Blimey, it feels like going back to the early days of Red Parsley posting these lists again! Still, I guess I could do with a few easy posts since I'm gearing up for R3Play at the moment (leaving in a few hours - eeek!). Anyone in England, particularly the north-west, could do a lot worse than to check out this giant retro gaming geek-fest! I'll be there along with my good buddy Luke, and I'm looking forward to meeting a lot of Retro Gamer Forumites and Facebook friends there too. It should be an event of special magnificence! Look out for an R3Play-related post here at Red Parsley in the days thereafter. Anyway, on to business... here are the next five of my favourite games!
Fighters Megamix - Saturn (1997)
Arkanoid - Spectrum (1987)
Golden Axe - MegaDrive (1989)
Christmas morning, 1990... finally I got my hands on Sega's 16-bit powerhouse. I played each game as I unwrapped them and the first one was... Golden Axe! Famously billed by Mean Machines magazine as 'arcade perfect' (it's not), this was one of the best of a decent selection of launch titles for the MD and, after Revenge of Shinobi, my favourite. Not only was it a top conversion of their hit arcade game but Sega also kindly included an extra level and a new play mode called 'Duel Mode', which saw the player take on a succession of ever-tougher enemies, to prolong the admittedly short hacking action. A superbly playable game with a great soundtrack, and immense fun for one or two players.
After Burner 2 - Arcade (1987)
Dragon's Fury - MegaDrive (1992)
My appreciation of this pinball classic is well-known! It's inclusion in the list of My Favourite Games goes without saying, the only point of contention is which version to include. Both the PC Engine original and this MegaDrive conversion are amazingly playable games, but they have their differences. Based purely on how much time I've spent playing each version though, I'd have to plump for the MD version, plus it's a bit easier! Smacking a pinball around a table infested with all manner of demonic minions and horrific creatures of unimaginable horror would be entertaining to start with but when you include flawless ball physics, an extensive and intricate scoring system, bonus tables, and a superb soundtrack, pinball videogames simply do not get any better than this!
Next five tomorrow (if I'm not too distracted by the wonders of R3Play - hee hee!)...