Sunday, August 22, 2010

The GP2X Caanoo is here!

CaanooAfter lots of teasing, the latest Linux-based, emulator friendly, cheap and powerful Gamepark handheld has been released and you can now grab your very own Caanoo. You can even get it in black. As for me, I'll be taking my WiZ to the islands. See you September!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Galcon Labs for free (iPhone)

Galcon LabsIf you've got an iPhone and let's face it, chances are you've got one, you'd better hurry over to the App Store and grab the fantastic, simple and incredibly addictive RTS strategy game that is Galcon Labs for free. You've only got this weekend. Here's the link.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The FunGP is finally here!

Well, it may be a year or so late, but GamePark's online store and freeware hub is finally fully functional and filled with games, emultors and apps. Visit FunGP, browse it and download all the software you'll ever need for your Caanoo and WiZ. It's even got a nice interface!

Kaptain Brawe: the iAdventures

Must have been 5 or 6 years ago when I first encountered the incredibly promising Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World point-and-click adventure game. Even tried a demo and wrote a preview back then, when quite suddenly said humorous little sci-fi game, well, sort of disappeared. It was a shame too, as the demo was really good sporting interesting puzzles, weird characters, excellent 2D graphics and a ton of added style.

Anyway. Good news is Kaptain Brawe just resurfaced and will very soon be available to play, not only on your PC or Mac, but on Apple's definitely handheld and quite portable iDevices too. Expect the game to be available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch on the first day of November, with (discounted) preorders starting September 15th. Find out more about Kaptain Brawe and patiently wait to order your copy here.

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Game & Watch remakes

Donkey Kong Jr Game & Watch

It's been quite sometime since I started enjoying those old Game & Watch LCD handhelds by Nintendo, and I must admit to being absolutely startled at the sheer playability and addictiveness of those rather ancient handhelds. Though I could suggest you have a look over at eBay in order to grab a couple, I'm quite aware of their, well, rather inflated prices, and this is the reason why I will suggest you visit Handheld Remakes instead. 

There, you will find excellent simulated versions of some of the best Game & Watch games, that -though not particularly portable- have lost nothing in the translation. What's more, those remakes are far from restricted to Nintendo's early games. You'll find a ton of Mattel, Bandai, Tiger etc stuff to help you waste your time in a most pleasant way. Enjoy.

Friday, August 13, 2010

How the 3DS works

3ds techShockingly it's not by magic and neither Rincewind, nor the Unseen University have something to do with, which frankly is a shame. Oh well, pointless Discworld references aside, this excellent article will help you understand the glorious simplicity of the thing. Also contains a handy video.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Amazon Kindle gets playful

I've been this close to grabbing a Kindle e-reader by Amazon for quite some time now, but finally it's been decided! I'll be getting a Wi-Fi one as soon as possible and will very soon be enjoying a ton of digital books on the closest thing to paper a screen can come up with. Possibly on the beach. As an added bonus, I guess I'll be gaming on my little portable device too, as Amazon has already started providing the Kindle with games.

They might just be relatively simple puzzle, card and word games for now, but Crosswords, Backgammon, Remove-A-Pair Solitaire, Mathdoku, Sudoku and the rest are a good start. And I can really feel it in my bones, that they will soon be accompanied by some excellent interactive fiction (you know, text adventures) soon. Possibly even some ports of Infocom and Level 9 games too, or at least the emulators needed. 

Monday, August 09, 2010

Atari Lynx video review

A most excellent hardware review of the Atari Lynx handheld, that showcases both models of the console. 

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Galcon Android

Galcon is a brilliant, simple and incredibly fun real-time-strategy game I've already loved and reviewed in its PC version. Good news is it will also be appearing on Android too. No, really, it's been confirmed

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Intellivision Lives on the DS

Intellivision Lives DSI really can't have enough retro ports on modern consoles, and apparently the good people responsible for the forthcoming Intellivision Lives DS are more than eager to indulge me. Their retro compilation featuring over 60 emulated classic, forgotten and even obscure Intellivision games will be available for the DS this September. Joy, oh joy!

What's more, the team responsible for this project -as you might have already guessed- is the Intellivision Lives team; the same Intellivision experts we've known and loved for ages. Oh, and that touch-screen of the DS will definitely come in handy with emulating the odd Intellivision controller. Here's the trailer:

Monday, August 02, 2010

Redemption - Liar (Wiz)

Redemption - Liar

Aha! A commercial game for the Wiz; how very interesting and promising. Redemption - Liar, you see, is what I believe to be the first non-indie release for the console and definitely the first one gamers can buy on a proper cart. Well, okay, a proper SD card that is. Now, as I haven't played the game myself just yet, I can't really comment on its quality, but I have to admit it looks interesting. Sounds good on paper too.

Redemption - Liar is an action RPG that seems to be rather deep and offer a lot of content. Graphics and music seem decent (here's a rather bad but enlightening gameplay video) and according to them Play Asia customer reviews the game is good. It even comes wth five arcade games on the card throw in. Oh, and you can find out more and of course grab yourselves a copy of the game here.