Tag Archives: Retro Gaming

Selling Your Soul to Dark Deity!

28 Jun

DarkDeity_Deluxe_Hero_01 (1)By Shawn Trommeshauser
(Dreaming in Digital)

Disclaimer: Review copy was supplied
Available on Steam for PC
See me play this game on Twitch (archived).

In the Kingdom of Delian, King Varic is waging a reckless war to avenge the death of his father. However, things are not going well for the demanding ruler. To bolster his forces, he forcibly conscripts every student in his military academy directly into the army. This is where Irving and his companions come into the story. These trainees are pulled into a war they aren’t fully prepared for, and along the way are drawn into an even greater conflict that could upend their entire world.

This is the setup for Dark Deity, a new Strategy Role Playing game developed by Sword & Axe LLC and published by Freedom Games. It’s now available after a successful campaign on Kickstarter in the Summer of 2020.

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Fantasy Shooter Mushihimesama Explodes Onto the Nintendo Switch!

16 Jun

Revealed during Nintendo Direct E3’s Japanese Stream 2021. the arcade fantasy bullet rail shooter, Mushihimesama (虫姫さま, “Bug Princess”), is now available on the Nintendo Switch! This video game set in an imaginative forest world has seen many ports over the years since its debut in arcades. A remixed and reimagined version of Mushihimesama in v1.5 offered alternate soundtracks, mechanics, and bullet patterns.

From bringing the original to the PS2 to spinoffs on iOS, this Japanese styled backdrop from genre masters CAVE Interactive Co., Ltd and publisher Live Wire is now available on Nintendo Switch through the eShop.

Usually these types of games are difficult to master. In what makes these latest arcade style ports easier to deal with includes a toggle to adjust the difficulty level. The goal is to keep on shooting and dodge the rain of lasers, bullets and bombs being tossed at you.

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Retrogaming or SID Programming with The C64?

10 Sep

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

The Commodore 64 was the very first computer I ever owned, and I have fond memories of learning how to type with it. It doesn’t hold a candle to a proper typewriter but if people weren’t playing video games, just what this machine is used for was limited. For myself, I learned how to code in BASIC and tinkered in GEOS (a graphic user interface) to teach myself elementary graphic design before I finally learned C on an Apple Mac in high school.

Nostalgia is more than likely to drive sales as this machine makes a comeback as a retro gaming device. Amusingly enough, Retro Games Ltd  is the maker. Having this focus can be a detriment when I recall the original packaging suggested this computer can do a whole lot more!

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Atari’s Missile Command hits the Mobile World & Fond Memories with Tempest 4K

1 Apr

Cover artBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available on iOS and Android

Of all of Atari’s vast catalogue of classic games, the two I played the most were Tempest and Missile Command. With both games reimagined for current gen computers, consoles and mobiles, there’s more than a feeling of nostalgia going on. The latter is released to celebrate its 40th anniversary, and Tempest 4000 (available on Amazon) is available for the Playstation 4 for a little longer than a month. I’ve played the Steam version of the latter for the PC, but using a controller is just not the same as using a paddle.

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Classic Halloween Games to Get Your Spook On!

29 Oct
Dreaming in Digital

By Shawn Trommeshauser
(Dreaming in Digital)

Halloween is just around the corner and that means it’s time to break out the scary movies and games! (Is it ever a bad time for that?) No matter how you celebrate this day, something on this list is sure to appeal to you.

Even if not, there are countless other horror and monster themed games out there from the famous titles like Alone in the Dark and Ghosts & Goblins to the letter known indie thrillers such as Doki Doki Literature Club and Pony Island, there’s always something to play alone and in the dark.

Here are some games I would recommend checking out to get in the mood for thrills and chills. It has everything from lighthearted spooks to in your face jump scares!

Luigi's Mansion

Luigi’s Mansion

Luigi from Super Mario Bros searched for his missing brother, Mario, while clearing ghosts out of a haunted mansion with a vacuum cleaner-like ghost trapping device. The Luigi’s Mansion series by Nintendo began on Gamecube with both a remake and a sequel available for the Nintendo 3DS/2DS systems. Give it a shot to prepare yourself for the anticipated third game in the series coming soon to Nintendo Switch!

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