Life Force is one of my all time favorite NES games. I started playing this the other night and I realized I am terrible at it. I was unable to get past the first stage without the Konami code and save states. When I was about 10 years old or so I could beat the entire game with no cheats whatsoever. Video games nowadays are way too easy. Just saying.
Hey Everybody! Sorry that it has been so long since I have posted a Thrift Store Junkie post, but the picking has been pretty slim up until recently. I live in Pennsylvania and during the winter months there simply are no yard sales or flea markets. Well, thankfully the dry spell has ended. First up I will mention a couple of Goodwill finds that I picked up over the past couple of months and then I will dive into the flea market/yard sale finds.
I picked up Mega Bomberman at Goodwill about a month ago from Goodwill. The Bomberman games are one of my favorite game series so it was really nice to find this. I picked the game up for 2 or 3 dollars, I remember for sure. The game is great although it is pretty similar to Bomberman ’94 on the Turbografix which I already own(not the actual HuCard but I do own it on the Wii’s Virtual Console), actually it is pretty much the same game. If you have ever played a Bomberman game then you know how this game plays, and they are all fantastic games (At least I think so). Although the weekend that I picked this game up I had a multitude of chores to get completed I still found 3 hours to burn playing this game. I don’t regret it for a second.
Also about a month ago I picked up Chrono Cross for PS1. I picked the game up for 2 dollars. I have yet to play the game much, but I have heard great things about the game. Unfortunatly I have quite a backlog of RPG’s to play though. I am very excited to start this game because I loved Chrono Trigger on the SNES. I am currently playing Legend of Legia on PS1 and also Blue Dragon on Xbox 360.
The best pick up I had so far this season though is these 4 Playstation games that I picked up. I had been looking for Jersey Devil and Team Buddies for a very long time. I have never played Team Buddies but I know that it can go quite high on E-bay and Amazon. Jersey Devil didn’t get the greatest reviews at the time that it was released, but I remember playing the demo of this game close to 50 or so times. As far as I am concerned it is a classic. Crash Bash is of course a Crash Bandicoot game. The twist is that it plays more like a Mario Party game. I remember renting this game when it first came out and not being to happy with it, but at the time I was expecting a standard Crash Bandicoot game. Now that I know better I am excited to give the game a second chance. My sisters and I used to love playing Bomberman World and Crash Bandicoot Racing on PS1 with the PS1 Multitap. I have 3 sisters so we had many nights that we all sat around my TV and played. Though we no longer all live in the same house I still love the idea of owning multiplayer party games for each of my systems, so both Team Buddies and Crash Bash were awesome finds just because of this. Finally we come to Re-Loaded, not a great game but one that I spent many hours playing when I first got my PS1. I had traded the game in later though to get something else and have been wanting to find another copy ever since, so it was pretty awesome to find a copy for 2 bucks. This will actually probably be the first game I play when I sit down tonight to try these games out.
Last but not least though, I also picked up a copy of Wii Sports Resort at a Church Rummage sale. I payed 5 dollars for the game, which is normally more than I would pay for a Wii game at a Flea Market (unless of course I found any of the Operation Rainfall games or a select few other games missing from my collection) but I had been looking for this for awhile and didn’t want to spend full price for it (Gamestop is still selling new copies for $39.99 and used copies for $29.99). The game had no case but also by some strange twist also had no wear or scratches. I picked up a case that had Math Blaster for PC in it (but no backing artwork) and discarded the Math Blaster and popped my game in and hurriedly rushed over to pay for the game and go home to try it out.
There is a ton of other stuff as well, so you should go check it out (Please)!
Illustration by Pat Henzy
I read a lot of bad reviews about Silent Hill: Downpour… but every now and then I would run into a review that mentioned how much better than Silent Hill: Homecoming it was. Well, I loved Homecoming so when the game finally went down to under $20.00 at Gamestop I picked up a copy for Xbox 360. I’m only about halfway through the game right now so I can’t really review it, but I can say that I am totally enjoying the game. The game itself feels like a movie to me. Wandering around on the streets reminds me a lot of the original game. The camera angles bring back the “good old days” for me and remind me of what the Resident Evil games where trying to do back then. So far I have run into a ton of fun stuff. At two points so far I have fallen and found myself riding a deadly water slide where spikes and all kinds of things are trying to kill me, it is very reminiscent of the scene in Goonies when they have pretty much the exact same thing happen to them. There are a good amount of “Esher” like disorienting effects as well, look up and see endless staircases that twist and turn and wait…what’s that? Another room on the ceiling complete with a TV couch and table. Wow! The camera sways and pulsates during certain scenes and gives the game a very Nightmare on Elm Street fell. Exploartion is fun but can get a little slow at points, but every time the game feels like it is about to slow down you can except a chase scene in which a glowing orb (a portal to the afterlife?) chases you and tries to suck you in. Yes… the monsters aren’t as cool as in previous games, sometimes the load times are brutal and there are a few frame rate issues when too many enemies are on screen but the game is pretty damn fun other than those few issues. Combat feels about the same as in previous Silent Hill games, but then again combat isn’t really the main focus of the game. I am having a ton of fun playing the game right now and for under $20.00 I can’t help but recommend the game to anyone that prefers their games to contain a bit of old school fun and a couple of scares along the way.
Not so much any more, but there was a time that pinball was super popular. I was in a store in Cape May, New Jersey with my wife last weekend and I found this beautiful old pinball machine hiding out in a corner with a rack of DVD’s sitting in front of it. Obviously I couldn’t play it because of this(and the fact that it wasn’t on either). I really liked the stencil artwork that was on the side of it and plan to make a few King/playing card stencils soon inspired by this machine. The way old pinball machine artwork was applied to the machines was pretty awesome, it’s kinda funny that stencils like this have become more of a street art type thing these days but used to be used for a ton of pinball machines.
This past weekend I finally got my hands on a Sega Saturn of my very own. A
couple of my friends have owned Sega Saturns throughout my life and I had always been jealous of them. The Sega Saturn was a great system at the time it was released. Unfortunately the Playstation kicked the Saturns butt pretty early on and 3rd party support dropped off the radar. I remember playing almost perfect arcade ports of games on my friends Saturn systems though and couldn’t figure out why the Playstation was winning the battle between the two consoles. As far as I was concerned the system that had arcade ports such as Daytona USA, Virtua Fighter, Sega Rally Championship, Virtua Cop and Die Hard Arcade was the obvious winner. Plus I really liked Clockwork Knight, Bug!, Sonic 3D blast and Three Dirty Dwarves.
I was away for the weekend so I had my Mom pick up the Saturn for me (she loves all things related to flea markets, yard sales and craigslist, so she didn’t mind picking this up for me). For forty bucks I got the following:
A sega Saturn, one regular controller and the 3D controller(which was originally a pack in with the game Nights).
I also got a ton of games with the lot. Here are the games that I got with the system:
Virtua Fighter Remix, Virtua Fighter 2, Sonic 3D Blast, Nights into Dreams, Sega Rally Championship, X-Men:Children of the Atom, Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge, True Pinball, World Series Baseball 2, NHL 97, Madden 97, The Lost World-Jurrasic Park, Quarterback Attack, a Panzer Dragoon preview disk and a Bug! preview disk.
I tested the system out last night and it works like a charm. I played Night Warriors and X-Men for awhile but I couldn’t stay up too late because I had work in the morning. I plan to play a lot of Nights next weekend (it was one of the games that my friends and I used to play a lot of when I was younger).
Hey, I just received 3 of the Doom inspired Video Game Demon Coasters that I made. I originally drew this guy up because a friend of mine wanted to do a video game related mural in his game room, that project has been moving very slow but I plan to give him a coaster to make up for that. Because I feel that beer and video games go together like PB&J I plan on making a bunch more game related coasters soon. If anyone has any requests let me know! If anyone wants to purchase one of these they are only $6.00 over at my shop. They are heavy duty tile coasters with felt underlay so they don’t scratch your table.