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31 Dec 2022

Top 10 Super Nintendo games of all time.


The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) was a wildly popular home video game console in the 1990s, and it had a vast library of games that continue to be beloved by fans today. Here is a list of the top 10 best-selling SNES games of all time:

Super Mario World - Super Mario World was a launch title for the SNES and it quickly became the console's best-selling game. The game introduced new characters, power-ups, and gameplay mechanics that were later incorporated into future Mario games.

Super Mario All-Stars - This compilation of remastered versions of the first four Super Mario Bros. games was a huge hit for the SNES. It introduced enhanced graphics and new features that made the classic games even more enjoyable to play.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars - This role-playing game combined the beloved characters and world of Super Mario with a new turn-based combat system. It was a major success for the SNES and is still considered a classic RPG today.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - A Link to the Past is considered by many to be one of the best games in the Legend of Zelda series. It introduced a new version of the series' iconic overworld and added a number of new gameplay mechanics that have become staples of the franchise.

Donkey Kong Country - Donkey Kong Country was a visually impressive game for its time, with pre-rendered 3D graphics that were unlike anything seen in a platformer before. The game's platforming and mine cart levels were challenging and fun, making it a must-have for SNES owners.

Street Fighter II: The World Warrior - Street Fighter II was a groundbreaking fighting game that introduced a roster of memorable characters and special moves. Its smooth gameplay and deep mechanics made it a hit in arcades and on the SNES.

Super Metroid - Super Metroid was a highly influential action-adventure game that introduced a number of gameplay mechanics that have become staples of the genre. Its atmospheric environments and intense boss battles made it a fan favorite.

Super Punch-Out!! - Super Punch-Out!! was the sequel to the popular Punch-Out!! arcade game, and it added a number of new features and improvements to the formula. Its fast-paced gameplay and colorful cast of characters made it a hit on the SNES.

Chrono Trigger - Chrono Trigger was a critically acclaimed role-playing game that featured a unique battle system and a time-traveling plot. Its memorable characters and epic story made it a must-play for fans of the genre.

Final Fantasy III - Final Fantasy III was the first Final Fantasy game to be released on the SNES, and it introduced a number of new gameplay mechanics that have become staples of the series. Its deep combat system and compelling story made it a fan favorite.

Overall, these 10 games represent some of the best and most influential titles released on the SNES. They continue to be enjoyed by fans today and are considered classics of the video game industry.

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30 Dec 2022

Top 10 Sega Mega Drive games of all time.


The Sega Mega Drive (also known as the Sega Genesis in North America) was a popular home video game console released in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Over its lifetime, the Mega Drive received a wide variety of games, many of which have become classic titles that are still beloved by fans today. Here is a list of the top 10 Sega Mega Drive games of all time:

Sonic the Hedgehog: This fast-paced platformer starring the iconic blue hedgehog quickly became a fan favorite and is still considered one of the best games on the Mega Drive.

Streets of Rage: This side-scrolling beat-'em-up is known for its smooth gameplay, catchy music, and iconic characters.

Gunstar Heroes: This fast-paced run-and-gun shooter is known for its colorful graphics and challenging gameplay.

Phantasy Star IV: This popular role-playing game is known for its deep storytelling, complex characters, and challenging battles.

Shining Force: This tactical role-playing game is known for its intricate battles and memorable characters.

Contra: Hard Corps: This fast-paced run-and-gun shooter is known for its challenging gameplay and explosive action.

Comix Zone: This unique side-scrolling beat-'em-up is set within the panels of a comic book and features distinctive hand-drawn graphics.

Earthworm Jim: This wacky platformer follows the adventures of a heroic earthworm as he battles against strange enemies and bosses.

Altered Beast: This classic beat-'em-up is known for its mythical setting and the ability to transform into powerful creatures.

ToeJam & Earl: This unique action-adventure game follows the adventures of two alien rappers as they try to repair their spaceship and return home.

These are just a few of the many classic games that were released on the Sega Mega Drive. Whether you were a fan of platformers, role-playing games, or action games, the Mega Drive had something for everyone. Many of these games are still available to play today and are a testament to the enduring legacy of the Sega Mega Drive.

You can buy the new Sega Drive Mini console that includes 40 games at

26 Dec 2022

REVIEW: TMNT: Shredder's Revenge: on Nintendo Switch

Review by Jon Donnis
I was a big fan of the TMNT cartoon growing up, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw that TMNT: Shredder's Revenge was released on Nintendo Switch.

"Featuring the original 1980's cartoon voice actors reprising their classic roles, the Heroes in a Half Shell return to brawl in the streets from Manhattan to Coney Island as they face off against the Foot Clan in 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge'."

TMNT: Shredder's Revenge is a classic 2D side scrolling beat 'em up, in the style of Streets of Rage, and with pixel art to firmly make you feel like you were back in the 1980s. 

Here is the plot
"With Bebop and Rocksteady assaulting Channel 6 and stealing super gnarly devices to support Krang and Shredder's latest twisted plan, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge sees the Turtles battling across a righteous range of timeless TMNT locations. From Manhattan and Coney Island, to city rooftops and dank sewers, help the fearsome foursome trounce Foot Soldiers, Triceraton Warriors, and Rock Troops all the way to Dimension X!"

You can play solo or with friends, take control of one of the Turtles, each have their own skills, weapons and moves, and battle you way through each level. It is simple and classic gameplay, beat up the bad guys, collect power ups, build up combos, and save the day.

There are some nice touches to the game, the special moves are fun and will get you out of trouble, when close enough to a bad guy you can throw them, even towards the viewpoint of the player, which is a nice touch. Each character has a different fighting style and weapons, nun chucks, knives, staff, swords etc, certain parts of the environment can also be used or destroyed. Boss fights tend to involve one big enemy and a load of minions.

Pick up pizza to boost your health, smash open boxes for various power ups, hit an exploding barrel and move quickly so it can take out the enemy. You can even perform a taunt!

The Good
Really pretty and well animated pixel art graphics, very cool soundtrack, gameplay is pretty much what you would expect, and ticks all the boxes for a side scrolling beat em up. 

The Bad
You will probably complete the game pretty quick.

Games like this work really well on the Nintendo Switch, even more so on the Switch Lite, the small screen makes everything look even better, and gameplay suits the quick pick up and play style of such consoles.

It is hard to get a side scrolling beat em up wrong, so before you even start playing, you know that this will probably be a good game, but I am even more happy to say that with everything included, the original voice actors, the graphics, the backgrounds etc, it does stand out in the genre.

I score TMNT: Shredder's Revenge: on Nintendo Switch a solid 8/10

Out Now on Nintendo Switch

With a special "Signature Edition" physical release coming at the end of November, you can get a host of extra goodies.
A standard edition copy of the game.
One randomly selected Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles eye mask, players will receive either Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, ORLeonardo
CD Soundtrack featuring 28 tracks presented in a pizza box styled case
4x 30mm Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles metal pins
Metal Shredder keyring
Numbered autograph art card
80mm sewer manhole cover metal coaster

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19 Dec 2022

REVIEW: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Next Gen Update - Xbox Series X

Review by Jon Donnis
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was originally released in 2015, and is widely recognised as one of the greatest games ever made, so it is pointless me just reviewing the game as it is, instead I will specifically concentrate on whether or not it is worth replaying since it now has a next gen update. For the record if you have never played it before, then yes, 100% you need to play this game. But what if like me, you had it when it was first released, and now have either a Xbox Series X or a PS5, should you restart the game from the start? Is there enough there to warrant it? Read on to find out.

My impressions come from the Xbox Series X version.

So, what are the main updates, well obviously the visuals have improved, the game already looked great, but now the game has added some bells and whistles to fully take advantage of the power of Xbox Series X and PS5. We have the addition of ray tracing, which can be chosen from the graphics menu, this mode offers better graphics (mainly the light effects), but the FPS drops to 30. The other new mode is a performance mode, that gives you a greater frame rate (60FPS), but less graphical improvements.

There is a new camera choice to, which is basically just a bit closer to Geralt. more of a modern over the shoulder type view, I am not sure if anyone will actually use this though, as when you have a closer viewpoint, you can't see as much around Geralt, meaning that you might miss enemies etc. But I am all for choice, so it is a welcome addition regardless.

Other than the visual updates, there are also some direct gameplay updates, which are based mainly on complaints from people who played the original release.

There is now a bit more freedom when viewing the world map, taking a page out of the Assassin's Creed games, you can now filter which icons you see, whereas before you just had everything always there, making things seem very busy visually.

Other gameplay improvements include the Quick Sign Casting option, meaning you no longer have to open the radial menu and choose the sign from there, which in turn used to slow down battles, and generally was a bit of a faff. Now it is much quicker to do and allows much more variety in casting. Basically, you hold the left trigger and press a button instead.

A few other improvements include being able to survive falls from higher heights, herbs can now be instantly looted with a quick press of a button, various HUD Configuration options, you can walk slower as well as sprint with a quick tap of the left joystick, and just general fixes here and there.

There are also alternative outfits for some of the characters, specifically Geralt, Dandelion, and the Niflgaardian soldiers, as well as a new quest, "In The Eternal Fire's Shadow" available in Velen

The Good
CD PROJEKT RED have listened to gamers, fixed a few issues, and given what is in essence a free update to anyone who already owns the game. Of the two new graphical options, performance mode is probably the one you will end up choosing and sticking with long term. The better frame rate practically doubles what the original release would get, which in turn makes everything smoother, as well as the graphical updates.

Water reflections look better, as does vegetation and the environment in general.

The ability to pick and choose what you want, the customisation, the choice. As a gamer, choice is everything, so the more choices you give the player the better.

The Bad
Ray tracing mode seems a bit pointless, since it keeps the frame rate at 30. On a high-end PC, you will choose this mode for the maximum possible benefits. On a Xbox Series X or PS5 then you will choose performance mode.

If it has been a while since you played The Witcher 3, and you have one of the newer consoles, then this is a no brainer, you should restart it and enjoy the game all over again. If you have never played The Witcher 3 before, then what are you waiting for? This is one of the all-time great games.

The Next Gen updates are enough to give you reason to play once again.

I score The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Next Gen Update a near perfect 9/10

Out Now!

18 Dec 2022

REVIEW: Petite Adventure on PC (Steam)

Developed by Petite Games and published by Ratalaika Games comes another great little game, and I use the word "little" deliberately for once.
Petite Adventure is a simple 3D driving game, each level represents a different challenge and an objective you need to complete. The faster the time to complete, the better the reward. Rewards are gold, silver and bronze trophies.

There are 32 levels, set across 3 different difficulties. Challenges include doing drifts within certain areas, popping balloons with a giant spiked ball attached to the back of your car, collecting coins on difficult tracks, basic courses you need to complete, you can even play a type of golf, where you have to hit a relatively large golf ball towards the flag. Of course, on the face of it these all sound easy, but when you realise that you have very tight courses, and one mistake means the end of the game for you, the challenge of it all really makes its mark.

You will play with various vehicles depending on the track, maybe a small car, maybe a truck maybe a school bus. Each one is different to handle and a challenge to master.

This is a fun little game, with an equally small download size, which really surprised me considering how good the graphics are. The camera is controlled by the game and will move to the most optimal position as you play through a level. The learning curve is spot on, you will fly through the easy levels, but then find yourself struggling to get that gold as you progress, which creates the all-important replayability factor.

The Good
Fun little game that looks great. Addictive qualities, and perfect learning curve.

The Bad
After a while some of the levels feel a bit repetitive.

For a simple £5 game, you really can't go wrong with Petite Adventure, it is fun to play and that really is all that matters.

Out now on PC (Steam) at 

Also available on Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo Switch

16 Dec 2022

REVIEW: Jitsu Squad on Nintendo Switch

Review by Jon Donnis
Do you like chaotic 4 player side scrolling beat 'em ups? Do you like cartoon graphics? Do you enjoy games that are just plain fun to play? If you answered yes, to any of those, then perhaps I may have just found the game for you.

From Tanuki Creative Studio comes Jitsu Squad, this is such a fun game, instantly reminds me of classic side scroller beat 'em ups like Streets of rage, but with the crazy, chaotic feel of a Super Smash Bros.

"This is the story of the legendary, hidden Kusanagi Stone and the warriors seeking it. Containing the soul of a powerful demon, The Kusanagi stone can grant godly powers to those who awaken it. Now, the wicked sorcerer Origami, destroyer of worlds and lord of darkness, has summoned ancient warriors to find the stone for him, cursing their souls and turning them into animals in the process. Luckily, a mysterious monk called Ramen manages to save four warrior souls from Origami's call: Hero, Baby, Jazz, and Aros, together are the Jitsu Squad! "

Although advertised as a 4-player game, you can also play solo, and switch between the various characters as you play.

The premise is pretty simple, take on wave after wave of bad guys, collect orbs, level up your characters, take down the wicked sorcerer and save the galaxy! Pretty simple.

The massive combos are always fun and your characters can even become briefly immortal and transform.

As mentioned, this game is chaotic, deliberately so. The sheer number of enemies on screen is just insane, but it is all part of the fun. This truly is a game that you will pick up and just enjoy. I have been playing on the Nintendo Switch Lite, and the game works very well on the small screen. The graphics are clear and colourful, and despite the sheer amount of what is going on on-screen, you will never find yourself lost or confused. The controls are simple and easy to get used to, attacks are also pretty simple, and although you will learn new moves as you progress, you won't really find yourself having to memorise things, as you will just perform the moves through your usual chaotic play. The music and sound effects are all of a decent level.

The Good
The most important thing in any game like this is the answer to a simple question, is this fun to play? And Jitsu Squad ticks all the boxes. This really is just a simple old fashioned fun game, where the developers have created something that although not particularly original, that is just so great to play that you won't care. This game will get your adrenaline flowing. The humour throughout is very good. I enjoyed the music too.

The Bad
I can't really think of anything. 

This is easily one of the best beat 'em up games on the market right now for the casual gamer. 

This is a good game, simple as that. I score Jitsu Squad on Nintendo Switch a solid 9/10

Out now on Nintendo Switch at

Collector’s Edition pre-order link

15 Dec 2022

NEWS: Turmoil - The top selling oil drilling simulation game

Gamious has released a free online multiplayer update to their popular oil drilling game Turmoil on Steam. Millions of Turmoil fans will now be able to challenge each other in the quest to become the ultimate oil entrepreneur.


I just wanted to update this news piece with a little review, the game has been out for a while, but the Multiplayer mode as mentioned above is a new addition. I am a big fan of Turmoil, it is a great little game, very addictive. The multiplayer mode is a wonderful addition to the game. You can play either against real life friends, or strangers. This is turn based, so you can have loads of multiplayer games running all at once. Once you have made your moves in the town, you will play a level, but you cant play the next level, until all those you are playing against have also made their moves in the town.

The multiplayer mode really does bring an extra dimension to the game, which will keep you coming back long after you have completed the main campaign and the DLC.

Tumoil as a whole is one of the best quick play simulation games out there. And the addition of Multiplayer, just makes it even better.

I score Tumoil including the DLC (The heat is on) and the new Multiplayer mode, an awesome 9/10.

Love this game!

Mini review by Jon Donnis. 

Read on for more details on the game.

Multiplayer mode features a completely new and a more compact map, where instead of just playing NPCs, players will now be pitted against each other. Players will be able to join a random game against three other players, or start a custom game with friends. The same areas and technology progression as in the main game will be used. It’s also possible to start a game against just one other player, where the remaining open slots will be filled with NPCs.

“Ever since the launch of Turmoil, players have been requesting a multiplayer mode. After releasing the DLC campaign ‘The Heat is On’, and porting the game to other platforms and mobile, we finally got around to making this. We’re thrilled to offer this free update to our players, if only because we can’t wait to take on the competition ourselves!”, said Jos Bouman, Creative Director of Gamious.

Bouman continues: “The Turmoil franchise has been around for years, and it's still going strong. The release of the multiplayer update will certainly not be the last. Work has already started on new content, and we’ll have exciting news to share about that next year!”

Out now on Steam -

About Gamious

Gamious is a game developer based in Haarlem, The Netherlands. Gamious focuses on the creation of original and accessible games with pure gameplay – games they love to play themselves. Gamious is the developer of - among others - Turmoil, Lake, and Lines.

8 Dec 2022

REVIEW: MEGALAN 11 on Nintendo Switch

Review by Jon Donnis
MEGALAN 11 is an exploration-puzzle game.

For the video review of Megalan 11 check out

After responding to a SOS signal, you and your scientific expedition crew find yourself crash landed on a weird planet, as you explore this strange red planet, you find an old abandoned base, now you have shelter, you have to try to fix up the base so you can save yourselves, but you only have 11 days to do it.

There are 5 people in your crew, but you can only rely on yourself, explore the base, fix the equipment by collecting metal, and save yourselves.

Thats the general story and aim of the game. In reality the game revolves mainly around you exploring the base, and eventually defending it too.

You can walk up to boxes, containers etc, and after hitting them a few times, you will collect them as scrap metal. Soon you will find a backpack to help you store the metal, as well as a large container to store larger amounts in. Once you have enough metal you can use it to fix broken doors to gain access to new areas, you can fix the water pumping machine, fix the electrical generator, and so on. You will also be able to pick items up, move them to different locations, depending on the task you need to fulfil.

Find the large lift in the centre, and you will quickly realise that there are multiple levels to the base, each with its own puzzles to solve and things that need fixing. The game itself has a very minimalist feel, both in graphics and also instructions, you will need to figure out pretty much everything I have just said for yourself, there is no hand holding in this game, other than a basic on screen "to do" list. You will get frustrated at first at the slow pace of it all, but eventually you will upgrade your stamina, allowing you to move faster.

Don't forget to "cheer up" your crew mates as well, since that also acts as a way to save your progress.

As the days pass the perils will grow, and the base will be attacked, items stolen and so on, so you will probably need a few playthroughs to really get to grips with everything and be better prepared.

The Good
I liked the minimalist graphics, and after that initial feeling of "what the hell am I supposed to do", you will quickly settle down and start enjoying the game.

The Bad
Terrible name for a game, considering that a game called Mega Man exists, and has decades of brand placement everywhere, so just search for Megalan and you will end up with links to Mega Man. 

The game is very simple, and as such the challenge is limited, and at the start the frustration of not really knowing what you are supposed to do will put players off.

This is a port from PC, and as such the controls don't work great on a Switch Lite. For example you need to press and hold multiple buttons to complete tasks, and as such you can't do this with one thumb, unless you have a fat thumb, so kids with small hands will have to press multiple buttons with more than one finger, so holding the Switch while also doing this is a pain, and not at all natural. I am not sure what the controls were on PC, but this does not work very well on the Switch.

Get past the initial frustration, settle down into the gameplay, and this is a pretty decent game, very relaxing, wont tax your mind too much, and good to just play while listening to some chilled music.

An interesting little game, not ground breaking by any means, but there is enough here to keep you interested, if you can get used to the weird controls and button presses that are needed.

I score MEGALAN 11 on Nintendo Switch a safe 7/10

Released on 30th November 2022 on Nintendo Switch

Video review below, includes looping trailer.

7 Dec 2022

REVIEW: EDENGATE: The Edge of Life on Xbox

Review by Jon Donnis
EDENGATE: The Edge of Life is a new walking simulator/narrative adventure from award-winning writer Matthew Seiji Burns

Created and developed during the pandemic, the game has been designed to represent the fear and loneliness that we all suffered during Government enforced lockdowns and the isolation that we were forced to endure. With a haunting soundtrack composed by Laryssa Okada, does this game succeed in its aims? Read on to find out.

"Mia, a young and promising biologist, awakes in an abandoned hospital with no memory of how she got there. With no other traces of life, Mia tries to piece together the events that brought her to the hospital and unravel the mystery of the now desolate city of Edengate. What happened to her? What happened to the world she remembers? Join Mia on her emotional journey to discover any traces of life and the terrifying events that have befallen the once vibrant city. A fusion of exploration, investigation, puzzle solving and meaningful decision making will lead you on an emotional journey and unveil the events leading to Mia's awakening."

As mentioned, this is a walking simulator/narrative adventure, in English this means that you are playing a story, and witnessing it as it happens, as opposed to how you might control a story when you play. You can approach glowing items which will trigger flashbacks, which further explain what has happened.

The game is played from an over-the-shoulder viewpoint.

You start off in the abandoned hospital, no idea where to go, or what to do, luckily this is a linear game, so as long as you keep moving forward down the only routes available, you will figure things out. There are a few decisions in there, but nothing major.

There are basic puzzles that might need to be solved, for example you enter a room, the door digitally locks behind you, you notice a note on a table, read the note, that gives you a clue to what the code is to open the door. Figure out what the clue is and how to solve it. And job done.

I don't want to say too much about the game, as to do so will spoil the story, but you will relatively quickly leave the hospital, find yourself outside, then back inside a different area and so on. A school, a train station, etc, All the way you will find little objects to look out, the glowing objects which trigger flashbacks, as well as a ghostly child that will appear and then disappear.

Although at times it can feel like a horror story, there are no major jump scares, and things are pretty straight forward. There are no real enemies in the game. 

You will complete the game in perhaps 2-3 hours, depending on if you rush through it, or search every corner for things to interact with.

The Good
Amazing soundtrack that really does make a huge difference. The gameplay is simple, and there isn't much you can get stuck on, so you can just enjoy the narrative being told.

Voice acting is of a very high quality.

The Bad
This is a pretty short game, and unless you rush through it, there is not really a reason to replay it.
There are also some issues when moving, for example you might need to move a crate to reach an area, you move it, and clearly you can just get past, but you have to move it a little but more before you can. It is only a small thing, but in the real world, as soon as you got enough room, you would just hop over something

For me, this game delivered what I was told it would, a story about isolation, with some puzzles, and somewhat of an emotional journey.
If you are looking for excitement, then this game is probably not for you. But if you want to experience a really good story, then you should give it a go.

I enjoyed EDENGATE: The Edge of Life, and score it a lonely and isolating 7/10

Out Now on Xbox