California Games

Virtual Console Roundup

Virtual Console Roundup

Yoshi's Cookie, Wonder Boy, Fantasy Zone, Cali Games, Impossible Mission.

Two weeks ago I compared Nintendo's Virtual Console, rather disturbingly I now realise, to a callous and insensitive husband, ignoring our devotion on a whim and then lavishing us with gifts when we least expect it. If last week's solitary offering of NES puzzler Yoshi's Cookie was the equivalent of a cursory phone call while he "works late at the office", then this week's bonanza of four new games and another new gaming platform feels like he's surprised us on Friday evening with flowers and chocolates.

Admittedly, in the case of the actual games on offer, the metaphorical flowers are from the petrol station down the road, and the chocolates are suspiciously close to their expiry date, but it's the thought that counts, right?

Yoshi's Cookie

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California Games

California Games

Fun fun fun.

Haven't we included enough Epyx sports games in our C64 selection? Clearly not if California Games isn't in there. Imagine the uproar. "You missed off the best game in the series, you morons!" Someone call the ROLFcopter.

So, was it really the best in the series? That's a matter of opinion, obviously, but it's certainly a strong contender for the most fondly remembered in Epyx's canon in my anecdotal straw poll of random old gaming farts over the past 20 years. Scientific? No. On the money? I'd say so.

Having spanned the globe's quirky sporting favourites in World Games, we were now treated to an even more 'out-there' selection of daft events, which were as bizarre as they were fun. Scooping a coveted Zzap Gold Medal in September of 1988, it marked the end of an era at Epyx, with personnel changes sending the firm falling from grace with alarming speed.

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