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Re: Time to brush up the Gameboy/GBC Hidden Gems list

by noiseredux Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:50 pm

Tanooki's list is solid.
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Re: Time to brush up the Gameboy/GBC Hidden Gems list

by Tanooki Thu Apr 30, 2015 3:34 pm

One thing I used to be well educated with was Gameboy games, especially the pre-GBA stuff. Thanks to how the N64 was choked through more than half its life it turned me into a handheld gamer (and one who owned a Duo too.) I had a LOT of them because they were cheap then and mostly still are cheap now too so I'd experiment a good bit.

Wizards and Warriors (GB) oddly called chapter 10(eh?) Fortress of Fear is a fantastic under the radar game. A solid platformer without all the weird floaty gravity and that totally lost feeling of the NES titles, it had defined stages and tighter controls.

Lemmings/Oh No More Lemmings (GBC) fairly overlooked, a solid conversion and plays well, lacks the ability to speed up walking (ugh) but very good and unlike the old GB version as you can see from the title, has the sequel included.

Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine (GBC) plot is there, the flow of the stages fairly well too, but it is so differently designed and wasn't advertised really at all it went under the radar but it's a solid gauntlet like view indy game with good design to it.

(PC-DOS buddies!) Commander Keen/Duke Nukem (GBC) - They're not the games you grew up with for DOS, but they're designed to be like the old games. Keen is more colorful so it looks a little more different than Duke which is in the style of DN2. They're good throwback platformers.

(Capcom NES/Arcade junk!) They ported 1942 and Ghosts N Goblins to the GBC. 1942 is GBC only, it shows, it's more the arcade game than the NES. The G&G game is a hybrid looks like a straight NES port with a save mechanism(password.) Both are nice though.

Revelations the Demon Slayer (GB/GBC hybrid) - This one from Atlus is if I recall right is part of the earlier days of the SMT series franchise. Play as a human, command, fight, befriend demons, merge them to make better ones, solid adventure. I finished this when it was new back then. Due to the name few realize it's one of the series.

Microsoft Pinball Arcade (GBC) - Conversion of the PC-Windows release, lacks 2 of the tables (one because it is just a sit and watch the ball thing which is boring, the other a 90s DMD style pin too much for GBC to handle.) Low color solid conversions of some excellent Gottlieb EM(mostly) and one SS pinball table...5 in all if I remember right.
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Re: Time to brush up the Gameboy/GBC Hidden Gems list

by PresidentLeever Sat May 02, 2015 6:15 am

Fortress of Fear is one of the worst GB games I've played, not even close to the first two NES games imo.

Actually I don't remember any details on why, but at least Jeremy Parish agrees with me.
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by Tanooki Sat May 02, 2015 1:29 pm

Well I found the NES games with their total no sense of direction and horribly floaty gravity and control an abomination. The GB game is far tighter, linear, good platforming game but it's definitely not perfect or on the level of a Mario game either but it's the only from the franchise I'd bother with anymore.
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Re: Time to brush up the Gameboy/GBC Hidden Gems list

by Betagam7 Tue May 05, 2015 1:36 pm

Am I the only one who found Wendy: Every witch Way to be very underwhelming.

Not only is the game beatable in less than two hours, it's very VERY easy and suffers from some SFX/Music problems in later levels.

Yes the gravity based gameplay was gimmicky at the time but I'm not sure that rescues it to be honest.

I'd like to nominate Deja Vu 1&2 . Two great ports on one cart, an unusual style and genre for the GBC.
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Re: Time to brush up the Gameboy/GBC Hidden Gems list

by alienjesus Tue May 05, 2015 2:38 pm

Betagam7 wrote:Am I the only one who found Wendy: Every witch Way to be very underwhelming.

Not only is the game beatable in less than two hours, it's very VERY easy and suffers from some SFX/Music problems in later levels.

Yes the gravity based gameplay was gimmicky at the time but I'm not sure that rescues it to be honest.

I'd like to nominate Deja Vu 1&2 . Two great ports on one cart, an unusual style and genre for the GBC.


Having played both Deja Vu I & II and Scooby Doo Classic Creep Capers on the GBC, I much prefer the latter.

Whilst we're talking GBC point n click games, I've heard good things about The Fish Files. Anyone got any experience with it? The graphics are definitely impressive - it's very reminiscent of Day of the Tentacle, but on a GBC screen!
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Re: Time to brush up the Gameboy/GBC Hidden Gems list

by noiseredux Tue May 05, 2015 8:27 pm

Scooby Doo is awesome. Like Maniac Mansion.
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Re: Time to brush up the Gameboy/GBC Hidden Gems list

by retrosportsgamer Tue May 05, 2015 9:58 pm

PresidentLeever wrote:Fortress of Fear is one of the worst GB games I've played, not even close to the first two NES games imo.

Actually I don't remember any details on why, but at least Jeremy Parish agrees with me.


Gameboyworld.com is a recent find for me. Love all the scans.
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Re: Time to brush up the Gameboy/GBC Hidden Gems list

by Tanooki Tue May 05, 2015 11:29 pm

I'm surprised I didn't notice that post on the first page with Face Ball, is it really that hard to come by? I know a place one loose cart has sat for years and I think it was pretty cheap too.

I went digging more into that article, reminded me of Ekkusu (X) which was Japanese only, by Dylan Cuthbert of Starfox fame. Great little game, not easy to figure out the controls but if you do, it says it's a gem of a title. I've been in the past tempted to buy it, but never could find it on ebay because 'X' comes up with too much, but going with what I wrote earlier it pops up.
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Re: Time to brush up the Gameboy/GBC Hidden Gems list

by alienjesus Wed May 06, 2015 5:36 am

Tanooki wrote:I'm surprised I didn't notice that post on the first page with Face Ball, is it really that hard to come by? I know a place one loose cart has sat for years and I think it was pretty cheap too.

I went digging more into that article, reminded me of Ekkusu (X) which was Japanese only, by Dylan Cuthbert of Starfox fame. Great little game, not easy to figure out the controls but if you do, it says it's a gem of a title. I've been in the past tempted to buy it, but never could find it on ebay because 'X' comes up with too much, but going with what I wrote earlier it pops up.



I own it, it's pretty solid. I bought it from a site called Nin-Nin-Game. Finding it on eBay is a pain, just like finding D will be for Together Retro this year!

If you want to have an idea how it plays, try the sequel, X-Scape, on DSiWare. I liked that one a lot too, but the controls definitely take some getting used to!
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