AGROCAST – Mother 3 – Part 1

The AGROCAST for April 2017 focuses on the first half of the Game Boy Advance game, Mother 3.

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Nail ‘n Scale Nails It

If you want to pique my interest, then put forward an action puzzler with cute graphics based on a 1×1 tile grid. If you really want to get my salivary glands working overtime, stick it on the Game Boy. Nail ‘n Scale meets these superficial criteria, and has an unintentionally lewd sounding name. So I had to jump on it, but how does it measure up? Action puzzler on the Game Boy isn’t exactly a niche category you know.

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Rolan’s Curse 2 – Cursed With Being Too Legit To Quit

Portable games will surprise you again and again with their propensity to bear the most delicious fruit, gems and earnest surprises with stellar frequency. And there have been many times that I’ve been presented with a Game Boy game that I’d never encountered before, hearing little to nothing about it beforehand. My working rule collecting Game Boy is that if I haven’t heard of it, and it’s affordable, then roll the dice. I found Rolan’s Curse 2 at a local retro shop, was blindsided by it, and did just that. Rolled for initiative, and struck. Where does this game fall on the loot table?

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Rolan’s Curse – Cursed With Being Too Cool For School

Before Final Fantasy Adventure, before Link’s Awakening there were games like Rolan’s Curse attempting to fufill the niche of top down action RPG on the Game Boy. A tall order. I like to tout the Game Boy as a mihty little system. A portable console seems to give the impression that shortcomings in games are okay, because they’re smaller. But truly gifted Game Boy developments overcome the limitations of the platform, by differentiating or innovating or just being “that good.” Where does Rolan’s Curse stand?

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Conquering The Krion Conquest

The Krion Conquest is an anomaly. It’s a clear rip of Mega Man, sharing many visual cues and aping certain gameplay functions. By all rights it should be a good game – boasting cute, colourful graphics and killer bosses and decent music. But the North American release omits certain features that seem to have cast it in a negative light with a lot of folks. But The Krion Conquest is by no means a “bad” NES game. Sometimes frustrating, rigid, and unforgiving. But by no means bad by NES bad standards.

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AGROCAST – The Legend of Zelda A Link To The Past

The AGROCAST for March, 2017 focuses on the SNES Zelda entry, A Link To The Past.

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BRUT@L – A Rogue Running The Gauntlet

BRUT@L is a game that pays homage to oldschool Roguelikes, especially those represented through ASCII characters. While Roguelikes have seen a resurgence in the last decade, especially when their elements are brought to Roguelites, Roguelike-likes, and other nomenclaturally confused categories, Brut@l attempts to adapt that time honoured format into a contemporary game.

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NieR Automata – Post Completion Impressions

I don’t normally cover games that are brand new, and certainly not those that have had such widespread coverage already. But I feel I need an outlet for NieR Automata.

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AGROCAST – OutRun vs Rad Racer

The AGROCAST for February 2017 compares and contrasts Sega’s OutRun and Square’s Rad Racer.

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AGROCAST – NES Strider

The AGROCAST for January, 2017 focuses on Strider for the NES.
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