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Your Weekly Kusoge: Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi May 4, 2015

May the 4th be... ah, you've heard it a million times today. Have an article on that terrible Star Wars fighting game. The Dark Side made them do this!

Jumping Flash! May 3, 2015

This early PS1 3D platformer predates Super Mario 64, but stands out as one of the better titles in the system's early years. Also includes coverage of Geograph Seal, the X68000 predecessor developed by the same team.

The Samaritan Paradox Apr 30, 2015

A recent point and click conspiracy thriller that recalls a Stieg Larsson or Dan Brown novel.

Hardcore Gaming 101 slowly crawls towards the 21st century on tumblr! Apr 30, 2015

We haven't always been the quickest when it comes to adapting to all that social media circus, but now we finally got an official tumblr blog. So if tumblr is your choice of following stuff, you can now follow site updates over there. Check it out!

Traps 'n' Treasures Apr 27, 2015

A pirate-themed Amiga exclusive sidescroller with pretty pixel art.

Game Dev Tycoon Apr 25, 2015

One of the few games that simulate running a game developer studio. Famous-infamous for a marketing stunt involving a rigged crack to play a prank on software pirates.

Your Weekly Kusoge: The Flintstones: Bedrock Bowling Apr 24, 2015

This slapped together late PS1-era licensed title is a weird racing game, set in the context of "bowling".

500 Word Indies: Destruction Carnival Apr 22, 2015

An explode-em-up from the age of early Windows game maker Klik N' Play.

The Banner Saga Apr 20, 2015

A kickstarted, well-crafted strategy RPG / interactive novel inspired by Norse mythology, made by former Bioware developers.

Burai Fighter Apr 18, 2015

Rather excellent NES shoot-em-up from KID, who later developed Low-G-Man, the GI Joe games, and Kickmaster.

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!

Game Center 199X First Strike Episode 8: Grow Home & Castle in the Darkness Apr 10, 2015

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.

Video Game Book Review: Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works Apr 5, 2015

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.

Video Game Book Review: The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987 Apr 5, 2015

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.

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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


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