One of the best things about tearing into a remake of a classic game is not just the satisfaction you get from embarking on an adventure that's stood the test of time. No, it's the contentment you get when you realize, halfway through the adventure, that the developers of today have lessons to learn from the past. Final Fantasy IV Advance is an absolute blast from beginning to end.
If you, like many, missed the game the first time around, you'll still be in for a sweet ride. The adventure
Some things just do not age well. Ten years ago the rotting corpses, flesh-rending hounds and bloodthirsty plants of Resident Evil managed to squeeze a few jumpy scares out of our throats; today they're so damn tame and ugly that only the heaviest helping of fond memories will keep you from foaming at the mouth in frustration.
So you're trapped in a shabbily run mansion, searching for folks who've likely long been eaten by the mindless, skin-feasting zombies that roam about. There's precious
Guys are always doing stupid things to get their dream girls' attention, but no one can boast more than the ambiguous hero of The Rub Rabbits!. His love-stricken chase for affection spreads across 35 short and sweet minigames, each involving an outrageous, often sexually-charged scenario. He's a man willing to fight off clanky, robotic bears, wade through swift moving rivers loaded with mutant alligators and climb frozen mountaintops for nothing more than a kiss from his silhouetted
It's not often that a game makes you laugh. And by that we mean really laugh. You know, the kind of laughter that gets funny looks from anyone unlucky enough to be sat next to you on the train. The kind that, with each little chuckle, makes people think you're a bit mental. Partners in Time does. Like its predecessor, Superstar Saga, it's a real class act in terms of dialogue, scripting and story. An excuse for Nintendo to poke fun at their best-loved mascot and deliver something that feels
What happens when Nintendo puts together a completely nutso piece of musical software that's so out of the ordinary it's not even carried on retail store shelves? After playing with a gaggle of fish-like creatures that react in musical ways depending on how you touch them with the stylus, two GamesRadar editors dive into Electroplankton:
Dan Amrich, Working Musician: Electroplankton struck me as the handheld equivalent of a toy xylophone. It's got lots of pretty colors and anybody of any age
If arcades were still packed with games like Metroid Prime Pinball, wed all be spending a lot more time at the mall. The idea of series heroine Samus Aran trapped in morph ball mode, ricocheting across a pinball table seems totally asinine. But somehow it works, and most everything that makes the standout Prime series shine is represented here. The game even comes bundled with a new Rumble Pak to provide a small but crucial sampling of the tactile glee classic pinball machines have.
Prince of Persia as an action platformer: great. But as a turn based strategy game? Prince moves four squares across the wall, buzzsaw trap moves three? Um, maybe not.
In actual fact, it's turned out a lot like Advance Wars, with the Prince (and various other generals) leading armies all over the Middle East and India in the period between Sands of Time and The Warrior Within.
And, you know, it's also turned out rather brilliantly. The gameplay system, based around randomly drawn cards set in
Back when Snowboard Kids showed up on the game-starved N64, it had a certain charm that outweighed its most obvious flaws. Yes, it was the slowest racing game we'd ever seen, and no, it wasn't the prettiest.
The characters were a bunch of cartoon 10-year-olds and after the halfway mark, when the game's designers must have got tired of drawing snowy mountains, your pre-teen snowboard genius would be sliding over green meadows, sandy deserts, and cherry blossom-strewn Japanese lanes. Snowboard
There really is a lot of love here. Wire-free online play aside, Mario Kart DS gets so much right it's untrue. So much in fact that it's easy to forgive the fact that many of those irritating classic Mario Kart quirks have reared their ugly heads on to DS.Let's start with these quirks to get them out of the way. 50cc mode is still painfully slow and dull as ditchwater - it was true in Double Dash and the same applies here. It feels like your karts are driving through soup; every straight on
You find yourself stranded on a beach with nothing but your clothes and a backpack. You're hungry and thirsty, wet and tired, and the only thing you can do is wander around in search of food and shelter. An investigation of the immediate area turns up some coconuts, which manage to alleviate your thirst long enough to find some bark and twigs. A nearby cave gives you enough shelter to start your first fire. You end your day alone, exhausted.The following day brings more discoveries in the form