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Art Style series: Part Two Feb 23, 2017

The second part of our Art Style series coverage includes three DSi games: PiCTOBiTS, BOXLIFE, and BASE 10.

Ben Jordan Feb 20, 2017

A series of eight freeware mystery adventure games developed by Grundislav Games, who would later work closely with Wadjet Eye Games.

Broken Age Feb 18, 2017

The "Double Fine Adventure" that began the Kickstarter era, Broken Age has some gorgeous artwork and hilarious writing, though doesn't always compare to the genre's golden days. Also check out a just-launched campaign to get the documentary on Netflix, which from a historical standpoint, is probably even more important than the game itself.

Top 47,858 Episode 37: Age of Empires II, Panzer Dragoon Saga Feb 18, 2017

Join the HG101 freelance police as they discuss the most expensive Saturn game ever and a game where cowboys fight samurai or something.

Art Style series: Part One Feb 14, 2017

The Art Style games are spinoffs of the bit Generations series, with often with puzzle-like gameplay and unique aesthetics. The first part of this expansive article covers ORBIENT, CUBELLO, ROTOHEX, and AQUIA.

Warcraft Adventures Feb 12, 2017

The famously canceled Warcraft point-and-click adventure, originally scheduled for release back in the late 90s, was recently leaked in fully playable form. How does it stand up to its contemporaries, and should it have been canceled?

Top 47,858 Episode 36: Fantasy World Dizzy, Top Gear Rally, Clash of Steel Feb 11, 2017

Join the HG101 rally car detailers as they talk about games nobody remembers or cares about.

Blue Stinger Feb 9, 2017

This launch title for the Dreamcast desperately tries to be a Resident Evil game and doesn't quite succeed...but it has a charm all its own. Also starring Game Club 199X/Top 47k Games favorite Dogs Bower!

Prehistoric Isle Feb 6, 2017

A shoot-em-up from SNK that predates their Neo Geo hardware, focusing on a "Lost World"-type scenario where you fight against dinosaurs. Also covers its lesser known Neo Geo sequel.

Trouble Shooter / Battle Mania Feb 3, 2017

A duo of excellent shoot-em-ups from Vic Tokai for the Genesis/Mega Drive, that totally aren't a rip-off of the classic anime The Dirty Pair. Also included scans of design documents for an unreleased third game for the Dreamcast.

Top 47,858 Episode 35: Streets of Rage 2, Streets of Rage Remake, Vendetta Feb 3, 2017

Join the HG101 crime-punchers as they bring justice to the streets, one jump-kick at a time.

Coming Soon: Retro Game Super Translation Selection (English edition) Feb 1, 2017

HG101 is happy to announce that we are publishing a localized version of Retro Game Super Translation Selection, a doujinshi that highlights various written localization changes in 8 and 16-bit games.

Eufloria Jan 31, 2017

An indie real time strategy game in which you command large swathes of your arboreal army to conquer the stars, planting trees and fighting enemy plants.

The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Video Games is out on Amazon! Jan 27, 2017

The publisher famous for their comic book collecting guides has just released their guide to video games, and we contributed a few articles to it! Check it out!

Top 47,858 Episode 34: Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, Tail of the Sun Jan 27, 2017

Join the HG101 survivalist weirdos and special guest, Destructoid's own Jonathan Holmes, as they talk snake-eatin', kerotan-findin', and hardcore reproduction stat-buildin'.

Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy Jan 27, 2017

A rather forgotten PS2/Xbox classic from Midway, where you use psychic powers to life up stuff and smash weird bad guys.

Alpha Centauri Jan 25, 2017

A spin-off of Civilization II, Sid Meier's masterpiece pulls double duty as the best 4X and best sci-fi computer game of all time.

Top 47,858 Episode 33: Zelda: Link to the Past, R-Type, Ninja Gaiden Jan 22, 2017

Join the HG101 miscreants and special guest Destructoid's own Jonathan Holmes as they split hairs over the relative merits of tremendous, legendary classics.

The Game Tengoku Jan 22, 2017

A humorous shoot-em-up series from Jaleco, roughly similar to Konami's Parodius series, that includes characters from across the developer's pantheon, while also poking fun at/pandering to otaku trends of the 90s.

Detective Grimoire Jan 19, 2017

A detective story inspired by the Ace Attorney games, that started as a Flash game and evolved into a commercial release with a unique art style.

Owlboy Jan 17, 2017

A beautiful pixel-based indie game, ten years in the making, that's sort of like a side-scrolling Zelda, but with a stronger emotional core.

Top 47,858 Episode 32: Startropics, Knights of the Crystallion Jan 14, 2017

Join the HG101 castaways for a discussion about Nintendo's own Zelda ripoff and an Amiga game where people live in a giant ribcage.

Guacamelee Jan 14, 2017

An incredibly well done indie Metroidvania, with a fresh Mexican theme and better combat and platforming than most other types in the subgenre.

Ubik Jan 12, 2017

A clumsy but intriguing adaptation of the Phillip K. Dick story of the same, developed by Cryo.

Darkside Story Jan 10, 2017

A Korean PC beat-em-up where you manage your character's hunger and emotions to pummel your enemies in new and exciting ways.

Crows: The Battle Action Jan 7, 2017

An expensive Saturn beat-em-up based on the long-running "delinquent" manga by Hiroshi Takahashi, featuring some odd super deformed characters.

Top 47,858 Episode 31: Deus Ex, Gomola Speed Jan 5, 2017

Join the HG101 lads for a discussion about the first Deus Ex and the PC-Engine's best snake game.

English fan translation for 46 Okunen Monogatari released! Jan 4, 2017

An English fan translation for the PC98 predecessor to the SNES cult classic E.V.O.: Search for Eden has been released. Be sure to check out, along with the original HG101 article!

Drill Dozer Jan 4, 2017

A late release for the Game Boy Advance, and one of the handful non-Pokemon titles from Game Freak, this action game stars a cutesy pink haired girl and her destructive drill tank.

Compile Shoot-Em-ups - Design Documents and Booklet Jan 2, 2017

To accompany the HG101 Guide to Shoot-Em-Ups Vol. 1, which reviews all of Compile's shooters, here is a series of scans of design documents and pamphlets that cover various games, along with a rare music CD.

Top 47,858 Episode 30: Devil May Cry, Ape Escape, Octopus Jan 1, 2017

Join the HG101 posse and special guest Nick Des Barres (AKA NickRox) for a discussion about the first DMC game, a Game and Watch classic, and Apes A-Poppin!

Saturday Morning RPG Dec 31, 2016

An indie RPG tribute to the 80s and all of its ridiculous cultural excess, complete with a power ballad by the guy who did the soundtrack for The Transformers: The Movie.

HG101 Presents Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 2 is now available! Dec 11, 2016

Our other latest book is now available on Amazon (and Amazon UK and other European Amazon sites). Discover the golden age of Sega classics with games like Zaxxon, Pengo, and Ninja Princess, along with cult favorites like Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, Aurail, Bonanza Bros., and more! Check out the table of contents here. Also available as a PDF!

HG101 Presents The Guide to Shoot-Em-Ups Vol. 1 is now available! Dec 9, 2016

Our latest book is now available on Amazon (and Amazon UK and other European Amazon sites). Explore the world of shoot-em-ups by Compile, Technosoft, Hudson, Irem, and many others! Check out the table of contents here. Also available as a PDF!

The HG101 and Sonic & Sega Fan Jam 2016 Fanbook is now available! Dec 14, 2016

Created for the Sonic & Sega Fan Jam, this 76 page book features several Sega reviews and introductions to some of Sega's long-running series, plus two covers: one designed in the classic SMS grid style and one featuring Sonic and other Sega pals! Check out the table of contents here. Also available as a PDF!

Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 1 Now Available in German! Nov 3, 2016

Hardcore Gaming 101 gibt es jetzt auch auf Deutsch! Mit „Hardcore Gaming 101 presents: Sega Arcade Classics (Deutsche Edition)“ kommt das erste Buch der Hardcore Gaming 101 Reihe jetzt auch nach Deutschland. Lasst euch in die Spielhallen der 80er und 90er entführen und erfahrt mehr über die bekannten und weniger bekannten Spiele des ehemaligen Konsolenherstellers!

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Might and Magic

Cinematic Milestones

Alone in the Dark

Prince of Persia

Another World

Fighting Games

Virtua Fighter

Fatal Fury

King of Fighters



Konami Shooters



Monkey Island

Gabriel Knight

Leisure Suit Larry

Side-Scrolling Action

Ninja Gaiden

Mega Man



Space Harrier

Golden Axe



Bionic Commando


Final Fight



Moon Crystal

Holy Diver

Super Famicom

Gunple: Gunman's Proof


Rendering Ranger: R2

Japanese PS1

Panzer Bandit

Harmful Park

Gunner's Heaven


Tracing the Influence

A History of Korean Gaming

Japanese Artwork of Western Games

Franchise Profiles


Donald Duck

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles