No discussion: Galaga is one of the best space shooters the golden arcade age ever produced. There's almost no need to review it now that it's on Xbox Live Arcade, right? Instant classic plus reissue equals massive score? Not so fast. There's something missing that makes this oldie a little less of a goodie.
The core gameplay still gets our adrenaline pumping. Insectoid aliens swoop down on your tiny starfighter, dropping bombs and flying in suicidal, looping lines as you frantically try to
When the original Galaga came out, we were speechless. That’s not unusual for a baby, but we grew up, learned to speak, played Galaga, and liked it. To say Galaga Legions adds something new to that ancient shooter would be missing the point. The new thing – the ability to place two turrets anywhere you like – is this game. Its resemblance to Galaga is tenuous enough to warrant a paternity test. You can now fly freely
The thirtieth anniversary isn't pearl or diamond. No, if Galaga Legions DX is any indication, the proper way to mark the occasion is extending its legacy with a remastered, rethought, and massively rejiggered version of the shmup classic that came out in 1981. To be sure, DX barely resembles the shooter it ostensibly improves upon, and not just because of the graphical overhaul it's gotten. This is more of a finessing of 2008's Galaga Legions, which is to say it's not exactly the most essential Galaga around...
The basics of racing a car are simple enough: hit the gas and go. But racing horses? Far more complex than any machine. Handling a horse demands skill, finesse and even intimate knowledge of its personality quirks. This and many other previously unconsidered realties become apparent upon sampling Gallop Racer 2006, the latest in Tecmo's long-running series of horse-racing simulations. Gallop Racer's attention to detail is meticulous, so much so that it becomes difficult for an outsider to crack
Wario is back with more minigames, but they're not as fun or wacky as you might hope...
Well before the Game Boy even existed, Nintendo’s LCD Game & Watch handhelds were considered the top choice for portable gaming – and the built in alarm clocks were handy too. But with only one game included per handheld unit, it was tough to bring your full game collection on the go. When the line was replaced by its higher powered cousin, bundling a handful of the best Game & Watch games onto one Game Boy cartridge was a great way to enjoy the classics long after the original units kicked the bucket. The activities in Game & Watch Gallery are still amazingly fun even after all these years...
Summer is coming. But that gives you time to invest in the Game of Thrones RPG. Is it worth the trip through Westeros? Our review will give you the lowdown...
Dec 11, 2007
Wii is quickly becoming a third-party crap magnet and Game Party is the latest game you shouldnt buy unless youre either really easy to please or one of the 10 people who rented Gigli just to see how bad it was. Game Party is no Gigli, but each of the 7 events collected here has its fair share of mechanical issues (except maybe Hoop Shot and Trivia) that nearly take the fun out of partying.
Here, in all their half-baked glory, are the games: Darts, Table Hockey (air hockey),
The Cooking Mama series sprung up around the beginning of the DS’s lifespan, when folks were still pretty wowed by the DS’s touch screen. They didn’t mind that the Cooking Mama games consisted of little more than simple minigame challenges strung together under a cooking theme. But now that the DS and Wii markets are oversaturated with novelty minigame compilations, well, Mama’s got to get out of the kitchen and learn some new skills
In hindsight, giving one of the more irritating foes from
Ghosts ‘N Goblins its own spinoff may not have been the smartest marketing
choice for Capcom, but the winged protagonist Firebrand earns his keep in this difficult
and crafty fantasy adventure. Beyond a reputation for being brutal in the
challenge department, Gargoyle’s Quest stands out for its interesting blend of
RPG exploration and action-focused platforming. It’s a tough quest at moments,
but the unusual formula works well...