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12:53 PM on 03.10.2011

See Ya, GDC. Hello, PAX East



I’m still not fully recovered from all of the rad stuff that went on last week at GDC in San Francisco (see some of my coverage here, here and here), but nevertheless, I’m headed to Boston this weekend for PAX East.

The chip showcase we had there last year was pretty legit, but this year it’s going into overdrive: Local allies Boston8bit have teamed up with MAGFest to organize a 3-part chip showcase featuring 15 performers and 3 visual artists to the PAX East Jamspace on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

I’ll be giving a presentation on the history of chip music Saturday morning at 10 AM in the Jamspace, then performing alongside AdamGetsAwesome, Danimal Cannon, Bright Primate and Smiletron from 11 - 2 PM.

I’ll be bringing some merch with me too: Micro-CD’s (the same ones I premiered at PAX Prime - only a couple left) and brand-new 1” Zen Albatross buttons, brought to you thanks to the hard work of Jenn DLV:



Other must-see acts like NY chiptune forebears Bit Shifter and Glomag will also be performing throughout the weekend. And if you're still around on Sunday, definitely don't miss casio/gameboy duo The Shortsleeves, who are on tour this month.

Here's the full lineup:

=== FRIDAY ===
Cathode Rays
Oxygenstar
Active Knowledge
Animal Style
Bit Shifter

=== SATURDAY ===
AdamGetsAwesome
Zen Albatross
Danimal Cannon
Br1ght Pr1mate
Smiletron

=== SUNDAY ===
7th Gear
Facundo
Shortsleeves
Disasterpeace
glomag and Corset lore

=== VISUAL ARTISTS ===
InvaderBacca
HN_i_C
Batsly Adams

More info + RSVP here.   read


8:11 PM on 08.16.2010

Babycastles: Where Punk Rock & Homemade Videogames Live In Sweet Harmony



Oh wow, I haven't posted here in quite a while. Do I even know anyone on this site anymore? Anywho, I thought you (whoever you are) might like to check out some on-site reporting I've done for Vice on a DIY indie games arcade that's making waves here in New York City. Enjoy!

In New York City, there’s a new arcade in town. But don’t expect to find anything you could purchase at your local Gamestop here. Instead, the homemade titles that fill the ramshackle cabinets of this musty basement just off the L train’s Halsey stop are part of an underground movement that’s re-invigorating interest in grassroots game development by taking to heart a credo strikingly similar to that of the early punk rock scene.

The place is Silent Barn, an active DIY music venue in Ridgewood, Queens that has quickly become an unlikely hub of videogame counterculture through Babycastles, a curated gallery of independently developed games from developers around the world. Normally a faceless exchange operating through all manner of internet message boards, blogs and IRC channels, Babycastles co-founders Syed Salahuddin, Kunal Gupta and Arthur Ward aim to bring the indie games community back into meatspace. And they’re doing it the only way they know how to: By throwing raucous parties with live music and huge crowds of gaming enthusiasts button-mashing away on arcade cabinets lovingly crafted from planks of wood, painted styrofoam and whatever else was lying around that day.

Check out more photos from the most recent Babycastles event on MOTHERBOARD.

Photo by Earl Z. Madness   read


10:57 AM on 03.13.2010

Pulsewave 3.20.2010 - Minusbaby, Zen Albatross, Active Knowledge & Mike Goodman



Hello, Destructo-friends. It's Self-Promotion Time:

I'm going to be playing Pulsewave, New York's largest monthly chipmusic event next weekend with my pals Minusbaby of 8bitpeoples and Active Knowledge of Boston 8-Bit. If you're in the area, holla at yer boy/albatross.

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Saturday, March 20th, 2010
8 PM - 12 AM
$10
All Ages

The Tank
354 West 45th Street
Between 8th and 9th Avenues

GOOGLE MAP
http://3.ly/thetank

BY SUBWAY
A, C, E, N, Q, R, W, 1, 2, 3, B, D, F, V, S, or 7 to 42nd Street

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And if you can't make it, you'd better be in Boston the following week for PAX East -- I'll be joined by Disasterpeace, Br1ghtPr1mate, A_Rival, Active Knowledge and more for two days of chip concerts and panels in the Jamspace room. Be there or be square(wave).   read


12:28 PM on 02.13.2010

Indie Love Bundle: Machinarium, And Yet It Moves, Osmos and more for only $20



Flowers, chocolates and poetry are all well and good, but nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like a bouquet of award-winning indie games. Fortunately for all you shortchanged cassanovas out there, the Indie Love Bundle is here with an affordable package of quality independent titles guaranteed to amplify the affections of your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. Or to be enjoyed by yourself whilst stomping on rose petals and angrily expressing your disdain for the Hallmark card company.



The bundle gives you six amazing indie titles for PC, Mac and Linux: Robotic puzzle adventure Machinarium, serene biophysics engine Osmos, gravity-shifting platformer And Yet It Moves, side-scrolling action RPG Aztaka, abstract audiovisual reverie Auditorium and ambient space simulator Eufloria are all included. And of course, the best part is that you get all of this for only $20. It’s an absolute steal, but just like an alarmingly high percentage of marriages, it won’t last forever — You’ll only be able to snag the bundle up until the clock strikes midnight next week on February 19th, so get moving. Whether you’re lovestruck or loveless this year, don’t pass up this amazing opportunity to experience some of the most important independent games of the past few years.

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7:57 PM on 12.29.2009

Giant Mega-NARP this weekend at MAGFest!



If you were planning on spending another New Year’s Eve trolling NeoGAF while downing leftover egg nog, please first reconsider your life, then head down to Alexandria, Virginia to celebrate the earliest days of 2010 surrounded by rad videogames, loud music and swell folks.



Now in its 8th year, MAGFest (Music and Gaming Festival) is an annual gathering of videogame composers, chip musicians, artists, remixers, gamers and fans. The Fest kicks off on New Years Eve and goes non-stop until January 4th. So after running myself ragged last week at Blip Festival, the next logical step is obviously to jump on a Mega Bus and head to Virginia for four more days of alcoholism, hearing loss and sleep deprivation.

I won’t be alone, though — My pals from the Destructoid community will have a considerable presence at the Fest, traveling in packs from Maryland, New York, Boston and New Jersey. Somehow, amid all of this madness, I’ll be playing two live shows and running an LSDJ/chipmusic workshop. That’s of course in addition to all of the other fabulous concerts, panels and special events occurring throughout the weekend.
Put simply, MAGFest is the ideal setting for what promises to be a truly epic NARP.

And NARP we shall. Be sure to check the MAGFest website for more details, and definitely consider showing up for a night or two if you live in the nearby area. As a 2-year MAGveteran, I can assure you that good times will be had.   read


12:33 PM on 12.25.2009

Merry Chipmas: Four Holiday-themed Chiptune Albums

Everyone knows that the holidays are meant to be a time for selflessness, love and celebration. And no one embodies the spirit of the season quite like the international chipmusic community, who year after year gift the general public with a giant Santa-sack of free music. Therefore, in keeping with tradition, I present to you four holiday-themed albums from a variety of chipmusicians that are sure to liven your holiday festivities with 8-bit cheer.

NEW ARRIVALS:

1. Rush Coil - ‘8-bit Christmas’



The newest addition to the internet’s growing library of 8-bit holiday albums, 8-bit Christmas features holiday favorites like ‘Carol of the Bells,’ ‘What Child Is This’ and ‘Auld Lang Syne’ done over in the style of vintage console soundchips… with a couple of interesting twists, of course. The album is streaming for free on Rush Coil’s website, and for a mere $4, you can download the whole thing in crystal-clear, DRM-free MP3 format. What’s more, all the proceeds from the album’s sales are being donated to Child’s Play, the children’s charity organization started by Gabe and Tycho of Penny Arcade.

Listen/Buy: 8-bit Christmas

2. V/A - ‘8bitcollective Advent Calendar’

This collection of holiday chiptune jams was assembled over the course of 24 days by artists on 8bitcollective.com, a community-based chipmusic media sharing site. It features some pretty hilarious permutations of holiday classics that certainly warrant downing a couple glasses of egg nog prior to listening. Stealthily slip a few of these tracks into your relatives’ holiday playlists during that boring family gathering and see what happens.

Download: 8bitcollective Advent Calendar

GHOSTS OF CHIPMAS PAST:

3. Doctor Octoroc - ‘8-bit Jesus’



Last year’s lo-bit holiday hit is still going strong. Assembled by arrangement artist Doctor Octoroc, 8-bit Jesus re-imagines 9 holiday favorites using the compositional styles of classic videogame composers. With insane mash-ups like ‘Carol of the Belmonts’ and ‘We Three Konami,’ this one’s sure to please holiday party-goers for years to come.

Download: 8-bit Jesus

4. V/A - ‘The 8 bits of Christmas’

Old-school 8bitpeoples! This album represents one of the earlier compilations of the artists on the 8bitpeoples netlabel. Hally, Bit Shifter, Nullsleep, Goto80, Yerzmyey, Vim, Paul Slocum and Dma-Sc deliver eight heavily-stylized jams that float and sparkle like the winter snow.

Download: The 8 Bits of Christmas

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My dearest Destructoiders: Have a safe and pleasant holiday season, and a joyous New Year. See you in 2010!   read


8:44 AM on 12.04.2009

Countdown to Blip Festival 2009



It’s spreading. Slowly but surely, it’s infecting all of us. Can you feel it? No, not that weird rash on your inner thigh. That’s gross. In fact, you should probably get that checked out. I’m talking about Blip Fever, a highly metaphorical sickness I’ve made up for the purposes of this blog. Symptoms include dancing uncontrollably at random, vivid pixelated dreams and listening to this on repeat while laying in the fetal position in an empty corner of your bedroom. Okay, that last part was totally unrelated, but it doesn’t change the fact that Blip Festival is less than 2 weeks away and needless to say, things are getting pretty gosh-darn exciting.

Psilodump, Patric Catani, glomag and Eat Rabbit have filled the remaining spaces in the lineup, giving us a grand total of 32 performers at this year’s lo-fi festivities. And thanks to nearly 100 devoted supporters, this year’s Blip Festival has been fully funded through a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter, exceeding their $5,000 goal within a matter of days.

If you’re new to this sort of thing, here’s a brief history lesson: The chipmusic movement started in the late 90’s when a small handful of programmers began creating and performing music using the sound chips found in obsolete videogame consoles and computer hardware. Catalyzed by the distribution of homebrew software that makes these manipulations possible, chipmusic has catapulted itself out of basements and onto the stage, with hundreds of artists now incorporating 8-bit hardware into live musical performances. Now in its 4th year, Blip Fest is at the forefront of this movement, and continues to impress audiences time and time again.

This is the one event that truly encapsulates what chipmusic is all about. Whether you’re a veteran of the scene or just discovering what chipmusic is by reading this post, it’s definitely worth your while to journey to The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY on December 17th–19th and see what all the fuss is about. Check BlipFestival.org to find more info and buy tickets.

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7:30 PM on 12.03.2009

Free 'Autumntunes' chip compo now available on Ubiktune



The holidays are almost upon us, but before you deck the halls and bust out the egg nog, why not spend the last few days of Autumn reflecting on brisk winds and golden brown falling leaves with 'Autumntunes,' a seasonal chipmusic compilation available for free on Ubiktune.

The compilation features some fantastic new music from Jake 'virt' Kaufman, Alex Mauer, Zan-zan-zawa-veia, Syphus, Shnabubula, C-jeff and more. If you like what you hear -- and I'm certain you will -- be sure to check out the rest of Ubiktune's catalog for more free music from great chip artists.   read


9:09 PM on 11.23.2009

Twitter-trending for fun and profit: #stackyourgadgets for great justice

Earlier today, I started an experiment of sorts. I wanted to see what all the gadgets I carry around look like when they're stacked on top of each other. It looked like this:



From top to bottom:

* HTC Droid Eris
* iPod Touch 8GB, 1st Gen (w/ black case)
* Nintendo DS Lite +R4 homebrew cart
* Nintendo Game Boy (DMG-01) + homebrew USB cart

Unsatisfied with my shitty laptop camera photo, I wanted more. I wanted to see what kind of electronic arsenal everyone else was carrying around, preferably with better photographic equipment. So I posted on Twitter, telling my followers to #stackyourgadgets.

Destructoid delivered.

Topher:



Electro Lemon:



.tiff: (fatPod sandwich!)



Stella Wong:



Cataract: (NGPC!)



Wexx:



PrettyGoodLam:



Rich Vreeland: (sweet guitar pedal!)



This is a call to arms, comrades. Let's make this shit trend. Stack your gaming/phone/media gadgets and post them on Twitter with the #stackyourgadgets hashtag. I'll be posting more as they appear.

THE WHEEL OF FATE IS TURNING.

DO IT.   read


5:11 PM on 11.22.2009

Get to know your Blip Fest '09 performers, hear free samples



New York’s Blip Festival is bringing us one heck of a lineup this year. But if you’re new to 8-bit music (or even if you aren’t), you might be feeling a bit lost at this point. Just who are these talented weirdos making all this rad music and visual art with Game Boys and Nintendos and Commodores? Well, Blip Festival’s official Blip Blog (brought to you by TCTD) gives you the answers you seek with BlipTalk, a series of artist profiles aimed at giving you a look into the minds of Blip Festival’s performers. So far, we’ve been treated to interviews with musicians Disasterpeace and RainbowDragonEyes, as well as visual artists Jean Y. Kim and Julian from The C-Men.

And since some would argue that reading words is going out of style, you can also hear samples of the artists by visiting Blip Festival’s new page on Band Camp. Or just hit play on the neat-o applet that I’ve conveniently provided for you below.

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Check my other blog for more Blip Festival updates, and go buy your gosh-darn tickets if you haven't already.   read


7:19 AM on 11.13.2009

8STATIC show this weekend in Philly | Trash80 • glomag • Animal Style • enso



Philadelphia’s premiere chipmusic showcase, 8static returns to Studio 34 tomorrow night with one heck of a lineup:

From New York City, the bardic melodies of glomag will rock your soul and warm your heart. And they’ll probably make you want to dance too.

Philly’s own Animal Style returns to the stage once more. Armed with a guitar, keyboards and a hacked Sega Genesis, Animal Style’s music is a chiptune tour de force that will literally melt your brain. Literally. (Please bring a reflective head covering to prevent actual brain-melting)

And finally, chipmusic legend and recent Data Beez performer Trash80 is bringing some West Coast style so fresh that it might help Philadelphia forget about losing the World Series this year. HEY-OOOO! (Just kidding, I don’t actually care about Baseball)

All of this will be accompanied by live visuals courtesy of Dan Winckler and enso.

Come early for Open Mic and an OpenEmu workshop, presented by Dan Winckler. I'll be there, and so should you! Visit 8static.com for more info.

8static 0C
11.14.09
@Studio 34
4522 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA
7PM
$5 w/flyer, $8 without
ALL AGES   read


5:57 PM on 11.11.2009

Hidden Gems: The Best Undiscovered Game Boy/GBC Games



Every videogame console has them: Under-appreciated, neglected games that otherwise would have fallen into the dark abyss of obscurity were it not for a small group of dedicated (and sometimes borderline-fanatical) fans. With this firmly in mind, I've teamed up with Racketboy to bring you a concise list of overlooked titles for the Game Boy and Game Boy Color. Read below for a few synopses from the article, which you can find in its entirety at Racketboy.com.

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Kid Dracula


In addition to being a solid platformer, this commonly overlooked title is possibly the only game on the Game Boy that is a straight-up parody of another series. Kid Dracula is a spin-off of the Castlevania series that was originally released for the Famicom in Japan, then ported to the Game Boy in 1993. Instead of taking on the usual heroic role of a Belmont clan member, the protagonist is a lovable, pint-sized version of the Vampire Lord himself who is tasked with combating his rival, the demon Garamoth. It sounds like just another day in the life of the near-infinitely powerful Lord of Darkness. Unfortunately for you, our young scatterbrained Master of Evil has forgotten all of his magic spells and must re-learn them throughout the course of his adventure.

Kid Dracula is a pretty standard platformer, through and through. The player traverses through 8 levels of baddies, obstacles and bosses, gaining new powers along the way such as homing missiles, shield, gravity reversal and summoning bats. The powers are fun to use and the game makes sure to put you in situations where your full repertoire will come in handy. Kid Dracula’s true charm, however lies in its light-hearted parody of the Castlevania series’ traditionally dark setting – Standard baddies from Castlevania re-appear as adorable cartoon versions of themselves. The Grandpa Ghost Boss at the end of Stage 1 falls asleep during the fight. You might even recognize the game’s main antagonist, Garamoth as a boss in the later-released Castlevania: Symphony of Night. The music also pays tribute to the Castlevania games: Listen closely to the song in the first stage – It’s ‘Bloodlines’, the Stage 1 music from Castlevania III, re-written in an upbeat major key. The whole game reeks of silliness, and it works incredibly well, making Kid Dracula one of the most entertaining parody/spin-off games you’ll likely ever play on a handheld system.

As a spin-off, Kid Dracula easily surpasses novelty status and proves to be a truly satisfying romp. If you’re a fan of the Castlevania series, you owe it to yourself to try out this Hidden Gem. The cartridge is also relatively rare, so don’t you dare hesitate picking this baby up if you happen to see lying it lying around at your local flea market/thrift store.

Avenging Spirit


Don’t be fooled by its light-hearted appearance — The story behind Jaleco’s Avenging Spirit is actually pretty grisly: A young man who was gunned down by a gang of mysterious assailants has returned to the realm of the living to defeat the evil crime syndicate that killed him and captured his girlfriend. Luckily for our protagonist, being a ghost has its advantages — He can now possess the bodies of his enemies, each of whom have different abilities that will help him take down the syndicate’s evil bosses. Among those you can possess are gun-wielding gangsters, martial arts masters and fire-breathing… uh, kangaroos? Or maybe they’re suppose to be dinosaurs? Whatever.

Anyway, when the character you’ve possessed kicks the bucket, you’ll turn back into a ghost. When in ghost form, your energy bar will begin to drain. You’ll need to possess someone else quickly, otherwise your spirit will pass into the afterlife unavenged. Considering the heavy subject matter, the cutesy graphics in this game are a pretty hilarious (and slightly disturbing) aesthetic choice. Especially the continue screen, which shows the adorable ghost staring at you with sad puppy eyes, silently imploring you to help him rain vengeance and death upon his enemies. Avenging Spirit is a solid platformer with strategic elements and some interesting mechanics that were pretty ahead of their time. Highly recommended.

Blaster Master Boy / Jr. / Bomber King 2


This pint-sized spin-off of Blaster Master is peculiar in that the gameplay is more reminiscent of Hudson Soft’s Bomberman series than the original 1988 NES classic. Jason, our protagonist from the first game has returned, but this time it seems he’s ditched his beloved car, SOPHIA III. Luckily, Jason has compensated for his lack of wheels by keeping his blaster, a handful of powerups and an infinite stockpile of bombs at his side. Blaster Master Boy (known as Blaster Master Jr. in Europe) eschews the platforming elements of the original game in lieu of a top-down run-and-gun dynamic similar to the dungeon sequences from the original NES title. The similarities to Bomberman become pretty obvious after a few minutes of playing, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

As it turns out, Blaster Master Boy was originally supposed to be released as Bomber King: Scenario 2, the sequel to a Japanese Famicom title released in the US as Robo Warrior. To avoid any disputes with Hudson, Sunsoft re-branded the game as a Blaster Master title. Okay, so it’s not really Blaster Master at all, but let’s be frank — At the end of the day, blowing stuff up is just plain fun. The music is pretty fantastic as well. As long as you’re not bothered by the diminished variety of gameplay, this Hidden Gem is definitely worth a spot in your Game Boy collection.

Blaster Master: Enemy Below


Now this is more like it. While Blaster Master Boy/Jr. isn’t really a Blaster Master game at all, Blaster Master: Enemy Below for the Game Boy Color is a welcome return to the classic gameplay you’d expect from a title of this series. The game starts right where the original left off: After an unexpectedly brief holiday, Jason and his trusty tank SOPHIA III are called back into action when a science experiment gone wrong unleashes a new Plutonium Boss upon the world. This new Boss, cowardly as he is, once again establishes dominion over Earth’s cavernous underworld in preparation for his attack on humanity.

The game’s graphics, controls and gameplay are all nearly identical to its predecessor. Gamers familiar enough with the original might even feel as if they’re playing the exact same game. Still, with new dungeons, new weapons, crisp graphics and a new password save system, Enemy Below offers just enough variety to warrant a playthrough for any fan of the series. Despite it’s lack of innovation, it’s without a doubt the most authentic classic Blaster Master experience you can have on a portable console.

Magical Chase


A fantastic port of the PC Engine shoot-em-up of the same name, Magical Chase is a light-hearted Japan-only shooter released by Quest in 1991. It’s part of an odd sub-genre that fans have affectionately dubbed ‘cute-em-up,’ a game where starships and laser cannons are replaced by more cuddly and charming elements (In this case, adolescent broom-riding witches).

Instead of the usual unforgiving, one-hit-kill mechanics, you have a life bar which slowly depletes as you take enemy fire, very similar to in games like Castle Shikigami. You can also buy health and weapon upgrades periodically during missions, making getting hit and losing lives much less punishing than in other games.

True to its pleasant and approachable visage, Magical Chase eschews the insane difficulty levels common in most shmups and focuses instead on simply being an enjoyable pocket title with good controls and lovable characters. And since I’m absolutely horrendous at most shmups, that’s something that I can easily get behind.

Quarth


This peculiar shooter boasts a style of gameplay that’s as much akin to Space Invaders as it is to Tetris. Instead of warding off aliens with laser blasts, your goal here is to shoot at the tetrimino-like objects falling from the top of the screen, eliminating blocks by filling them in to form complete rectangular shapes. It sounds simple enough, but the game can get pretty intense as L-shaped blocks nestled within each other begin to drop faster and faster, forcing you to quickly find the ‘order’ in which the blocks must be filled.

If you’re especially daring, you can fill the screen and create larger rectangles for more points. But if at any point an incomplete rectangle hits the bottom, it’s Game Over for you and your odd-looking spacecraft. The game allows you to choose from 6 different ’ships,’ but the choice seems to be purely aesthetic. There’s also a two player mode possible with the Game Boy’s link cable. Definitely check this one out if you’re a fan of arcade games like Arkanoid or fast-paced puzzlers like Tetris.

Vattle Giuce


No, it’s not Beetlejuice’s cousin or the name of a weird German fetish club. But it is a pretty solid Japanese shooter for Game Boy. Vattle Giuce never saw the light of day outside of Japan, but it has a couple of features that make it noteworthy within the Game Boy’s sizable library.

The gameplay is classic top-down shooter, similar to games like 1942, except your craft is also allowed to switch between two different altitudes. This allows you to avoid enemy fire and hit ground targets that yield valuable power-ups, but also puts you in danger of crashing into the low structures existing in the background.

The game also sports some impressive parallax layer scrolling and detailed (albeit repetitive) backgrounds. Conversely, the game’s enemies are highly predictable and quite frankly, really boring to look at. Each new stage seems to be populated by slightly varying cookie cutter replacements of all the enemies from the last stage. I don’t know why, but it seems like whoever was in charge of the enemy graphics was just really uninspired.

Sagaia


If you’re looking for a pocket-sized Darius for Game Boy, you’re not going to get much better than Sagaia. This should come as no surprise being as how it’s actually a port of Darius II, the magnificent Taito shooter originally released for Sega Genesis in the early 90’s. This game has everything you want in a portable shooter: Frantic enemy patterns, highly detailed sprites, a kickin’ soundtrack and even that iconic ‘PEW PEW’ sound effect for maximum retro pleasure.

And don’t forget that totally rad cyber-nautical theme. Everything about the game is just extremely satisfying, both visually and gameplay-wise. Highly recommended if you dig on any of those old Taito games. Don’t pass up a chance to snatch this cartridge should you happen upon it.

Bubble Ghost


The Game Boy version of this arcade classic is not something to be overlooked. Originally released on the Atari ST back in 1987, Bubble Ghost is a simple and addictive game that gives players control of a gleeful ghost whose sole charge is to guide a bubble through a danger-filled haunted house. It’s a delicate mission, but fortunately for you, your phantasmal friend has a great deal of control over his bubble and can blow it around in 8 different directions. As basic as this sounds, the game is actually very challenging, and it will require a great deal of patience and planning in order to circumvent the malignant ghouls, fans, candles and all manner of pointy objects found within the halls of the haunted house.

If you’re the easily-addicted type, a casual afternoon with Bubble Ghost will almost certainly lead to full-on obsession. It’s got all the traits of a classic arcade game — challenging and rewarding in all the right ways. It’s also got an upbeat and extremely catchy soundtrack, composed by the now-famous Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy Tactics, Ogre Battle, Radiant Silvergun). Bubble Ghost is a game that suits the Game Boy platform perfectly, catering to both competitive speedrunners and casual time-killers.

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