[Happy Birthday!] Ye Ar Kung-Fu


Hello old games lovers, If the beat ’em up genre has had its forefather Karate Champ, it’s impossible to deny the importance as a “founding father” of Ye Ar Kung-Fu, released in the arcades 40 yars ago, in January 1980. Distributed also on Commodore 64, MSX, Zx Spectrum and NES, the game sees the protagonist…

[Happy Birthday!] Battle Arena Toshinden


Hello guys and happy 2020! The first game of the decade came out exactly today in 1995 and it’s Battle arena Toshinden, one of the earliest 3D fighting games. Electronic Gaming Monthly named it best fighting game of 1995 and it paved the way for the rise of 3D games such as Tekken and Dead…

[Happy Birthday!] Heretic


From the publishers of DOOM! Yes, Heretic was another great game from id Software, the comnpany that revolutionized the FPS for PC in the early 90s. Heretic, along with its sequel Hexen, threw a bit of RPG into the original shooter formula and the result was a hugely enjoyable game stat still holds up pretty…

[Happy Birthday!] Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse


Ok, it’s true, Castlevania III is dramatically similar to the first Castlevania, with a few innovation and with graphics that are in the end identical, but cracking the whip with Simon Belmont on the NES is always a pleasure and today we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dracula’s Curse, third and last installment of the…

[Happy Birthday!] 1942


a caso dic 84 1942 is surely one of the most famous among the vertical scrolling shooters and one of Capcom most important titles and spawed a lot of sequels, generically known as 19XX dedicated to the the battles of the WWII. The firsy installment of the series came out in December 1984 hence it’s…

[Happy Birthday!] Herzog Zwei


Yes, apparently even a game with a german title can be successful and that’s what happened with Herzog Zwei that today turns 30 having been released on December 15th, 1989. The title (that can be translated Earl Two) is one of the forerunners of the RTS genre and it’s the sequel of Herzog, developed for…

[Happy Birthday!] Marble Madness


Some games are very simple yet addictive and this what happens with Marble Madness, the arcade game designed by Mark Cerny (yes, THAT Mark Cerny) that looked like it was developed with a trackball in mind. This title, released on December 15th, 1984 turns 35 today and is still great fun on every platform it…

[Happy Birthday!] Hydlide


Hello old games lovers, It was December 13th, 1984, 35 years ago, when in Japan for NEC PC-8801 one of the first action RPG came out, Hydlide that today celebrate its birthday. Here in the West is known for its NES conversion that arrived in 1989 and for the sequels Hydlide II made in 1985,…

[Happy Birthday!] Planescape: Torment


This is one of the few games I had original and in big box back in the heyday and I bought Planescape: Torment riding the wave of the enthusiasm for the RPG genre that at the end of the millennium was healthy more than ever, led by two sacren monsters like Diablo II and Baldur’s…

[Happy Birthday!] Tekken


In a market, that of beat ’em ups, that first saw the dominance of Street fighter and then the success of Mortal Kombat, in the mid 90s rose another competitor, Tekken, which officially debuted 25 years ago in the arcades, on December 9th, 1994. It was one of the first fully-3D franchises together with Virtua…

[Happy Birthday!] Kung-Fu Master


Hello old games lovers, We open December celebrateing one of the first successful outing of the martial arts in video games, Kung-Fu Master, released 35 years ago, in December 1984 for the arcades (although the picture is that of the NES version). The game is widely considered as a forerunner of the scrolling beat ’em…

[Happy Birthday!] Knight Lore


When we talk about Spectrum and Ultimate Play the Game, the software house “father” of the well known Rare, we can expect nothing short of a great game. Knight Lore surely doesn’t disappoint and today, exactly 35 years after its release, it’s still super enjoyable on the home computer of the aficionados. For the nostalgic…