Myst 30 years anniversary

The game Myst from 1993 is 30 years now! Best selling game of that time. Innovative first person adventure puzzle that has big fan base following. There even were books written based on the game’s universe.

We celebrate it with a cool medley of the game’s awesome music.

The Scramble Vice – classic anime mechas

The Scramble Vice – a game in developement with classic looking anime mechas from 80’s-90’s. Yeah they look cool. But what’s cooler than cool is the music in this trailer. It matches so much with that old school vibe, like wow. Makes everything looks 10 times better 😁

Judging by the trailer you can navigate a mecha but also walk out of it, and run around as a human. Which is more dangerous. But as those are police units, you’ll have to go inside buildings to catch criminals.

Watch only with sound ON! Music is the main reason I shared this 🙂

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AVGN and Indiana Jones on NES

In recent episode AVGN showed The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles NES, and called it the worst of all Indiana Jones games. Which is not even close to the truth.

In reality the game is pretty good and fun. I don’t remember much of the game as we played it in 90’s just few times through. The cartridges we had usually were multigames 3-8 games on one cart. And we actively exchanged them between each other.

I remember that the game was fun enough. I think I wanted it to have more motobike ride levels.

AVGN showing the game and complaining it to be insanely hard and bad. I am not sure if he playing intentionally super bad, or was he drunk or something.

He didn’t pick up bonuses which are laying around in the boxes and contain weapons and 1 hit damage protection. He didn’t push rocks which will kill several enemies on the way. How much NES games you saw where you can push a huge boulder to smash enemies? It’s really cool!

The game is not easy, but so are many games on NES. Would you call Megaman, Castlevania, Contra, Ninja Gaiden and many others a worthless garbage just because they are hard right from the beginning? I would not.

AVGN’s video is here if you really want to. The game trashing starts from around 22:38

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OVER OBJ

OVER OBJ by Little Sound Homebrew SHMUP game that tries to deliver huge amount of objects on screen at the same time.

With the compromise of background removal.

The game looks kinda generic, repetitive and very challenging. It’s a bullet hell game that will be tense all the way through. The music choice is horrible in my opinion. It does not match the cosmic atmosphere at all.

It doesn’t have any collectibles and powerups. Player has few smart bombs which also gives shield for a short time.

The game is really interesting as an experiment for pushing the limits of the NES/Famicom console. It can be a good choice for hardcore SHMUP players who looking for big challenge.

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Formula 1 Pac-Man helmet

Valtteri Bottas got helmet designed by his friend Tiffany Cromwell. It’s called Bot-Man and obviously inspired by Pac-Man game. You can see a video in his twitter if you want:

Twitter post

When we see The Guardian Legend helmet? 😂(spoiler – never)

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Pirate consoles/clones database

Big database of pirate consoles/clones launched. Someone is trying to organize the info that hangs around the web. In some countries only the pirate consoles were available. The number of those clones are huge.

Link: https://uc.pory.app/

If you looking for some clone, now the info might be found there.

Clones were quite different, some were as good quality as originals, some had issues.

The shapes of Famiclones(NES-clones) were in all of the kinds. Many mimic higher generations. You can find a famiclone as Sega, SNES, Playstation, Wii and so on.

Below some examples of famiclones:

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FLARE NUINUI QUEST 

A Megaman kind of game with Cave Story atmosphere. It’s done quite well. Solid indie game quality and it’s somehow free? There much worse platformers selling on Steam.

You can play it in browser or download here:

https://sulpx.itch.io/nuinui-quest

Walkthrough video:

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Underneath the map

Long ago I did show little bit of the area underneath the map. That area is not random unlike all the other directions out of the map.

Here is some footage of that. I recommend watch it on youtube and click timecodes, where I picked some highlights. Mostly nothing interesting happens there 🙂

The switch of the area types happens only when you go in and out of portal doors. That would require too much time to try test every cell to figure out if the area types match the main map. That also means, if you walk into other area without entering a door then it will not change and stay the same.

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Dimension Shift will never be released, I guess

Few years ago I posted about homebrew project Dimension Shift – https://theguardianlegend.com/2020/10/dimension-shift-homebrew-nes/

Checked about further development recently. The project is on hold since beginning of the 2021. And I am afraid it will be left from there.

However here is a demo. The game, seems like, based on Shatterhand/Tokkyuu Shirei Solbrain ROM. It has features from there, like grabbing the metal grids, health UI, level selector and its animation, medkit usage, the elevator moving up.

What’s cool about it, is the way the backgrounds and foregrounds visually look. Really nice looking stuff. But there are no enemies in there. So it’s a showcase of pretty empty levels. This might be useful for other NES games artists or just overall gaming pixel artists as an inspiration.

Maybe we will never hear about this project again. Or maybe it will be passed to other hands and continue.

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Playing as Casey

This kind of stuff was like a dream in childhood. Using emulator’s cheats we can make what was impossible with the game.

It did upset me Casey could not be chosen to play story mode in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters on NES.

This is possible to do using RAM address of the player position. That also means it is possible to do that with game genie. With Hothead and Shredder that would make the game crash at the battle with Shredder. On emulator it is possible to turn the cheat OFF at the place where the game crash and then turn it ON again.

Here I recorded story mode playthrough with Casey Jones. I also added fun camera edits for more interesting look.

I also prefer this game over Sega and SNES version. It has more fun gameplay and superior physics feel over them.

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