Category Archives: Retro Gaming

9 Great Co-op Retro Games

I was browsing Reddit yesterday which I came across a headline “Best Retro Multiplayer Games”, I was intrigued by the click bait so I bit. The list was lacking and with a title like “best retro multiplayer games” I had high expectations but the people who made the list disappointed me in more ways than one. Not only was the list weak but the website was offering illegal downloads to roms, even worse those links were protected by pyramid scheme surveys in which youre never really able to download the rom.. Anyways here a recap of their list, if you want to see a descriptive list click the link above and dont download a computer virus.

1. Super Mario Bros
2. Contra
3. Smash TV
4. Streets of Rage
5. Gauntlet
6. Space Invaders
7. Golden Axe
8. DOOM
9. Warlords

The list isnt bad… But it definitely isnt “the best” by any means. Here’s my opinion on the games mentioned above,

1. Super Mario Bros. Playing this 2 player can be terrible especially if youre playing with a skilled player. I can run through the game on one life.
2. Contra is a great two player game but its challenging so beginners especially noobs would get frustrated quick especially without the Konami code.
3. Smash TV is great but it really depends on what system youre on the arcade version is on midway classics on ps2/xbox
4. Streets of Rage is the best game on this list, its fun has moderate challenge and great music.
5. Gauntlet is great but also a serious challenge that will leave people more frustrated than satisfied.
6. Space Invaders is just not good by any means, its slow, looks like trash, and is just dull. If youre a skilled player it can hectic by why play this when there are better games with the same style gameplay.
7. Golden Axe is fun but very slow paced by todays standards but one of the better games on this list.
8. Doom this was a dumb entry considering you need multiple PC’s to play this with friends and its a pain in the butt and honestly not one of the first games I think of when wanting to play a multiplayer game.
9. Warlords is hard, most people will quit after 2 minutes.

So with that rebuttal I give you my list…

1. Twisted metal 2: This is a battle racing game with split screen for the psone. The ultimate duel to death game where you pick a vehicle that’s been modded for warfare. You then use your vehicle to take out other cars on the play field. There’s a variety of different levels that are also interactive. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better game to play with friends.

2. Guardian Heroes: Sega Saturn held the title of having the best beat em up of all time and that’s guardian heroes. Multiple characters, multiple pathways, multiple endings, jokes, special movies, experience points and it’s 2 player!

3. Bubble Bobble: It doesn’t matter what you play it on once you press start and hear that music you’ll be hooked. While it’s a fun one player gamer it’s even better for two players spitting bubbles, smashing monsters, it’s greatness lies in its simplicity, that simplicity is addictive.

4. Tetris Attack: This super Nintendo puzzle game has nothing to do with Tetris, but it’s just as addictive and in my opinion just as fun. You switch and match blocks with Mario themed characters and backgrounds. The 2 player battle is amazing and you can lose yourself for days on this stock up on mountain dew.

5. Super Off Road: Once again simplicity, great game play, and the frantic button mashing the nitro to see who can cross the line first is just a wonderful feeling and doing it with friends is even better. The nes has 4 players which is really fun.

6. Zombies Ate My Neighbors: This masterpiece is a co op horror adventure game. It’s easy to play and hard to put down, and starts off easy and becomes brutally hard. It’s a good build to want to keep you playing

7. NBA Jam Tournament Edition: NBA jam is a classic and you don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy it, get the rock try and get it in the hoop before the opposing team kills you and takes the ball. If you’re a beginners or experts duking it out there will smack talk.

8. Metal Slug: IMO more player friendly than Contra with a lot more personality and still has a great challenge with the classic run and gun two player action. The game is gorgeous too with some of the best sprite work going.

9. Puzzle Bobble: sure bubble bobble is on the list but puzzle bobble aka bust a move is a clinic in addiction, and 2 player battle. This game is so much fun and it’s quite hectic when you’re spitting bubbles hoping your opponent doesn’t send bubbles on your side. It’s a must play.

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REMUTE: Techno Music On A Sega Genesis Cart

Here’s a cool thing I stumbled across, REMUTE. It’s the first plug and play techno album ever released on cartridge for Sega’s classic console. Here’s a little blurb from their bandcamp page.

– PRE-ORDER NOW! THERE WILL BE 16 TRACKS IN TOTAL! THE OTHER TRACKS WILL BE ADDED HERE AND TO YOUR DOWNLOAD SHORTLY BEFORE RELEASE!—–
In the digital world we live in, fear is everywhere; we fear the prospect that digitization could make us redundant to robots. The world of electronic music producer and techno DJ Remute has never looked more different. Embracing the digital age with all its nuances and extremities, Hamburg based Remute views digitization as an ally to the human race; one that enriches our lives and drives us forward.

“In times where the term ‘digitization’ triggers dystopian fears and worries, I wanted to provide a soundtrack for an optimistic vision of a technologic future with man and machine in unison. – Remute

After his highly acclaimed 2017 album ‘Limited’ which single-handedly initiated the musical comeback of the floppy disk, Remute proved that 1,44 Megabytes are just enough for good music. Making a statement to the wider sphere, showcasing how old school technological formats can marry together with man-made musical production. Striking back in his quest to marry man and machine, Remute presents his forthcoming ‘Technoptimistic’ LP on another ground-breaking format; The Sega Mega Drive Cartridge.

“The machines work for us. We program, they execute. Technology helps us with uncomfortable tasks, makes us do adventurous things and can even cure us when we’re ill. If we maintain a positive attitude towards technology, it will enhance our minds and take us to far places. That’s why I am TECHNOPTIMISTIC.” – Remute

Remute ‘Technoptimistic’ LP will be released 22nd March and will contain 16 tracks.

Pretty cool stuff if you ask me. The going price is €33.33 which is kind of pricey but worth it Imo if you’re a techno and sega genesis fan.

Pre order HERE

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The Goblin On The Couch Podcast: The Return (S2E1)

 

What’s good everyone, my homies Edd and Ray are in the 2nd season of their podcast called Goblin On The Couch. I will be a regular contributor this season, just telling wild stories, in the vein of Phonetap. 1st episode just went live on YouTube. You can peep it above my segment is around 27 minutes. Peace to Edd, Ray, Benny, and @fridaypizzaparty for the amazing artwork.

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