Let’s NEVER Talk About Swing

Balls to it all, gentlepeople of the interwebs. Balls to it all. I am not going to start off this review by being nice about this game because there are absolutely zero to be nice about. Have you ever played a puzzle game? Have you ever wondered what makes a puzzle game fun? Well apparently…

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 NOT Talk About Hard Edge

I have to let you into a little secret here because I’m not sure how you’re going to take this: I never played Resident Evil. And you can say what you like about that fact but given that I was probably 12/13 when that game came out and my brother was actually quite protective of…

Let’s NEVER Talk About Double Dragon V

I have to admit I don’t and never did get the cult status of the Double Dragon series. If anything, every single version of the game that I played, save for the most recent Neon reboot, was pretty much an example of how NOT to code a decent game. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a…

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 NEVER Talk About Bonkers

Disney in the 90s seemed to be going great guns, didn’t it? I mean, after the majesty of films like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and the Lion King, suddenly things seemed to be springing back into life for them after a sort of… unusual period. We’re talking that gap between the Jungle Book and…

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 NEVER Talk About Ballz

Remember the 90s? Remember the years when Ace of Base told us they saw a sign and the Spice Girls told us how to be their lover and then Haddaway had to ask what love even was? Those were good times. Those days were great. And amidst all of this greatness, we really got a…

Let’s Talk About The King of Fighters ’95

So if you weren’t aware, possibly because I haven’t told you, I’m a teacher. And perhaps in a moment of madness, I let my class know that “hey, yeah, kids, I have a YouTube channel, that makes me cool!” Except of course it doesn’t because to them, I’m still their teacher. I am the person…

Let’s Talk About Ristar

The golden age of platform games came during the combined eras of the third and fourth console generations. We’re talking, NES and Master System alongside the Mega Drive, SNES, PC Engine and the CDi. This was the time when the platform game was KING and everyone in the gaming industry was trying to create something…

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 NOT Talk About Thunder Fox

If you’re going to model your latest idea on something, you want to base it on something good. You don’t want to model your latest car on the German Trabant, for example. For the uninitiated, the Trabant, colloquially known as the Trabi, was an East German car that was supposedly made of cardboard (it wasn’t but it…