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Albion Feb 3, 2016

A sci-fi fantasy RPG made by demoscene veterans that combines elements of both Western and Japanese genre conventions, with a great setting on a fascinating alien planet but somewhat tiring gameplay.

Sly Spy Feb 2, 2016

Data East's spy-themed side-scroller owes a very (very, very) huge debt to James Bond.

Tass Times in Tonetown Feb 1, 2016

This proto point-and-click adventure designed by Infocom alumnus Michael Berlyn takes you to a weird world where a dog is a newspaper reporter, everyone dresses in garish 80s new wave clothing, and a sinister real estate tycoon/monstrous animal hybrid is slowly terrorizing the town by setting up uncool housing developments.

Rise of Nations Jan 30, 2016

Brian Reynolds, lead designer for strategy classics Civilization II and Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, created this RTS game, that succeeds in integrating elements from his previous turn-based work in a seamless, entertaining package.

Ultionus: A Tale of Petty Revenge Jan 28, 2016

A pseudo-remake of the Spanish Amstrad/ZX Spectrum side-scroller Phantis, this indie title features some absolutely gorgeous pixel artwork.

Inventories: The Hottest Characters in Gaming Jan 25, 2016

Characters with an extreme affinity for fire are common in video games, but there's been little in the way of heated debate regarding how well they complement the games they're in. We take a look at some of gaming's hottest characters to see whether or not their design, abilities and personality can really bring the heat.

GameClub 199X Home Video: Grand Theft Auto Jan 24, 2016

It's Crime Time in the legendary city of crime New Yo... Liberty! We went back and looked at DMA (now Rockstar)'s legendary original stealing cars and murdering tiny pixel people, GTA! Kal and Bob are joined by Kris Asick from Ancient Dos Games.

Tempo Jan 23, 2016

A forgotten attempt at a mascot platformer by Sega, which was off to an unfortunate start on the 32X and then further doomed to obscurity by peaking with a Japan-exclusive Saturn sequel.

500-Word Indies: Penarium Jan 21, 2016

Avoid nefarious traps in morbid circus to beat tough platforming challenges contained on a single screen, inspired by early arcade games.

l'Abbaye des Morts Jan 20, 2016

An excellent homage to ZX Spectrum titles courtesy of indie freeware developer Locomalito.

Coming Soon! HG101 Digest Vol. 2: Taito Arcade Games Jan 18, 2016

Warning! A new HG101 book is approaching fast! The second HG101 digest focuses on over thirty titles from Taito's diverse library, featuring Darius and Elevator Action, but also covering the likes of Rastan, The Legend of Kage, The Ninja Warriors, The NewZealand Story, Metal Black and more! Also includes over one hundred instances of nudity in 8 and 16-bit video games, and capsule reviews of 80 Japanese Super Famicom games. Coming in late February 2016!

Darius Jan 18, 2016

Taito's long-running innovative shooter series featuring a war against intergalactic flying fish. Although Darius was originally featured on HG101, the original article was written 12 years ago, and frankly, wasn't terribly good, so we've rewritten it almost entirely from scratch, both for the inclusion in HG101 Digest Vol. 1: Taito Arcade Classics and to cover the newly released Darius Burst Chronicle Saviours.

E.V.O.: Search for Eden / 46 Okunen Monogatari Jan 17, 2016

Enix's EVO: The Search for Eden, a platformer focused around evolution, is a cult classic amongst SNES fans, but it's actually a sequel to an older, Japan-only RPG, 46 Okunen Monogatari ("4.6 Billion Year Story").

Deus Ex Jan 14, 2016

The legendary stealth/action/RPG cyberpunk saga about government conspiracies and biotechnological implants.

Bardbarian Jan 10, 2016

An unusual RTS / tower defense / action hybrid, starring a savage musician who commands his armies with the power of his instrument.

Video: Interview with Roy Ozaki and Kouichi Yotsui Jan 10, 2016

From the Untold History of Japanese Game Developers DVD. An interview with Mitchell (Buster Bros.) president Roy Ozaki and Strider creator Koichi Yotsui, where they also discuss some of Yotsui's other games, including Suzuki Bakuhatsu and Nostalgia 1907.

Blue's Journey Jan 9, 2016

One of the early Neo Geo titles, ADK's environmentally themed 2D platformer showcases the vibrant colors of the powerful system.

Your Weekly Kusoge: Rock-On Jan 6, 2016

The joke about this PCE shooter is that it does most certainly not "rock on".

ChainDive Jan 5, 2016

A Japan-only Playstation 2 cult classic, featuring high-flying, wire-slinging action, from some of the developers that would later work on Bayonetta and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

Video: A Visit to the Abandoned Hudson R&D Laboratory in Sapporo Jan 2, 2016

From the Untold History of Japanese Game Developers DVD. A visit to the abandoned Hudson R&D laboratory on the outskirts of Sapporo.

Werewolf: The Last Warrior Jan 2, 2016

Data East's NES side-scroller featuring a werewolf with blades for arms, mostly famous for infuriating games by switching the attack and jump buttons on the game pad.

Mad Motor Jan 2, 2016

A (most likely) unreleased arcade game by Mitchell and Data East, featuring a motorcycle riding punk who can turn into a werewolf...and may have been the origins of Data East's NES game released a few years later.

Bugaboo: The Flea Dec 31, 2015

Many of the genre structures and core concepts of how video games work that are taken for granted today took shape during the time after the American Video Game Crash of 1983. Bugaboo (The Flea), developed in Spain in 1983, is both unique and addictive thanks to the way in which the titular character navigates the game world.

GameClub 199X: TIE Fighter Dec 30, 2015

Do you have Star Wars fever? To the extent that you're willing to listen to HG101's talking heads discuss an old DOS game for over 90 minutes? Hey, when 49 episodes old you get, sound as good you will not.

GameClub 199X: Clive Barker's Undying Dec 30, 2015

The HG101 Mystery Hatchback pulls into the weed-ridden parking lot of Clive Barker's Undying, a pretty good horror FPS with a ghost-punching rock.

Last Mission Dec 29, 2015

This early Data East game is a take on overhead shooters like Thunder Force, Vanguard II, and Time Pilot '84.

Atomic Runner Chelnov Dec 27, 2015

Data East's Atomic Runner Chelnov stars a Russian superhero granted powers by a nuclear accident. Unique from other side-scrolling platformers, Chelnov sprints through each stage automatically, making it a forebearer to the modern infinite runner (though its levels aren't infinite). Most known for its (vastly improved) Genesis port, which was known in North America as Atomic Runner.

500-Word Indies: Enyo Arcade Dec 24, 2015

A "Parkour Shooter" that feels like a long lost Amiga game.

Your Weekly Kusoge: Elf Bowling Dec 24, 2015

The Flash game sensation (read as: fad) was popular enough to be ported to the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS, apparently believing that people would pay for stuff they could get for free online.

The Grinch (Game Boy Color) Dec 24, 2015

There were a few games released as a tie-in for the terrifying Jim Carrey movie rendition of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but the Game Boy Color version is a surprisingly decent stealth-action game in the vein of Bonanza Bros.

Undertale Dec 20, 2015

The Best Game of All Time, according to this year's GameFAQs poll. We felt it was a little too early to make that call (it got a runner-up spot in our 200 Best Games book), but this charming, offbeat RPG is still worthy of anyone's attention.

Earthbound (The Halloween Hack) Dec 20, 2015

Before Toby Fox made Undertale, he made The Halloween Hack for Earthbound, a dark take on Nintendo's SNES classic.

The Tale of Alltynex Dec 18, 2015

A trilogy of doujin shoot-em-ups developed by SITER SKAIN, inspired by Taito's Rayforce.

Level 22: Gary's Misadventures Dec 16, 2015

Sneak past your boss as a low level office drone in this funny but brutal stealth game.

Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble Dec 14, 2015

More high school girl shenanigans - this one's a board game with several mini games featuring RPG elements, using an early-20th-century setting.

Sam & Max Dec 13, 2015

The Freelance Police hit the road and save the world beyond time and space in the devil's playhouse. This was originally published in the Guide to Classic Adventure Games, and is now finally available on site.

Cherry Tree High Dec 12, 2015

A Japanese adventure game about building up a high school comedy club, along with its non-interactive sequel.

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