All posts by Federico Tiraboschi

Solomon’s Key (Spinoffs / Ripoffs)

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Solomon's Key

Zipang (ジパング ) – PC Engine (1990) For some unfathomable reason, the 1990 Japanese fantasy samurai film Jipangu/Zipang spawned not

Monster Rancher Explorer

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Solomon's Key

Monster Rancher Explorer is yet another reinvention of the original 1986 Solomon’s Key, and yet another example of a popular

Solomon’s Key

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Solomon's Key

For some reason Japanese retro gamers often fondly remember old arcade games that are nowadays seen as ridiculously difficult, frustrating

Fire ‘n Ice

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Solomon's Key

Solomon’s Key 2 is a follow-up that came out in 1992 but only for Nintendo’s 8-bit console. North American NES

Ghostly Matter

Ghostly Matter is a retro-styled 2D Metroidvania dropped on Steam without any fanfare, whose claim to fame is that it

Ghost 1.0

Ghost 1.0 is the second Metroidvania made by Spanish developer Franfistro (Francisco Téllez de Meneses), after sleeper hit UnEpic. Unlike

Three Wonders

In 1991, Capcom decided to release a very unusual coin-op consisting in three relatively short games of different genres: an

Prehistorik

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Prehistorik

For some reason, in the early Nineties several games with cavemen heroes were made: Joe & Mac, Bonk’s Adventure, Chuck

Prehistorik 2

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Prehistorik

Prehistorik came back two years later, as hungry as ever, in this improved sequel that owes much to collect-a-thon console

Prehistorik Man

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Prehistorik

Prehistorik Man‘s console adventure (published by Kemco in Japan as P-Man) is technically a remake of the second game, but

Prehistorik (2013)

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Prehistorik

Prehistorik was once again resurrected for PCs, Steam and Apple devices in 2013 by French companies. It was published by

Million Onion Hotel

Yoshiro Kimura is a Japanese game designer who became known even in the West for his games full of interesting

Dandy Dungeon

The mobile game market is often considered a cesspool full of allegedly free games plagued with ads and microtransactions, rip-offs

MediEvil: Resurrection

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series MediEvil

MediEvil 2‘s secret ending was a strange joke that seemingly precluded the possibility of a sequel, and a MediEvil 3 concept was apparently pitched

MediEvil II

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series MediEvil

Sir Dan’s game was successful enough to warrant a sequel, which came out two years later. The plot is largely

MediEvil

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series MediEvil

Zombies are now a staple of popular culture, but their role is usually being mindless enemies or metaphors for something

Liquid Kids

Liquid Kids, also known as Mizubaku Daibouken (“Water Bomb Big Adventure”), is one of Taito’s many cutesy platform games. It never

Beast Busters – Second Nightmare

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Beast Busters

Note: the screenshots come from YouTube user turfmasta‘s gameplay videos. Almost exactly a decade later Beast Busters received a sequel on the short-lived

Dark Arms: Beast Buster 1999

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Beast Busters

The third installment of the series was released more or less at the same time of the arcade sequel. This

Beast Busters Featuring KOF

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Beast Busters

During the New Tens mobile gaming, especially in Japan, garnered a lot of attention, so SNK Playmore decided to resurrect

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