Welcome To Retro Garden - Retro Games Shop, News & Reviews

Welcome to Retro Garden, a site dedicated to finding and reviewing classic games, offering advice on Retro Gaming, and generally providing a warm and fluffy community for gamers to find out about games and old consoles. So if you're from the generation where "Waggling your joystick in your bedroom" was not a euphemism, or are dabbling your feet in retro games to begin with, then you will hopefully find some use to this site.

Latest Retro Gaming Reviews

Play Blackpool 2016 – Roundup Video

Play Expo Blackpool was this past Bank Holiday weekend in The Norbreck Castle, in Blackpool. It is traditionally one of my favourite expos of the year, by being not too big, nor not too small, and it's well worth attending. How was this year's event? In this review, I look over the event, as well as share what I thought were the games to look out for this year.

Revival Solstice 30th & 31st July 2016

With the summer just around the corner what better way to spend it at a retro event? The UK has an abundance of them, with Retro Revival Events bringing Revival Solstice in Walsall on the 30th and 31st July 2016. With an abundance of games at the event, this event is a must for Retro Fans. Find out more about the event and where you can get tickets here.

PLAY Expo Blackpool in 2 Weeks!

One of my favourite conferences of the year - Play Blackpool - is soon to arrive! Here is a preview of this event, which takes over the Norcolympia Exhibition Centre in Blackpool on 30th April to 1st May 2016. Find out what makes this year's event the biggest yet.

REVIVAL Winter Warmer 2015 – 28-29 November

With the winter drawing in and the year coming to the end people are heading indoors again, which means they'll probably be wanting to play some fine video games! One such event is REVIVAL, which is taking place on 28th & 29th November in Wolverhampton. Find out more about this event and how to buy tickets here.

PLAY It! Comes to Manchester’s MOSI Museum

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.

Win a Game Boy iPad Air/Mini case!

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.

PLAY Expo Manchester Tickets Now on Sale

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.

Final Fantasy Tactics Review

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.

Command and Conquer Red Alert: Counterstrike Review

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.