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Awesome Update

So I have finally got around to making a sub-page for Sega Genesis and it is now under the CONSOLE SECTION. I have released an interesting first review for it, ALIEN SOLDIER for the SEGA CHANNEL!!! Come check it out at

https://themodernretrocorner.com/consoles/sega-genesis/alien-soldier-sega-channel/

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Something to Think About… Plug N Plays

Name calling at its Worst?

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Everybody knows the Plug N Plays and pretty much everyone grew up wanting one for their birthday. Maybe you saw them on the store shelves at Walmart or Target; Pac-Man, Namco 6-1 Games, Batman. When you here the term Plug N Play in gaming there are three things that come to mind; first the obvious (needing to put this in here for everyone’s tech sake) to simply plug in a device to a computer and use it with out the need of drivers or really anything else, The SECOND is Jakk Pacific Plug N Play, those are the ones that everyone saw on the shelves at Walmart and Target such as Pacman, Batman, Spiderman and so forth… then there is the last one BOOTLEG, KNOCKOFF, just to name a few. These are the ones that you find at flea markets, swap meets and other back world places but that doesn’t mean you can’t find them anywhere else either.

First off Jakk Pacific Plug N Plays were fun to play and somewhat what cheap to buy some more expensive than others depending on the game or license product you find. I remember the surge back in the early 2000’s when they hit store shelves and people where buying them up as cheap birthday gifts and then they started to wane a bit and you could find them on the clearance aisle for cheap. These games are not the best games you could play but they were decent for what they were.

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And then they were lost in the darkness…

Until another surge of Plug N Plays came sweeping through…You would often find Player Choice (Now named Power Player or Power Racer) with over 100,000 games in 1 at thrift stores. Now nobody knew where these came from, well I certainly didn’t at the time but wow how about that over one hundred thousand games in one little controller, at the time that sounded awesome but to my surprise it was all Nintendo games in different formats. I thought this was cool and at the time most rental places had PS2 and Xbox games so Nintendo was a little hard to come by. I would see these every where and then different looking Plug N Plays would start to pop up here and there as I started going to different thrift shops. I didn’t know there were so many!

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Now I have always called these types of Plug N Plays, well Plug N Plays and nothing else. I have heard over the course of many years that they are called BOOTLEG and KNOCKOFF consoles which to my dismay they are. But that doesn’t mean we should call something such as this a derogatory name. Yes you heard right, I feel that calling them BOOTLEG is a derogatory name. Now call me a hypocrite but Knockoff sounds a bit better but not by much. I know what you are all thinking, they are taking the games we all know and love and ripping them to their console with just a few simple editing tricks such as; wiping the Nintendo logo away, copying one game and changing the sprites in every copied game, ect).

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There are tons of these everywhere but still I don’t think name calling is the right thing to do just because the console and games are crap and yes I have played many that have been. Call them by there name even if you have to find out what it is or simply call it a Plug N Play. If I went in to Game stop, Vintage Stock or Game Xchange, you wouldn’t here me calling the Xbox a load of ^*& do you? These people would look at me in the worst way. The same goes for Plug N Plays. I dislike the Xbox and I do have one I think the PS is far greater but I don’t go around calling it crap. I simple call it by its name. Now I will have to say that a lot of it has to do with YouTube. Click-bait at its best if you will. I would rather watch a video that said “The Top Ten Worst Plug N Plays Ever!” then watch a video that had the title “The Top Ten Worst BOOTLEG CONSOLES Ever!”

Lets Be honest with ourselves, they may have slightly different names to attract those that don’t know best about video games but we as gamers know that these so called “consoles” do not play CD, DVD, BLU-RAY at all. They have built in games in them that aren’t the best. For Example the PSXBOX I believe it is called doesn’t play PS or Xbox games nor does it have any of them built in. Now its OK to get make fun of it for the laughs (being a hypocrite now) but calling it a BOOTLEG is just taking it to far. Somebody took the time to make this and maybe this was the best they could do. Maybe this was an attempt to sell to unexpecting customers that didn’t know better. Who is to say? All I know is that the name calling is at its worst when you refer it to BOOTLEG or really anything other than Plug N Play.

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I hope that I have gave you something to think about. What do you think? I want to here from you!

Stay Retro my friends,

~Retro Mark

 

 

Billy Mitchell “MASTER of DONKEY KONG” Stripped from HALL of FAME in Scandal

A Legend Wiped from Existence…

Billy Mitchell became a legend after he set the high score in DONKEY KONG and being featured in a full length documentary. Now he has been stripped of his title after a scandal hit the retro gaming community. Twin Galaxies reported that some of Mitchell’s records were not obtained on either Donkey Kong or Pac-Man but instead a MAME Emulator, which is a violation of Twin Galaxies rules.

One of the rules that Twin Galaxies has is that you must submit an original score using an original arcade board and Billy Mitchell has said that everything is valid but unfortunately a couple of days ago, GWR (Guinness World Record) sided with Twin Galaxies being their source of verification for all game related records. Not only does this mean that his Donkey Kong Score is wiped from existence but also his PAC-MAN Record will be wiped as well.

For of those who do not know of Billy Mitchell, He set one of the Highest scores in the world in 1999 or should I say a complete Perfect score in Pac-Man. He was also in the full documentary King of Kong: A Fist Full Of Kong were it followed Steve Wiebe’s attempt to beat Billy’s record in Donkey Kong.

What do you think? Do you think that Twin Galaxies is being Just or Unfair? Should Billy be wiped from the board forever? Let me know what you think!

PUMA X SEGA RS-0 SONIC SHOES

GO KICKY FAST AND FEEL LIKE SONIC

It seems that we will be able to go super sonic speed this summer with an all new shoe line with PUMA! Collaborating with SEGA making what we think is Sonic The hedgehog inspired shoes. At first glance, the teaser shows Classic Sonic running across the screen while the SEGA logo appears with the famous SEGA sound and then we are treated with various videos of Sonic zipping around levels from past games. WAY COOL!! While the video shows a sneaker in mosaic, I can’t wait to see what it really will look like. RS-0 Sonic is a reworked line of the PUMA 80’s Running line all the while with SEGA SONIC colors and design!

Although an official design has yet to be revealed, the release date is soon, June 2018. My speculations look like green hill zone on the bottom and Sonic colors on top. When sneakers go outside of lesser know subjects such as cartoons they sometimes are more successful since they tend to go outside of their respected market and reach mainstay audience. Earlier this year Adidas worked in Dragonball Z and Vans did a Spongebob theme with theirs.

VIRUS: The Game

….. …… …… ….. JUST TERRIBLE

Developer: DynoTech Software                                  Release Date: 1995

Virus: The Game is truly a terrible game in its own right. I found this abomination in the A Ton of Games Classic 1. Words can’t express how bad this game really is and it’s not because of just the name alone that was infecting, but the fact that the game itself is just down right boring among a few other terrible things…

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You play as Vinny the Virus and your job is to infect a hard drive and control all its sectors by capturing bytes. Sounds easy right? Sorry to say it’s not. Unfortunately it is marred by bad controls and the only controls is the keyboard. You move around the screen by pressing the Up, Down, Left and Right Keys and even that is difficult. Sometimes Vinny moves across the screen in no time at all but in others he seems not to want to move at all. When you hit the wall from zipping across the screen (and you will), it seems to take Vinny just a second to start moving to another direction that you are trying to go to. Most of my time playing was pressing the directional keys multiple times to go in a certain direction which can be draining on your hands.

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As for how to beat a level is really uncertain. You are told in the instructions that you need to take control of all the bytes in the level and of course their image is that of vampire teeth? To exit the level but I feel that there is still some bytes remaining in the level but I’m not certain and everything else is point based. The game tries its best to make you want to get all of the items in hopes to open the exit but that’s all false hope all you really need are bytes. And how do you know the exit is open? There is a small sound and the edge of your screen turns grey. Great job….. What about that pesky Red guy following you around? Well he is the Anti Virus that’s trying to destroy you and good luck getting away from him. He follows your every turn and the closer you get to the remaining bytes… well nothing it just gets hard to plan your move when you have something constantly following your every move. *Plan your moves carefully and quickly because each time you take a step you are cutting off your escape. If you step on
a blue square it then turns yellow. Stepping on a yellow square turns it red and stepping on a red square turns it into an empty spot and you can no longer step there. This can restrict your movements, just one of the many dilemmas you will face.

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The Sound is awful. Just awful and its constantly repeating the same track over and over. The sound effects are virtually none existent oppose to a few screeches here and there. The graphics are just as terrible and simple at the same time with the intro picture god awful and it almost reminds me of the monsters from Where the wild things book, weird yes.

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Final Thoughts-

Virus: The Game is just plain terrible and for the most part hard. Yeah I love a challenge and don’t shy away from one but the controls don’t work have the time. It seems like this is a game from the early flash game days. I really don’t mind the graphics too much and the music (the only track there is) grinds on my ears till they bleed and I recommend that you turn off your speakers when playing it. If you can get past the controls and the relenting Anti Virus that follows, maybe there is a slim chance that it could have been  decent.

Score: 3/10

Graphics:                   [3] If you can get past the ugly intro picture then you are in for an even uglier game. Basic is the name of the game but even that can be…OK…?

Sound:                        [1] The game’s only one track will grind on your ears till they bleed and even then you will forget about it after playing it.

Control:                     [3] How can you mess up keyboard controls? Especially if they are only directional?

Replayability:          [2] If you can get past the music and the tank like controls, then maybe you would have a decent game but unfortunately this is just a boring unplayable game.

*Taken from the Instructions themselves Virus: The Game

Obsessed

Oh god I have been so busy lately with everything, I haven’t found time to really to update anything at all!! For all of you out there that want an update…I am currently Obsessed with Dragon Quest Builders and wow what a fun game that is!!!

I am currently rebuilding an ARCADE and making it functional again. (Pictures Soon)

I need to catch up with The X-Files and Boruto as I am 2 episodes behind for X and 5 with Boruto!!

I really need to catch up with everything and the weekend is coming up fast!! I can’t wait!! I am in the process of getting another review out and writing up “Something to think about: for the Daily Retro EPs. 2. So stay tuned and be patience, I promise things are coming soon.

 

Stay retro my friends,

~Retro Mark

Deadbolt

Fear the Reaper Retro Style!

Released: 02/20/2018 Developer: Hopoo Games

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You are the Reaper and have been assigned by Hell to take back souls and it doesn’t care how you do it. Interesting enough how you interact with hell is by sitting in a nice comfy red chair and the flames shoot out of the fireplace which in turns gives you your mission, Intel, and other advice but how you go about your mission is completely up to you.

Being as it may a retro game in the modern day the graphics are as dreadfully awesome as the dark tones and settings make the game feel. At the very start of the game it does give you the warning that the game itself contains INTENSE blood and gore with suicide to boot. The blood splatter effect is nice and enjoyable to watch and no death is ever the same. Fluid animations sprites fill the stage areas and the lighting effects can either help or hinder you during your missions.

The Sound quality is sometimes a hit or miss depending on which level you are on and the blaring music when entering the stages can come off as way to loud and even static. The effects of the music when outside of the building and then transitioning into them are a great effect. The Creatures that chat to each other have their own speech effect which is a nice touch.

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The controls feel great, aiming is fluid and nothing is overly complicated. Although it does take a bit of time to get the hang of mastering the controls from switching weapons, crouching behind tables and couches, to aiming a hammer and gun at monsters on the run.

This game is going to challenge even the most seasoned gamer and it all depends on how you approach the levels themselves. Before the start of each mission, you are given details on everything and given hints on how to approach the situation but the game makes you go at any approach you want. Buying weapons at the docks from the ferryman cost souls and replaying levels you have already beaten doesn’t grant extra souls, forcing you to make a wise but blind choice on what weapons to pick and they do matter in certain situations. But be warned that ammo is scarce and sometimes more often then not, you will have little ammo to deal with the situation.

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Final Thought-

This game is absolutely fun to play and the music although loud at times is all in the right spot. I love this game and it becomes very hard after the first couple of missions challenging me to approach from different angle and thinking before acting on the kill! One thing that I don’t like is picking a weapon from your car. Once a weapon is selceted from your car,and you start the mission (killing the first enemy) you can no longer go back and pick another weapon especially if all your ammo is depleted. Despite that, I would highly recommend playing this game if only for the nostalgic feel.

Score: 8/10

Graphics- [8] The graphics and colors fit the mood of the game and the gore effects are great.

Sound- [7] The music is very upbeat and sometimes calming in some areas. In others though, it static and blaring.

Controls-. [7.5] The controls feel tight and are responsive. You are going to have to master the manual aim.

Replayabilitly [8] You are going to have fun with this although it is very challenging, you have freedom to go about missions anyway you please.

Update

For all of you that have recently seen the re-uploads, I am putting them on the front page for all to see, so now worries, they will still be in their respected category in the top right corner. EX DOS Gaming, Consoles, ect.

Also I have made I new Category for GAME COLLECTIONS. It is still under construction but there is Info Pages built for them so come and check it out. Right now there are no games but there will be soon.

~ Retro Mark

 

D.R.O.D.

Deadly Roaches Around Every Corner

Developer: Caravel Games/Webfoot Tech                            Release: 1996

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D.R.O.D or Deadly Rooms Of Death if you will is a puzzle game developed by Webfoot Technologies and then acquired later on by the developer, Erik Hermansen of Caravel Games. You play as Beethro Budkin, an exterminator and the main protagonist of the game, is called by King Dugan, to eliminate all the roaches and vermin in the dungeon.

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The Game itself is a tile based game in which you move one space so do the monsters that inhabit the area. To move to the next level, you need to kill all of the monsters. While playing this game I noticed that it takes more than just reflexes to conquer the game, you need logic as well. From hitting buttons to release the next wave of monsters (in certain orders) to getting through a certain gate.

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The graphics are stale looking and the bright Magenta title screen of the original version does a terrible job of telling you of what you are getting into. The big ugly brute on the title screen looks like a man who has seen better days with a little too much meth on the side. Although I would recommend that anyone playing a game no matter how old, to find the instructions and read them. It gives essential story and background elements. The Monsters themselves look great but Beethro looks relative small compared to some monsters. The still images you get when “order now” comes around and in the instructions are gruesome yet interesting to see.

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The MIDI music is very up beat and I would say doesn’t fit the mood of the overall game but that being said, I do like the soundtrack which contains up to 50 mins of tracks. The sound effects are funny to hear from Beethro stabbing bug to him screaming for death is quite refreshing to hear. The only annoying part would be hitting walls and buttons can grind on the ears.

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The controls are interesting to say the least. You can control Beethro with the mouse or keyboard. Either way, you are going to have a bad time. Going full blast with this game is going to end in failure and the only way to win, is to strategize every movement. To make Beethro move, you use the NUMPAD and to control his sword W and Q . The controls take time to master but ultimately are hard to play around with.

Final Thoughts-

This game could be fun but ultimately falls really short as I don’t have the patience to go through all 300 levels. Heck I could only do 4 until I started dying and puzzles were ridiculous hard. I’m not one for puzzles but this did catch my eye when I was a kid and tried it out. D.R.O.D has a big following and there have been plenty of remakes since the original came out. The game’s source code is now free and has allowed the big community that this game has, to create original levels for more challenges. I do want to stress here that this review is for the WEBFOOT TECHNOLOGIES ORIGINAL VERSION of D.R.O.D. not the remakes or revisions that have come out years later improving the overall game.

SCORE: 5/10

GRAPHICS:                   [4] The graphics are not at all good with the exception of the monsters and the title screen.

SOUND:                         [7]  The soundtrack doesn’t go with the game but that doesn’t mean that it’s not good. The upbeat electro music makes you want to go to a dance party.

CONTROLS:                 [5] The controls are hard to get use to simply put

REPLAYABLITY:         [7] The amount of puzzles is overwhelming and can challenge the best puzzler. If you like puzzles and brain teasers look no further but people wanting more action/adventure look elsewhere.

Alien Carnage Review (Re-upload)

?Alien Scum busting for a discount?

Developer: Interactive Binary/Subzero Software           Released: 1993

Alien Carnage is a DOS game that came to fruition through Apogee Software and 3D Realms. The goal of the game is to defeat the onslaught of aliens that are abducting humans and turning them into mindless zombies. One thing that confuses me more is the name…is it Alien Carnage or Halloween Harry?

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Well whatever the name maybe, they are the exact same game just different names for it. As mentioned above, you are Harry, savior of the world and it is up to you to defeat the aliens and its overlords from abducting more humans and turning them into mindless zombies. As you begin you start with a pretty long intro video about what is going on and yeah it’s no 60 seconds either. It seemed like forever when the video plays but it is rich in story and you get to hear some pretty awesome yet cheesy one liners! Man, what is up with that helmet Harry is wearing?!

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From there, you start platforming right at the get go but this is no fast paced game like it is made to believe. When walking around which is 60%, the other is Jet-packing everywhere else, you go at a pretty reasonable pace. Jet-packing on the other hand is very slow and you do have to refill your jet pack at charging stations. The weapons are a hit and miss, you have your standard fare Flamethrower which consumes the very fuel that is used for your jet pack (thank god there a ton of free fill stations) to the proton gun, missile gun and the mini nukes. Although some are better for certain situation, I would still recommend you use your flamethrower and save you special ammo and weapons for the bosses and harder enemies. Ammo is not dropped by enemies, instead it is money and it is counted by 5’s. Every weapon/ammo is purchased at terminals and terminals will show the corresponding weapon/ammo that it has for purchase. These are spread throughout the levels.

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The levels themselves are split into FOUR MISSIONS that are then split into levels that are fairly small and may seem big at first but the big down fall is using the mini-map to locate the survivors. The only indication is by a white dot on your map and can become very frustrating on how to find them. I will say this the only way to complete a level and enter the elevator is by finding every single survivor on the map. For the graphics, they are as colorful as they can be but can hinder you in certain levels because textures can overlap on enemies making them hard to see especially smaller enemies. The intro videos that you have to watch before and after the MISSIONS are amazing and full of detail. The music is your standard MIDI music and sets the tone and everything has the appropriate sound effect so no problems here.

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Final Thoughts-

On 3D Realms website they call Harry, Duke Nukem’s adopted brother and I can see the resemblance. I had fun with this game and although it can be frustrating at times looking for survivors, the rest of the game is in all the right places. I would recommend that if you can find this game it is worth a play through! If not that than for the cut scenes ALONE. You’re going to have fun with this one!

Scoring- 7.5

GRAPHICS            [8]   – Bright and vivid colors fill your screen and sets the SCI-FI tone but overlays can get in the way of enemies.

SOUND                  [7]    – The Music and sound effects are in all the right spots but nothing that truly stands out.

CONTROLS          [7]    – The controls are tight on Harry but when using the Jet pack you go as slow as walking in Syrup.

REPLAYABILITY [7]   – You will have fun with the game and watching the cut scenes are amazing but you are going to get frustrated real fast with finding survivors.