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Worms Armageddon is the series at its peak. I had Worms 1, 2 and Pinball on PC back in the day, and spent a lot of time with 2. Armageddon was more Worms 2.5 but they had really refined that formula to perfection by then. Concrete Donkey is an all-timer as far as videogame weapons go.

Did Armageddon have a map editor on it?
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This PSone version of Worms Armageddon has a load of single player training and deathmatch missions as well as a long campaign, and a basic map editor where you change the shape of the terrain. There’s quite a lot going for it in 2021, but the aforementioned Evercade issues – and the game’s brutally slow AI – just make it a weak version of a classic game. I played through the N64 version last year and it’s excellent, a big step up from the PSone version as far as console ports go.

On a side note, that superior N64 port of Worms Armageddon must be an odds-on bet for N64 Online.
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Oh blimey, yeah, it was on N64 wasn't it! The only downside is that the N64's interesting controller sometimes made it difficult to remember which buttons were for moving, which were for selecting, which were for aiming... a big memory is my Dad getting fed up with the game; the last worm on his team, selecting the Holy Hand Grenade, and casually dropping it on the ground. But it seems that, whatever happens with new versions, eventually there's a port of Armageddon on the console, and everyone goes back to that.
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Armageddon was the one where the got the formula and dimensions totally right. Everything that’s come after it has either just shaken the gameplay up too much, or has just lacked that signature, witty Worms charm. I’m not including Worms W.M.D. or Worms Rumble in that though, I’ve still to get round to those...but Armageddon will inevitably still be the best.
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Makes sense to get some Halloween-ey games finished.  Last Retro Game You Finished And Your Thoughts - Page 21 1f383

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A relatively unknown 3D adventure game that’s built around Namco’s G-CON 45 lightgun, Ghoul Panic is a game about a witch’s curse that turns people into cats. Patch that though – just recognise it as Point Blank with a cartoony horror theme.

Shooting your way through rooms full of ghouls, mummies, skeletons and spiders, Ghoul Panic almost plays like a dungeon crawler as you travel along corridors and through doors in its maze-like haunted mansion. There’s four floors that get progressively more challenging, but to be honest it’s basically just an extended Arcade Mode with the odd boss chucked in. If you’ve played Point Blank, you’ll know exactly how that works out: you’re presented with random themed stages that’ll have different objectives, time limits and a stated amount of bullets.

I’ll talk about the Point Blank series whenever I can, I think it’s amazing. Ghoul Panic is nearly on that level, oozing creativity, colour and imagination. It has tons of variety for such a limited game style, and a really great upbeat tempo about its presentation and music. The worst thing about Ghoul Panic was that I had to play through it with my PS1 controller, and these Namco lightgun games are always worse with that set-up. I wish there was an easier way to (properly) play these games. I’ll always say it, but why Namco didn’t sort out a quickie compilation of these games for the Wii is a bigger mystery than the whereabouts of Agatha Christie. 8/10.
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Come visit me after all this virus bollocks is sorted, there's a Point Blank machine in the Round 1.
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I've never properly played Point Blank besides when you handed me my arse on it at PlayExpo, Cappa, but it looked like a good laugh. It's a shame peripheral-based games have mostly died a death in the past generation - there's definitely a place for them, I feel.
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There's still room for a Point Blank game using the Joy-Con's IR pointer thingy. Wouldn't have been as good as a corresponding Wii game though.
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Metal Slug (1996)

I've been having a ball with SNK's famously chunky blaster.

The second Metal Slug I've played (after Metal Slug 3), I actually reckon this one is better. The levels are short, the bosses aren't stupidly hard and you never get the feeling that the game is laughing at you. That's not to say it's not hard, it is. I thought Metal Slug 3 was a lot like giving Pele a handjob; by the time you see it through, your fingers will ache, your ego will take a hit and everything just feels artificially hard.

There is a focus and purity to Metal Slug that seems to get lost in subsequent entries, as well as accessibility. Only a certain type of person is playing Metal Slug sequels for fun - old-school purists and talented lunatics. But this original nailed everything immediately - there's a reason newer games piled on gimmicks and different vehicles - they nailed the core gameplay out the gate.

I am enjoying replaying it too, trying to improve my score and using less continues each time. Knowing when to use grenades, where to stand to avoid bullets, boss patterns... I don't tend to like 2D shooters or shmups, but there's something different about the Metal Slug series that just grabs me. The sound design is nice and snappy, the sprite animation is some of the best in videogame history and the music is pretty good for what it is. My main criticism is that you can't just jump into a level - if you want to practise Stage 4, you have to play through the first three too. Otherwise, this is top tier stuff!

9/10 (probably a 10/10 but I need to play them all to see which is the best one)
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PostSubject: Re: Last Retro Game You Finished And Your Thoughts   Last Retro Game You Finished And Your Thoughts - Page 21 EmptyThu 14 Oct 2021 - 23:54

I get a kick out of a Metal Slug now and then but I don't think I'd ever pour enough time into one to see it through. At an arcade though, it's guaranteed at least one of my coins.

@gjones wrote:
I thought Metal Slug 3 was a lot like giving Pele a handjob; by the time you see it through, your fingers will ache, your ego will take a hit and everything just feels artificially hard.

Exquisite.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Retro Game You Finished And Your Thoughts   Last Retro Game You Finished And Your Thoughts - Page 21 EmptyMon 18 Oct 2021 - 22:40

I think the first Metal Slug is the best one too, but X (aka the remade version of Metal Slug 2) and 3 are close. I think the ones after that overload it with gimmicks that don’t stay fresh, but nonetheless they’re all good fun. I’d recommend that any fan of Metal Slug gives In The Hunt a go on Arcade Archives too – it’s essentially the same game, but in a submarine. The people who made In The Hunt in 1993 founded the company that made Metal Slug in 1996.

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Carrying on with my playthroughs of Halloween-ey games but fancying something different at the same time, I made time to play Maniac Mansion. I understand that it’s a hugely influential comedic point-and-click adventure game that paved the way for the likes of Day of the Tentacle, Sam & Max Hit The Road and Grim Fandango. I’ve got no history with any of those though, only really knowing about them from old magazines or from forumite's chat. I’ve always been meaning to play something like one of these games though, and I think I’ve got a good appreciation for the classics, so here we are. I remembered that Jimbob advised me to play this “in a place where (I) can save spam” because it’s got failstates, so that’s what I did. I played through the Amiga version on Antstream using an unnatural-feeling control pad set-up.

Maniac Mansion doesn’t have much of a story, basically boiling down to you and two of your five pals saving your girlfriend from an evil doctor’s mansion. I think this lack of a story is to the game’s disadvantage, as apart from this ultimate goal there’s not a ton of direction here. Without a progressive plotline I felt that Maniac Mansion became a bit aimless at times, feeling unfocused while I wandered around the mansion and interacted with different stuff with my different items in the vain hope that something new would happen. This is maybe an unfair complaint though, because I think this was the style of adventure games at the time? All the same, I needed to load up an old GameFAQs guide a couple of times just to see me through.

Despite its old-fashioned gameplay mechanics I felt that Maniac Mansion was quite a likeable and overall enjoyable game. It’s got an off-beat sense of humour and a unique flavour that goes along very well with its atmospheric and loony spookiness. It’s also quite admirable that the developers were able to pack so much creativity into just so few locations – it’s clearly very advanced stuff considering that it was made in the late ‘80s. A belter of a soundtrack elevates Maniac Mansion too. It’s an all-around good time, 7/10.
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As you’d guess, The Simpsons: Night of the Living Treehouse of Horror is based on the Treehouse of Horror episodes that have run annually since The Simpsons' first season in 1989 into 1990. More specifically, this game from 2001 features seven different mini-episodes that are loose Game Boy Colour-ised adaptations of Treehouse of Horror plotlines from the show. One game is about destroying the vampire version of Mr. Burns, another has you creating a perfect robot employee for the Nuclear Power Plant, and the final one has you scaling the Empire State Building as King Homer.

Needlessly annoying and monotonous, Night of the Living Treehouse of Horror spoils a great idea for a Simpsons game by having utterly rubbish hit detection, a brutally slow pace, lots of boring backtracking and tedious sound design. It’s especially disappointing as its clearly an ambitious game, mixing up all sorts of gameplay mechanics in platforming, top-down shooting, stealthy bits and puzzley bits. It does this with Triple-A presentation (by Game Boy Colour standards, natch). Examining its component parts, some mini-episodes are much better than others. However, that’s more to say that some parts are really bad rather than to say that some levels are really good.

Your feelings wouldn’t be hurt if you played this today, and I guess if you’re wanting a quick Halloween-ey game then there’s worse options. With save states on an emulator it only took me about an hour and a half to finish. Yet to be honest I probably should have spent my time watching old Treehouse of Horror episodes instead. 4/10.
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