Retro Games

A Trip Through the Trippy Depths of Ecco the Dolphin

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by T.J. Denzer 17 hours ago
Sega
There have been a lot of weird games in video game history. The 1990s in particular during the heights of the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis were a Wild West of odd and over-the-type titles like your Earthworm Jims, Clayfighters and Boogermans. Did folks know they wanted a game where you play as a dolphin traversing the sea and fighting against extraterrestrials? Absolutely not, but they would have been remiss to not at least try it when it was offered in the form of Ecco the Dolphin. This bizarre title initially hit shelves today in 1992.

Sonic Shuffle: Looking Back at the Hedgehog's Most Misunderstood Game

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by Jose Cardoso June 24, 2016 @ 11:00 AM
Sega
Believe it or not, I'm on my third copy of Sonic Shuffle. It’s a game I've played so much that the discs show their wear, back when review scores didn't influence purchases as persuasively as rentals and when game reception wasn't trapped in bubbles enforced by online commentary. When I later discovered that this game I loved got hammered with criticism, I was puzzled by negativity I felt was unwarranted. Some insist Sonic Shuffle is a Mario Party rip-off, unoriginal and dominated by fault-ridden gameplay. I see things differently.

Back to the Start of the Race: A Celebration of Sonic the Hedgehog

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by T.J. Denzer June 23, 2016 @ 1:30 PM
Sega
Sure Sonic has had some rough times, but there’s no denying the genuine charm of the character and the franchise when it is in proper form. That’s is, after all, why we still care if a new Sonic game is good or bad isn’t it? Today is the day it all started back in 1991. It was today that the original Sonic the Hedgehog hit shelves.

Papers and Property Damage: Celebrating Paperboy Arcade

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by T.J. Denzer April 11, 2016 @ 1:00 PM
Atari Games
Paperboy. The occupation is menial at best, the pay is negligible and the work is barely worth it in most cases. So on paper, pardon the pun, the idea of making an entire game out of this job probably sounds lame. Luckily, someone at Atari Games didn’t agree. In 1985, a cabinet hit arcades where players would take a paperboy up suburban streets littered with obstacles and pitfalls as they attempted to fill all the streets orders and keep the customers happy. Being a paperboy may not be fun, but from April 1985 and beyond, more than a few paper routes were probably being used to feed quarters into the wonderful machine that was the Paperboy arcade.