Retro Games: Gameboy Recommendations

Gameboy was a popular gaming platform as it was much cheaper than the larger consoles and could be carried around with you on the go. Here are some of our favourite vintage Gameboy games which take inspiration from others…

 

Punk Boy

Developer: Bit Corporation

Release: 1992

A shameless copy of the Mega Drive version of Mickey Mouse: Castle Of Illusion, including pressing the jump button twice to execute the bum attack, and even the cluster of sparks which pop up when you kill an enemy. The main differences are that instead of Mickey’s ears, the character has a messy hairdo.

 

Monster Pitfall

Developer: Bit Corporation

Release: 1990

This is a competent clone of the Atari 2600 game Pitfall! With a few repeating screens, extra enemies and hazards on each cycle. If you know that game, then you will find this one easy – just go right, avoiding traps and wild animals, and collecting treasure.

 

Quiz Fighter

Developer: UMC

Release: 1993

A Street-Fighter II wannabe fighting game with eight selectable characters. The cast is rather odd, with four human pugilists, a dragon, a fish-man, a chicken-man and a bare-breasted cow-woman.

 

Cosmic Fighter

Developer: Bit Corporation

Release: 1990

Cosmic Fighter is a simple single-screen shooting game that is reminiscent of the kind of games that were released on 8-bit microcomputers in the early 1980s. Each stage has you killing bird-like enemies and avoiding their fire, until they have all disappeared and you go on to the next level.

 

Fantasy Travel

Developer: UMC

Release: 1993

A knock-off of the NES Rescue Rangers game, this is a cute platformer game in which you play as a squirrel who can pick up and throw boxes at their enemies. You can also play as either a male or female squirrel.

 

GP Race

Developer: Bit Corporation

Release: 1992

This attempts t be an into-the-screen Formula 1 racing game. The game is incredibly slow, the cars seem to take up half of the entire width of the road, and they flicker like mad when there’s more than one on the screen.

 

Marauder

Developer: Bit Corporation

Release: 1991

This is a fairly decent military-themed shooting game where you need to keep refuelling by flying over destructible fuel barrels, and a screen after each life or stage tells you how many you shot of each enemy type.

 

Jewelriss

Developer: Bit Corporation

Release: 1991

Block-sorting puzzle games were a must on handheld gaming devices. Jewelriss is basically just Columns but with aesthetic touches taken from Dr Mario and Tetris. After you have cleared 200 jewels, the game abruptly comes to an end.