PC Genjin 2, AKA PC Kid 2, AKA Bonks Revenge. I think this was the first game I ever played on a PC Engine, and what a way to make an impression. Those crisp, bright colours, impeccable controls, and stunning level design brimming with secrets. I want to say it feels a bit like Alex Kidd perfected, but TBT, I haven't played much of that series. Bonk has a nice weight to him when he moves, and although there's plenty of inertia, it feels precise, even on the ice levels. The levels feel really well designed compared to the previous game, with branching paths, secret areas, traps, and a good amount of attention to detail. Bosses offer a nice mix of pattern recognition, thought and precision, similar to the last game. And lastly the music is spot on for this type of game, always whimsical, sometimes upbeat. To me, this hangs with the great platformers of the time. A classic that you need to play if you haven't.
Kyukyoku Tiger is about as pure an arcade experience as you can have on the PC Engine, being a solid port of an arcade game. It's graphically very similar to the arcade, although slightly more colourful, but the arcade action is instant. There's a lot going on straight away, and it's not hard to power up your chopper to quite a formidable level in short order. I've made a comparison to Raiden in that games review, and it's worth going over it again here, both solid shooters that despite being coin op conversions, translate really well to home consoles. Backgrounds are varied and interesting, and it has a very exciting feel to it.
Fave PCE Shooter: Mr. Heli, Salamander, Truxton Fave PCE Platformer: Bonk's Revenge, Liquid Kids, Parasol Stars Fave PCE Game Overall: Bomberman 93 Fave PCE RPG: Ys IV Dawn of Ys, Dungeon Explorer Currently Playing: Fatal Fury Special
_jash: SLG= Silly Lunatic Games/
Feb 2, 2023 19:04:13 GMT
tron: I hate strictlylimitedgames jash even more so when they get the rights for physical release of anything by taito.
Feb 5, 2023 11:22:34 GMT
spenoza: It occurs to me that this same limited physical release approach has hit other hobbies as well, like tabletop role playing games. Companies in that space that aren't Hasbro are all small and so they tend to do limited prints of books and then lean on pdfs.
Mar 8, 2023 20:23:43 GMT
spenoza: Yeah, get some Richter up in that house.
Aug 9, 2023 14:06:01 GMT
audreyhepburn: I for one, enjoyed Castlevania Nocturne
Nov 8, 2023 23:15:11 GMT
tron: Lately hasbro is in bad shape spenoza.Beside there price increased for there toys and they still have distributing problems and recently they had a massive layoff and now there licensing out there ips. www.cnbc.com/2023/12/11/hasbro-layoffs-weak-to
Jan 4, 2024 9:12:15 GMT
spenoza: Yeah, but Wizards of the Coast is the one division that's actually profitable and making good ROI.
Jan 8, 2024 15:31:11 GMT