16-Bit Gems #25: Soul Blazer

16-Bit Gems #25: Soul Blazer

To celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Clan of the Gray Wolf, Roo completes the Gaia trilogy by taking on the game that started it all – Soul Blazer. One of Quintet’s earliest titles, this game set up the action RPG style that was used to such brilliance in Illusion of Gaia and Terranigma. So settle in for an examination of the cornerstone of one of...

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16-Bit Gems #24: Pulseman

16-Bit Gems #24: Pulseman

What did the developers of Pokemon develop before there was Pokemon? ; Games about mad scientists who impregnated artifical cyberspace life forms in order to create unholy abominations of electricity and matter…...

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16-Bit Gems #23: seaQuest DSV

16-Bit Gems #23: seaQuest DSV

Ah, seaQuest. Wait, didn’t we do this one? About the sci-fi show from the 90′s with the large ship, boy genius, and opening monologe that… oh SEAquest! Right, that old game that most people didn’t know existed and the rest derided. Well behind that deep blue exterior lies the heart of a solid entry in the world of sci-fi TV franchise...

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16-Bit Gems #22: Lufia II

16-Bit Gems #22: Lufia II

Let’s face it – Square dominated the RPG market in the 16-Bit era. ; However, their long shadow covered up several gems from little-known developers that deserve to see the light of...

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8-Bit Gems #21: North & South

8-Bit Gems #21: North & South

It’s amazing that it took Roo until April 1st to review this – one of his favorite games for the NES. North & South is a strategic action platformer about the Civil War that was created by a French company and based off of a Belgian comic. What’s so strange about that? You’d have to be quite the fool to pass up this unheralded...

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16-Bit Gems #20: BS Zelda

16-Bit Gems #20: BS Zelda

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Legend of Zelda, Roo tackles perhaps the rarest set of Zelda games out there (and no, the CD-i ones don’t count – ever). Released on the Nintendo Satellaview in the 90′s and broadcast via satellite, BS Legend of Zelda & BS Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablets were big hits in Japan… but are they worth...

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16-Bit Gems #19: The Lost Vikings

16-Bit Gems #19: The Lost Vikings

Vikings, time travel, and rocking out. ; It’s your standard video game plot from the early 90′s – but Blizzard Entertainment went the extra mile in bringing these elements together to create one of the first ever example of the puzzle...

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16-Bit Gems #18: Liberty or Death

16-Bit Gems #18: Liberty or Death

In a title that could be named: “America: The Video Game”, Roo finds a historical strategy game that winds up being one of the very best that this sadly limited genre had to offer on 16-bit consoles. It’s Patriots. It’s Redcoats. It’s prudently maintaining your gunpowder supplies while you write gazettes to maintain the support of...

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16-Bit Gems #17: Castlevania – Rondo of Blood

16-Bit Gems #17: Castlevania – Rondo of Blood

There have been many great Castlevania games over the years, but would you believe that one of the best hasn’t been available to the West until very recently? Roo takes up the mantle of perhaps the greatest action-oriented Castlevania game in order to show everyone what they’ve been missing. Throw out your FMV games, plug in your CD peripheral, and...

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16-Bit Gems #16: Alien Soldier

16-Bit Gems #16: Alien Soldier

Roo explores one of the best run & gun games ever made – and one that didn’t originally make it to America – with Alien Soldier. This game has it all: Tons of bosses, great weapons, a cyborg chicken… In fact, you could call the game not just a gem, but a “treasure”. Yuk yuk yuk, thanks folks, we’ll be here all...

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