Let’s… Sorta… Talk About Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine

There was obviously a meeting somewhere in the Sega offices that suggested Dr Robotnik should have his own game. The weird thing about characters like Dr Robotnik – and I refuse to call him Eggman for the sole reason that it’s 1993, it’s the UK, we called him Robotnik and you’ll have to live with…

Let’s… Sorta… Talk About Breakers Revenge

Guaranteed statement: you will never find a game that epitomises the word ‘solid’ as much as this one. Imagine this as the gaming equivalent of an oak table. You could probably place all manner of things on top of it, nearby it, surrounding it and it will not change the fact that it is as…

Let’s NOT Talk About Kula World

Game design 101: when designing a game, make sure that any and all physics make complete and utter sense. Unless your game is going for the opposite effect, then try to make sure that anything that happens actually happens because reality. Kula World skims this line and treads the ground in between making sense and…

Let’s… Sorta… Talk About Nanotek Warrior

Games are weird, no? I mean, sitting in front of the TV moving around a little box for hours on end and then getting barely any plaudits at the result of your skills… these days, past the thrill of watching the story unfold, conclude and resolve before your eyes is set in stone merely by…

Let’s… Sorta… Talk About Kurushi/Intelligent Qube

Those of you out there who are fans of watching blank TV screens and pieces of black cardboard are going to have an absolute field day today because this game is brought to you today by the letters I and Q and by the colour black. And if you’re really into it in a non-kinkshaming-but-actually-sort-of-judging-you-on-this sexual…

Let’s… Sorta… Talk About Waku Waku 7

You remember the Neo Geo, right? That super expensive console that SNK threw out into the world that housed a plethora of SNK fighting games, etc, etc, you know all this. I’ve said it before and you know it’s expensive. Expensive joke, fighting game joke, blah, blah, blah… here we go. Years and years and…

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. The Euro is established, Family Guy debuts on TV, the Dreamcast…

Let’s… Sorta… Talk About Retro Force

Gentlepeople of the interwebs, what is retro these days? You see, I ask that because the definition of retro is one of those weirdly grey areas for most people. You could say that the Spectrum is retro (and it is). You could say that the Mega Drive and SNES are retro (are they are) and now…

Let’s… Sorta… Talk About Capcom Vs SNK Pro

Gentlepeople of the internet, this is not a drill. This is indeed a Capcom fighting game. Your eyes are not deceiving you. You are indeed looking at a title that won’t cause Zangief to flip a table in disgust. This is Capcom VS SNK Pro. That’s it. That’s all they did to it. They added…

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… Sorta… Talk About Fatal Fury

Look, you and I know full well that the very first Fatal Fury game isn’t exactly a spectacular foray into the fighting game genre. It’s not really a good fighting game. There are plenty of things I will pick apart in this here review but I’m going to be brutally honest with you right now…