kiyimbak: Recently 1000/1000 Volgarr the viking on XBOX One (Crazy Viking Studios); such a fantastic game that pays homage to the great action titles of yesteryear, particularly, Rastan Saga from Taito. The experience took me back and makes me wish for more games in a similar vein. I’ve ordered Taito Legends for PS2, just to …

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Japanese box art There’s something captivating about Japanese box art for both Nintendo and Sega’s 16-bit consoles. I’ve always preferred the art, design and the logos of both the Super Famicom and Sega Mega Drive when upon viewing them in magazines such as Mean Machines and CVG in years gone by. Of course, the 60hz …

Kobayashi Naru It was a hazy afternoon in the 80s and my mother had just collected my brother and I from school. We’d recently purchased a Spectrum 128k and mum had bought us a new game (always exciting). ‘it has a robot on the front’ she replied when we asked what was on the cover. …

kiyimbak: Favourite genre? Although I cut my teeth on Spectrum games from the late eighties such as ‘Disco Dan’ and ‘Oh Mummy’, I had always marvelled at difficult action titles from Japan such as ‘Shinobi’ , ‘Castlevania’ , ‘Ghosts and Goblins’. When my older brother and picked up our Megadrive in the early nineties, somehow …