HAUNTED: Halloween ’86 Review (Nintendo Switch)

Retrotainment Games rocked the retro scene back in 2015 with HAUNTED: Halloween ’85. It was a brand new side scrolling beat ’em up for the iconic Nintendo NES.  The game was critically acclaimed, created by 5 guys that absolutely love the 8-bit era.  This success prompted an immediate sequel, properly titled “HAUNTED: Halloween ’86”.  It recently landed on the Nintendo eShop, which is another milestone for the talented small team.  Time to jump back to 1986 and crack some pixelated ghouls.   The Return to Possum Hollow     It’s Halloween once again and with that comes trouble for our two protagonists Donny and Tami.  That’s right, for this sequel you can swap back and forth between both characters.  Trust me, you’ll need the health…

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Effie Review (PC)

Effie Review (PC) – Pixelated Gamer

Effie is a 3D action-adventure game developed by Inverge Studios.  Previously launched for PS4 last summer, it’s just now making its way onto Steam.  Let’s see what this colorful and rather nostalgic venture holds in store for PC gamers.   Meet Galand     Effie’s story follows an adventurer named Galand, who has lost his youth at the hands of an evil witch.  The journey starts off with our protagonist searching for something or someone capable or reversing the curse.  First thing gamers are sure to notice about the game are the wonderfully implemented animated graphics.  The visuals are bursting with color and have a Pixar like look to them; especially on the PC when played at Ultra Settings and at 2160p.  Crimson red grasslands…

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198X Review (Nintendo Switch)

198X Review (Nintendo Switch) - Pixelated Gamer

Hi-Bit Studios has just released 198X.  From the moment I saw a few screenshots and read the premise behind it, I knew then and there I had to play it.  Little did I know just how sensational this game would end up being.   This is 198X – where a new life is just 1 credit away     The title above is a motto from the game and it couldn’t be more on point.  In 198X, you follow the story of a kid that is struggling, wanting more in life.  He seeks an escape from his life in the boring and mundane suburbia.  Amazing cutscenes light up the screen with an art style that is oozing with 80s arcade cues.  It’s also backed by…

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Respawn Gaming Recliner and Rocker Review (RSP-800 and RSP-900)

Respawn Gaming Recliner and Rocker Review (RSP-800 and RSP-900)

The gaming chair market is a competitive bunch, where you really need to offer superior quality, distinct features and something unique if possible to stand out from the crowd.  Respawn has done their homework and tapped into a area that is surprisingly sparse for gaming chairs.  Today we will be looking specifically at their Gaming Rocker and Recliner to see how well these perform and just how comfortable these two models truly are.   RSP-800 Gaming Rocker     The RSP-800 Gaming Rocker was designed with comfort and simplicity in mind.  It can be assembled in under 10 minutes and comes with easy to follow instructions.  It sits quite low and rests on a flat black circular base, providing a solid foundation.  The RSP-800’s dimensions…

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SEGA Master System: a visual compendium Review

SEGA Master System: a visual compendium Review - Pixelated Gamer

Bitmap Books was founded by Sam Dyer, a graphic designer with an enormous passion for retro gaming hardware and all the glorious games found on each system.  Sam, with the help from his talented team and a large number of supporters, have successfully published a dozen books now; collectively celebrating what many consider the golden era of gaming.  Today we are covering the SEGA Master System: a visual compendium. This hardback features 424 gorgeous lithographically printed pages, complete with thread sewn binding, a spot varnished cover and dust jacket; plus 3D glasses for lenticular print.  This amazing book tells the history of Sega through not only vibrant art from the iconic Sega library, but from industry experts such as Mark Cerny, Mutsuhiro Fujii, Takashi Shoji,…

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Vertagear Triigger 350 Special Edition Review: The Cadillac of Gaming Chairs?

Vertagear Triigger 350 Special Edition Review: The Cadillac of Gaming Chairs?

Vertagear has a diverse line of Gaming Chairs and even cutting edge accessories like their Wireless LED Kits for certain models.  Today we are covering the pinnacle of their lineup and possibly the Cadillac of Gaming Chairs.  Is the Triigger 350 Special Edition worth the hefty price tag?  Let’s dive in and find out.   Formula 1 Inspired Design     The Triigger 350 Special Edition was designed for lightning fast adjustments. The engineers at Vertagear have implemented lightweight, highly breathable materials throughout the chair, that is equally supportive in all crucial areas for outstanding comfort.    The frame is comprised of aluminum alloy.  It’s far lighter than steel and much stronger and durable than plastic bases.  It is not however not the cheaper route…

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The SNES Pixel Book Review: 16-bit Bliss

The SNES Pixel Book Review: 16-bit Bliss - Pixelated Gamer

Bitmap Books is quickly building an astonishing collection of high quality hardback books that cover all the beloved games from the most iconic gaming systems from the 80s and 90s.  We just wrapped up covering their wonderful book on the Sega Master System.  Now it’s time to jump ship to the competitors side and behold what’s in store for Nintendo fans with the SNES Pixel Book.  I have a feeling it’s going to be pretty rad just from the cover alone.   16-bit Pixelated Powerhouse     Bitmap Books and German publisher, Elektrospieler, has teamed up to produce this epic celebration of one of Nintendo’s greatest consoles of all time…the Super Nintendo.  The SNES Pixel Book is packed with 272 pages of the greatest games…

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NES/Famicom: A Visual Compendium Review

NES/Famicom: A Visual Compendium Review - Pixelated Gamer

Bitmap Books has something very special for all 8-bit Nintendo fans.  This comes in the form of the NES/Famicom: A Visual Compendium.  Relive this thrilling gaming era presented across 500 pages that cover more than 170 iconic NES and Famicom games, fascinating interviews and gorgeous fan art.  Break out the Power Glove, blow those carts off and let’s get to work.   Now you’re Playing with Power!     This wonderful console resurrected the entire video game industry from the ashes of the great gaming collapse of the early 80s.  This system, first marketed as a family computer, introduced me to the world of gaming.  The extensive game catalog on the NES ensured I always had a vast selection of titles to choose from at…

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Doom Eternal Single-Player Review (Xbox One X)

Doom Eternal Single-Player Review (Xbox One X) - Pixelated Gamer

Doom Eternal rushes in with extreme prejudice against any and all first person action shooters.  All hail to the King…sorry Duke.   It’s insanely over the top, incredibly visceral and a marvel to see in action.  This is Doom as we know it, but cranked up with extreme intensity in every conceivable measure.  Buckle up and reload that chamber, this is going to be one crazy ride.   Hell’s Armies have Taken Over     Our favorite demon slayer who takes no prisoners is up against the greatest opposition in record, in both number and sheer number of enemy variants.  This is post apocalyptic Earth, where the world has been completely over run with the worst creatures imaginable from the darkest and deepest depths of the…

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Phantom Gear: Sega Genesis (Demo)

Phantom Gear: Sega Genesis (Demo) - Pixelated Gamer

Today we created a compilation trailer for Phantom Gear on the Sega Genesis by Mega Cat Studios.  This is their latest demo from their successful Kickstarter campaign.  It’s a gorgeous action platformer that is heavily reminiscent of Mega Man and the many colorful Disney games from the 16-bit era.  Once completed, physical carts for your Genesis and Mega Drive will be available.  After playing the demo, we are SOLD.  

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