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Cannon Fodder: Retro

Cannon Fodder: Retro game of the day

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Cannon Fodder was an action-strategy shoot’em up developed by Sensible Software for the Amiga in 1993. Virgin ported the game to home computer systems DOS, the Atari ST and the consoles Jaguar, Mega Drive, SNES and 3DO.

The player controls a small squad of up to four soldiers armed with machine guns which kill enemy infantry with a single round. The player’s troops are similarly fragile, and while they possess superior fire-power at the game’s outset, the enemy infantry becomes more powerful as the game progresses. The troops are directed through numerous missions, battling enemy infantry, vehicles and installations.

Cannon Fodder has a darkly humorous tone which commentators variously praised and condemned. Its creators intended it to convey an anti-war message and the games opening theme song shows this.

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Vib-Ribbon: Retro

Vib-Ribbon: Retro game of the day

imageVib-Ribbon is a music rhythm game which was released on the original Playstation in Japan late 1999 and a year later in Europe. Similar to the likes of PaRappa the Rapper and Amplitude the player would progress through each song by hitting the corresponding button being displayed on screen. Amplitude being Guitar Heroes predecessor and a formula recently revisited in Harmonix‘s download only title Rockband Blitz.

Vib-Ribon was unique in that the game loaded into the Playstation’s RAM enabling the player insert any music CD of their choice which would then generate a unique level from any track. The graphics for Vib-Ribbon are very stylised and simple yet pretty looking. The backgrounds and main character, a female rabbit called Vibri, consist of straight, white vector lines forming angular images.

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The game features four basic obstacles, blocks, loops, waves and pits. Obstacles in later levels could be combined into a more advanced forms for which two button presses at the same time are required.

Vib-Ribbon included six quirky songs by Japanese pop group Laugh and Peace, recorded in English they were also included on the game disk as standard CD audio tracks.

Road Rash to get a kickstarter… kinda

Road Redemption has become the latest project to get a kickstarter. Darkseas games aim is to bring back the classic Road Rash-style gameplay, with next-gen graphics and online play.

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The project has been in early development since last year and is aiming to be the spiritual successor to the original. Set for release in July if funding is successful, initially the game will release on PC and eventually porting to consoles. Road Rash creator Dan Geisler has also expressed his desire to launch a kickstarter for a true successor as long as there is enough interest.

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