Author: Pete

Retro Thursday – Monster Max

Monster Max was a game made by Rare, published by Titus Software and was made for the Game Boy in 1994.

The game is an isometric adventure game, think along the lines of Knight Lore or Equinox in which you move around an isometric environment and solve puzzles and little tasks to progress through the game.

There seems to be variety to the puzzles with different pickups being used and more becoming available as you progress through the game. The problem for me was the view. A few times I died due to not being able to properly tell how close I was to blocks that will damage you, and would hit the blocks thinking I was getting past. It’s a shame as it’s rather good otherwise and it seems to be a game you have to think a little to tackle several rooms through each stage.

The music is really good, and for me it’s the best part of the game. Visually it’s not too bad either. It’s definitely a decent Game Boy game, just a shame about the view. I think with more time put into to it it’d get better, harder and more tricky to solve the puzzles,

Verdict: Tentatively recommended

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Retro Thursday – Alisia Dragoon

Hey, it’s the first mini-review in a few months, I’m glad to be back and well, here goes.

Alisia Dragoon was a game that came out for the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis) back in 1992 and was made by Game Arts and was published by SEGA outside of Japan.

This isn’t a game I have any familiarity with, but it did sound interesting when it was chosen in the thread. The game is a platformer with a sort of run-and-gun element to it. You make your way through the 2D side-scrolling levels and you shoot what looks like an electric bean at everything. It auto aims at enemies with is both helpful and slightly annoying as it may hit the wrong enemy, but it wasn’t very often that happened. You can need to stop firing every so often for you electric/lighting meter to refill. The good thing is if you take your time and let it refill it can overfill by three symbols and then do a double lighting attack, which seems to be more powerful and moves across the screen damaging and killing everything in its path.

The most interesting thing though is the pets. They’re monster-like creatures and have various abilities, but you can only have one equipped at a time. There are four in total and I only briefly used them. The dragon has the ability to fire fireballs, which you can level up and it shoots more, and more powerful fireballs, then you have a little fire sprite that damages the enemies it touches and more.

The gameplay is decent enough with you going through the levels like most platformers. I thought the gameplay was alright to begin with, unfortunately with a little more time I stopped enjoying it and got bored. The game didn’t keep my interest. It may have been the fact that it just wasn’t able to add to the initial premise of the game, I also think the lack of a life system didn’t help. You do get continues, but you seemingly have to collect them, as you start the game you get one life and that, for me, is somewhat of a hindrance. I think with more time playing it wouldn’t be a problem as you collect continues and level up your beasts, but I didn’t get much joy.

I think both musically and visually the game is alright, the visuals aren’t anything stellar, but they are decent, and the music is good, especially the first level, which had a stand-out tune.

Verdict: Neutral

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Retro Monday is now Retro Thursday

It’s been a few months since I’ve been able to do my retro streams, and that’s because the usual slot of 7:45pm on a Monday was getting awkward for me to get online to stream.

With the kids getting older and staying up a little later that time slot just wasn’t viable anymore.

Well, the good thing is I’m able to change the day to a later time on another day. The reason for the change? Well Monday there’s the Mario Kart Tournament on Wii U at 9pm, same with Tuesday but on the Switch and Wednesday is Splatoon 2’s day of glory, so I did a poll on the forum and Thursday won the day that would become the new retro day.

Hopefully, it’ll mean everyone who has an interest in the streams can tune in and see what retro goodness is getting played each week and we can have a load of fun while doing so.

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