New Retro News: Like it was 1995
This news roundup is full of retro themed goodness (the surgeon general recommends two servings per day), seeing re-releases and free releases:
- SEGA powers up: re-releasing collection on Steam
- Mojang-a-gang: Minecraft dev’s release free strategy game
Release: SEGA’s 90’s Bedroom Coming to Steam, April 28th
SEGA is re-releasing a retro collection on Steam called SEGA Mega Drive Classics Hub, that will come complete with a fake 90s bedroom (seriously, check out the video) which you can play the games in, including emulation features such as save states, graphics filters and the like. Now it’s official, with an April 28th release date.
Now, a lot of people are saying “I already have the games on an emulator”, but for a lot of us, there is something grand about being able to do so through official, legitimate (read: not illegal) channels and methods. Plus, it’s about time these companies embraced modern technology.
The room will act as a “hub” to play various games (the free ones plus any you paid for apparently) but more importantly it will also feature “Steam Workshop support allowing you to share modified versions of your favourite retro SEGA titles!” No idea as of yet whether this includes ROM hacks like Sonic Classic Heroes, or rather be some kind of Mario Maker style system. Hopefully my dream of making Streets of Rage 2 levels with RPG/Metroidvania elements comes to life!
There’s a lot of misleading titles out there, which made it sound like the games themselves are going to be free. Alas – to be clear – it’s just the “hub” and the update itself that is free.
SEGA Collection | Announcement page
Release: Crown and Council, free strategy by Mojang
The company behind Minecraft shows it can do other things, too, such as releasing a retro-themed strategy game Crown and Council. Also because they are nice chaps, they went and made it free.
Judging by the description, it sounds like classic Risk variant but with much faster, streamlined gameplay, which is something I can totally get behind after hours spent clicking “Select Army > Move > Select Territory > Confirm” over and over again.
Steam reviews are mixed, but the consensus seems to be that it’s a pretty simple little game – like a decent flash game – which is fine since it is – like a decent flash game – free to play.
Crown on Council | Steam download