Let's explore the history of mobile phone games! Apr 17, 2015
These days, there is much talk about the difficulty of preserving video game history (with terrible organizations like the ESA trying to throw more sticks between the legs of struggling archivists), but there are huge swaths of games already lost, including many early mobile phone games. Many of them might be gone forever simply because no one bothered to preserve or even remember them. They might not be the most complex area of the medium, but there are (or were) quite a lot of interesting, quirky or just neat-looking titles among them. That's why HG101 staffer Sam Derboo will highlight another old mobile game on Twitter every day from now on, ranging from single screenshots to mini history lessons. We'll retweet a bunch of them on the @HG_101 account too, but if you want to make sure you get to see them all, check out @samderboo on Twitter.
Your Weekly Kusoge: Musya Apr 15, 2015
An SNES action game from Seta, Musya is the kind of game that has some talent and good ideas behind it, but is so much less than the sum of its parts
Go! Go! Nippon Apr 15, 2015
Live the otaku dream as you join two sisters to explore Tokyo in this well meaning visual novel.
Xenogears Apr 12, 2015
Square channels Evangelion in this mecha-themed sci-fi JRPG for the PS1. Stand tall and shake the heavens!
This time around, we're covering the unusual plant growing platformer Grow Home, as well as the brutally difficult metroidvania Castle in the Darkness.
Axiom Verge Apr 8, 2015
Metroidvanias are common among the indie gaming scene, but few pay such loving homage to the 8 and 16-bit games of yore as Axiom Verge.
Where Time Stood Still Apr 7, 2015
One of the most overlooked survival horror titles of all time, this adventure game, taking place on an island filled with dinosaurs, predates even Capcom's Sweet Home.
Always Sometimes Monsters Apr 5, 2015
Developed in RPG Maker though not actually an RPG, this is a narrative heavy game about a bum trying to find their personal happiness.
This 352 page coffee table book includes a history of Sega's 16-bit platform, tons of artwork, and a large number of extraordinary interviews with Sega developers.
A rather excellent hardcover book that covers 100 of the best video games from the late 70s to the late 80s, comprising mostly of Colecovision and Atari 2600 titles, as well as the first generation of NES games.
Game Club 199X: Bionic Commando: Elite Forces Apr 4, 2015
The HG101 Robotic Hit-Squad gets inordinately serious about the Game Boy Color and Bionic Commando: Elite Forces.
Lone Survivor Apr 4, 2015
An indie survival horror side-scroller with a unique low res look.
500 Word Indies: One Way Heroics Apr 4, 2015
A tile-based, turn-based, procedurally generated online RPG, another entry in the increasingly crowded genre of Roguelikes, or better, Rogue-lites.
Liberal Crime Squad Apr 2, 2015
The very idea of Liberal Crime Squad sounds like something out of a particularly offensive game of Mad-Libs (or maybe a usual game of Cards Against Humanity): a terrorist simulator made by the man behind Dwarf Fortress and based on an old PLATO game. It allows you to torture people, sell drugs and use cheesy pick-up lines to grant animals full citizenship and stop the conservatives from making Ronald Reagan an eternal president.
Your Weekly Kusoge: Final Fantasy VI Apr 1, 2015
Squaresoft screws up yet another entry in this bafflingly long running RPG series.
Iji Mar 30, 2015
An independently made retro Amiga-styled platformer in which a nanomachine-powered cyborg fights her way through a military base invaded by hostile aliens while trying to save the world.
The 7th Saga Mar 29, 2015
Produce's SNES RPG has a lot of really cool elements, though it's hurt by an unnecessarily high difficulty level.
Your Weekly Kusoge: Who Framed Roger Rabbit Mar 29, 2015
While an adventure game based off the famous 1989 live action/cartoon hybrid might sound innovative, LJN and Rare just didn't have the ability to turn it into something playable.
Journey Mar 26, 2015
Like many pop culture icons during the early 1980s, rock band Journey was the subject of two video games - an Atari 2600 game and an arcade game.
Psycho Chaser Mar 22, 2015
An overhead auto-scrolling run-and-gun from Sting for the PCE, with some great music and cool designs.
Metal Stoker Mar 20, 2015
A fun HuCard PC Engine run-and-gun from Sankido and Face, where you cause destruction with a walking tank.
Your Weekly Kusoge: Orb 3D Mar 20, 2015
One of the least sucky games from Hi-Tech Expressions includes 3D glasses to demonstrate the Pulfrich effect, but neglected to build a compelling game around it.
Skeleton Krew Mar 17, 2015
Core's grimdark 90s run-and-gun isn't great, but it does have some great graphic design and some excellent music.
Chew Man Fu Mar 15, 2015
A simple but fun action puzzle game for the Turbografx-16, fairly similar to Pengo.
Your Weekly Kusoge: Pictionary Mar 15, 2015
LJN tried to create a video game version of Pictionary, undone by the sketchy controls and minigames only very loosely connected to the core concept.
Game Club 199X: Monster World IV Mar 12, 2015
The HG101 Ship of Podcastin' Fools sets sail for Monster World, yet again, to pile layers of criticism on one of the best Genesis/Mega Drive games of all time.
Bucky O'Hare Mar 12, 2015
Another cartoon/toy franchise from the era of the TMNT craze concludes our renewed Konami beat-'em-up coverage, but we also added coverage of the NES game, which is a different beast entirely and was made by future Treasure people.
DreadOut Mar 10, 2015
Fatal Frame meets Southeast Asia in this hunt for creepy ghosts from Indonesian folklore. Take on the supernatural with your smartphone camera!
The Adventures of Bayou Billy Mar 8, 2015
Konami's oldest brawler for the NES that also features shooting and driving sequences and is totally not Crocodile Dundee.
Batman Returns (SNES/NES) Mar 6, 2015
Continuing with our renewed Konami brawler coverage, we present you another licensed one, the tie-in to the weird Burton movie. (This only includes the games developed by Konami, not the Sega games and sublicensed computer titles.)
Your Weekly Kusoge: Metal Morph March 5, 2015
Origin developed a number of legendary PC titles, but their console output was not so great, as evidenced by this lousy SNES side-scroller/rail-shooter hybrid.
Battletoads Mar 2, 2015
Rare's answer to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took the characters into a wide variety of genres, with an impressive amount of cartoonish abilities, but were often undermined by their extraordinary difficulty.
Gaiapolis Mar 1, 2015
Odd, vertically scrolling fantasy hack-'n-slash by Konami with some light RPG elements.
The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers Vol. 1 Book
Gold Edition and Kindle version now available!
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