Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Games Thrashed 2020 Edition! (ALL GAMES)

Wow! A new year, a new decade, new games to beat! Or should I say old games to beat? Last year's tally was remarkable. NES and Gameboy were tied at 15 new games beat during 2019! Incredible. Sega Genesis was the true standout though. During the summer I had just acquired a bunch of games and made a special effort to finish them.

Not only that but my retro game of the year belongs to the mighty Genesis. Without further ado, I present to you...


Yup it's Sonic and Knuckles! Although you could put Sonic 3 in here as well (they are meant to be played together). So I beat Sonic 3 with all the chaos emeralds and got all the super emeralds for Sonic and Knuckles as well! Great games and a fitting end to the series on the Genesis.


This one took me a week or so to beat. And for the record, this is an EXCELLENT installment of the Keaton era Batman. The music by SUNSOFT is killer and it's almost as good as the NES version. Aside from that, everything else is tight and fun. You also get to drive the Batmobile and the Batwing!

Ugh, well I finally beat it. With my last credit I finished off Princess Noiram (who was a total pushover, just stand right in her face and mash the kick button). Incredibly poor hit detection and music that is good, but WAY TO LOUD! This one could have been awesome if Technos Japan (or even America) had developed this one. Flying Edge Studios, stick to your awesome wrestling games.

Man was I addicted to this game! I knew it was good, but it was also a funny game. I mean, it was like watching an episode that's how good it is. I chose one of the most broken characters in the game too, the Speedster. He's got this ability to take two actions in one turn...pair that with your fart clone and it's pretty much game over for the competition.

Finished the SNES version as a kid, and now I've finished the Genesis version too! And yeah, it's a lot easier too (well, not THAT easy). Beat the game with Gunloc and also did a PERFECT title defence mode too! WOW!

Double Dragon is actually pretty good on the Genesis, but the music is WAY to loud. Also, you can elbow smash basically everyone in this game to dust.

A real late entry to the Genesis. They were pretty ambitious with this one, but it ended up being really choppy. Like REAL choppy. It was fun, and has good music too.

This one is actually pretty sweet. Its a grounded shmup and has quite a few weapons at your disposal. The game isn't super long which is fine by me, also, the music is awesome and yeah, it gets a bit tricky towards the end. But a good time with anime like cutscenes!

Really good shooter on the NES, most likely top 3 in the entire genre. Very good with excellent weapons and sub bomb weapons to boot! Rare game on the system unfortunately.

Not as easy as you would think! Loved the books as a kid, but the nes game, eh....not great. lol

I love this game way more than the game I grew up playing, Track & Field II. Scored well over 100,000 points and completed all the events once. My favs include: the javelin toss, the long jump and the triple jump! Archery is pretty fun too once you get used to the controls.

You know something? These GAMETEK games aren't half bad! This one was kinda tricky because to get the good ending you need to win the car. This would be fine except the fact that you have to pick a key and a car, which seems completely random!

You wouldn't think a bowling game on the NES could be fun. But actually, you'd be wrong! This game has tremendous character and heart. It's also incredibly easy to play and a lot of fun!

A game I must add to my collection soon! This right here is a perfect pick up and play game where its easy to play, and tough to master! The later levels get hectic, but it is possible to do it! Hugging the inside of the street curb can help you avoid cars, and staying close to dogs (no need to bolt for the road) and tossing a paper at them is key too.


 Popeye was finished on Game Mode B, with all 5 stages complete and with high score too!
An excellent Mega Man clone that is really short, but full of charm. However, the music is a bit lacking, but the power ups are pretty cool!

Meh, a bit overrated to be honest. It has cuteness and charm but aside from that, something I will not play over and over again.

Damn good Mega Man clone here. The arrow plunger actually does the most damage so I used that for the boss fights. Pretty enjoyable once you figure out the tricky bits. Make no mistake, this is a tough game.

Ignore the small picture. Dare I say that Shaq-Fu is one of THE BEST gameboy fighting games? Because it may very well be. It looks great, has fluid movements, sounds pretty damn good too. The only catch? You can only play as Shaq! Bogus! Was a lot of fun and the game is a pushover too. Still, lots of fun to be had here.

Who doesn't love Yoshi? Yoshi's Cookie is a lot more fun than his other puzzle game (that being called....well...just Yoshi!).

So it say its a Jaleco game, but this is a NATSUME game all the way! Love, love, love it! Excellent graphics and music. With just the right touch of difficulty too. Need to find a physical copy of this sucker!


Little Samson : Great game, most likely worth its weight in gold ( I kid!)
Mortal Kombat 3 (Game Boy) Not a good game by any stretch of the means. Choppy and clunky like the first game on the handheld. Such a shame because they were trying to cram as much as they could in this game.
WCW The Main Event (Game Boy) A fun little wrestling game. Turned out you can just spam the running dropick or clothesline to beat the game! If you get into any real trouble just smash on the select button to hit your finisher! Nice.
Raging Fighter (Game Boy) A good little fighting game. Great graphics and sound, but the controls are a little wonky.
The Punisher (Game Boy) Another great little title. Short auto scrolling shooter. Lots of fun that no one talks about!
TMNT Back From The Sewers (Gameboy) Now here's a game that is even better than Fall of the Foot Clan! Which is quite surprising! Excellent animations, great music and it even has quite the challenge near the end. Plus, each turtle has strengths and weakness'.


Donkey Kong Land 2 (Gameboy) Now here's an excellent GB game! Beat everything too, got all the Krem Coins and the DK Hero coins too. Finished of the King K Rool second fight too. Such a great game! 100% too!

Simpsons: Escape Camp Deadly (Gameboy) This was a stinker of a platform. Some parts are fun but its not a great platformer. Sadly. Although the sprites like Bart, Lisa, Moe?, and Nelson all look great.

Sonic the Hedgehog (Game Gear): Holy crap what a fun game. I'll have to track the other two sequels because I remember playing them.

Shinobi (Game Gear): Another great game gear game that I remember my best buddy Brandon having. This is actually quite a tough game, with platforming and enemy placement that is quite unforgiving. But, it's still a wonderful and fun game.

Crisis Force (Famicom) (1CC/Easy): A Japanese shmup exclusive from Konami. A great masterpiece of a game. Really fun and lots of options to choose from in terms of weapon selection. Very good game!

Secret of Mana : What can I say but WOW! What a game! Kinda wished I had played it as a kid because it could have easily been one of my favorites.

Space Mega Froce (SNES) : Most likely one of the best Super Nintendo shooters. A great game with a lot of different power-ups, but not as good as Gradius 3. In fact, Gradius 3 in my opinion is still the better game (even with all the slowdown) and it's a lot tougher too.


Contra III (SNES) : After almost 25 years I finally got the true ending as I finished it on HARD mode!

Sonic Blast Man 2: Excellent comic book style beat em up! Love the fact that you get a screen clearing attack (that doesn't use up you health) as well as a special attack (that also, doesn't drain your health!). Great music too. A great two player simultaneous game as well (the gf and I's first game beaten together! may 2020).

Sonic Blast Man : You can run, it's only single player and you can only play as Sonic Blast Man! Ugh. Not a bad game at all, but with all those things against it, it's about tied with Final Fight in terms of overall quality. Good music though, and again, an interesting screen clearing attack that doesn't use up your health!

Rival Turf : Not a bad little beat em up! Decent music and graphics, but only two playable characters and not the best animation. It can feel a bit stiff too. But fun for short bursts and most likely a lot more fun with two players!

Brawl Brothers : A definite upgrade to Rival Turf! You can pick from one of 5 characters that all play a little different. My favorites, Lord J (who was the big boss of Rival Turf, and Bill a.k.a. Oozie from the first game. More moves, more weapons, secret moves (bill's fire attack Y+X is broken!) and handles a bit better too (not as clean as Final Fight but a lot better now!).

Final Fight 3 : Now here is arguably the premiere beat em up on the SNES! Finished this game on the highest setting, Expert, as well I did it as a 1 Credit Clear! Amazing game with a lot of moves, finesse and 5 playable character with branching paths! Whew, this is the King!

Ghost Chaser Densai (Super Famicom) : A weird beat em up that was strictly released in Japan. Decent game with some really interesting characters. A straight forward brawler with some cool moves and a stamina bar for your special attacks, which is always a welcome addition. Pretty short, but a good time!

Magic Sword (SNES) : A game our cousin Ron used to lend to us. This is a straight forward hack and slash action platformer. Its really good though because you get a lot of powerups and the ability to find partners who are captured in the tower. A lot of fun and even has two endings!

Final Fight 2 (SNES) : Another childhood game stricken from the list! Finally beat this one on Expert mode to achieve the best possible ending. Very fun game and even achieved a million points twice. Great game.

Stone Protectors (SNES) : One of the easiest, if not the easiest beat em up games on the SNES. That's not a bad thing mind you. Plenty of playable characters, hidden moves, charged attacks, cut scenes, two player and single player co-op....really good game! Beat it on the maximum difficulty too.


The King of Dragons (SNES) : Another great Capcom beat em up! Really quick levels which I love. Awesome music and five different classes to play as too.

Rock 'N Roll Racing (Sega Genesis) : I'm very familiar with the SNES port, but the Genesis version is just as good. And I think it has more voice over clips from the announcer so that's really cool. Great game and super addictive.

Robocop vs. The Terminator (Sega Genesis)

Alien Storm (Sega Genesis)

Golden Axe III (Sega Genesis) Defeated with the best ending as well!

Splatterhouse 2 (Sega Genesis)

Dynamite Duke (Sega Genesis)

Moonwalker (Sega Genesis)

Splatterhouse 3 (Sega Genesis) Beat it with the best ending too!


Rolling Thunder 3 (Sega Genesis) Finished it on normal mode.

Marble Madness (Sega Genesis): This version is WAY tougher than the NES port. And just as good too.

Ghouls 'N Ghosts (Sega Genesis) Defeated on Professional Mode and beaten both loops.

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 : Finished with all the major endings and all upgrades too. Excellent castlevania-esque game!


The Amazing Spider-Man (Gameboy) - Almost did a 1cc of it but messed up in the last level! lol

Nekketsu Koha Kunio Kun (Famicom)

God of War 4 (PS4)


Tecmo Bowl (Game Boy) Played and won with the L.A. Raiders

Heiankyo Alien (Game Boy) I nice little single screen action game!

Play Action Football (Gameboy) Played and won with San Fran! No ending either! What the hell Nintendo!


Guardian Legend (NES) Excellent game that I need in my collection.

Dead Space (PS3) Played and finished with Fran! Excellent game too! Lots of fun!

Mega Man 7 (SNES) A great installment! Not as difficult as most people claim. Also really cool that you get the rush hover jet from 6!

Ninja Gaiden Trilogy (SNES) Finished the first game.

Run Saber (SNES)


Addams Family (SNES) Tricky platformer but it has a TON of secrets to find. Lots of fun once you get used to the slippery controls too.

Earthworm Jim (SNES): One of the toughest SNES platformers I have ever beat. And the funniest too! Excellent game!

Ghost Sweeper Mikami Nice Body (SFC): A really cool Japanese exclusive. A fun platformer by Natsume.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Books Thrashed 2019

Towards the end of last year it was a real struggle to get any reading in. In the new year, more of the same! Although I always have reading material at my fingertips, sometimes getting around to it in the later evening proves difficult! I'll try to do better as the year rolls around. Although reading DENSE books like DUNE does not help!


Phantom of the Auditorium


Dragonlance Chronicles Vol.1


Nightmare at Camp Moon

Dragonlance Chronicles Vol.2
The Whisperer in the Darkness

The Pheonix on the Sword
The Dunwhich Horror
The Colour Out of Space

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Games Thrashed 2019! (All Games Edition 2)

2018 was a banner year for me. I completed a lot of great, and tough, video games. From the NES, to the Genesis, no stone was unturned. I quite like the addition of putting in all the games I defeated just as a nice reminder of games that I completed throughout the year. Mind you, this doesn't include all the games that I've re-beaten (because I love to replay my old favorites).

Here's a nice little pyramid graph of all the first time beaten games of 2018:

As for my retro game of the year? Wow, this was a tough one because I finally finished off a ton of childhood games. And a lot of them gave me fits of rage as a small kid. From Operation C, Festers' Quest, Wizards & Warriors III...but I think above all of them the winner is....

Retro Game of the year for 2018 goes to a game I first played in 1995. The Castlevania Advenutre was lent out to me by my childhood friend Gerry Grisson. I remember trying so hard to beat that game and could never do it. This was a favorite of mine when Matt and I would visit our Memere and Pepere in Grande Point, we would play until the batteries were dead....then we would have nothing but the TV to watch. lol.

Upwards and onwards to 2019!

Made it to level 19 when I actually lost a race. Great game that gets overlooked because of its top down view.

Beat Shao Khan on my last continue! Waaaaay better than Mortal Kombat 1, almost night and day really. They did a wonderful port of this sequel for sure.

I NEED to get this game in my Game Boy collection ASAP! What a great looking and sounding game. Essentially this is a reskinned Shadow of the Ninja game by Natsume. I guess the NES version didn't sell that great so they slapped on the Ninja Gaiden property? ****1/2 stars!

Here's another great game, while not as good as the NES version, this one still rocks. Surprisingly difficult too! A great addition for anyone's Game Boy library. ***1/2 stars.

Really cool game that I need to get into my collection. I got it on my 3DS and finally beat this one. Pretty damn good, with nice music. I like the fact that you can swap back and forth between two characters. ***

Another Gameboy game I finished on my 3DS! Another game by Jaleco, and I give them props, they try new things with their GB games. I think the "possession" gimmick of the game is fun, but a pretty frustrating experience. Oh apparently this game is rare and expensive.... **1/2

The last time I played such a difficult game was Kung-Fu Heroes a few years back! From start to finish, this game took me over five hours to beat. When I did manage to beat the game it was just part 3 AM. Ugh! Not a bad game, but some of the level designs are pure evil! **1/2

Another game I have on my 3DS that I finally beat! Wonderful game that stands up on its way very well. Some of the bionic arm swings are nuts! totally different game from its bigger brother game, and I can't wait to add this one to the collection! ****

NintendoAge claims that beating the high score is the way to beat this game, and that's what I did. Tricky game, but fun! Scored well over 35,000 points too boot! **1/2


GREAT game! Way better than the first one (and that's a game I LOVE) and was a ton of fun to play! Really wish I had this game growing up as a kid, but I remember getting a 1995 issue of Nintendo Power as a kid, and this game was the cover game for it. A must have game for sure! ****1/2

Great game and highly addictive! 24 stages in total before it loops, so lots of fun to be had here! ***1/2

Another addictive game that gets little to no attention. I'll have to change that on my channel! ***1/2

DOULE DRAGON RELOADED: its a hack of double dragon 1 and 2 arcade, but its amazing! So I'm counting it here because it's just that GOOD. ****1/2


Finally beat this one! Had it in my collection for quite a long time now and glad to have finally finish it. Fantastic game too by the way, should be in everyone's genesis collections. ****


Ultimate Qix



Rocket Knight Adventure

Spiderman vs Kingpin

Sonic 3

Sonic & Knuckles (retro game of the year candidate!)



Gradius 3 (1CC!)

Captain America and the Avengers (nes)


Section Z

Starship Hector


Star Soldier

Mega Man 11

Contra (Arcade)

The Magic of Sheherazade

Wolverine (beat it twice in a row!)

Flying Dragon


In Your Face (gameboy version of HOOPS,'s a ton of fun!)

Adventure Island II (finally defeated this game, 27 years in the making!)


Act Raiser

Super Fire Pro Wrestling X Premium

Dick Tracy (Gameboy)

Super Fire Pro Wrestling

Super Fire Pro Wrestling 2

The Ninja Warriors

Blades of Steel (gameboy version beaten on hardest difficulty)

NBA All Star Challenge 2 (Gameboy, hardest difficulties all modes beat, the best basketball game/one on one basketball game on the handheld)

Double Dribble 5 on 5 (Gameboy game beaten on the hardest difficulty setting, best team basketball game)


Castlevania Dracula X (got the best ending and this game is probably the toughest game in the series)

NBA JAM T.E. (finished off the game with the Houston Rockets, great and fun team to use!)


The Punisher

Total Recall

Uncanny X-Men

A Nightmare On Elm Street


Until Dawn (PS4)

Double Dragon Advance

Resident Evil 2 Remake (Both Leon and Claire)


The Magical Quest 2 (gba)
Fist of the North Star (PS4)
Black Belt (Master System) this is a censored Hakuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star) video game. Simplistic, but a LOT of fun once you can figure out the Boss Patterns.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Books Thrashed! 2018 Edition!

Yes, I read books. I enjoy reading. I'm by no means a bookworm though. But I thought I would keep a record of all the books I will be finishing as the year goes on.


Conan the Barbarian: collection of short stories
Escape on Venus
Savage Pellucidar
A Princess of Mars
Armada (reread)


The High Crusade (Poul Anderson)
Dr.Who: Inferno
Dr. Who: The High Crusades


Behind The Walls of Terra (Jose Farmer)
Dr. Who: The Android Invasion
The Dancer From Atlantis (Poul Anderson)
Buck Rogers #2 (Addison E. Steele)


The Shadow: Fingers of Death

Doctor Who: The Ark
A Shocker on Shock Street
The Cuckoo Clock of Doom

99 Fear Street: The First Horror
99 Fear Street: The Second Horror
99 Fear Street: The Third Horror
Monster Blood II

Ghost Beach

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Games Thrashed 2018 (All Games Edition)

Well another year begins! 2017 was a banner year in beating retro games. I defeated quite a few of them too. Not my all time numerous leader, but a solid year. Not only did I vanquish some of my childhood nightmares, but really cracked down on some legit tough games.

So my retro game of the year for 2017?


Played the hell out of this game, it has a mean streak to it too. It won't hold your hand and will batter you if you slip up. I managed to secure two out of a possible four endings as well!

Ok, so this year I'm going to put ALL games I've finished this year on this list. No not just NES games, but everything from Game Boy, Genesis, Snes, games on STEAM even! All new endings, no re-beats. So, to start off this year, my retro game of 2017, and a new list begins!


Super Spy Hunter

Starting the year off strong with a solidly tough game. I've had this game since my early twenties (I'm now in my thirties) and was so close to beating the game back then, but never could. Until now!

Not a bad little game actually! Beat it my first go and really liked it!

Ah, an old favorite that I now have just beaten! Awesome game, and one of my absolute favorites!

Another childhood game finally vanquished! The last level alone took about several tries. Not because of the level itself, but Dracula took me a bit to figure out. Glad this one is done and buried.

This was quite possibly one of THE HARDEST Gameboy games I've ever played. It took me an hour just to finish level three! And let me tell you, level four was NO cake walk! Still, a great looking and sounding game. And yeah, the challenge is there man!


Another tough platformer on the Gameboy. Really was tough until I discovered a way to accumulate extra lives on the fifth and last level of the game. After that, the game wasn't too rough! Not a bad game, but the original on the NES is the best in the entire series in my opinion.

Another great game that I actually had gotten pretty far on. I just needed to seal the deal which is exactly what I did! Wished I had this one as a kid, what a wonderful game.


I will say that Battletoads on the Genesis is a fair bit easier than its NES counterpart. I finished the game with one life left, and on my last continue. PRO TIP: The last fight with the Dark Queen is super easy. Just stay in the left corner until she slows down her attack; and smack her.

SO good I finished the game two times in a row! Once you get powered up the game is pretty damn easy, but still a lot of fun. Grab the napalm weapon in level 2 and keep it until the last level, that's when you buy the homing laser!

A really solid platformer! This is a port of Adventure Island II on the NES, and has very little missing in this one!


I've had this game for many, many years. And now I can put this one to rest. Took me well over an hour as I got stuck in the last four stages. This game is brutal and thank god for the continue code. Hold right on the D-pad as well as the  'A' button at the game over screen.


Finished the game with my party consisting of: Chrono, Marle and Lucca. They were around the 54-55ish level.

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
 The spiritual successor to Castlevania in every way! Loved this new retro style of game!

I can't believe I waited so long to finish this game! It's a short one, but not too difficult (and not too easy either). Had a blast with this one, and the music is SOOOO underrated!

Almost did a one credit clear on my victory attempt! But alas, the final boss gave me a few fits. Great shmup too.

Beat the game on Normal mode, room for improvement but overall, a very fun game!

A weird mixture of Super Ghouls and Ghosts and Bionic Commando if you can believe it! A lot of fun and a great game, with excellent music.

Another great game by Konami! Can't believe I didn't play this one back in the day. Wonderful and challenging game too!

Wow what a great game! Had the Genesis version for the longest time and beat THIS one first haha.


Most likely the hardest SNES game I have ever played and beaten! And I only finished the game on easy mode too.


After 20 years of seeing this game and trying to finish it I did! And I only died once too! First saw this game in 1995 when we (my brothers and I) were finishing up moving out of our house (our parents were getting divorced) and a new family had moved in. The kid (his name is Mike) was playing on his nes were we used to play ours and he was playing this game. So, very bittersweet memories of this game.

Thought this game was going to stink, but turns out I was wrong! Not a bad little platformer once you get used to it. Would be a fun one to speed run or, race with a buddy.

Pretty impressive given the limitations of the little handheld! Bummer this game just keeps looping (did four loops before I decided to turn it off). Not as good as the NES version, but damn impressive nonetheless. 

Not a bad little game really! Six stages in total and not too hard to beat with infinite continues (via a code at the game over screen). The game keeps looping after you finish the sixth stage.

This was a great little strategy game to play. Lots of fun when you figure out how to do things. Cutting kingdoms off by placing castles in bottlenecks helps too. :)


Yes I used a guide, and I DON'T CARE! This game was made to sell books and magazines so I don't feel bad finally finishing this one off the way that I did!

Finally finished this childhood game. First played it at my friends place (Gerry Grisson), and now I can finish it pretty easily by myself. Not too rough of a game either, it can be finished in under ten minutes too!

This game is pretty easy being an Othello rip-off. The animations on Spot are actually really good too.


Ys Book II finished! Started it in January of 2018 and didn't touch it again until November. Finally beat it in December, lol! Wow, just wow! What a great game!

Been playing this game off and on since 1996. Glad to finally put this one to rest! What a great game once you get your bearings (and the help of a walkthrough doesn't hurt either). Shame most people have only played the first two installments. This one is definitely better than Ironsword for sure. Candidate for RETRO GAME OF THE YEAR.