World Games

Virtual Console Roundup

Virtual Console Roundup

Phan Star 3, Double Dragon, World Games, Last Ninja.

I've pretty much given up trying to spot a pattern in the Virtual Console releases. At the moment we seem to be in a high-low biorhythm where we get one game on a Friday, then three games the next. The choices themselves still seem to be largely random, occasionally throwing out some gems but still frustratingly light on the retro games that people are clamouring for.

Here's the fruits of the last fortnight.

Phantasy Star III Generations of Doom

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World Games

World Games

Epyx on tour.

The absolute best thing about being a gamer in the mid 80s was that you didn't have to wait very long for sequels. Like The Beatles releasing two albums a year, Epyx's blisteringly prolific output of genius multi-sport games made it impossible for die-hard Speccy fans like myself to ignore the fact that the C64 had an awful lot of games that simply couldn't be ported to other machines. Dammit.

Arguably responsible for my defection to the Fudgeadore (as it was childishly known among the rubber keyed fraternity), World Games was another cast iron classic from the Epyx hit factory. Having seemingly shot its bolt with its previous three Games titles, World Games provided a pretty convincing argument to anyone who had imagined that the formula was getting stale.

By effectively opening up the events to iconic, quirky sports from around the world, Viola! A hook that provided a sense of coherence to an otherwise disparate collection of 'sports'.

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