Retro Game Friday: Snowboard Kids 2

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This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering the sequel to Snowboard Kids! It’s Snowboard Kids 2!

Plot Synopsis: The game is set in Snow Town, which is the hometown of the protagonists, and follows the lives of Slash, Nancy, Jam, Linda, Tommy and Wendy. The game shows their daily lives, as they try to arrive at school on time, work part-time delivering newspapers, or take part on trick festivals; as well as the adventures that lead them to each race.

Plot: Wow that sounds like a really boring game, which is probably why most racing games don’t bother to even mask it with a story. Granted that the game is actually fun along the lines of Mario Kart or Diddy Kong Racing (my favorite racing game of the N64 generation), unlike most contemporary racing games.

Characters: Unlike the first game we get to learn more about all the various characters rather than them just being varied in terms of stats. Personally I like the penguin, Coach the most.

Gameplay: The game is lots of fun, and replaced the combo input required for tricks and replaced it with the ability to do multiple tricks in midair, which is was a very welcome change. It plays a lot like Mario Kart.

Art: The art is really aged, but that’s expected given that it’s a N64 game.

Music: Sadly I don’t remember any of it.

Overall: An even better sequel to an already excellent game.

For those who like: Racing, Sports, Snowboarding, Games With a Plot, Excellent Gameplay.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

 

Retro Game Friday: Snowboard Kids

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Hi all for this week’s Retro Game Friday I’m back with a really obscure game that I loved as a kid! It’s Snowboard Kids!

Plot Synopsis: It’s a racing game, there isn’t any plot.

Gameplay: It plays a lot like Mario Kart games, and that’s not a bad thing. There are a few differences however and that is the ability to get two different items at the same time one for personal use like invisibility or a rock and the other to mess with other racers, provided that you had the coins to pick them up. Coins were earned by performing tricks. There were 6 playable characters, although one was unlockable only after completing all the courses. Each had different talents and the measures were Speed for straight line movement, Corner for turns and trick which determines hangtime in the air which allowed for tricks. Snowboard Kids was quite fun, and I really regret that I forgot about this game until only a week ago.

Art: It’s a Nintendo 64 game, so the art has aged poorly. That said it was pretty great at the time.

Music: Don’t remember a whit of it, sorry.

Overall: If you get the chance to pick this up at a garage sale for cheap, buy it. It’s quite fun if you have a Nintendo 64 to play it on.

For those who like: “Kart style games”, Racing, Fun Gameplay, Unusual Courses.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Retro Game Friday: Turok

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This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering an oldie but a goodie! It’s Turok: Dinosaur Hunter!

Plot Synopsis: The player assumes control of Tal’Set (Turok), a Native American time-traveling warrior. The mantle of Turok is passed down every generation to the eldest male. Each Turok is charged with protecting the barrier between Earth and the Lost Land, a primitive world where time has no meaning. The Lost Land is inhabited by a variety of creatures, from dinosaurs to aliens.

Plot: So I don’t remember much of the plot, but that plot synopsis actually caught my attention, if I had an Xbox One I might see about getting the remastered version of this game.

Gameplay: This was the first game developed for the N64 by a third party, which is pretty interesting. It also meant that they were one of the first developers to make a console FPS game. I remember it being pretty fun, but it’s been over 15 years since I last played it, so other than being fun I don’t remember much.

Art: The original N64 version has aged very poorly, but that isn’t surprising given that it’s one of the first full 3D games.

Music: Don’t remember a thing, sorry.

Overall: If you have an Xbox One I’d try out the remastered version, it might be amazing.

For those who like: FPS, FPS games with a Plot, Lots of Bad Guys, Dinosaurs, Aliens, Action.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Retro Game Friday: Perfect Dark

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This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering a game I really enjoyed when I was younger. It’s Perfect Dark!

Plot Synopsis: The player is cast as Carrington Institute agent Joanna Dark, whose excellent scores in training have earned her the codename “Perfect Dark”.On her first mission, she is sent to extract a scientist named Dr. Caroll from the dataDyne skyscraper.

Plot: The plot isn’t super amazing, but it’s not bad either.

Characters: The characters in this game were awesome, and it was pretty refreshing to be a kickass female lead.

Gameplay: This game played alot like Goldeneye, many people’s first console FPS game, and that’s not surprising since it was made by Rare. The multiplayer was fun, although you had to avoid screenwatching friends who would shoot you, and the single player was interesting.

Art: The game hasn’t aged well, but most games from that era haven’t. Was great back in the day though.

Music: Awesome.

Overall: If the graphics had aged better it’d be worth playing, but now it’s probably not worth doing so.

For those who like: FPS games, Spy games, Action, Good Plot, Awesome Gameplay, Great Music, Kickass Female Leads.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Retro Game Friday: Star Wars Racer

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This week on Retro Game Friday I’m covering a game I thought was fun, but never knew was super popular until writing this post. It’s Star Wars Racer, or Star Episode I: Racer in full.

Plot Synopsis: It’s a racing game, they almost never have a plot. But hey that’s a good thing in this game’s case as it’s the only good thing to ever come out of the prequels.

Gameplay: It plays a lot like F-Zero or Wipeout in that it’s all high speed racing with hard to control vehicles. However it somehow manages to outsell those two series, and is the current world record holder for Sci-Fi Racing games in units sold. Go figure.

Art: It’s pretty bad in today’s standards, but hey it was pretty awesome at the time.

Music: Don’t remember much, but it definitely was a Star Wars game.

Overall: You might want to play it if you can get over the stigma attached to the prequels. You don’t have to though as it’s not super amazing.

For those who like: Racing, High Speed Games, Star Wars Prequel Movies (somehow).

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.