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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Video Review: Missile Command for Atari 2600

Hey kids, do you like milestones? You do! Well, you've just come to the right place. This review here, is the oldest game I've ever reviewed to date, clocking in at 34 years! That's like... a whole lot older than me. Enjoy!

Monday, January 27, 2014

One Day I'll Build A Castle...

...out of Atari cartridges. They're so fun to stack.
I say that, but I've been having a terrible time getting my grubby hands on these wonderful black boxes. I've been outbid several times on eBay, always at the very last second. I'm not using that phrase lightly either, I literally mean the very last second. Turns out it's pretty hard to shark someone when you're bidding from a mobile phone.
I've also I had some bad luck with Gumtree. There was a fantastic deal of about ten games for $130, which I whittled down to $70. I had the cash in-hand and everything, but the bastard never told me his address after repeatedly asking him on the day I was meant to pick them up. I guess some other sucker offered to pay more.
Finally though, I won a bid on eBay for the above games. How much were they you probably weren't wondering? $35. Bargain. It even came with some instruction manuals:

A deal I'm quite satisfied with, but it's missing one game. A game I really wanted. I wanted it so badly, that I just ended up buying it separately, even though they're terribly valued by themselves. The game is so bad, it's good, and I can't wait to play it. Watch this space.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Video: Let's Take a Look at: GTA: San Andreas on Android

I decided to have another go at this series after the episode based around the port of Abe's Oddysee on the PS Vita took off reasonable well. By taking off, I of course mean as of writing it nearly has 200 views; a big leap from the usual 50 odd views in the first fortnight for sure. Small potatoes indeed, but Retro Game On's YouTube channel is gaining momentum non the less, no matter how slowly it may be.
If you're one of the viewers who also frequents this site, then welcome! You're my favourite type of lurker for sure. Have a drink.

Just in case you're unaware, Let's Take A Look At episodes don't actually review the game its self, but instead how the ports of retro games hold-up on modern day devices. In this episode, we take a look at Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas which was recently released on mobile devices the other week. This would of been up sooner... but my internet capped. AustralianInternet4lyf.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Retro Scan: Hi-Octane (Sega Saturn)

It's amazing finding out about games while posting this section of Retro Game On. I knew absolutely nothing about Hi-Octane until after I'd scanned it (from that Saturn+ magazine I picked up a few months ago) and then Googled around... so I'd have something to write here. I admit I knew nothing about this game until this post just now, but hey, now I get to learn and so do you.

According to my sources (yes, Wikipedia) Hi-Octane was developed in just eight weeks to fill up a hole in revenue. Pretty impressive I must say, and it makes me want to play it if I come across the PSone version because I still don't own a Saturn.
Ultimately, this game didn't stand up to the likes of Wipeout and disappeared into obscurity until now to be posted on this insanely famous retro blog. Ohh yeah! This game is guaranteed a re-boot now!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Video: Winter Gold for SNES Review

Remember this? The game I picked up ages ago from Cashies because it was cheap, only to find out it's worth the price of a current gen game online? Well, here is a review of it. How about that.
This is my first review using my Elgato Game Capture HD, which I've just realised that I forgot to post about. I did gloat about it a bit on my Facebook page though.

There are still some artefacts to iron out. You'll notice that the image of the recording moves a bit, ever so slightly. It records okay, but it seems to be my editing software that is disagreeing with it. Ah well, I'll figure it out in due course. I couldn't record SNES at all with my old capturing device after all.