you will see it a lot in this review. And no. We’re not talking Samurai Shodown! 2 on the Neo Geo. That game is an absolute classic of almost ungodly proportions. This is instead the Neo Geo Pocket Color version – if you couldn’t tell…

Let’s NEVER Talk About Puzzle Link

*SIGH* Look. Puzzle Link. I’m just not sure you’re what everyone needs in this day and age. We’re all for innovation. We really are. But I’m a charm guy. I’m a potential guy. I like charm and potential and to be perfectly fair… you really don’t have… either of those things. I’m sorry it has…

Let’s Talk About Metal Slug: First Mission

The Metal Slug franchise is one of those games that both irritates the life out of me and makes me feel as though I’m actually quite good at gaming sometimes. It is a ferociously hard series of games for the single reason that it is an arcade game. It is the epitome of coin-guzzling arcade-style…

Let’s Talk About The Last Blade

I feel as though I should immediately point out that the tagline on the front of the box art for this game actually reads ‘Beyond the Distiny’ and a little notice on the back of the box says ‘works excuisivery with NGPC. Not works with other hardware.’ Back when I was about 16/17 (the time…

Let’s Talk About Sonic The Hedgehog Pocket Adventure

OH. Were you expecting Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles and Knuckles? After I mentioned that if I was going to review a Sonic game it would be S3&K&K&K? Nope. Not going there yet. It’s time for everyone to give an underrated gem a bit of airtime, particularly for a console that really did tank…

Let’s NOT Talk About Magical Drop Pocket

I cannot think of a gaming genre that lives and dies by the sword quite so much as a puzzle game. OK, maybe a samurai simulator – THERE IS A PUN THERE LOOK FOR IT – but realistically, there’s a fine line for puzzle games that separates classic from dreadful. There isn’t much a middle…

Let’s NOT Talk About Fatal Fury First Contact

So then… Fatal Fury. A long running series of games that died somewhere in the late nineties after largely being ignored as a bit of a Street Fighter 2 rip-off. I mean, yeah, it blatantly was in the most blatant of blatant ways blatantly possible. It was harder to pull of special moves. It was…