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  • Hay 11:20 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Flintstones, , ,   

    Forgotten Old Games – The Flintstones 

    Hi! It’s been a while huh? I’m sorry for my absence. Lots of things happened, including me getting presented with a SEGA SATURN! Hell yeah! I’ll be posting reviews for this awesome console as well! Thanks to my friend Aline!
    Well let’s get to work huh? Today’s game is a platformer from the past (duh?). Straight from the prehistoric era, I present you: The Flintstones for the Sega Genesis!

    Released in 1993 by Taito this game is based on the famous Hanna Barbera cartoon show of the same name.
    While capturing the essence of the TV show, this game has some little flaws that makes the experience less enjoyable.

    Plot:
    Playing as Fred, I’d be surprised if the game followed any of the TV Show episodes, but this is not the case. You just do some tasks related to the other characters, like saving Pebbles who got herself lost or helping Wilma find her necklace. Sure not as thrilling as saving the world, but hey, helping friends counts too!

    This quest will avoid him from having to sleep on the couch tonight!

    Graphics:
    In order to mimic a cartoonish style the game features colorful graphics, but while the characters appear as detailed as they could be, the background doesn’t. Most of the scenery is generic, specially the ground, which, apart from the bottomless pits, features nothing more than a straight, smooth and flat path. Sure those STEAM ROLLER looking cars did a good job!
    Another thing I should be mentioning is the poor enemy design, most of them are pretty generic, while some doesn’t make any sense at all. On one of the last levels you’ll be facing some enemies that resemble demons. Wtf? Stone age demons?

    Clear path ahead, except for that bottomless pit...

    He should have paid attention to that "downhill" sign...

     

    Sound:
    Most of the sound effects are simple. The average “Boing”, “Plop” and “Crash”. As for the songs, apart from being quite repetitive, they are ok.

    Gameplay:

    The average platform scheme, attack and jump. You can hold on to some cliff edges and give a more powerful attack by holding the attack button.
    The good thing is that you’ll be playing in lots of different levels, from the slow and frustrating water levels, to the not less frustrating “killer scrolling” ones!
    As for the game default controls:
    D-Pad: Moves Character
    A/C Button: Jumps
    B Button: Attacks, hold for increasing power (Makes Fred moves slower and not being able to hold on to cliffs)
    Start: Pauses the game

    Shark surfing! Like a boss!

    I hate water levels...

    ...and water rising levels as well!

    I’ve played lots of platform games, and I think this one has quite unresponsive controls. Which IMO is the major flaw of the game. The game itself is not hard, but the controls make sure you die a lot.

    You're gonna die...

    ...and die...

    ...and...whoa, close one!

    The game features 6 Stages divided in three levels. The levels are not separated, but often marked with a numbered sign. Each Stage has a boss you must defeat in order to proceed to the next level.
    At each level you’ll be finding a variety of items and power ups, including an invincible.
    A good game if you like The Flintstones TV show, but unfortunately not with a very good replay value, unless you like finishing on each difficulty level!
    I’ll finish by showing you a gameplay video. See you next time!

     
     

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  • Thais 2:04 pm on February 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , papercraft, , Varia Suit   

    Crafturday – Varia Suit Samus Papercraft 

    photo by  DaRedYoshi

    This isn’t an easy craft, but it is one with really impressive result. As stated by its creator,

    First of all, as you can probably tell from the picture, this is not a good craft for beginners! The model stands 12 inches tall (about 30 cm), has 13 pages, and has 347 pieces. So, if you are fairly new to papercrafting, then I recommend you get a bit more experience before attempting this model.

    So if you have the guts and patience for this beautiful Varia Suit Samus, files are in here.

    [from Nintendo Papercrafts]

     
  • Hay 10:43 pm on February 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 007, , , James Bond   

    Forgotten Old Games – James Bond 007 

    Hi. It’s me again, bringing you the old titles that we hold close to our hearts, specially when it’s a portable you could carry in your shirt pocket, like today’s game! We’re talking about James Bond 007 for the Nintendo Gameboy. Released in 1998, one year after the famous 007: Goldeneye for the N64 came out. It’s not a FPS of course, but a good action/adventure game for an awesome 8-bit console. The plot, straight from the manual, says: “An arms smuggling ring threatens to create a new world order. The peace and security of the entire planet is at stake. MI6 sent agent 008 into Turkey to dismantle the operation. Soon thereafter, all contact was lost with 008. M makes a decision to send their best agent, James Bond, to investigate the whereabouts of 008. As Bond carries out this latest order, he becomes entangled in his deadliest mission yet.”
    I’d say it’s an average secret agent story haha. But well let’s see how the game plays!

    You can have up to 3 save games.

    As you can see, just after pressing the start button, you’re presented with a game selection screen, where you can choose which of the 3 saves you want to use/start. At this screen you can erase and copy save games as well.

    If it wears a bamboo hat, it's a chinese!

    The first level is on china, and there you can see the basic game screen as well. Below the game screen there’s icons showing what you have equipped for button B, A and your  energy bar.

    The basic controls are:
    D-Pad – Moves character
    A/ B – Varies on what’s equipped
    Select – Opens Sub-screen
    Start – Opens Save Screen

    On the sub-screen you can assign equipments or actions to B and A buttons. The basic ones are  blocking and punching.
    The energy bar shows your character’s health. To heal, you must use med kits or bandages.

    In order to progress through stages, you’ll have to find some key items and solve misteries. You may have to talk to some people, defeat enemies, or search every corner of the stages to find them. So, if you’re stuck, be sure to talk to everyone and check everything.

    The graphics are simple. Despite being a 1998 game, you must remember that the Gameboy itself is a 1988 hardware! There wansn’t really much they could do about it.
    As for the songs, they’re repetitive, just like any 8-bit game. No I’m not saying 8-bit songs are bad, but some, like this game aren’t really catchy or even cool. So there’s not much to say about it.

    Once you get to the cassino, you can play 3 mini-games: Baccarat, Blackjack and Red Dog! They’re required to some missions, but you can play them for fun as well.
    That’s it for now. If you own a gameboy I’d recommend you try this one, it can keep you entertained for quite some time, specially if you, like me, love Blackjack haha!
    See you next time!

     

     
  • Thais 10:01 am on February 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: heart potion, recipe, sangria, valentine, valentine's day,   

    Crafturday – Valentine’s Zelda Heart Potion 

    With Valentine’s day coming next week, we have a suggestion for you to enhance this day with your beloved one: heart potions!

    Happy Valentines!

     
    • Caro 1:12 am on February 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, that’s so sweet!!! Can you please caption it or maybe transcript? I would like to know how I can make those potions but I’m deaf so… Please? :) Also how I can get those potion glasses!

      By the way, the sword falling on the treadmill made me laugh XD

      • Thais 10:29 am on February 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Hello, Caro! You can press the CC button and click in the second option, that probably will be something like “Transcript Audio” [I´m using youtube in another language so I don´t know exactly what is written but will be something meaning the same thing]. This will give automatic subtitles to this video and almost all videos on youtube :)

  • Danilo 9:30 pm on February 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , demon´s crest, gargoyle,   

    Forgotten Old Games – Demon’s Crest 

    Hello again my friends, are you ready to take a final look at the twisted world of demons, gargoyles, zombies and weird creatures? well then let’s see what awaits us at Demon’s Crest, a dark fantasy game (really, really dark this time) for the Super Nes, released in 1994.

    This is the third game starring Firebrand, the same protagonist from the Gargoyle’s Quest series, but this time, as you may have noticed, the series decided to take a more serious and gothic feel, I mean, just look at the Title Screen, it’s freaking awesome! The hellfire, the demon, the music everything is telling to you “We don´t fuck arround! This time we´re dead serious!”

    Our story begins with Firebrand looking for six magical crests so that he can combine them into the Crest of Infinity, which will grant him infinite power and the ability to conquer any and all realms with it! You might be thinking “So, he’s looking to become stronger… again!?” That’s right folks, he’s one Power Hungry Demon son-of-a-bitch, but this time he’s not saving his world, he wants to conquer it!

    Anyway, having all crests except the Heaven Stone, Firebrand engages in battle with its owner, a demoniac Dragon, coming out victorious but gravely wounded, Firebrand is attacked by a powerful demon called Phalanx, which throws him in at the Coliseum and steal all his Crests in the process. All except the Fire Crest, which was shattered in pieces, and Firebrand managed to keep hold of one shard. At the Coliseum, Firebrand has the unpleasant surprise of finding the Dragon still barely alive, but ready for vengeance!

    “This dragon used to scare the crap out of my little brother when we were kids, between you and me, I think it still does.”

    After Firebrand manages to finish de Dragon once and for all, the game starts at a foggy cemetery, there you will face the cool General Arma and so set forth for your original mission to collect all of the remaining crests again.

    Let’s talk about the gameplay, during the side-scrolling part, everything seems very nice and fairly basic, you can fly, hover (as always), shoot fireballs and, as a new feature, destroy some stuff that are part of the background.

    These can be statues mostly, and some stones, which will sometimes drop items or destroy gargoyle type enemies. When you exit stages you go to the world map, just like its predecessors, but this time Firebrand actually flies, providing a much faster way to travel between regions, when you want to go to a location, you simply press the action button and Firebrand will try to land at that location, if there’s something there, like a town or a dungeon, you will enter that area. All RPG elements from previews game are still there. You can buy items from a vendor, play a mini game, go back to stages that you have already completed to look for upgrades that you missed, talk to some characters to obtain valuable information, gain new armor and abilities by collecting the crests, and much more.

    Now to the graphics, as always, this series provides very nice looking graphics, from the foggy cemetery of the beginning of the game, to the scary haunted tower of General Arma, in every level you’ll see something that will make you say “Now that’s freaking cool”, Not to mention the effects this game has, you can easily notice them at the world map, when you try to land at some location the game will suddenly zoom in giving you the sensation that Firebrand is actually landing there, It’s pretty awesome. I really think that this is between the best looking snes games. (I also think that is prettier than lots of 32 bit 2D games.)

    I can’t say much about the music, you have to listen to it yourself, see how the soundtrack complements the gothic dark fantasy atmosphere.

    In my opinion this game has the best soundtrack of all Super Nes games.

    My personal favorite… Memorial of the Fallen Ones:

    “Haunting and serene, good stuff”.

    So, pick up your old Super Nes console and start playing this game right now, for you are in a last adventure with the remarkable Firebrand.

     
  • Hay 8:01 pm on January 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Undercover Cops,   

    Forgotten Old Games – Undercover Cops 

    Hi there! Welcome to another FOG!
    Today we’re going to take a look at another beat ’em up game. This one is called Undercover Cops for the Nintendo SNES.

    Originally an arcade game, this game made it’s way to the SNES in 1995 by Varie in Japan, unfortunately the US release got cancelled!

    We’re at the 21st century (LOL, we really are). With the inability of ordinary police to contain
    the devastating increase in crime, the government sees no other option but to use unorthodox methods to combat crime. That’s where Zan, Rose and Matt, three citizens with knowledge in fighting and martial arts, are turned into undercover cops, and begins fight face-to-face with all kind of thugs.
    Yeah I know. The plot is now awesome. Indeed is pretty generic, but it’s okay.


    The graphics are good. It’s one of the best looking of it’s genre to the SNES in my opinion. The Arcade version have a crisper and more detailed look, but even so the SNES port delivers good and fluid movement.

    The soundtrack is good enough, with each song fitting well into every moment of the game. The sound effects and voices are really good too, not to mention they’re funny!

    If that's one of her attacks, I wanna be a bad guy...

    The gameplay is sweet, you’ll have no problem punching the crap of your enemies. As any other beat ’em up, not only they can use special moves (that drains your energy as well), they can also use lots of items you find through the stages. By the way, there’s something quite disturbing about this game: The recovery items! Seriuosly, they vary from a living chick, to hogs and slugs! And when you grab them, depending on who you’re controlling, for example: Matt, he yells “DELICIOUS”… Gross!


    The basic commands for the game are:
    D-Pad – Moves character around the screen
    B Button – Jumps
    Y Button – Normal attack
    X button – Nothing
    A Button – Special Attack (Drains a little of your energy if it hits)


    The enemies are dumb and slow, you manage to get rid of them in no time. The bosses are kinda easy as well, except for a few ones, and there is where a new flaw arrives. The game is too short, featuring only five stages! Undercover Cops is a good game nonetheless, it just had too many competition for that time.
    If you’re tired of beating Final Fight and Streets of Rage,  this might be a good one for you to try! See ya!

     

     

     
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