Back in October of 1996, a special video game launched on the Sega Saturn followed by the PlayStation 1. Tomb Raider! Tomb Raider changed everything. Lara Croft changed everything. From the debates about her massive triangle tits to Lara traversing the lost continent of Atlantis; Lara really seemed to have it all. Behind the facade though, Lara had quite the opposite. I felt like she was alone.
Playing through the Tomb Raider games as a teenage girl, I always felt like Lara yearned for more. She never seemed happy with where she was, what she had found and after-all, she grieved over the loss of her father. She was alone for the majority of her adventures with only the company of her two pistols. Perhaps this is why so many of us like Lara? Perhaps we can relate to the never ending pursuit of adventure and happiness in the midst of grief? Or maybe it was a simple as loving her triangle tits? Whatever your reasons, Lara Croft is as renowned as ever in 2022. That's what makes events like TR26 so special.
TR26 took place on Saturday 15 October 2022 and coined itself as:
The unofficial, one day fan event celebrating all things Tomb Raider in the birthplace of Lara Croft
(Source: Derby Quad)
It was a tremendous day that saw people travel from as far as Chicago to lap up their slice of Tomb Raider pie. I felt very fortunate to meet Jonell Elliott and Eric Loren, voice actors of Lara Croft and Kurtis, from The Angel of Darkness. The reuniting of the pair at TR26 was the first time they had seen each other since the recordings, of which only took one week!
That wasn't the only surprise at TR26 though. The order of the day went like this (source: Derby Quad):
11:00 - Introduction
11:15 - Raidercast LIVE with Lara Croft and Kurtis Trent - Join Chris Carpineti in conversation with
Jonell Elliott (Lara Croft) and Eric Loren (Kurtis Trent) for a special live podcast.
12:00 - Break & Premium photography session (1 hour) - Premium photography session will take
place in the QUAD gallery. Get an instant print photograph with Jonell & Eric!
- £15 for one guest
- £20 for two guests
- £25 for a group
Any premium photography purchase will gain 1 additional item for signing.
13:00 - Tomb of Ash: Animations and preservation - Ash Kapriyelov premieres his new animation
The Myth of El Hawa and talks Tomb Raider preservation work.
13:45 - Break & Autograph session (1 hour) - Autograph session will take place in the QUAD
Guests available for autographs:
- Jonell Elliott
- Eric Loren
- Jerr O'Carroll
- Alex Davies
- Ady Smith
Each ticket holder is limited to two items for signing.
14:45 - Angel of Darkness developer talk - Raidercast goes behind the scenes and discusses
development with Jerr O'Carroll (Lead Animator), and Alex Davies (Programmer) and Ady Smith
15:30 - Break (15 mins)
15:45 - Cosplay masquerade and official TR26 giveaway - People of all ages can enter with a
bought, altered, or handmade cosplay*. A chance to showcase your inner Lara or Kurtis!
Everyone who attends #TR26 has a chance to win in the official giveaway.
- Drawing of Lara by Steve Beaumont.
- 3x bespoke arcane pages made by Murti Schofield.
- A4 Cradle of Life chirashi movie poster.
16:00 - Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life (12A) - We end TR26 with a special screening of the movie.
TR26 was a blast. It reminded me of how influential and important Lara Croft and Tomb Raider have become.
A big shout out to Luke at the team at Derby Quad for hosting a wonderful event. It followed the success of TR25 last year, which was the first to celebrate Tomb Raider in the same city Core Design developed and created the games. Lara was born here; Derby. She will always be extra special to me as I was also born here. I look forward to TR27 (and hopefully Shelly Blond).
Blog Post by Gemma @ Juicy Game Reviews / TheGebs24
So you liked Final Fight and Streets of Rage back in the 90's right? If the answer is "yes" then I think you're going to get a kick out of BitBeam Cannon's upcoming Beat 'em up. If the answer is "no", well you can keep reading because Daemon Claw just might be your cup of tea.
I reached out to Mike and Corey, BitBeam's masterminds, for exclusive access in to Metro Siege and Daemon Claw. What they gave me, far surpassed my expectations. They allowed me the following interview (which I hope you'll enjoy), a first access play of Metro Siege on my Amiga 500 Mini and exclusive commentary in to the games' development. Before we take a deep dive in to the interview here is an overview of what Metro Siege and Daemon Claw are about, from BitBeam's very own, Mike:
"For Metro Siege, BitBeamCannon is teaming up with PixelGlass and Enable Software to deliver a 2 player co-op beat em up for classic Amigas and many modern platforms.
The team's goal is not just to make the best beat em up game for classic Amiga, but to make a brawler that can stand its ground against all of the greats of the genre, whether they be in the arcade or on consoles.
Beat Em Up's have always been the favorite of Metro Siege's lead designer, and this results in one of the most sophisticated combat mechanics in any beat em up, with the most fun elements collected from many of the games he's played over the the decades.
Metro Siege provides a large assortment of basic attacks, aerial attacks, combo attacks, back-attacks, low attacks, dash-attacks, super-attacks, grabs and throws to let each player mix things up and play in the style they want to play in the moment. On top of this, Metro Siege ads even more combat options in the way of blocking and counter-attacks. Holding attack and back will block basic attacks. Blocking strong attacks like jump-kicks will reduce damage, but players will be knocked back a bit, requiring a second or two to recover.
Once skilled enough to initiate your block a split second before the moment of impact, you'll automatically parry the enemy attack and perform a special counter-strike, dealing bonus damage to the enemy wile also earning back a bit of health and special attack power.
On top of this already robust mix of fighting options Metro Siege let's you enjoy throwing enemies into each other and multiple ways to hit them while they're down. There's a risky knee or elbow drop to deal heavy damage to a fallen foe, but if they get up or roll out of the way, or you just miss your mark, you'll slam yourself into the pavement, taking damage yourself and leaving yourself temporarily vulnerable as you recover.
The final playable character is not yet revealed, but Metro Siege will offer three distinct character to play as, each offering a different move set and playing style to further add to the variety and replay value.
This demo includes the first 3 mostly complete levels and the first full boss fight scene, but behind the scenes many more levels are in varying degrees of partially implemented.
Metro Siege has been in development for over 3 years, but don't worry, that doesn't mean it will take the team a year to make each new level. Now that the games engine and tool set are fully developed progress on filling in the unfinished content is drastically faster. That said, because each member of the team has their own day job to deal with and fluctuating available hours on any given day, they can't yet give an estimated delivery date for the full game. The best thing to do in this regard is to follow BitBeamCannon on social media for all the latest updates so you can easily track their progress".
It's the comeback of the most famous duo of PixelHeart: Alice and her little sister! After having saved their mother from a tragic end, the two sisters will try to defeat the terrible villain of the mountains this time.
You can find on our website two limited editions containing the game cartridge, a manual and a certificate of authenticity.
We guarantee that our Retro Gaming Games are as close as possible to the quality of the packaging of the games of the time. We use professionals to manufacture each of our products.
You will have the choice between two versions: a MEGADRIVE version and a GENESIS version.
500 copies of each will be available on our website.
You can can pre-order here:
About the game:
The big bad of the mountains has captured Alice and her sister's mom, help them save their mother!
Each of the sisters have their own power, Alice can change her size by jumping on the magic mushrooms. Her small size will allow her to pass through narrow spaces, but be careful because she won't be able to jump very high or very far! Alice's sister can send bullets to repel enemies or break rocks. Go through the levels and solve puzzles by activating the right lever, the right switch, and by finding the coloured keys to open the different doors. Beware of the various enemies!
The Amiga 500 Mini has taken 90’s gamers by storm! The A500 Mini:
“A compact reimagining of the Amiga 500 home computer, featuring perfect emulation of not only the original A500 but also the Advanced Graphics Architecture (AGA) of the A1200.
Play one of the included 25 classic Amiga games, selected from a simple to use carousel, including all-time greats like Alien Breed, Another World, Chaos Engine, Simon the Sorcerer and Worms. Or play the games you own from USB stick.
Plus save and resume your game at any time to help you finish those punishingly difficult classics!” (Retro Games Biz)
What’s in the box?
What are the bundled 25 Amiga Games?
Mexican indie game developer César Arminio with his design studio 2think (creator of Pato Box) and software house Bitmap Soft are teaming up to bring you Glory Hunters, a new physical release for the Game Boy with their Kickstarter campaign. Glory Hunters is an all-new action-adventure RPG for the original Game Boy with a unique and original twist: you progress through the game by obtaining achievements.
Hey Team 24. I thought I’d do something a little different this time. I wanted to write a small piece about my ten favourite games of all time as of currently writing this piece. I’ve been gaming for around thirty years now. I started off back in the day with a ZX Spectrum 48k and I would say I’ve pretty much played at least one console on each generation since then.
Gaming has been so important to me over the years. It’s provided lots of entertainment and on some occasions, it has provided company for me when I’ve been alone or in darker times. The games I have played have given me lots of joy when I have played them. Whether it’s the fun mechanics, gripping storylines, or just plain silliness. Each one of these is special to me in its own way. So sit back, relax and have a good read. Who knows, there may be one here on my list that you have never tried.
Tekken 3 (PlayStation)
It’s mad to think that Namco’s biggest 3D fighting franchise has been with us for nearly thirty years. I believe and I hope that we get something for the 30th anniversary of Tekken. The epic saga featuring those mad Mishima’s has provided lots of action and innovative combat for a long time in homes and arcades all across the world. I’ll never forget when I first heard the cracking shoulder pop noise when Paul Phoenix did his takedown move back in the original game.
It holds so many memories for me. It was the first and only game I ever went to a midnight launch for. My dad was NOT happy, as he had to take me. Tekken 3 in my opinion is certainly the best 3D fighter for me of all time. It has a great roster of characters both old and new. Some of the soundtracks have really stood the test of time. I often play Jin Kazama’s stage theme through my smart speaker when I’m doing the dishes. The gameplay is wonderful, especially as the sidestep mechanic was introduced in Tekken 3. This gave a new edge to the combat and opened up many new ways to attack and also defend. There are so many modes to play the game, you can spend hours on it. I also have to add the cherry on top. Tekken Bowling. Absolutely awesome. If you’ve never played it, you really should.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)
So it’s a no brainer that a Zelda game would make this list. The hardest choice was to just pick one. I could have filled this list with Zelda games but the one that really drew me in was Twilight Princess. Once you get over the pretty long intro/tutorial section then you enter into a wonderful story in Hyrule. I think what swayed this for me was the use of the Wii’s motion control. The excitement of swinging the remote to use Link’s sword is brilliant. How long had we imagined for years to be able to do that?
The basic premise is the same, save Hyrule from Ganon, go to dungeon, collect special item, use item to kill boss, move onto next dungeon. That’s what we love about Zelda. This game featured two awesome aspects for me. First of all is Midna. Midna is by far Link’s best companion he has had in any of the Zelda games, she is a character who is charming and witty from the start and her storyline arc really got me and made for a wonderful conclusion towards the end of the game.
The second…. LINK CAN TURN INTO A WOLF! Yes, that’s right a wolf. The gameplay mechanics with the wolf mode are second to none and proved to be a wonderful experience. Again, if you haven’t played this one get it on the Wii as the GameCube version can set you back in the region of £50-£80 quid. Ouch
Streets of Rage 2 (Sega Megadrive/Genesis)
I was so happy when Streets of Rage 4 got released a couple of years ago for the modern consoles. I can safely say it was a great game to play and offered hours of fun and replay value, it was such a throwback to the glory days on the Mega Drive and a true testament to the legacy of Streets of Rage.
To put it bluntly Streets of Rage 2 is my favourite brawler of all time. I can always come back to this game and still be as entertained as I was when I first played it back in the early nineties. We rented this game so much from our local Ritz Video store back in the day. I and my brother didn’t own a Mega Drive (we was Nintendo guys). But Dave over the road had a Megadrive and we would often swap consoles for a week at a time so we was all getting that 16-Bit goodness. I digress.
Streets of Rage 2 is awesome. As soon as you hear the famous music by Yu Suzuki in Stage 1, you know this game is going to be a banging experience. The soundtrack is phenomenal and has been lauded by critics over the years, the gameplay is brilliant and without sounding like a psycho it’s thrilling to whack the bad guys with a lead pipe. It’s great as a solo game, but it’s more fun with a buddy teaming up in co-op action to sort out Mr X and his crew. It can be easily found on the plethora of compilation games out there and you should revisit it at least once a year.
Mega Man 2 (NES)
You’d be forgiven if you didn’t pick Mega Man 2 up back in the day. Have you seen that box art? Unforgiveable. Why Capcom couldn’t have done something else is beyond me. If you haven’t seen it, check it out on Google. This was my first experience with the Blue Bomber and I borrowed it from my friend John (who NEVER held his NES controller in his hands, he placed it on a flat surface and did it that way. Madness.) I and John would regularly swap and trade games as NES games were pricy in the early nineties.
Mega Man games are notoriously difficult, they always have been and always will be. Mega Man 2 though gave us all something that we craved, and in turn made the game a tad easier and much more fun to play. It had a password system and you could write the codes in the back of your NES manuals, so it was great to carry on where you left off. The simple action platforming is perfect here. Yes there are times when you get rage, but when you complete a tricky timed section in the game (We’re looking at you Quick man) it gives you a real sense of achievement.
It’s got an awesome 8-Bit soundtrack, a good challenge and in my opinion the best set of Robot Masters in the entire series.
Wow. What a game Spider-Man is. If you ever imagined the perfect way to play as Peter Parker then this is it. A 10/10 game for me in all aspects. Swinging all the way through the streets of Manhattan has never felt better. Insomniac and Sony got it spot on with this one. Marvel’s web slinging avenger has to save New York City from a clutch of the Empire State’s finest villains in a fantastic story.
It looks absolutely sublime, the soundtrack is something straight from the silver screen. However, Spider-Man really excels in the gameplay, especially the combat. Spidey moves around the screen with ease, he has a great melee combo system for straight up fighting, he has web kicks, he has web shooters, and he has gadgets. He’s your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman.
Even if you are not a fan of comic book stuff, this game is well worth a go in my opinion. This excellent game was followed up by the awesome (if too short) Miles Morales. We are highly anticipating the Spider-Man 2 which Sony showed off during the last State of Play. If it’s anything like this cracker, we are in for a treat.
WWF Wrestlemania 2000 (Nintendo 64)
Back in my younger days and up until recently I was a huge fan of the World Wrestling Federation. For years I would tune in regularly for Raw, Smackdown and stay up late on certain Sundays for the monthly Pay Per View events. Now, there have been an abundance of wrestling games on many consoles over the years and the majority were crap, or lacked any real depth in gameplay. Roll onto the days of the N64. THQ and AKI had previously released two great WCW games on the N64, but when they decided to go with the lure of the WWF we was treated to a great game.
It’s specifically the same 3D engine but with better graphics, textures, movement and all the things you would expect from a follow up game. Its just got Steve Austin instead of Hogan, Triple H instead of DDP and so on. The roster is stacked with all your favourites from the Attitude Era. Every character has a specific move set and finishing move which is brilliant to see.
By today’s standards it’s not held up as well as you would have thought, but it’s still a riot to play especially when you had three buddies round.
Final Fantasy 7 (PlayStation 1)
It had to be in here didn’t it? The game will probably be in many gamers top 10’s. At time of writing I have not played the remake, but I am excited to do so. I feel FF7 is one of the most influential games of all time. If you look at a lot of games aesthetics through the years up to current gen, I feel the futuristic, steampunk, industrial setting of Midgar has influenced a lot of game devs. I also feel that FF& set the precedence for JRPG’s to be more of a mainstream genre rather than the niche it used to be.
Cloud’s adventure and story is on par with the most wonderful stories I’ve ever read, or seen for that matter. All of the characters have so much depth to them and you all probably know the scene, but that was the first time I ever cried at a video game. The cut scene and music which accompanied it truly set the tone for what had happened. The game is turn based combat at its finest. The Summons and Limit Breaks add another layer to making the combat fun, and the use of Materia made for great, simple gameplay as RPG’s can get too complicated. FF7 does not.
If you haven’t played it you should. If you haven’t played any Final Fantasy games, then this is where you should start. You can get this and FF8 on the Switch for around £30 for the pair. That’s a bargain. !
Sensible World of Soccer (Commodore Amiga)
In the 90’s if you had an Amiga you was a legend. I only knew of two people who had Amiga’s. One was my Uncle who lived 200 miles away from us. We had great memories of playing Jimmy White’s Snooker there. The other was a lad in our friends group. On occasions we would all get together and just play games all day. Then one day we had access to SWOS.
For me it is the perfect football game, the gameplay actually playing the football matches was simple but so so addictive, you could pull off some absolute worldies just using the joystick. I’d love to see it come back for modern consoles. What also was great about SWOS for me was the manager mode. It was the first time I can ever recall being a football manager. Buying and selling players in the transfer market was a real hoot.
Granted the graphics are very simplistic and minimal and it certainly isn’t no FIFA. But it didn’t need to be back then and still doesn’t need to be now. If you can play any version of Sensible Soccer please do. This version for me is the king.
Gears of War 3 (Xbox 360)
If you are into all of Microsofts IP’s then chances are you either sway to Halo or Gears as your go to shooter. As much as I like Halo, I much prefer the third person, cover shooting that Gears offers. I love the Gears franchise. I do feel that the peak was Gears of War 3. In my opinion it’s the best game on Xbox 360 and nothing would change my mind.
Once again we have Marcus Fenix and his crew armed with their lancers trying to take on the evil alien forces. Everything about the game is great. The action is frantic at times but that just adds to the experience for me. The story is sublime and again we had a scene which brought a tear to this gamers eye. I even enjoyed the online experience and it was a firm favourite for a lot of hours for me
You could pick this game up for a quid physically now, and I am pretty sure it’s available on the wonderful Gamepass as well now. There is no excuse not to play this game….. Well unless you don’t own an Xbox?
Super Mario 3D World (Wii U/Switch)
I could not finish this list without having a Mario game. Super Mario Bros was the first game I ever played on a Nintendo Console. We got the Action Set at Christmas 1990, we lost so many hours to Mario and Duck Hunt. I think Mario has had so many great games over the years it’s very difficult to say what is the best.
My favourite is 3D World on the Wii U and now recently ported Switch. It offers the best of both worlds for me. 2D Platforming in a 3D environment. The whole idea and concept felt very fresh at the time and I loved the cat suit power up which definitely changes the physics of the game. Combine that with the 4 Player Option, the absolutely stupendous soundtrack (Check out Bowsers World Map theme, genius Jazz.) and all the collectibles in the game, you have a winner.
I’m so glad Nintendo ported it to the Switch along with the wonderful Bowser’s Fury as it gave the game out to a wider audience as well all know the Wii U did not sell so well.
So there you go. There are my top 10 games of all time at time of writing. What do you think? Agree with any? Disagree with any? I love hearing feedback and other people’s opinions. Bear in mind I am always playing games from all generations, so who knows this could change next year.
Until Next Time. Keep Gaming.
Guest Blog post by Adam Foster @AngelicWiganer / @snoopfozziefozz
The SNES has a humungous library that’s for sure and often we can miss titles that we didn’t play, or didn’t get a chance to play. I wouldn’t say the five titles I picked are hidden gems or particularly on the rare side. However, I do think each one of these has its own merits to be welcomed into any retro games collections. Let’s take a look at five Super Nintendo Games you need to play.
In my opinion no other tennis game has come close to replicating the fun and simplicity of Super Tennis. It’s still the best tennis game out there. I LOVE the main theme tune for the game, and I often listen to it time to time just on YouTube. In fact I just LOVE everything about Super Tennis.
It’s easy to play, not complicated and provides a ton of fun in either single player, co-op doubles or battling a friend. The best thing about this now, is that we have access to it on the Switch online service. I recently completed the World Tour and was overjoyed with it. However if you are a collector and would like the physical version of it, it won’t hammer your wallet too much. Anywhere between £5-£12 depending on box and condition. Go and play it NOW!
We all love a game with the Caped Crusader, well I do anyway. If you haven’t checked out any of the Arkham games then you really should they are a treat. However back in the early 90’s our mates at Konami (remember them) made this fantastic side scrolling brawler. Imagine Batman bashing up baddies in Gotham in a similar vein to Final Fight.
I think it often gets overlooked as do most movie licensed games. They can’t all be tarred with the same brush. Its got good lovely graphics and that classic Konami music which adds to the experience. This one is more on the expensive side. I’ve seen prices for as low as £20 loose, going up to nearly three figures for a boxed copy. Keep your eyes peeled on the boot sales and see if you can get this on the cheap.
Retro Games! What are they? What era is retro? Who cares right?! I love retro games just as much as anybody. Why? Retro Gaming allows me to be transported back in time to those Childhood bedroom moments when we were all crowded around a 16" CRT TV waiting for a go on Street Fighter 2. Or maybe I am back in my friends watching them setup the Amiga 500 and then waiting for Lotus Turbo Challenge 3 to load. Gaming is life and that's why I like to hear from my readers, about their favourite retro games and series'. A Big thank you is in order to Sean (skijumpnose) for sharing his love of his favourite Retro Games below.
Guest Blog by David Morley
My older brother grabs the good controller. It’s the enhanced one as it’s been used more and it’s not as rigid apparently. “Hold on, let me get comfortable.” EA Sports it’s in the game! The early nineties were hard, a lack of money for my parents being the main issue. So when my oldest of two older brothers bought me a Sega Mega Drive for my birthday and gave it to me early. It was a big moment.
It’s 1993 I’m about a week away from my fourteenth birthday and forever being lifted into 16bit gaming heaven. A back story for my gaming knowledge previous to this day would be the commodore 64, my friend Paul’s bedroom and a Peter Beardsley manager game called… wait for it: Peter Beardsley’s International Manager. I recall the day like it was yesterday; the brand new Sega Mega drive box with images of the games that you could buy like Hang On, Sonic the Hedgehog, Italia 90 and Columns, pictured on the back. My first ever game was, of course, Sonic the hedgehog. The little spiky- haired dude who would refuse to jump lava in the marble zone levels consistently for about a week. The SEGA start up title blasted out and I was addicted.
Even now, that little blue Sega intro is etched on my brain forever, instantly transporting me back to that moment in time. Out of the box, the Mega Drive was instant gaming. My older brother showing me how it’s done, his skills came from spending his time in the very place from where the Mega Drive evolved. Driven by the arcade generation before it, the games were in now in your home and on your television. There is a show on streaming platforms which charts the history of gaming. I urge you to check it out.
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