I was able to purchase an old classic book edited by Walter Day himself. It's the Official Video Game & Pinball Book Of World Records, 1st Edition published in 1998. This book details "The Official Scoreboard for the World of Video Game & Pinball Playing", Twin Galaxies opens its vaults and reveals who the champions of the electronic gaming world are. The only book of its kind, this volume lists thousands of games--old and new--and crowns the top ten champions of every pinball, home game, network game, computer game, and arcade game ever made. Illustrations. This book was sold at Discover Books Website.
This is the review of the RDP RetroDuo Portable V.2.0 handheld system. This is a fairly new item that has been on the market less than a year. I have purchased this item with the excitement of playing the original classic Nintendo and Super Nintendo games on a portable handheld device.
There are many recycled versions of classic Nintendo and Sega games on Gameboy, Wii U Shop, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and MAME, but to me there is nothing like playing the original cartridge that was played back in the 1980s and 1990s. I do own the systems and controllers from back in the day but most of the time they are stored away or unplugged. With this new portable device it’s easy to turn on the classics and play them anywhere. There is no TV required. When I first saw this item online, I immediately got excited and had a vision of myself playing The Legend of Zelda in my backyard on the deck or in the bedroom at night with headphones so no one was disturbed.
I have been wanting to do this for a long time now and because my Xbox arcade is now “near perfect” it’s time. Basically what I’m going to do is hit the random button on my arcade and play the game for one credit. I will then talk about my experience.
1991 Data East
Rohga Armor Force. I’ve definitely never heard of this arcade game. Right on the title screen it says it’s by Data East and released in 1991. Data East did so many awesome arcade games in the late 80s and early 90s that it’s a surprise that I’ve not heard of this one.
So the game is 2 player cooperative which is always a bonus and the music sounds amazing. Upon pressing start you get the option to select a character or construct one, which is of course what I did. You get to choose different heads, bodies and legs for your character, which is a mech.
Rohga is a scrolling mech shmup where your weapons control like the classic NES Contra! As you progress there are spots that are isometric 3D that you can move up and down on to avoid enemies which is a nice touch. The difficulty is definitely arcade as I handedly got my ass destroyed not too far into the first level. Upon continue, even though you start off exactly where you died, your score resets to zero so there won’t be any world records for the richest kids on the block. That gives this game more replayability to me as you have that challenge aspect.
- Pros -
– Customization options
– 2 player coop
– Great music
– High score aspect
- Cons -
– Higher difficulty
- Single Credit Synopsis -
Overall, I really like Rohga Armor Force and will add it to my “need to play” list. It’s a solid scrolling ground based shmup with tight controls and a killer soundtrack.