Friday, June 21, 2013

This would be Demo Friday, but nostalgia got the better of me.

I am not normally one to fall for re-releases of old games as my list of new games that need to be played never seems to get any shorter. That and, for the most part, I already played them and have no patience for playing a game twice. Dungeons and Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara is a different story. I don't remember ever seeing it when I was a young arcade rat and, at first blush, it appears to have aged pretty well. I am also quite excited for Dragon's Crown and this should tide over my desire for side scrolling brawlers.

...and I needed a break from Grid 2.

For the most part I was right. Of the two games in the compilation Shadows over Mystara is easily better. Not only does it have more characters and better animations but it includes the best bits of Tower of Doom, including the giant red dragon with attacks that kill in one hit. I can only imagine how frustrating he was when it cost a quarter to continue. Good sprite work never really goes bad, so the characters and monsters are all still acceptable. The only thing that annoyed me was the looping music. I am completely spoiled by modern games with full orchestral soundtracks so fifteen second midi loops just hurt.

It was a good blast from the past that was kind enough to not limit my continues. If I can make a recommendation play the game on an arcade stick if you have you. I am not sure about Tower of Doom but I know that there are Street Fighter like motions for special moves in Shadows over Mystara. By the time I was done I had figured out actual juggle combos that did respectable damage. Now I want to play Dragon's Crown even more.

Just for fun, a one credit clear:

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