Being British, we here at Retro-Now can’t help but be a little obsessed with the weather. With the forecasters recently implying snowmageddon is on its way then what better way to warm up than hitting the game rooms and playing some frosty games.
One of my fave snowy games is for the mighty MSX. It’s a system that never really got much love outside of Japan which is a real shame as it’s a very capable piece of hardware with some cracking games. Antarctic Adventure by Konami is a case in point, I mean how can you not love a penguin racing game on ice. Featuring Penta the penguin, who later became a mascot for Konami, your job is to race to the end of each level avoiding holes in the ice and overly friendly walruses. As you slip and slide down the ice flow, fish will jump out which can be collected for extra bonus points.
Staying with this theme, but this time going further north we find Oceans Eskimo Eddie. Combining elements of both Frogger and Pengo, Eskimo Eddie tries to give the player a bit of variety. Sadly it’s not quite enough of either of those games to make this game special but it’s a nice enough distraction for 15 minutes
If the thought of Arctic tundra is not appealing then maybe its time to take refuge in a small cottage in a nice little town. This time of year snow is thick on the ground, a perfect time to revisit Animal Crossing on the Gamecube.
Like me, you probably haven’t been back to your town in quite some time and understandably a lot of your neighbours will have moved away but worry not as new animals will have moved in to replace them…not that any of them will help you pull the thousands of weeds you will be facing. Once you have cleaned up the town (and I don’t mean Clint Eastwood style) you’ll have the chance to enjoy many crisp, snowy evenings.
With the Winter Olympics winding up in South Korea, how could we not pointing out the obvious – Winter Games by Epyx is just fantastic. I’m a little biased towards the C64 version but pretty much every version I’ve played is just a blast. The classic eight events are great little mini-games on their own, but add a few friends with some beers you have the recipe for a top evenings fun.