Top 10 Puzzle Games #4 — Special Freezing Breath for the Win
5 March 2014 3:08 pm
One of the best things about putting together lists like this is finding the hidden gems, games that few people ever played not to mention remember. This title comes from one of my all-time favorite developers, known much more for its contributions to the shoot 'em up genre than to puzzle games. Read on to find the latest addition to the Puzzle Top 10.
 
Top 10 Puzzle Games #5 — Kind of Like Kirby, but a Different Genre...
1 February 2014 9:30 am
You should be able to recognize the character pretty easily, but can you name the exact title? Can you even identify which system it's on? Big hint, you can create and save your own levels. Read on to learn more about this game that sits in the middle of the Puzzle Top 10.
 
Back in the Saddle Again — Virtual Console / eShop Updates
3 January 2014 9:58 pm
Happy New Year, everyone, and it's about time we resume bringing you the best guidance on the golden age of retro video games. You'll find that the various greatest game lists for consoles have been updated to account for what's currently available on the Wii Virtual Console, as well as the eShop for the 3DS and Wii U. From beat 'em ups to a cult classic RPG, there are quite a few excellent titles, and here are three of the very best:
 
Puzzle and Dragons — A Freemium Addiction
25 August 2013 12:23 pm
It all started with perusing usgamer.net, a relatively new video game website that totally rocks. I saw the innocently titled Puzzle and Dragons Review and gave it a quick read. Then I tried out the game on my iPad. Now it's nearly two months later, I've played it every day, and I've even had a few arguments with my wife about the amount of time I've been putting into this game. Naturally, all of this gaming has cut into my web site updates.

Moving right along, Puzzle and Dragons is awesome. You can get it for the iPhone and Android operating systems, too. While technically it falls in the freemium category of games, I don't think there's any real need to every pay. So far I'm doing just fine, without having spent a single dollar.

The game is a brilliant combination of Bejeweled puzzles (combat), Pokémon gotta catch them all (creature capture), and RPG (leveling up your creatures). There are also some light social networking elements, basically you can friend other players that are online and have their team leaders join up with you. If you like any of the above game elements, I highly recommend you check it out. It's kind of amazing to spend so much time on game that doesn't cost any money or include any advertisements.
 
Top 10 Puzzle Games #6 — Babies and Blocks
23 June 2013 11:47 am
What this Top 10 list really needs is another obscure Japan-only release, right? If you recognize the screenshots below, I'll be impressed. Note: This website doesn't condone burning babies. Read on to get the full story.
 
They Don't Make Hardware Like They Used To — Xbox 360 Fail
27 May 2013 11:28 am
According to a product review I just read, the Xbox 360 is a "good Game console and So good Graphics on each game. I played battlefield on Xbox 360 and it was terrific. Every steps I go in battlefield, it is so realistic that I am playing in the real life. Buy it. It is worth it!"

I beg to differ.

My Xbox 360 Elite died on Friday with an E74 red light of doom. This was a first for me. I also have a NES, RetroDuo, Turbo Duo, Model 1 Genesis + Sega CD, Sega CDX, Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast, Wii, and Playstation 3. None of them have ever broken, and most of them have seen a hell of a lot more action that my deceased 360. What the hell, though, I like being able to use my 360 as a DVD player, so I figured it was worth exploring my repair options.

First step was to go to Microsoft's website to register my system in order to double-check its warranty. I tried that on Saturday and Sunday and was greeted with another red light of doom:

Gotta give Microsoft points for consistency. Perhaps there were so many people playing their Xbox 360 over the long weekend that they were breaking at record speed and Microsoft's web servers couldn't keep up?

I tried the website again today and it finally worked. Of course, my console was out of warranty. Nevertheless, I decided I'd be willing to fork over $99 to Microsoft for a quick fix. The challenges ensued. Even submitting my credit card information the proved problematic. Check out this prompt:

Despite the text above, my web browser was already enabled to accept cookies. The only possible hang-up was that I didn't have the "accept third party cookies" box checked. No way. Really? For all the times I've ordered stuff online successfully at other sites, Microsoft won't work unless I enable this obnoxious feature? I checked the box and Microsoft let me proceed.

I arrived at the final step of self-packaging up my Xbox and putting a shipping label on it. Microsoft provided a fancy .pdf with all sorts of pretty instructions. I received a confirmation email. One key element was missing: Where do I ship the damn thing? I couldn't find this information anywhere linked to my repair order. Even when I logged into for my repair status it would only handily told me that my package hadn't been scanned yet for shipping.

Then all of a sudden I found salvation. While checking my order status I found a "cancel order button." Hells yeah! What was I even thinking in the first place, rewarding Microsoft for their crap hardware design and planned obsolescence? Why did I even put up with all of the above bullshit? I'd much rather give some random person on eBay the business.
 
Top 10 Puzzle Games #7 — Spotlight on Moai Statues
6 May 2013 8:21 pm
Obviously, you could take one of these statues and design a great puzzle game around it, right? Read on to learn the full story of this Top 10 entry. It's mysterious, yet once you see the punch line you'll realize how staggeringly obvious it is.
 
Arcades Reborn — Denver's 2up Arcade and Tavern
23 April 2013 10:56 pm
That the omnipresence of the arcade from the 80s has ended is obvious. Nevertheless, to paraphrase Mark Twain: The reports of its death are greatly exaggerated. In fact, there's a slow trend of new arcades—ones that serve alcohol and cater more to adults than kids—opening across the United States, from Barcade in New York City and Philadelphia to Insert Coin in Las Vegas. Apparently, this is a hip phenomenon in Denver as well, which now sports both 1up and 2up. Conveniently enough, Paul Demarte has thoroughly reviewed the latter. Next time you're in Denver, you know where you're going.
 
Emulation — Guide to Playing PC Engine CDs on the Wii
7 April 2013 10:34 am
My Turbo Duo has been going strong for over 20 years, but it's nice give it a break every now and then. It's also convenient—in terms of keeping cords under control—when one console can play the part of multiple different retro systems. With all that in mind, here's your complete guide to ripping TurboGrafx-16 (aka PC Engine) CD games and emulating them on your Wii. It takes some time to set it up, but it's worth it, since the Wiimote is a close approximation of the original Turbopad, and you'll find that all those awesome PC Engine games run almost flawlessly via emulation.
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Retro Gamer Magazine — Discounted Subscriptions
24 March 2013 12:08 pm
I challenge you: Find a monthly in-print publication with better retro gaming coverage than Retro Gamer. This magazine remains a fundamental resource for TimeWarpGamer, informing us about the greatest old-school games, and ensuring that our greatest games lists and Top 10s are as accurate and comprehensive as possible. The folks at Retro Gamer have been kind enough to extend some special discounts for subscriptions:

U.S. Subscribers — Save $23 off a one-year subscription
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Just click on the banner below and you'll be linked to a special subscription page at Retro Gamer where you can take advantage of these deals. Enjoy!
 
Top 10 Puzzle Games #8 — Melting Flames
21 March 2013 7:46 pm
Excellent, we're right on schedule to finish this list up sometime around late summer. Super Mario Bros. 3ish level selection? Some green-hatted dude dropping past an ice shelf. Extra points if you recognize this title already. It definitely falls in the hidden gems category. Read on to find out more about this enigmatic (and awesome) puzzle game.
 
Top 10 Puzzle Games #9 — Most Inappropriate Title Ever?
7 March 2013 7:37 pm
We're only at #9 and already it's all downhill from here, because this is the only title you'll find in the list—and hopefully anywhere on this site—where you suck and block your way to victory. This is not a joke. It's fo realz. Read on for the full story, if you dare...
 
Top 10 Puzzle Games #10 — Trap Enemies to Bury Them Alive!
28 February 2013 8:55 am
It's time to kick off another Top 10 list, this time looking at games that focus on puzzle solving. We'll start with a classic franchise that gets injected with a bit of a Bomberman feel. Read on for the full story.
 
Guide to Playing Your Sega CD Games on Your Wii
31 January 2013 8:16 pm
The Nintendo Wii may be old news, but it actually has a thriving homebrew scene. While Nintendo never ended up releasing Sega CD titles for the Wii Virtual console, there's no need to let a silly little obstacle like that stop you. Learn how to rip your Sega CD games and emulate them on your Wii in this guide.
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Wii U — Finding Early Success with Indie Games
23 January 2013 9:23 pm
Vinny doesn't have a Wii U yet. Paul does. Thanks to the latter, here's a refreshingly personal and original look at how the Wii U is performing at this early stage in its life with an emphasis on Indie titles—something that Nintnendo hasn't excelled in, well, maybe ever? Read on for the full story.
 
Happy New Year — Never Forget the TurboGrafx-16 (aka PC Engine)!
1 January 2013 2:49 pm
Let's start off the New Year with deeper coverage of the greatest console that ever flopped in the United States: The TurboGrafx-16 (known as the PC Engine in Japan). You'll find 11 new video reviews embedded for titles on the greatest TG-16 and TG CD lists. This includes the likes of a fairly unknown platformer starring Jackie Chan, as well as absolute monster classics like Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo and Ys: Book I and II. All these videos are by Chris Bucci, a man who not only has tremendous knowledge of the TG-16/PCE library, but who has great talent at making entertaining and insightful videos with high production value. Enjoy and Happy New Year!
 
Christmas Comes Early — Mega Man X Street Fighter
19 December 2012 4:15 pm
Fan-created. Capcom-supported. Featuring a fantastic chiptune soundtrack by Luke Esquivel (aka A_Rival). Free to download now on your PC. Thank you Seow Zong Hui for taking the lead on creating this game, and thank you Christian Svensson for recognizing the opportunity for Capcom to support the project. It's hard to imagine a better retro Christmas present than this!
 
Optimal Hardware — Finding the Right Super Nintendo
2 December 2012 11:18 am
You've heard about how awesome playing Super Nintendo is, so now you want one. Perhaps you're a retro video game enthusiast, always demanding the best and most perfect hardware solution. Maybe you know someone who wants a SNES for a gift, but you don't know which one to buy. Either way, we've got you covered. Here's your guide to purchasing the optimal SNES hardware.
 
Shoot 'em ups Guide — Cave in the USA (version 2.5)
10 November 2012 11:00 am
Since this feature was originally posted, Cave has released even more games for iOS and Xbox 360, so it was about time to update the original guide. Read on to find out how to best build your library of bullet hell greatness.
 
Top 10 8-Bit Platformers #1 — The Most Spry Plumber in the World
23 October 2012 7:20 pm
To show some actual gameplay screenshots would destroy what little suspense remains in the final entry of this Top 10. Actually, you'll probably still find some surprises in the honorable mentions and other recommended titles for the genre. Read on for the grand finale of the mostly slowly unveiled (and hopefully best) top 10 ever presented here.
     
 
Top 10 8-Bit Platformers #2 — Enter The Blue Bomber
16 October 2012 7:04 pm
You knew that everyone's favorite blue boy robot was going to blast into this list at some point. After all, he has six different games on the NES and most of them are quite good. But there's only room for one of them in this list. Find out which one makes the Top 10 by reading on.
     
 
Top 10 8-Bit Platformers #3 — Time to Kill Dracula Again
14 October 2012 3:33 pm
This one should be pretty obvious. Dracula comes back to life pretty often, only to be slain yet again, but one franchise in particular is famous for pitting you against this vampire. So take a swig of holy water, add some extra garlic to your meal, and read on to hear why this title earns its spot so high in this top 10.
     
 
Top 10 8-Bit Platformers #4 — Fluffy? Check. Pink? Check. Fun? YES!!!
8 October 2012 2:47 pm
 
Top 10 8-Bit Platformers #5 — A Cute Import Title that Totally Rocks
4 October 2012 8:49 pm
Of all the platformers you're familiar with on the NES, I'll bet you haven't played this one. Chances are, you've never even heard of this title. That's understandable, though, because it was only released in Japan and Europe, towards the end of the console's life cycle, and the cart is hard to find these days. Read on for yet another example of Sunsoft pushing the technical limits of the hardware with an amazing game.
 
Top 10 8-Bit Platformers — #6 When A Greedy Duck Pogos Enemies
1 October 2012 7:30 pm
Chances are you might be able to sing the theme song for the cartoon that inspired this game. Chances are you loved the cartoon so much that you will hold this game to extremely high standards. Chances on that you won't be disappointed when you play this game, so read on!