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Sonic The Hedgehog 1 & 2 HD Remastered Remake

Wow!! I can’t believe I only just found this! Some extremely talented guys have been remaking one of the best Sonic The Hedgehog games ever made, Sonic 2!

They released a playable alpha a few years ago that only contained Emerald Hill Zone, and recently they have released a brand new demo that contains an even better looking Emerald Hill Zone and yes you can continue on to a extremely impressive looking Chemical Plant Zone and Hill Top Zone!!!

I was surprised just how well it plays. The movements and controls are very smooth like the original and the demo ran fast on my computer despite me not having a proper graphics card (running off cr*ppy inbuilt Intel 4600). However the biggest shock for me was the AMAZING remastered soundtrack! Act 1 of each Zone contains an awesome remaster of the classic songs we loved that stays true to the original style, but then in each Act 2 they use a very Sonic 3 & Knuckles style where they’ve created a completely unique and different remaster of that zones song. Eg the new Act 2 Chemical Plant Zone track is friggin AWESOME! I was literally dancing at my desk while playing that level haha!!

Check out the video below, download their latest demo and give them some support and feedback!


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Hero-U (From Quest for Glory Creators the Coles) IS HERE!!

Its been a while since I last posted about this one but the time has finally come! Lori and Corey Cole have released their Kickstarter Quest For Glory style game called Hero-U to the world. Yes after nearly 6 years it’s really finished!!!

As a backer I’ve been given my Steam & GoG keys and have tried it out and am pleased to say I’m not disappointed. There are so many nostalgic QFG elements in this game its amazing!!!

The opening scene takes me right back to robbing the old lady’s house in QFG1. Couldn’t resist saving and then finding all the fun ways to die just like in the original game haha!

I’ll have to update my Hero-U entry in my Quest For Glory section ASAP!

Check out the Trailer here:

Link to Steam page:
https://store.steampowered.com/app/375440/HeroU_Rogue_to_Redemption/

Link to GoG page:
https://www.gog.com/game/herou_rogue_to_redemption

Free / Open Source HD Fan Remakes / Sequels / Spin Offs Of Great Classic 90s Games

These days there’s nothing I love more than finding a fan made remake, sequel or spin off of one of my favourite 90s games. Especially the ones that retain the original graphics but allow for modern HD resolutions while adding gameplay improvements we wished the original had. Most of these projects are alive and well but could really use our support! Here are some of my favourites..

OpenRA
An amazing open source multiplayer remake of the 90s Command & Conquer and Red Alert engine. Supports C&C1, Red Alert 1, Dune 2000, C&C2 Tiberian Sun along with Red Alert 2 and Dune 2 Classic via 3rd party addons.
Requirements: Fully playable. Only needs original C&C CDs if you want videos & some special addon content
Home Page

FreeCiv
A brilliant open source spin off of the Civilization series. Most similar to Civ2 but also has a nice top down Civ1 mode too. Can support up to 126 AI or human players and has a huge range of user generated content such as maps, mods and graphics.
Requirements: None!
Home Page

Master of Magic IME
Implodes Multiplayer Edition is the classic Master of Magic remake we’ve all been waiting for. We just need him to finish it lol! HD resolutions, multiplayer (single player is still there too!), ginormous mirror worlds and up to 13 players (all Wizards!!) in one game await you!
Requirements: None! However the AI is unfinished and doesn’t really do much.
Sourceforge Page

OpenIG
An utterly incredible open source remake of the classic 4X space strategy game Imperium Galactica. The original games creators were so impressed they gave them a contract allowing them to legally work on the remake. HD resolutions, better unit controls, sandbox galaxy mode with playable aliens, multiplayer, building upgrades, and a video upscaler are just some of the amazing improvements.
Requirements: None!
GitHub Page
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Let’s Play Legends of Pegasus (Walkthrough) – Complete Playthrough Videos


Hey guys!

Last year when I was building my Imperium Galactica & Similar Games Website I noticed after all these years that the long abandoned Legends of Pegasus still didn’t have any fan patches, walkthroughs or full let’s play series on Youtube. I was rather stunned that there was not a single lets play series that went past mission 2 right back near the start of the game (even in Germany where the game came from) so I started thinking about making my own as my retro gaming channel covers a lot of rare and unseen cool retro gaming content but I’m yet to do a full let’s play of a game. It seemed from most of the talk in various forums that LoP was unfinishable which put me off even trying but when Wolfbane posted the ‘unlock all missions’ cheat on steam (which I’ve since submitted to GameFAQs) I knew I’d have a safe backup option if I hit a game ending bug that I couldn’t find a way around so I decided to go for it! And if I really failed then at least I’d be able to take viewers far further then anyone else has.

Well sure enough I hit some pretty bad bugs lol! However I’m pleased to say that I found a away around all but 1 of them and was able to finish the game! There’s a black screen game ending bug right at the end of the Xor campaign instead of the victory message that I could find no way around and was forced to use Wolfbane’s cheat to unlock the next mission. Thankfully because it happened literally right at the end when the victory message was meant to come up we missed out on no story or mission elements (I checked the games mission xml, audio & video files to be sure). I suspect someone more talented than me could modify the mission xml to avoid the bug anyway.

The final Arthrox campaign was even more untested and unpolished but was actually quite fun to play as their organic living worlds and ships are beautiful. The game’s ending is fascinating and shows that they obviously planned a addon pack or sequel story we’ll never get.

It’s a real shame Kalypso cut funding to Novacore when they did as I suspect with another 3-6mths of patching the game would have actually been pretty good! Yeah sure it never would have been a great game but it would have been good enough to keep on steam. Maybe not so much to RTS fans but for 4X TBS space fans like myself it definitely would have been worthy enough to buy in a steam sale haha.

So yeah in the end I actually enjoyed the game despite all of its endless problems. But I’m not gonna lie, there were so many hair pulling frustrating moments (eg the endless battle crashes) where I wanted to scream and throw the keyboard out the window lol.

So if you’re someone who’s always been curious about the game for all these years, or you played it and didn’t have the patience to see it to the end past all the bugs, or you’re one of the angry mob who got a refund but are still curious to see what the game’s story was and how it ends then look no further. I have done all the work and suffering for you haha!!

I actually completed the game in late 2017 but it took me FOREVER to cut the footage up and get it onto youtube. I recorded about 50hrs of footage and most of that is endless micromanaging and grinding of colonies which would put people to sleep in no time lol! So I heavily edited each mission recording and fast forwarded through as much of the boring stuff as I can so that viewers can just ‘enjoy the show’ and get the story stuff, the big battles, a few playing tips, and advice on avoiding mega bugs.

For those that don’t want to watch the whole series I give a quick 10min review/preview of the game in the very first video of the series that shows a lot of late game Xor & Arthrox footage if you’re just curious to see what they look like.

And finally I plan to do a written walkthrough at some point which I’ll post here too.

Okay here’s my Let’s Play Legends of Pegasus – Complete Playthrough series:

Intro & Human Mission 1



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Star Trek The Next Generation Echoes From the Past: SS Nakatomi Walkthrough

Hey guys ๐Ÿ™‚

Originally described as impossible by Wikipedia the SS Nakatomi hostage rescue mission in Star Trek The Next Generation Echoes From the Past for Sega Genesis/Mega Drive was a nightmare for those lucky enough to even find the mission (you could easily miss it).

Using the easier SNES Futureโ€™s Past version I created maps and used them to help conquer the Genesis version. I then created a Walkthrough that as far as I know is the only walkthrough in existence for this mission as all other Walkthroughs for this game tell you to skip the mission and let the hostages die.

This walkthrough has been a few years in the making but I’m now releasing it to the public! You can get it from my Star Trek Gaming Website where I have a huge mission by mission tribute to STTNG Echoes From the Past that includes maps I’ve made for every away mission. I’ve also recently submitted a copy to GameFAQs which they accepted!

I also have a full video version of the walkthrough on youtube here:

SIERRA – The Adventure Game Years (Retro Gamer Article)

I’m so glad I subscribed to Retro Gamer Magazine last year. Some of the behind the scenes articles they’ve done on some of my favourite games growing up have been brilliant!

I had to post this one as they’ve done a brilliant 6 page article in Issue 173 on what it was like to work at Sierra in its heyday. Lori & Corey Cole, Christy Marx, Jane Jensen and Al Lowe have all contributed to this brilliant piece. Quest For Glory fans like myself will get a lot of out of this in particular as Lori & Corey do most of the talking and there’s some great behind the scenes QFG content (eg sketches of monsters and locations).

Unfortunately all the yellow writing didn’t scan very well but I did my best (via photoshop effects) to make it more readable. Hope you guys can see all the awesomeness!


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3D Nintendo NES Emulator

Hi guys,

I just had to post this piece of Emulation news. A couple of years back I posted about a 3D Nintendo Emulator that converted every classic NES game into a 3D environment. That beta was pretty buggy but oh man have things improved over the years since. Check out his latest stuff below. It’s almost flawless and while VR is not required it sure as hell looks great if you have it!

I’m gonna have to get my hands on this and put all my favourite NES games (eg Final Fantasy 1-3, Star Wars, Faxanadu) through it!

Their website:
https://geod.itch.io/3dnes


Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis 2 Sequel & Remake

I cover a lot of Sierra Point & Click adventures here (eg Quest For Glory) but I actually loved quite a bit of LucasArts stuff too. My favourite game from them was definitely Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. It’s such a shame that it never got an official sequel. The leaked stories about how one was in the making but got canned are frustrating to read!

However a lot of people clearly felt the same way and even today there’s still a lot of love for this classic game resulting in some truly amazing fan projects that I hope to properly tribute on my website one day. There’s actually a whole list of Indy fan projects out there but most are dead now however the best 2 are thankfully alive and well. Check them out below and give them your support!!

REMAKE: Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis – Special Edition
https://www.facebook.com/fateofatlantisSE/

SEQUEL: Indiana Jones and the Fountain of Youth
https://www.facebook.com/indyfoy/

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Video Log 1 – Testing My SEGA Mega Drive After 20yrs

Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of activity lately. Massively failed my ‘1 video every week’ promise a few months back as real life got very busy and I had to step away from ‘nerd life’ for a couple of months haha. As a result the video uploading stopped (those promised videos ARE filmed, they just need cuts & edits lol) and I missed some great milestones! Blake’s Sanctum passed 31,000 visitors (that’s 11,000 since this time last year!!!) and this blog passed the 5,000 visitor mark which is just incredible. When I think back to the early days in the 2000s when the site was lucky to get 1000 people a year it just shows how much the site has grown, the love people have for retro gaming and how my hard work has paid off. ๐Ÿ™‚

So.. I’ve decided to take my youtube channel to the next level and start doing occasional Video Logs (in between all my regular videos) talking about retro gaming and other fun stuff relating to Blake’s Sanctum. Putting myself in front of a camera is slightly nerve racking as the internet can be mean haha but hopefully some people will enjoy the more ‘personalised’ content as apposed to the usual gameplay with my droning voice in the background vids haha.

To kick this new video series off I thought it would be fun to get out my old SEGA Mega Drive (Genesis for US viewers) that I hadn’t touched in 20yrs due to a broken cable and test it along with all my old games. I also talk about my love for retro gaming and recommend some great twitter retro gaming personalities & news channels to follow if you want to get more into the current scene.

PART 1:
Introduction, Getting out the SEGA Mega Drive & Games, Setting up & talking about retro gaming scene. Testing Sonic the Hedgehog 1,2,3 and Sonic & Knuckles.

In the end I waffled on so much and was having so much fun the video got waaaay longer than planned lol so here’s part 2.

PART 2:
Testing Super Monaco GP, Bubsy, Menacer 6 Shooting Games, Lemmings 2 Tribes and Starflight.

New 3D Realms Build Engine Game in 2018: Ion Maiden

While I’ve always been a Doom engine editor my actual biggest soft spot has always been for the 3D Realms Build engine. I loved every game on it (especially Duke Nukem 3D, Blood & Red Neck Rampage) and it just looked so good for its time (part of me wishes I’d learned the editor and created STDoom in that instead but it’s a bit late for that now haha).

So I’m thrilled with this news! 3D Realms (also known as Apogee who gave us classic series like Wolfenstein 3D, Commander Keen, Rise of the Triad & Terminal Velocity) have brought the Build engine back from the dead, updated it, improved it and worked with an indie studio to create a whole new friggin game!!!!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/562860/Ion_Maiden/