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JRPGfan said:

this one:  SnakeRattle N'Roll   (nes + megadrive)

You play as Rattle or Roll (a red or blue snake), and run around in these 3D isometric levels, collecting these balls? (best to match the colours to the snake colours), to grow until you can ring a bell, that then opens up a path out, leading to the next level.

(nes version above, not as good looking as the megadrive one)

^ mega drive version.

Anyways the music was crazy good for its time, and it was fun platforming around as a snake.
This was made by Rare, waaay back in the day (1990 release) and its probably not that well known, even though reviewers had very high opinions on it.

Still have my copy on the attic somewhere (NES).

Superb game but I’ve never finished it. I always got to one of the ice levels (9 or 10?) and could never clear it, insanley difficult. Maybe I should fire up my NES and give it a spin again, it’s at least 20 years since I last played it.



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Spindel said:
JRPGfan said:

this one:  SnakeRattle N'Roll   (nes + megadrive)

You play as Rattle or Roll (a red or blue snake), and run around in these 3D isometric levels, collecting these balls? (best to match the colours to the snake colours), to grow until you can ring a bell, that then opens up a path out, leading to the next level.

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(nes version above, not as good looking as the megadrive one)

< pic >

^ mega drive version.

Anyways the music was crazy good for its time, and it was fun platforming around as a snake.
This was made by Rare, waaay back in the day (1990 release) and its probably not that well known, even though reviewers had very high opinions on it.

Still have my copy on the attic somewhere (NES).

Superb game but I’ve never finished it. I always got to one of the ice levels (9 or 10?) and could never clear it, insanley difficult. Maybe I should fire up my NES and give it a spin again, it’s at least 20 years since I last played it.

Im not *sure we ever beat it either.
As kids we would play together as a group infront of a tv, and take turns.... we used to love this though.

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JRPGfan said:
Spindel said:

Still have my copy on the attic somewhere (NES).

Superb game but I’ve never finished it. I always got to one of the ice levels (9 or 10?) and could never clear it, insanley difficult. Maybe I should fire up my NES and give it a spin again, it’s at least 20 years since I last played it.

Im not we ever beat it either.
As kids we would play together as a group infront of a tv, and take turns.... we used to love this though.

BTW it’s a Rare game for people not knowing of this game.

This and R.C Pro-Am are probably my moste played Rare games.



Danganronpa V3. Great storytelling, lovable characters, awesome music! One of the greatest visual novels out there.



Dreamcast Edition!
Seaman: not really a game. More of a virtual pet. I enjoyed talking to it and sharing my life. It was way ahead of its time. Pretty shit compared to the assistant apps of today but back than, incredible.

Zombie Revenge: Two player co-op beat em up with great graphics, gameplay, and challenge. A gem from a bygone era.

Illbleed: Not sure how to describe this. Resident Evil on drugs. Lots of humor. Lots of "fan service". And a parody of Toy Story.



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JRPGfan said:
Spindel said:

Still have my copy on the attic somewhere (NES).

Superb game but I’ve never finished it. I always got to one of the ice levels (9 or 10?) and could never clear it, insanley difficult. Maybe I should fire up my NES and give it a spin again, it’s at least 20 years since I last played it.

Im not *sure we ever beat it either.
As kids we would play together as a group infront of a tv, and take turns.... we used to love this though.

Great game, I still have the original game somewhere as well. I only managed to finish it on Rare's Replay with its rewind feature. 

The game got extremely hard and frustrating at the end. That last boss fight was increbliy hard and not sure how to beat it without cheating. 

Game deserves a remake, I was hoping the creators of Snake Pass would go out and make a full remake/reboot of Snake, Rattle and Roll.



You guys ready for this? All these games are for the Acorn.

1) Ibix the Viking - I played his on my dad's first Acorn computer, it was a basic arse platformer but had a level editor too. Was one of the first games I remember playing properly. (Played Ghostbusters/space invaders on Commadore 64 but don't really remember that, too young).
2) Mad Professor Mariarti - open level based platformer, where you had to collect items and solve puzzles to get past it. Was a superb game.
3) Swiv - not sure on the obscurity of this one but me and my bro spent hours playing the co op.
4) Moonquake - A Bomber man rippoff but had multiplayer with my bro, against each other. Was great fun.

If anyone knows of 1 and 4 I'd be impressed.



Hmm, pie.

Azzanation said:
JRPGfan said:

Im not *sure we ever beat it either.
As kids we would play together as a group infront of a tv, and take turns.... we used to love this though.

Great game, I still have the original game somewhere as well. I only managed to finish it on Rare's Replay with its rewind feature. 

The game got extremely hard and frustrating at the end. That last boss fight was increbliy hard and not sure how to beat it without cheating. 

Game deserves a remake, I was hoping the creators of Snake Pass would go out and make a full remake/reboot of Snake, Rattle and Roll.

Formula still works, I'd love to see a AA budget modern take on it.



Hearts of Iron 2 especially with the addon Armageddon its the best rts for me and still is making fun on lan



gord352 said:
Space Station Silicon Valley on the N64. Easily my most enjoyed obscure game. No one ever talks about it and it's such an underrated gem! It could be a glitchy mess at times and the graphics weren't great (even then!) but the whole concept and humour of the game more than made up for its flaws. For anyone who doesn't know the game it takes place on this space station inhabited by mechanical animals and you control a robot computer chip that can only survive by taking over these mechanical animals. Every level is mission based and you have to complete the bizarre objectives (plus bonus extras) to make it to the next level. Every animal has its own abilities/ways of moving around which makes for some creative puzzles, platforming and even combat. I think of it like a sort of pre-cursor to Super Mario Odyssey where cappy controls other beings but instead of this being a fun extra in Mario it's an absolute necessity in Silicon Valley. Worth a pickup for anyone who owns an N64!

This is one of my favourite N64 games. Not without flaws as you say, but it oozes character and charisma. Some really memorable music as well. Never got round to fully completing it though... I hope to one day.