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  • Let's share some games you found through recommendations or those games you know and nobody else. Games that should have been played or seen and needs more attention or just have a cool idea. I am not talking about Hagane or Secret of Mana 2, which was hidden gems, but got hyped, everyone knows them. I found some of those games through searching different lists in YouTube or stumbled upon just randomly (like in Mame usually).

  • Sorry, they aren't alphabetically sorted.

    Mega Drive / Genesis:

    • Advanced Busterhawk Gleylancer (Japan)
    • Ooze, The (Japan, USA)
    • Elemental Master (USA)
    • Comix Zone (Europe)
    • Ranger X (Europe)
    • Sub-Terrania (USA)
    • Gargoyles (USA)
    • Phantom 2040 (USA)
    • General Chaos (USA, Europe)
    • Haunting Starring Polterguy (USA, Europe)

    Super NES:

    • Majuu Ou (J) [T+Eng1.00_AGTP]
    • Clock Tower (J) [T+Eng1.01_AGTP]
    • Push-Over (U)
    • E.V.O. Search for Eden (U)
    • SOS (U) [!]
    • Live A Live (Japan) [En by Aeon Genesis v2.0Deluxe]
    • Umihara Kawase (J)
    • Wild Guns (U)
    • Alcahest (J) [T+Eng1.0_FH]
    • Big Sky Trooper (U) [!]
    • Wonder Project J - Kikai no Shounen Pino (J) [T+Eng1.04_WakdHacks]
    • Hamelin no Violin Hiki (J) [T+Eng1.0_J2E]
    • Magical Pop'n (J) [T+Eng1.01_AGTP]

  • I always love these threads when they come up. I started one a while back just for Arcade games. Take a look.

    My answer will be arcade, so again here, I will mention STONE BALL, four player edition! Crazy stone age football (soccer)!

  • @caver01 I agree. These threads are often a rich source of new interesting games to find. As we ("we" translates to most of us) will never end our search; this is the perfect place for sharing. :-) I will have a look into that linked arcade thread and post later a list too. I highly recommend to check those games, as I searched for weeks on the web and found unusual games. Just in example Haunting Starring Polterguy, where you are a ghost and have to shock and hunt that guy. Or SOS, where you are on a sinking ship (and I admit, I still don't know what to do, as I never played it, just saw its interesting).

    Stone Ball looks funny too, an interesting take on sports. :D

  • Here we go

    NES: Little Samson
    SNES: Do Re Mi Fantasy
    N64: Chameleon Twist

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    • Apple II: 'Mystery House' (First computer game with graphics)
    • Atari 800: 'The Goonies' (DataEast puzzle platformer. Very different than Konami's version)
    • Atari 2600: 'Dolphin' (Unique tone-based sonar mechanic. Player has to listen to where he's going)
    • Atari 5200: 'Last Starfighter' (Atari prototype based on the film. Highly ambitious for the time)
    • Atari ST: 'Oids' (A mashup of 'Asteroids' and 'Choplifter')
    • Colecovision: 'War Games' (Based on 'Global Thermonuclear War' from the movie 'War Games')
    • Commodore64: 'Space Taxi' (The original 'Crazy Taxi'... in space)
    • Daphne: 'Us Vs Them' (Laserdisc shooter and a brilliant send-up of B-Movie Schlock)
    • DOS: 'Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 1-3' (Three of the best Sherlock Holmes games ever made)
    • Famicom: 'Sweet Home' (Horror survival JRPG by Capcom and the basis for 'Resident Evil')
    • Gameboy: 'Square Deal' (Falling puzzle game where 52 cards are eliminated in rows based on Poker hands)
    • GameBoy Advance: 'Drill Dozer' (It loses something without the force feedback, but still amazing)
    • GameBoy Color: 'Shantae' (It's become a little more recognized recently, but still underrated in my book)
    • Infocom Z-machine: 'The Lurking Horror' (Based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. One of two zmachine sound games)
    • Intellivision: 'Dracula' (Rise from your grave, feast on your victims and be home by dawn)
    • Arcade: 'Ninja Baseball Batman' (An extremely bizarre and gorgeous beat 'em up)
    • Neo Geo: 'Wind Jammers' (A mashup of competitive frisbee and 'PONG' with beatiful graphics)
    • NES: 'Summer Carnival '92: Recca' (Hands down, the best schmup on the NES. A programming miracle)
    • Nintendo DS: 'Retro Game Master' (Simulates every aspect of what it was like to want, get and play games in the 1980s.)
    • ScummVM: 'Castle of Dr. Brain' and 'Island of Dr, Brain' (Series of brain games in a unique story-driven presentation)
    • Sega CD: 'Penn and Teller's Smoke and Mirrors' (Unreleased Penn & Teller game that brings their routine and humor into game form)
    • Sega Game Gear: 'Shinobi II: The Silent Fury' (A mashup of 'Shinobi' and 'MegaMan' exclusive to the Game Gear)
    • Sega Genesis: 'Battle Golfer Yui' (JRPG centered around... Golf)
    • Sega Master System: 'Sonic the Hedgehog', 'Sonic the Hedgehog II' and 'Sonic Chaos' (Completely different games from the Genesis/Megadrive versions)
    • Sony Playstation: 'Lego Racers' (Kart racing game that lets you build your own kart out of Lego pieces)
    • Super Nintendo: 'Super Fire Pro Wrestling X Premium' (Simply the best retro wrestling game out there)
    • TurboGrafx-16: 'Military Madness' (Turn-based tactical warfare... on the moon)
    • TurboGrafx-CD: 'Gate of Thunder' (Little known, but serious contender for greatest schmup of all time)

  • I am still in the process of adding new games. It started a little bit stiff, but I am more forgiving now. Here some recent adds to my RetroPie collection:

    Super NES:

    Mega Drive:

    • Blades of Vengeance
    • Decap Attack
    • Dick Tracy
    • Pulseman


    • Felix the Cat
    • Gun Nac
    • Nightshade
    • Shatterhand
    • Summer Carnival '92 - Recca

  • First posting in this thread about Arcades, not consoles.

    Recently, I decided to add Mame2010 emulator to my list. I opened the compatibility list in the Docs and spent hours scrolling down the list and looking for promising titles by random guess. Then I searched for video snaps in YouTube and if it looked promising, I added it to my collection for testing. While doing this, I discovered some interesting games for FBA and Mame2003 too. I just felt to share with you my findings.


    • crzrally Crazy Rally (set 1)
    • osman Osman (World)
    • riskchal Risky Challenge


    • gaia Gaia Crusaders
    • gunbird Gunbird (World)
    • gunbird2 Gunbird 2
    • hook Hook (World)
    • punkshot Punk Shot (US 4 Players)
    • rocnrope Roc'n Rope


    • boogwing Boogie Wings (Euro v1.5, 92.12.07)
    • calibr50 Caliber 50
    • charlien Charlie Ninja
    • kov Knights of Valour / Sangoku Senki (ver. 117) (needs pgm)
    • mmaulers Monster Maulers (ver EAA)
    • retofinv Return of the Invaders
    • vimana Vimana

    I must say, a lot of interesting games didn't start or had no or bad sound. So I excluded them. Here are only working games on my over clocked Raspberry Pi 3B RetroPie 4.4. I highly recommend to check some games, like osman, hook, boogwing, calibr50 and kov.

  • i just came across a really cool game accidentially because i got to fix a clrmamepro missing files for recent mame2003-plus.

    never heard of it before this game is called Escape Kids. the gameplay is a lot of fun and it is 4players! you have to hit the run button repeatedly. the faster you hit the button the faster you run. but you will only run if a direction is pressed at the same time. during the game you can collect money and upgrade your character to run faster, get up quicker after falling down, jump higher. Interestingly you can also upgrade the character with real money by entering more credit, what a controversy :-)
    try that its really cool!

    btw. can you recommend other games with this type of control?

  • @robertvb83 Never heard about this game too, but looks really fun with friends. Hell will test it out later. I also never saw a game like this, so cannot recommend anything.

    Btw, does he say all the time "FU*K YOU"? :D

  • @thelostsoul said in Share your hidden gems and insider tips:

    Btw, does he say all the time "FU*K YOU"? :D

    haha i did not notice it until you mentioned it. i dont think so but i hear it too :-)

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    @robertvb83 said in Share your hidden gems and insider tips:

    Interestingly you can also upgrade the character with real money by entering more credit, what a controversy :-)

    Very interesting! This would definitely be one of the earliest forms of micro-transactions. From what I've seen, the controversial revenue scheme apparently saw it's early roots in the arcades with games like this. So far, the earliest example I've found is 'Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone' from 1990, where you were allowed to purchase weapons with real money from the various shops. Great find and it looks to be a lot of weird, wild fun too. Can't wait to give it a go.

  • @robertvb83 Btw, it reminds me a game for the SNES, but it didn't have this control sheme. It played in the Tiny Toon world I think and was a running game like this with normal control sheme. I just can't find it anymore, don't remember the name of game. I am even not sure if it was really the Tiny Toons franchise... I am searching this game for very long time! Now you found a game which is similar, so I can reference to it!

    Hanna Barbera's Turbo Toons
    So, it wasn't Tiny Toons, I just remembered it wrong.

    Video at 04:43 for this game.

  • Found more hidden gems (at least to me) and they look pretty good. Want some of them share with you. Especially the Game Boy Advance games suprised me. I never had one and there are a so many titles I never played on it.

    I would say checkout Wade Hixton's Counter Punch, if you like Super Punch Out.
    If you want Metal Slug with more comic graphics, then head out to Alien Hominid.
    Look for Balloon Kid, if you like Balloon Fight.
    Do you like rotating guns on your ship? Then Eco Fighters is the solution.
    Kicking an lying opponent? Hell yes! Crime Fighters!!


    • combasc Combat School - SPORT
    • crimfght Crime Fighters - SCROLLING BRAWL
    • punisher The Punisher - SCROLLING BRAWL
    • rygar Rygar - PLATFORMER ACTION
    • xybots Xybots - 3D SHOOTER / MAZE ??


    • ecofghtr Eco Fighters - SHMUP HORIZONTAL
    • mwalk Michael Jackson's Moonwalker - ACTION


    • indytemp Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - ACTION ADVENTURE ?? (needs bios atarisy1)


    • Battle Unit Zeoth - SHMUP HORIZONTAL
    • Alien 3 - ACTION ADVENTURE ??
    • Balloon Kid
    • Trax - SHMUP


    • Alien Hominid - PLATFORMER ACTION
    • Astro Boy Omega Reaction - PLATFORMER ACTION
    • Wade Hixton's Counter Punch - SPORT


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