Friends, the other day the Retroist Vault was all abuzz with the news of the Coleco evolved mini arcades Kickstarter. Gary Burton was kind enough to drop on by for a visit with the news in fact. The Coleco evolved mini arcades are a retro throwback to the classic early ’80s tabletop games. Although this time it isn’t the likes of Pac-Man and Frogger that we will be playing. This go around we are getting games for both Rainbow Brite and Robotech!
As far as I know, Mr. Arcade, the spokesman for the original Coleco tabletop won’t be returning. However at the very least the designs of the plastic shell are staying 100% the same. Well, the housing is the same. The Coleco evolved mini arcades will feature:
Full Color LCD Display
Powerful new gaming chip set
Revamped joystick and accurate action buttons
Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack
Highly-detailed, colorful Rainbow Brite and Robotech art wraps
First of all I did indeed say the units will feature these because with 26 days to go, they’ve already reached their goal. At the time I submit this post, Coleco has netted $56,674 on a $30,000 goal. There is of course a stretch goal, a whopping $180,000 one at that. It is however a mystery to everyone…I hope though it’s an new Smurfs game!
How about we take just a moment to talk about the games? Rainbow Brite: Journey to Rainbow Land is an RPG style offering. Judging by the video below, it has most certainly been inspired by the likes of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. In this game you will attempt to help Rainbow Brite and Starlite thwart the plans of Murky and Lurky.
With Robotech: The Macross Saga you will get to pilot a legendary Veritech fighter. Standing as the ultimate and probably last defense for the Earth from alien invaders. Besides looking like you can switch between pilots, your Veritech can transform into Guardian, Fighter, and Battloid modes.
If you want to support the Coleco evolved mini arcades, you can follow the link to their Kickstarter. Now then, how about checking out the pitch video and the games in action?
Friends, my love of Norse mythology was started thanks to a comic book. The Mighty Thor #362, you cannot top Walt Simonson’s legendary series. Thanks to that comic book I quickly checked out the real Norse mythology. Obviously I was surprised by the differences of Thor from the comics with the God of Thunder in literature. However I still found Norse mythology to be one of my favorite subjects. Which is of course why I pay attention when a new film or book tackles it. Case in point the upcoming Metalheads Rumble In Ragnarok by Neon Wizard Games!
I was contacted a couple of weeks back by Neon Wizard Games, the independent studio working on the game. To see if I wouldn’t mind sharing that they have started a GoFundMe campaign to help get the ball rolling.
So you might be wondering what Metalheads Rumble in Ragnarok is about. Two freshmen named Ron and Mike inadvertently release Loki and an army of undead warriors upon the World. All of this is done of course by listening to a vintage metal album. Called Destination Doomicus, naturally by the Knights of Doom.
Furthermore, the likes of Odin, Tyr, and Valkryies have also been released. It’s up to our two metalheads to try and right their mistake. By using the album artwork from the LP to find out how to take on these Norse Gods and save their town. Perhaps even becoming legends themselves in the process?
Friends, I thought I might ask O’Neal Pignani to add some further information on the game: “Hi, I’m O’Neal Pignani founder of the newly formed Neon Wizard Games. We’re developing our first 2d traditionally animated console video game Metalheads “Rumble in Ragnarok”. It’s about two headbanging pals Mike & Ron during 1987, and a valley girl Ghost, that also happens to be a Valkyrie who must band together to stop Loki and his army of Norse Gods & creatures from bringing the end of the world.
Metalheads combines 80s action adventure Saturday Morning cartoons like Dungeons & Dragons with classic arcade games like Castlevania & Dragon’s Lair. If you’re a fan of Evil Dead, and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and would like to see the classic video game experience make a come back than please support by making a donation.””
Now that you are aware of Metalheads Rumble In Ragnarok. Would you like to hear a track from the Destination Doomicus?
I’m not joking when I say that at nine I was paying attention when I saw John Carpenter’s name. In 1978 the Director helped start the slasher craze with Halloween. One year later and also at the 62 Drive-In I was able to see The Fog. The same in 1981 when Carpenter really delivered a welcome dose of awesomeness with Escape from New York. Not only did the action/sci-fi film make me a lifelong Kurt Russell fan but it also gave my first taste of apocalyptic movies. Not to mention that I learned what an antihero was after watching the badass that is the core of Snake Plissken.
Now in the movie – in case if you’ve not had the pleasure of seeing it, a Lifeclock helps to keep Plissken motivated. Because when the counter reaches zero it means the end of Snake’s mission to deliver the President back safely. As a matter of fact it means the time to safely administer an antidote to the poison he was injected with has run out too. As has been made clear to Snake from near the beginning of the film.
So please do try to imagine my surprise when I was contacted by e-mail the other day. To let me know about a new Kickstarter that was started up from the Ridgewood Watch Company. Furthermore it is a campaign to deliver an authentic and official replica of the Lifeclock as seen in Escape from New York!
Unlike the model used by Snake Plissken, The Lifeclock One sports a few extra features. Since our society tends to value be connected to each other course. Moreso than a loner like Snake that is. Obviously.
A couple of days ago, fellow Retroist Author Justin M. Salvato sent me this link to a Kickstarter to raise the necessary funds to complete a documentary about the history of Atari. Something that I bet if your a visitor to this site you have more than a passing fondness for, right?
I can say in all honesty that Atari is a name that still means something to not just me but for the Arkadia Retrocade, why else would Shea Mathis set up that little section of the arcade for Players to experience the magic that is the Atari 2600?
The documentary is being created by 8-Bit Generation, it is their second retro documentary in fact. To say they have managed to interview some true legends of the gaming industry is something of an understatement. You have Ralph H. Baer – the Father of Video Games who helped create the Magnavox Odyssey as well as Milton Bradley’s Simon.
Image courtesy of 8-Bit Generation.
Nolan Bushnell who besides founding Atari itself helped to usher in the Golden Age of the Arcade Games to name just a few of his many accomplishments.
Al Alcorn who designed a little game known as PONG and had input on the Atari 2600’s development.
But also in the documentary you have the likes of David Crane (Pitfall, Activision), Minoru Arakawa (Nintendo of America), Walter Day (Twin Galaxies), Manny Gerard (Co-Chief Operating Officer of Atari), Eugen Jarvis (Defender, Robotron: 2084), Raymond Kassar (CEO of Atari), Joe DeCuir (Video Olympics), Howard Scott Warshaw (Yar’s Revenge), Steve “Woz” Wozniak (Apple) and many more!