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A couple of months before Play Expo in Eventcity, Manchester's Museum of Science & Industry plays host to PLAY It! Manchester, a celebration of retro gaming in the city and further afield. I will be attending one of the days, but in the meantime find out about this exhibition in this week's post.
We've been running for a number of years, but one thing we've never ran is a competition. That is all changing as today we've teamed up with Cash Generator to give away an Ipad Case, fashioned on the old Game Boy! To find out how to enter, and how to win, view our latest post.
Now that the dust has settled on Play Blackpool it has been announced that Play Manchester will take place on the weekend of the 10th and 11th October. In it's 4th year, this is the UK's biggest Retro Gaming event, which sees old and new games combine. Tickets are on sale now, but for more details, check out the post here.
With the success of Final Fantasy 7, Squaresoft saw it release more of it's tie in titles from Japan in the Western World. Some of these were completely different, others had a slight departure. One of them is Final Fantasy Tactics - which saw Pseudo 3D RPG gameplay. But was this worth the investment? Or just another cash in? In this review, Matt DiLiberti takes a look at this incarnation of a multiplatform franchise.
One game I never really got too into (but wish I did) for the PC was the Command & Conquer series. The games were excellent from the very little I actually played of them and although I preferred the original games to the Red Alert franchise, the Red Alert was one of the games I actually bought. In this review, Jake Parr looks at the Counterstrike addon to Command & Conquer.
With the rise of Super Mario saw a lot of other franchises jumping on the cutesy platformer genre with a hero. Some were successful, like Sonic, other's weren't. One such "super" character was Superfrog: a character launched on the Commodore Amiga systems. This one was one of the more commercially successful characters, but what's it like to play? Check out this review where new reviewer Gary checks this amphibian based adventure.
Here's another review of a map pack from Jake Parr. Duke Nuclear Winter is a Christmas themed package which see Mr. Nukem fight snowmen and a lot of snow filled levels. In fact it's an addon of an addon. But what's it like to play? Regular reviewer Jake Parr reviews this for us.
Retro Garden recently attended Play Blackpool in the Norbreck Castle for two days of classic gaming beside the seaside. The weather was terrible, but the event was great fun, with a lot of interesting stands and demos. What was worth seeing? Well check out the event review, where you can see some pictures, as well as a write up for what you should check out!
Wolfenstein! Probably one of the most infamous games out there, did spring up a number of packs. Some of those departed from the traditional storyline, others kept the classic Third Reich based slaughter. Spear of Destiny was the latter. In this review, Jake Parr looks at this mission pack, is it worth getting?