Retro Reviews

Retro Review: House of the Dead (Saturn)

Release Date: March 1998 Developer: Sega AM1 R&D Division Publisher: SEGA of America, Inc. Last year, I decided to do a Halloween-themed Retro Review. I took a look at Castlevania: Symphony of the Night because I love the game. But in a twist, I chose to look at the Japanese SEGA Saturn version. The game was different enough compared to the U.S. PlayStation version that it made it a novel revi...[Read More]

Retro Review: GoldenEye 007 (Nintendo 64)

Classic game with a couple of flaws Release Date: August 25th, 1997 Developer: Rare, Ltd. Publisher: Nintendo of America, Inc. Nostalgia is a bit of a double-edged sword. I’ve often gone back to play games I remember playing when I was younger and enjoying. Several times, my experience now differs greatly from what I remember. It happened when I replayed Sonic Adventure for a previous Retro Review...[Read More]

Retro Review: Tron (Arcade)

Release Date: 1982 Developer: Bally Midway Manufacturing Co., Inc. Publisher: Bally Midway Manufacturing Co., Inc. Arcade is king! Disney is an absolute monster nowadays. In addition to their own IPs and those belonging to the uber-animators at Pixar, the acquisitions of Marvel and Lucasfilms have given the House than Mickey Built access to a vast treasure trove of marketable content. Back in 1982...[Read More]

Retro Review: Night Trap (SEGA CD)

Release Date: October 15, 1992 Developer: Digital Pictures Publisher: SEGA No. Just…no. Night Trap: 25th Anniversary Edition just got an August 11th date for the physical PlayStation 4 release. The PS4 and PC will see a digital release on August 15th. Many people, including Digital Crack Podcast mate Dv310per – a smart and thoughtful fellow gamer who is nevertheless wrong – are excited about...[Read More]

Retro Review: Road & Track Presents The Need for Speed (3DO)

Release Date: 1994 Developer: Electronic Arts Canada Publisher: Electronic Arts, Inc. I feel the need… The Need for Speed series is the longest-running video game racing series. It’s a very successful series, boasting sales of over 150 million copies across multiple generations of consoles. As a fan of the racing genre, I have cut my teeth on many entries in the venerable series. There have been t...[Read More]

Retro Game Oddities: Street Fighter “Sequels”

Ha-WHO-ken! (This is a new series that will look at odd dealings in video games. Hopefully, this will be a weekly series. Considering who’s writing it, however, that remains to be seen!) Way back in 1987, Capcom released Street Fighter in the arcades. I’ve spoken about the game before. Short version: it isn’t all that hot. Slightly longer version: player one is Ryu only, player two is Ken on...[Read More]

Retro Review: Sonic Adventure (Dreamcast)

Release Date: September 9, 1999 Developer: Sonic Team Publisher: SEGA “Froggy! You swallowed my lucky charm!” – Big the Cat Many times, nostalgia plays cruel tricks on me. Case in point: my ex-wife and I gave my son a SEGA Dreamcast for Christmas 1999. Included with the console were some extras we picked out. They included an extra controller and two games: Soul Calibur and Sonic Adventure. ...[Read More]

Retro Review: Pepsiman (PlayStation)

This calls for a Coke Release Date: March 4, 1999 Developer: KID Corp. Publisher: KID Corp. May has been a brutal month for me. Between personal and health issues, my duties for Digital Crack have suffered. Unfortunately, so has my gaming. My PS4 and Xbox One have lain silent since the first of the month, and I normally have one online almost around the clock. My Raspberry Pi has fared better only...[Read More]

Retro Review: R.O.B. Games (NES)

Robotic Operating Buddy? You’re not my buddy, guy! Release Date: October 1985 Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo When you’re trying to differentiate yourself, you’re bound to take some chances. The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) had that issue from the onset. In an attempt to differentiate itself from the video games than had crashed before it, however, it may have tried too hard. ...[Read More]

Retro Review: Demon Attack (Atari 2600)

Release Date: 1982 Developer: Imagic Publisher: Imagic Imitation is considered the sincerest form of flattery. In video games nowadays, it’s seen by many as derivative and lazy. Back in the second generation of home video game consoles, it was almost inevitable. Imagic’s Demon Attack at least imitated with some style. Back in the early years of home video gaming, ideas for new games came in fast a...[Read More]

Retro Review: Chu Chu Rocket (DC)

Release Date: November 11, 1999 Developer: Sonic Team Publisher: SEGA I keep coming back to the SEGA Dreamcast. With all the awesome old-school games I can pick through, it’s the Dreamcast I want to go back to. For this Retro Review, my pick has more meaning to usual. A little over a week ago, I wrote an article espousing my love for the console and my amazement at its longevity. That led to a dis...[Read More]

Retro Review: Life Force (NES)

30 Lives, Excessive Force Release Date: August 1988 Developer: Konami Publisher: Konami There is a term I bring up whenever I hear someone raised on Xbox and PlayStation complain about the difficulty of a game nowadays. My daughter is one who has complained as such. My response to her is the same as it is to anyone who never played a game on a system older than the Nintendo 64. There are three kin...[Read More]

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