Rare Scares: Kackle

Last week I kicked-off my segment of Rare Scares month with the Temple Guardian from DK64. I was pretty sure at the time that that would be my only entry from the Donkey Kong games, but here we are with another one, and from Donkey Kong Country 2 no less! DKC2 is probably my absolute…

Rare Scares: Temple Guardian in DK64

October is here and the smell of leaves and spookiness is in the air. What does spookiness smell like? Pumpkins, obviously. What’s not so obvious though are all the various sources of those spooky vibes. I mean, of course horror themes shows and games are going to deliver some scares, but sometimes otherwise innocent media…

Diving Into the Toybox!

“This already feels familiar!” That was more or less my first thought once I’d booted up the Yooka-Laylee Toybox and started roaming around. For those not in the know, Yooka-Laylee is a game currently being developed by Playtonic Studios as a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. Playtonic is an independent developer comprised mostly of 90’s era…

#Listmas2015: Why Banjo-Kazooie Remains Tops in Gaming

Thanks to Rare Replay and having a little extra time to myself this holiday, I’ve started re-playing Banjo-Kazooie. It is just as great, if not better than when I first played it oh so many years ago. There’s good reason the game remains a favorite of many gamers, including those of us here at United…

Considering Rare Replay and Video Game Compilations

When Rare Replay comes out next week, it will join heralded company alongside the likes of Activision Anthology, Namco Museum, Capcom Classics, along with many others. That of the video game compilation. Game compilations are nothing new, and, classically speaking, they’ve been a primary way that publishers have pushed out or re-introduced old content to…

A Platformer Rare-vival!

(Image and title pun from Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter page) It’s actually happening! I can hardly believe it, but Yooka-Laylee (formerly ‘Mingy-Jongo’) is actually alive and very, very well! I found out about this on May 1st and I’m still somewhat stunned, we may yet get the chance to enjoy a spiritual successor to the brilliant game that…

UWG Top 10: #7 – Banjo-Kazooie

When I write about or speak of my gaming history, Banjo-Kazooie is a game that comes up… a lot. I’ve found joy in many games, but none of them quite compare to the pure bliss I experienced with in the delightfully colorful world of Banjo the bear and Kazooie the bird. It’s a game that helped me…