UNIRACERS: RETRO REVIEW

Released: December 1994

Developer: DMA Design

Publisher: Nintendo

WHAT IS UNIRACERS?

Uniracers is a racing game for the Super Nintendo. In Uniracers the player is an unmanned unicycle that races through a set track consisting of loops, ramps, twists and turns trying to reach the finish line as fast as possible. Uniracers has a single player mode where you race against A.I. racers as well as a two-player mode where you can challenge friends. May the best Uniracers win!

ARE YOU FAST ENOUGH?

In single player mode, you choose from sixteen coloured unicycles based on your preference since all play the same. There are four tours to choose from at first with four visible unlockable tours once the first tours are mastered. Each tour is made up of five tracks with two races, two circuits, and a stunt track. A hidden ninth tour becomes available once all eight are beaten, with extremely difficult races waiting.

Uniracers Retro Review

IT’S “TRICKY” TO ROCK A UNICYCLE

Your Uniracer can perform tricks while airborne, this is done by hitting any of the face or shoulder buttons. If landed properly, you are given a burst of speed. Doing multiple tricks will result in even more of a boost. Wipe outs will put your racer back to regular speed. So remember to keep your wheel down as you fall back to the track.

UNI-RACE A FRIEND

In Uniracers two player mode, you play against friends on individual tracks or on entire tours. A horizontal split screen shows player one on top and player two on the bottom with a race to the finish line. Stunt tracks are extra fun by trying to out stunt each other within a set time limit.

IN CONCLUSION

Uniracers is a great game with awesome music and fun stunt and racing mechanics. A challenging single player mode will keep players engaged, and a multiplayer mode that will have competitive friends challenging each other over and over. Uniracers will have a special place in any retro gamers collection.

Author: Tom aka The Fobiwan!

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Secret of Mana: Retro Review

 

RELEASED: August 6, 1993 (Japan)

October 3, 1993 (N.A.)

DEVELOPED: Squaresoft

PUBLISHED: Squaresoft

Secret of Mana Retro Review

WHAT IS SECRET OF MANA

Secret of Mana is an action/adventure game with RPG elements, originally released for the Super Nintendo. Like many RPG’s at the time, Secret of Mana uses the overhead view. Set in a world where “Mana” is fading, a boy finds a rusty sword hidden by a waterfall where he and the other children from his village of Poto’s are forbidden. Once he finds his way back home and defeats the Mantis Ant boss that is attacking Poto’s village, he is cast out for releasing the sword that is said to protect the village from monsters. During the boys’ adventures, he learns that the Empire is stealing the wills of the people of Pandora. What could the Empire be up to?

FRIENDS ALONG THE WAY

Once the Mantis Ant is killed in Poto’s village, Jema the Knight tells the boy that he is destined to become the Mana Knight and must restore the Mana Sword to its full power. On his journey in the opening quests, the boy meets up with a girl and a sprite. The girl is trying to find out what happened to her soldier boyfriend Dyluck and the sprite is trying to find his way home.

Later the group saves a small baby dragon named Flammie. King Truffle of Matango Village takes care of Flammie while the group continues their journeys. Once the dragon is mature enough he joins the group as a rideable mount.

STEEL AND SORCERY

While journeying the group finds other weapons and magic to help them along the way. Eight weapons (Sword, Axe, Whip, Spear, Bow and Arrow, Boomerang, Javelin and Glove) and eight magics (Water, Fire, Earth, Wind, Light, Dark, Moon, and Wood). Weapons gain new levels by collecting orbs from defeating bosses or from chests along the way. To add the orb to the weapon you need to visit Watts the Blacksmith. Each weapon changes in appearance with each max level gained. All characters gain weapon experience by using said weapon and killing monsters. Every level gained gives a new chargeable attack that is charged by pressing and holding the attack button, upon releasing the button a special attack is unleashed.

Magic is leveled similarly to weapons by instead of orbs, each mana temple has a mana seed. Once the seal is broken on each seed, a new level can be added to each magic elemental type. Each time a spell is cast, experience is gained for that element until 100 is reached and then a level is gained.

GETTING AROUND

Traveling in Secret of Mana is done in three different ways. Walking is the first way to get around. It is also the best way to level both character experience and weapons/magic. The Canon Travel Centres bring you to key zones, but later on they shoot the group off to far away continents. Lastly our dragon Flammie drops down and whisks us off to anywhere that wants to be explored.

Secret of Mana Retro Review

IN CONCLUSION

 Like many of the RPG’s in the Super Nintendo library, Secret of Mana breaks new ground on controls and mechanics. The attack gauge is a new mechanic that made a stick and move fighting style instead of spamming the attack button. Secret of Mana was celebrated on its Ring command menu, amazing soundtrack, and its colourful graphics. Love for Secret of Mana is still being felt today with its remake in 2018 as well as it being released on virtual consoles and on the SNES classic.

Author: Tom

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Quest 4 Pixels Conversations S2 Ep10

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Saturday, November 24th, 2018

This week Tony, Sheldon and Joel discuss:

  • Bad Reviews of popular games
  • Mobile games we WANT ported to the Switch 
  • Horizon Chase Turbo Playground mode
  • A tease of a new Quest 4 Pixels announcement 

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Horizon Chase Turbo Review : First Place by a Long Shot

Retro inspired arcade racers are mostly a thing of the past. Long gone are the days of a riveting round of Top Gear on your SNES or feeding the arcade machine of Outrun quarter after quarter until all you have in your pockets are lint. With those days now just memories for 30 something year olds who grew up gaming, who is left to carry out this legacy? Is there anyone left that can scratch that nostaligic itch? Enter Aquiris Game Studio, the developer behind the new king of arcade racers Horizon Chase Turbo.   

Horizon Chase Turbo Nintendo Switch

THE SCENIC ROUTE – VISUALS

The visuals in Horizon Chase Turbo are absolutely stunning. Aquiris Game Studio definitely took the right approach with the art direction. The vibrant colors and polygonal shapes really make the background pop. In fact there were times I was so entranced  by the scenery that I missed a turn or crashed into something. (sure Tony, blame the scenery for your mistakes) If you’re anything like me you’ll be reaching for the screenshot button on the Switch more than once while playing Horizon Chase Turbo.

Horizon Chase Turbo Nintendo Switch

SWEET, SWEET JAMS – SOUND

Any 90s gamer can agree that some of the most iconic video game music are the tunes from Top Gear. There was always some so special about having that music in the background as you raced. The team at Aquiris Game Studio was able to bring that magic back by bringing on sound designer Barry Leitch who worked on Top Gear. Playing this game in handheld mode with headphones is the right way to truly enjoy the music and every background sound in Horizon Chase Turbo.

Horizon Chase Turbo Nintendo Switch

UNDER THE HOOD – GAMEPLAY

So you’re probably thinking to yourself “stunning visuals and sweet jams are nice, but how does it feel to play?” Well worry not dear gamer, Horizon Chase Turbo feels fantastic to control. The controls are incredibly tight with and that exactly what you want in a racer.

Horizon Chase Turbo features a campaign mode that takes you to races around the world. The addictive hook of the campaign is getting all the collectible coins, ending the race with gas and getting first place to get a super trophy. Now I’m not one to try and 100 percent games but this is one I’ll definitely putting a solid effort into it.

The new Playground mode will debut on the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One version at launch and will come to the Playstation 4 and Steam version at a later date. Playground mode has you competing in 5 different races with various race rules and modifications. Playground mode will change up the races and rules each season making it perfect to keep racers coming back for more. Competing on leaderboards versus friends and globally is quite addictive.

Pros

  • tight controls
  • slappin’ jams
  • beautiful visuals
  • high replayability

Cons

  • no true online multiplayer, only ghost data and leaderboards
Horizon Chase Turbo Nintendo Switch

To the Finish line

Horizon Chase Turbo on the Nintendo Switch elevates the retro arcade racer genre to the next level. With it’s tight controls, sweet jams and stunning visuals it’s a game that will keep you coming back for more. Not since the days of Top Gear or Outrun has there been a racer so timeless. It’s a must have for title for any Nintendo Switch owner. 

PLAY OR PASS ??

PLAY !

**Thank you to the developer Aquiris Game Studio for providing us with a copy of Horizon Chase Turbo for review**

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Party Hard: Beautifuly Brutal Fun

Party Hard for Nintendo Switch

Could Ya Quiet Down!

It’s time to Party Hard, and get down with another Q4P game reveiew! You’re an annoyed neighbor praying for some peace and quiet, but the quietness never comes. So you decide to take matters into your own hands, and kill them all! Tiny Build has once again nailed down solid, addicting, fun gameplay in Partry Hard. In Party Hard you take on the role of the annoyed neighbor that goes on a killing spree, ending each party one at a time.

Beautifully Brutal Fun

Sheldon Benedict

Brutally Fun Gameplay

The idea is simple, you show up at a party and you kill each guest. The gameplay may be simple but Party Hard will have you slaughtering people in all sorts of creative ways. Your character has one attack, but the levels are full of environmental traps to further your massacre. For instance some levels may have a keg or drink bowel that you can spike with poison which will start taking people out slowly. You can knock someone of a roof, or push someone into a fan all effective methods of taking down the party.

But before you turn into a straight up Jason Voorhees, you need to plan your attack. If someone catches you in the act they will call the police. They will also call the 5-0 if they see a body. The cops will come to the party to bag bodies. If you are called out as the killer, the fuzz will chase you. You can outrun them, and they will give up, but when they come back, they will be harder to shake.

Outside guests that show up at the party consist of firemen, EMT’s, FBI agents, and your friendly local arms dealer. The salesman, who reminds me of the “Whatcha buyin'” guy from Resident Evil 4, will show up from time to time and will hook you up with an item to aid you in your mission. There is a whole bunch of things that you can get like poison, smoke bombs, and more. 

The levels in Party Hard will change every time you restart a level. This will keep you on your toes looking for a new way to take people down. Layouts stay the same but the objects that aid you like beer kegs, punch bowls, grills etc, will change.

Bag The Bodies and Party Down

Party Hard hits so many notes right that make it a must play, especially on Nintendo Switch. It fits the handheld nature of the switch where you can pull it out and kill time (pun intended). With that said, I really do hope that Party Hard 2 will come to switch. It is a game I’d recommend playing with the sound up or with headphones. The music really upgrades the gameplay. Its catchy music that doesn’t wear out while you play. The game also has a story that unfolds as you play, if you’re into storylines. Party Hard will have you coming back for more for a long time. I truly recommend grabbing this game if you haven’t already. Tiny Build keeps pumping out gems like Party Hard and has me super excited to play the squeal.

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