Taito Legends Power-up
Ok classic gaming
is back again on the PSP with Taito Legends Power Up. Just to whet that
whistle here are the games that you can play on this disc:
Space Invaders (1978), Phoenix(1980), Space Invaders Part
2 (1980), Colony 7 (1981), Electric Yoyo (1982), Jungle Hunt (1982), Zoo
Keeper (1982), Elevator Action (1983), Great Swordsman (1984), Return of
the Invaders (1985), Bubble Bobble (1986), Gladiator (1986), Tokio
(1986), Exzisus (1987), Plump Pop (1987), Operation Wolf (1987), Rainbow
Islands (1987), Rastan (1987), Super Qix (1987), The New Zealand Story
(1988), Operation Thunderbolt (1988), Battle Shark (1989), Continental
Circus (1989), Plotting (1989), Volfied (1989), Ninja Kids (1990), Space
Gun (1990), Thunderfox (1990) Tube It (1993).
the powerup section comes from the fact that a number of the games have
been updated for a new generation of gamers. These are Balloon Bomber,
Crazy Balloon, Cameltry and Legend of Kage which all play very nicely
and are great to see with a new spin on them.
always wonder about these compilations and how popular they will be,
keeping in mind that at this time of writing I am in my thirties and
remember when the games came out, right back to the first time I played
Space Invaders at our local chip shop when I was about seven years old.
sure that there are gamers out there just as old as me who would love to
get their hands on these titles and trust me folks they all play really
well. For the newer younger gamer though I worry that there simply is
not enough to keep them happy as they are old games and look and play
that way (as they should).
There are a number of titles here that donít really fit the bill as far
as Legends go, I would have really liked to see some other titles being
on the disc in place of others, but for the most part this is a strong
selection that should keep gamers happy for quite a long time. Possibly
my main point of contention is having more than one version of Space
Invaders on the one UMD. Just not necessary.
appearance of the games on the screen in their original formats is
sometimes a chore with the resolution making the game sit in the middle
of a screen instead of using all of it. There is a mode that will make
the game fit to the whole screen but you will pay the price with
slightly blurred graphics and text that is hard to read on occasion.
despite this I did enjoy playing the games and at the lower price they
are being sold at, itís not that much of a cash ordeal to enjoy some old
skool gaming even if there are some that you will only play your way
through once. I feel that I always have to say this though; it is a
collection of old games, looks like a collection of old games and plays
like one. Not an issue to be sure, but possibly one for you younger