Top 3 Strangely Underrated GBC Games Of All Time

Some games are legends. Take Castlevania, Contra or Pokémon as an example – everybody know about them. But are they really your only choices for a stunning, nostalgic experience? Or, in simpler words, are they all you can play right now even though you have lost the console?

First and foremost – worry not. There are thousands of GBC free ROMs download sites on the web where you can get your hands on practically every game ever released.

 

Secondly, your options are not limited to legendary titles alone. There are games that are as good, if not better than the cult classics. But they were somewhat underrated back in the day. Lack of press coverage does not make them any worse, but rather hardens the job for gamers willing to give good old bad boys a shot.

Luckily, I can help with that one. Here is my list of top 5 amazing Game Boy Color games that never got the love they deserved.

 

Kid Dracula

A stunning platformer with an appealing art style, clever level design, and engaging mechanics. Bosses are hard and enemies are ruthless in this game despite the somewhat childish appearance of the main character.

What makes this game stand out is the availability of powers for the main character – Kid Dracula. Summoning blasts, gravity reversal powers, missiles and a shield make this game so much better. They also give it a light fleur of a puzzle game because of the countless new possibilities you may undergo for the sake of progression. All in all, a solid AAA game.

Dexter’s Laboratory: Robot Rampage

If you were a fan of the show back in the day, just like I was, this game is for you! Definitely one of the more prominent representatives of the action-adventure genre!

Game mechanics are simple and addictive. Elevator journey around on their own routs and you need to pop up at the perfect time to either proceed to progression or be destroyed by a vicious, bloodthirsty enemy (a quite-looking robot actually, but that’s not the point here).

The idea may sound rather awkward on paper but is an amazing way to spend free time with a GBC or an emulator on your hands.

Battle Area Toshinden

If you are a fan of fighting game – this bad boy is for you. Brilliant combos, extraordinary characters with an in-depth, narrative-heavy storyline and explicit level design make this game one of my favorite fighting adventures even today. I’d give away Tekken for Battle Arena any day.

 

Super Mario Run Comes to Mobile

 

Super Mario run
Nintendo have launched their first mobile game called Super Mario Run, initially this is only available for the iPhone but will be on Android soon priced at £7.99 it isn’t the cheapest app out there but with the level of play you experience it’s certainly worth every penny.

The min difference between this version and the Wii console version is the lack of the run button, hence the name Mario Run.  Mario run automatically on the mobile version which means you have no time to pause or run faster if you are trying to avoid danger.  This does give the game an extra dimension over the console game.

There are 24 levels to progress through and each one is completed by reaching the flag but there is a further dimension of collecting five coloured coins on every run. If you manage to collect all the coins it opens a new and more difficult run which will make you restart the level several times as you don’t want to miss these new runs.  There is even a black coin run for the super gamers out there who collect all these special coins.

So this is a fabulous edition to your iphone or iPad gaming collection, the only downside is that you have to be online to play these levels well at least to move onto the next level.

Definitely worth the money highly recommend.

Nintendo Nes Mini, have you got yours yet?

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**As of writing this new stocks are expected in early December **

So Nintendo have released their compact versoin of the classic NES machine and called it the Nintendo NES Mini which was originally launched in 1986 and this time it comes complete with 30 titles pre-loaded (a list can be found below, with some classic favourites you may or may not remember). Although you can’t add games or play the original cartridges with a list of the 30 best games on board I don’t this will be an issue.

A great feature all you retro lovers out there will find awesome is the ability to play the games in 4:3 ratio display which gives a pixel replica of the original screen output. There is also a CTR mode which looks like an old TV scan lines and all. However to keep up with the times you can also play the games in 60Hz HD

Another fetaure the original never had was the ability to save or suspend a game and come back to it where you left off which is essential in my view for the longer adventure games.

Nintendo Mini NES Spec

  • HDMI Port
  • USB Port – to allow you to plug this into a power source

 

A full list of Nintendo Classic Mini games can be found below:

What are you toys worth now?

I originally posted this infograph back in 2015, interesting to know an original never used Nintendo Nes would be worth so much. Better buy 2 Nintendo Nes Mini one to play and one for the loft, that’s if you can find one.

Ever wonder what your toys would be worth now if you hadn’t played with them and later sent them to the tip.  Oh well we have all done it, anyway this infographic will give you a taste of what they would have been worth.


Acorn Electron

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The Acorn Electron was the very first computer I ever owned, while all my friends were looking at Sinclair’s offerings I was always more drawn to the BBC range of computers including the model B which at the time was too expensive to have as a home computer for me.  What the Acorn Electron offered was a computer from the BBC family at half the size and a fraction of the cost coming in at £199 which back in 1983 when it was released was actually a lot of money considering the price of computers laptops and games consoles like th PS4 and Xbox 1 cost now in 2016.

The model was launched in the August 1983 and this was a must have Xmas present a reported 300,000 orders were placed in the run up to the Christmas and I was on the list, we are going back a long way now but I remember the computer shop at the time and going in to see if it had arrived only to be told it hadn’t arrived. (no checking online or waiting for a text message in 1983).  I believe later because of problems in the ULA the main part of the machine that only one in ten they produced actually worked and therefore only 30,000 ever made the shops and were sold in time for Christmas.

Luckily for me I was one of the luck 30,000 and my Christmas was complete that year.  I never thought 33 years later I would be writing about this little computer which I still own and is hidden in my loft somewhere (I will update this post with a picture next time I come across it).

Games

cassette-playerLoading the games was nothing but frustrating, the games came on a cassette and this was a separate player linked to your computer, you had to press play and adjust the volume to just the right setting to make sure the computer started loading the software.  The screen would then show this sort of psychedelic display of blocks of colours so you knew it was loading, however after what seemed like 30 mins of the screeching noise sometimes you found the game had not loaded and you would have to repeat the whole process this time with the volume slightly adjusted to make sure this time it worked. (I sound like an old dad when I say kids don’t know they are born the speed games load now and they still moan these are slow, if only they knew !!)

I was very much trying to programme the computer in its basic language this is where I think my love of all things gadget and computers came from, however I very much remember the game called Chuckie Egg, the idea was to collect the eggs climbing up levels without being caught by the birds and I think to win you had to reach the main bird in the cage, controls were primitive sided to side up the ladder and down and a jump function.

 

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Specification

CPU: Features a 6502A processor, running at a clock rate of 0.5 – 2MHz, Ferranti Semiconductor ULA coprocessor

Memory 32K RAM, 32K ROM

Sound: One Channel sound

Video Resolution: 640 x 256 pixels

Conclusion

As I actually owned a Acorn Electron and this was my first computer it will always be my favourite from the early home computers of the 1980’s although my friends and family didn’t share my enthusiasm and went onto to buy other machines from this time inclusing the ZX Spectrum, the Dragon 32 an Commador 64 which I will all cover in detail in this journey through the history of the now Retro Computer.

Geeks Have Landed Has Gone All Retro

Retro Gaming

At Geeks Have Landed we have always looked to the future to bring you news and reviews on the latest gadgets, technology and computing.

After being away for a few months we are back but Geeks Have Landed is back with a new focus, rather than bringing you the latest technology and gadgets we are going back in time to bring you all the latest in the world of Retro Computing and Retro Gaming.

Retro computing and gaming machines are making a comeback as people like myself who grew up with these early computers and gaming machines are looking to the past to re-live our youth.

So we will be looking at the original computers and how they evolved into games consoles to the dedicated games consoles and of course talking about those early games that laid the pathway to the games we play today.

We will also be looking at the return of these gaming consoles with the introduction of the new but definitely retro gaming machines like the Nintendo NES and the anticipated Sinclair ZX Vegas.

So I am looking forward to talking all things retro, so without delay lets get started …..