Jetpac

Jetpac is an arcade-style shooter made by Ultimate Play the Game for the ZX Spectrum and the VIC-20. Ultimate Play the Game later became known as Rare, a company responsible for a number of hits. One of those hits was Donkey Kong 64 for the Nintendo 64. As an unlockable bonus minigame on DK64 you could play Jetpac. This is the version I’ve played and will be the basis for this little review. Continue reading “Jetpac”

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge is an isometric platformer collect-a-thon for the Game Boy Advance. This game was released after Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie on the Nintendo 64, so I’m going to assume you’re up to speed on the previous two games from personal experience or perhaps from checking out my other reviews. While it was released after these two games, it actually takes place between them a few months after the events of Banjo-Kazooie. Continue reading “Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge”

Banjo-Tooie

Banjo-Tooie is the sequel to Banjo-Kazooie on Nintendo 64. Like its predecessor, Banjo-Tooie is a 3D platforming collect-a-thon. The story picks up two years after the events of Banjo-Kazooie. We open to a cutscene of Mumbo, Bottles, and our main heroes in a card game when out of a wall in Spiral Mountain appears a giant drilling machine. It turns out the drivers of this device are none other than Gruntilda’s sisters. They free her from her prison underneath a rock that her minion, Klungo, has been unable to move all this time. She emerges as a predominantly skeletal figure. Two years under a rock will do that to ya. But her sisters reassure her that they have a plan to fix this. The group hears the commotion and Mumbo volunteers to check it out. Continue reading “Banjo-Tooie”

Jet Force Gemini

Jet Force Gemini is a blending of first person shooting and 3D platforming elements in a game by Rareware for the Nintendo 64. The Jet Force gets attacked by giant bug soldiers and are forced to abandon their base ship via their smaller, personal ships. You take control of Juno (a guy) and head out in search of your friends Vela (a girl) and Lupus (a dog). On your journey, you learn that the insects that infested your ship are minions of Mizar, a larger, more evil bug that has been causing all kinds of trouble this side of the galaxy. He has even enslaved the Tribals, a bearlike race, to do his work for profit. Can you and your friends save the Tribals and stop Mizar? Continue reading “Jet Force Gemini”