March 23, 2024

42. Winter jumps

In this episode, Andy and Diego dive into more exciting new games, exploring Ringo on the ZX Spectrum and Metal Dragon on the Sega Megadrive. They also share their excitement about the innovative ways to enjoy modern tech, like playing Doom on a lawnmower and watching movies on an Atari 2600. Additionally, they discuss the intriguing fan-made Sega Neptune, bringing a new perspective to retro gaming enthusiasts.

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  • Ringo
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    Ringo is a platform puzzle game exclusive to the ZX Spectrum 128K, notable for its use of an experimental graphics mode that eliminates the common color clash issue inherent to the platform. This game stands out for its vivid, colorful graphics and smooth gameplay, rare for the hardware. Players navigate through various levels, searching for hidden keys to progress while avoiding or outsmarting enemies. A unique feature is the ability to build or break bricks to create paths or barriers, adding a strategic layer to the classic platforming elements. Despite its relatively simple mechanics, Ringo‘s charm lies in its technical achievements, particularly its colorful, clash-free sprites and backgrounds, which are a significant departure from the ZX Spectrum‘s typical graphical limitations.

  • Metal Dragon
    59.90 EUR
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    This top-down shooter for the Sega Megadrive by Kai Magazine draws inspiration from classic arcade games like Commando and Ikari Warriors, with a gameplay twist reminiscent of the Metal Gear series. Players control a character through various combat zones, shooting in all eight directions to eliminate enemies and progress through levels. The game features a range of weapons, from standard rifles to more powerful shotguns and grenades, each altering the player’s strategy. Metal Dragon is distinguished by its parodic narrative, poking fun at Metal Gear Solid, with over-the-top characters and situations. Despite its humor and somewhat repetitiveness, the game delivers solid action, challenging bosses, and a variety of enemies that generally keep gameplay engaging. The graphics and presence of digitised, sound faithfully recreate the era’s arcade feel, making it a nostalgic yet fresh experience for fans of the genre.