Heroes of Might and Magic III on vinyl

Personally, I don’t have any admiration for vinyl. Because I am very familiar with music mixing engineering. And I do know what is sound and how it works.

gamemusic.net – released Heroes of Might and Magic III on vinyl. If you are crazy about vinyl, I am not going to try to discourage you.

Anyway. My attention is about the cover art. That does look very nice!

Played Heroes of Might and Magic III quite a lot and the music is a thing which made that game so special.

So have a look. If you liked the game this is for you:

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Dragon View – hybrid genre game from SNES

I haven’t played the game myself but when I stumbled upon it, it captured my attention. Because it is a hybrid genre Exploration Adventure+Beat ’em up RPG game.

You are walking over a land and then enter locations which switches the game into an action genre. Sounds familiar, right?

The graphics in this game is pretty nice. The 3D view of the overworld is pretty good for SNES.

The overall gameplay and design decisions are questionable and have downsides from what I read.

I could not write a good review of the game, but just today some channel I am subscribed delivered one. So check it out if you want to know about the game:

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Pushing Intellivision limits

Todays developers keep pushing the limits of some old consoles. While it’s common to see it with NES, Intellivision is end of 70’s beginning of 80’s era.

Below are interesting examples of new games on the old console.

Anthropomorphic Force is a vertical scrolling SHMUP with a robot. It has nice music and parallax background movement. The enemies in it are a bit repetitive and basic. However the bosses are huge and quite impressive for such an old console.

The game lands somewhere on the half way to the NES quality which is never seen back in the days. Have you seen Donkey Kong series on Intellivision? Just to have an idea how the games were back then.

The video is blurred. But that one shows more levels and bosses of the game:

Another interesting example is Mario port. It also looks better than any game back then. That guy also working on ports of some other games like Castlevania, Megan and Prince of Persia.

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Senjin Aleste (戦刃アレスタ, War Blade Aleste)

Another Aleste Sequel by M2. Published by Sega.

This game supposed to be on Nintendo Switch and some other consoles, but I think it’s still available only on Arcades.

This game is quite different from previous Aleste series. It’s a bullet hell. It maybe has a little bit resemble with visual style. But the gameplay is different.

Player can switch between 4 ships during gameplay. Ships are also counted as live. When player loses a ship he can’t use it anymore.

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Rygar Vengeance

So are there any NES Rygar fans? This might be interesting for you. A fan made game Rygar Vengeance is finished and ready to play. It’s kinda like a remake or a custom version with few more possibilities. It adds little a mix from the arcade version. Which breaks cohesivity in the style of the game.

The video introduction doesn’t show enough of the gameplay tho. He asks 16$ for the game. I don’t know if it’s worth it.

There is only one guy(SeanPwnery) recorded any gameplay of the game yet. I am not sure if the circular attack costs something, or is it obtained later. He doesn’t use it for some reason. And I saw in previous demo videos that in this game Rygar can do the circular attack. Like it was in the arcade version. Was it removed?

So here is some gameplay by SeanPwnery:

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Amico Intellivision – is it going to be dead born?

A very strange presentation of Amico Intellivision on E3 came out. It seemed for me that people were excited the most about Earthworm Jim 4. And they did not show any updates of the development of the game.

The games shown in the presentation looked mostly generic and outdated. It has a feeling of Action 52 cartridge. They say it’s a casual console to play together. But there are tons of casual games on mobile phones, and a lot of them look way better and attractive. Games shown on Amico look like they are generic games from 2000-2005, that were produced by small teams.

The platformer game Finnigan Fox looks just like thousands of similar indie games you can buy on Steam. It looks OK, but not even close to the best ones.

I don’t know if this gonna be a success. Maybe there are people who would enjoy to play such games. Maybe it can take a place to play cards and dice games, and other board games.

They say they have a special controller. But the only specific thing I saw is that you can shake dices and then throw them into a screen. Maybe that is amusing, but this is not enough. Make more stuff that can be specifically done using such controller. Like pouring a salt in a cooking game. Or maybe a steering wheel of a car. Maybe interactions with objects could be done using such controller. It also should be fun to do. I did not saw something like that in the presentation.

Dolphin Quest on 7:29, similar to Ecco The Dolphin, looked OK. They say it is the same team who developed the original title. However. The only game people seemed to be excited about was Earthworm Jim 4. It probably the only game to make people buy the console. But it gotta be a really good game that can please fans of the original ones.

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Diablo 2 Resurrected

There are some old games that are still played today a lot. Some of them are still popular. Like Super Mario Bros, first Mortal Kombat series, Metroid 8-16bit, Megaman, Legend of Zelda, Heroes of Might and Magic III, Age of Empires 2, Starcraft 2, Final Fantasy 7, Baldur’s Gate II, Fallout 2, Doom 2 which is a meme now to be launched on all kinds of electronic devices, and so on.

And one of such games is Diablo 2. There are also various custom quests made by enthusiasts. So people who are not enough of original can look for custom quests.

Sometimes developers see the benefits and making a remaster of a game. Like it happened with Duck Tales from NES, for example.

Diablo 2 Resurrected is a remaster of the original game. Co-developed by Blizzard Entertainment and Vicarious Visions.

Here is the trailer shown ot E3 2021:

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I’ll Be Back to the Future With a Terminator

Videogames underground can generate crazy concepts. This is a crossover of Back to The Future and The Terminator. Created on The Secret of Monkey Island engine I suppose?

The game has more than just 2 franchises put together. From the trailer you can see there is E.T. and alien spaceship from Flight of the Navigator.

The games like The Secret of Monkey Island are not for everyone. They are Quest genre. Today such games called Point and Click. And they can be very frustrating. Difference with Quest games of 90’s is that Quests have a character who actually walking around and interacting.

So the problem is that you don’t know where to go, what to do. And that can cause a lot of time waste just going back and forth, trying all kinds of combinations. Often times the solutions are totally ridiculous. And not possible to came up by a logic.

Here is the trailer of the game:

Alternatively you can just watch the full walkthrough.

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Irena Genesis Metal Fury

People keep making games for the old retro consoles. This is Irena Genesis Metal Fury for Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. The work in progress.

The game had successful campaign on Kickstarter, so mostly like it’s going to be finished. Tho there were cases when games got the necessary donations but then stopped. I think Sega+SHMUPs fans might be interested in such a game.

The graphics looks a bit amateur for my eye. Gameplay seems kinda OK.

Authors say it is inspired by classic games of the 90’s such as Thunder Force III / IVAero BlasterSuper Shinobi II and Contra Hard Corps.

I also see similarities with Gradius series.

Below is gameplay video of stage 1.

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Metal Slug Tactics – Reveal trailer

I hope everyone knows Metal Slug series. If you don’t know – it’s a great run ‘n gun platformer. I think one of the best in this kind of games.

Leikir Studio taking the visuals and place them into a different genre – a dynamic tactical RPG with roguelike elements. There are a lot of nice tactical games on SEGA, SNES, GBA. So this idea seems a nice blend of retro and more modern roguelikes type of games.

The trailer mostly shows a nice anime scenes. Not much of gameplay. But from what it does show we can see that the pixelart is good.

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