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28 Apr 2017

Review: “Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap” (Switch)

TITLE: “Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap” DEVELOPER: Lizardcube PUBLISHER: DotEmu GENRE: 2D Action-RPG PLATFORM: Nintendo Switch ALSO ON: PlayStation 4, XBox One, & PC (June 2017) RELEASE DATE: April 18, 2017 PRICE: $19.99 (eShop) Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap and I have an interesting history together. I first encountered the game at a kid’s club at a hotel

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02 Jun 2016

“Brave Battle Saga” — An Unknown Chinese JRPG!

Brave Battle Saga is likely one of those games you might know about only if you do some heavy research on RPGs for various consoles. In fact, that’s pretty much how I found out about it. Some years ago, out of curiosity, I did a deep search to see what other

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30 May 2016

“Defenders of Oasis” is a Sega JRPG Classic!

Until recently, I had no idea that this game existed at all, but when I saw it mentioned in an article on Hardcore Gaming 101 about Beyond Oasis, I assumed, just as they did, that the game was related in some way to the more well-known Sega Genesis title. However, my

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16 May 2016

“Beyond Oasis” Yields a Classic Arabian Adventure!

Technically, no, Beyond Oasis isn’t an “Arabian adventure,” but the story draws so heavily off of Middle Eastern lore of several different types (including the name the characters, like the titular Prince Ali) that it seems like a lost tale out of the world of Aladdin (or 1001 Arabian Nights if you prefer). No matter

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05 Apr 2016

Celebrating 100 Retro Play Show Episodes w/ “Golden Axe Warrior!!”

It’s no secret that I have a strong love for The Legend of Zelda and those sorts of adventure games based around that general formula and mission. Back in the late-1980s and early-90s, there were several different attempts to reproduce the design, but with a different intellectual property, and one of them

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20 Sep 2015

“Sonic Chaos” – An 8-bit Sonic Blast :)

Sonic the Hedgehog Chaos (released as Sonic & Tails in Japan) continues Sonic’s 8-bit adventures on the Game Gear and Sega Master System. Released in 1993, the game has a nice soundtrack and colorful graphics, and the gameplay feels a bit less sluggish compared to its predecessors. The game, however, feels short, although

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09 Sep 2015

Dreamcast’s 16th: Party Like It’s 1999… A fish-slapping, pill-popping, 80s flashback

I never owned this gem of a console by Sega, released on September 9, 1999 in America. I did however have some friends that owned almost every major console ever made, including Dreamcast. So. I did get to play some games on it. I remember seeing it for the first time

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29 Jul 2015

Sega Dreamcast Grandia II HD Remake coming to PC

GungHo Online America has let the cat out of the bag that a Sega Dreamcast version of the RPG Grandia II will be remastered in HD and available on Steam and GOG.com. This upcoming Windows PC version will include gamepad support, updated graphics, a new difficulty level and option for

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23 Jun 2015

“Arcus Odyssey” — Taking Down Castomira!

In my first session with Arcus Odyssey, I played through the first three Acts of the game, but in this video, I play from Act 4 all the way to the end. I’ll tell you right now – there are some very difficult and frustrating parts in some of the

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22 Jun 2015

“Arcus Odyssey” – An Underappreciated Gauntlet-like Gem!

Until just a couple days ago, I had never heard of Arcus Odyssey. I came across the game completely by accident while reading about some relatively-unknown action-RPGs on the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo but after doing a bit of research I realized it was the first (and only!) release

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