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Interesting things about a dull game I once owned…

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When I was younger, and the internet didn’t exist, or at least was in it’s infancy and all you really had to know about video games were from TV and magazines. One way to get your game noticed is to attach it to a franchise that people, kids in this, will notice. Heck the first video game I ever played was Atari Star Wars, so a franchise got me into playing video games! However there’s a catch to these, not all games based on franchises turn out good. I didn’t really own any terribly bad games as a kid, but one game comes to mind as one of the most dull games I ever owned on my childhood format of choice, the GameBoy. This game was We’re Back; a game based on the movie and story book of the same name. The movie was animated by a studio called Amblimation. The studio was funded by Steven Speilburg, and would eventually become Dream Works. Under the Amblimation name, they made the great An American Tail: Fievel Goes West that grossed a huge 65 million dollars. However, We’re Back only grossed a miserly 9 million dollars, because of this We’re Back was only officially released in cinemas in the US.

So how does a Brit like me know about this film?  Continue reading

Rest In Peace Greg Martin

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I could tell you a few reasons why Greg Martin is brilliant, throw you a wiki paste of generic information you will forget when you leave here to play your two hundred strong steam game library of games. BUT you’re here now, and my mother always said you shouldn’t bother listening to strangers and we all know our mothers talk shit. So settle down and hear this good friend.

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Greg Martin had talent for creating original art for animation shows and video games like Adventure Island, Bomberman 2, Taz Mania, Thundercats, The Jetsons and my favourite series the Sonic the Hedgehog games. But Greg had another talent, he was a dreamweaver too. Cast your mind back to the days of three button controllers and a glitch in a game meaning you hit the reset button instead of never playing the game again and forgetting the hard work the developers spooned into the cart you bashed around your bedroom like a kid starved of Lego. Well before I digress, what I mean by Greg Martin being a dreamweaver is way before sonic had a voice and green eyes, all I would have to help my imagination build on the world set out in the a videogame is the artwork like that of Greg Martin’s and quite honestly I was spoiled. Continue reading

My first experience with the Sega MegaDrive

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In 1991, I played a MegaDrive for the first time at a friend’s of my Mother’s house. Her teenage son, who’s name I can’t remember, had a MegaDrive with two games, Sonic the Hedgehog, and ToeJam & Earl. In a weird way, these games were sort of like a first experience in drugs, where the first trip so was so bad I wouldn’t want to touch these games for almost a decade. But allow me to to describe why my seven year old self disliked these games to begin with… Continue reading

Remember those water games?

I have no idea how this came to mind, but remember those water games back in the eighties…?

Yeah, for some odd reason, I reminded myself of these games. It’s simply a tank of water, a pump, some plastic rings and a set of hooks. The game is really simple, it’s a skill game where you press the button and depending on how hard you press the button the rings will get launched with an air bubble and you hope that you can get some rings on the hooks. Very similar to those ring toss games at fun fairs, except this is done with water, and made to look as if it’s a faux video game.

Ring-Toss was the most common Tomy water game that I used to see in the eighties and early nineties.

 There were a few Tomy Water games based on actual video games.

There are plenty of Water Games that were not made by Tomy that took a lot of their ideas

I never owned any of the water games back as a kid, however in 1997, I received this GameBoy shaped water game, with shower gel inside, at Christmas; along with my copy of Lylat Wars on the N64, and a second controller. Made by Grosvenor, not Tomy, the game was pretty the classic ring toss game of old, except this time there were two pumps. These were on the A and B buttons on the GameBoy shaped water game (the d-pad is just decoration), the B button would control a pump on the left hand side of the screen, and the A button would control the pump on the right hand side of the screen. So yeah, Ring toss with two pumps! Well, at the time, with my N64 and all, a Water Game wasn’t terribly exciting, and the most use that it ever got was to use it’s generic smelling shower gel. But if I got this as a kid of 6 years old I would’ve loved the damn thing!

For some reason I wanted one as a kid, but never asked for it… Maybe there was just some toy I wanted over the Water game that I got instead, but I just look at these with rose tinted eyes and remember the late eighties and early nineties… UPDATE: After talking to Focus from the GameGavel forums about water games, he told me that he has one on his iPhone, so after a bit of searching, low and behold, there’s a water game app you can get on iOS and Android…  Crazy…  It’s fortunate that it’s free, I wouldn’t pay for it! >:P

Water Bubble Ring Toss for Android…
Water Bubble Ring Toss of iOS…