With Hamster having released a sizeable catalogue of arcade ports from the repertoire of various publishers of time past, I thought it could be a good idea to discuss the AA games we’re playing right now, or any hidden gems that went unnoticed amidst the modern age’s sea of releases. What makes these games timeless? Do share your best picks - here’s what’s available right now:
I got into this sort of 80s high speed, high stakes top-down racer after playing an un-credited clone of Data East’s Bump 'n Jump at Amusement Cue in Nara. Konami’s game has a refreshingly different air about it, though.
Your goal is to reach the top of the map without running out of fuel - you lose fuel for crashing and for racing in high gear. There’s no dedicated jump mechanic here, what you see must be avoided at all costs, and this game demands your concentration and discipline if you want to stand a chance at succeeding.
Basically, scraping traffic on the roads won’t lead to you blowing up or forfeiting time unless you hit the sides of the course, so you’re given a chance to correct your mistakes. It’s when your car starts skidding off to the side after an accident that you need to be disciplined and regain control. The physics change here, so avoiding your natural instinct to counter the direction you’re being flung toward is the name of the game. Depending on the road’s width and shape it’s often better to either lift off the accelerator, or turn in the direction you’re moving, rather than against it.
That’s the thing, because the road formations and traffic vary, the game rarely feels predictable to the point where you may even have to bump into something to progress, having to learn to master these unpredictable moments is a large part of the game’s lasting appeal.