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I realized today that I have most of the titles that have been released commercially for the Lynx (Bitchy and European Soccer Challenge excepted)...and then started to think about those games that I've never actually played. At all. I'm going to make it my mission to actually, finally, play the following (at some point this year):

 

Hanoi

Ishido: The Way of Stones

NFL Football

European Soccer Challenge (I do need to get this)

World Class Fussball

Basketbrawl

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I don’t like sports games usually. Basket brawl is such a great name that I should’ve played it. 

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I think I've played every commercial title at least a little bit, though I'm not positive about European Soccer Challenge or World Class Fussball.  I don't care much for sports games, and I've never been a soccer fan.  But I keep a running list of games I want to sit down with and learn the ins and outs.  I've played them, but I know they deserve much more playtime and I mean to invest at least a few hours into them. 

 

A.P.B.

Battlewheels

Battlezone 2000 (3D mode)

Bubble Trouble

Desert Strike

Fat Bobby

Gauntlet

Hydra

Pit Fighter

Power Factor

Roadblasters

Viking Child

Zarlor Mercenary 

 

I know a few of those are highly regarded and I really want to give them a fair chance.

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Excited to cross Wyvern Tales off this list soon! I did get in on the most recent pre order :)

There are quite a bit of titles I haven't played though. I was going through and doing reviews for the lynx game review thread, based upon games that were never reviewed yet. I suppose I should also consider Lynx games I've never tried before!

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Not a UK or European sports fan, so a never played anything in those genres. 

 

 

If we are talking on real hardware at the time of owning a Lynx.. 

 

Never played Scrapyard Dog,Fat Bobby, Bubble Trouble, Power Factor, Ishido, Gordo 106,Lynx Casino, Ninja Gaiden III. 

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11 hours ago, jgkspsx said:

Hot Dog. EDIT: Oh, I already said that. Well, it’s still true.

I sat down to play Hot Dog a few months ago and it was better than I remembered it to be the first time I played it when I managed to get a copy from Beta Phase years ago. Wait, that doesn't help much, does it? :P

11 hours ago, Lostdragon said:

 

If we are talking on real hardware at the time of owning a Lynx.. 

 

Never played Scrapyard Dog,Fat Bobby, Bubble Trouble, Power Factor, Ishido, Gordo 106,Lynx Casino, Ninja Gaiden III. 

Oh, the humanity! The rest of the games are mediocre, though. Although I can't judge Ishido, as I still haven't played it. Casino is also pretty boring and gives you the feel of playing in a casino in Atlantic City. A casino that's been closed and partially demolished.

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Casino features… interesting chatter from NPCs, some of which is rather offensive. A lot of private jokes there, too, I think. It’s remarkably unprofessional all around.

 

Ishido is marvelous as a meditative puzzler, and it’s the best portable version.

 

I like Ninja Gaiden III even if the first one is better. At least it isn’t Switchblade II.

 

Power Factor is hugely ambitious and almost delivers, but it needed some tuning. I think it’s a must play even if it’s not worth finishing.

 

Gordo 106 should be played by every Lynx fan at least once. It will make you appreciate everything else all the more.

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5 hours ago, davidcalgary29 said:

I sat down to play Hot Dog a few months ago and it was better than I remembered it to be the first time I played it when I managed to get a copy from Beta Phase years ago. Wait, that doesn't help much, does it? :P

Oh, the humanity! The rest of the games are mediocre, though. Although I can't judge Ishido, as I still haven't played it. Casino is also pretty boring and gives you the feel of playing in a casino in Atlantic City. A casino that's been closed and partially demolished.

😊 What have I missed with Scrapyard Dog? 

 

I'm not a huge Mario Bros style platform game fan, Great Giana Sisters on C64 was as close as i got. 

 

 

With Lynx Casino, by the time I had a Lynx, i was a lot older and whilst i had loved things like Vegas Jackpot on my 800XL and Fruit Machine Sim on my C64, I think i had abandoned any concept of gambling games on console or computer as you couldn't win any real cash, by this stage. 

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7 hours ago, Lostdragon said:

😊 What have I missed with Scrapyard Dog? 

 

I'm not a huge Mario Bros style platform game fan, Great Giana Sisters on C64 was as close as i got. 

 

 

 

One of the top games for the Lynx! There's a good side-scrolling adventure game hidden beneath all that cartoon whimsy: it looks like it's a kiddie game, but isn't. Controls are decent and challenges are difficult without being insurmountable, and we didn't always get that perfected when Atari rushed game development. There are also a number of hidden bonuses and challenges that really do encourage repeat gameplay. I believe that I spent more time playing SD than anything else on the system, including Toki and Klax.

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40 minutes ago, davidcalgary29 said:

One of the top games for the Lynx! There's a good side-scrolling adventure game hidden beneath all that cartoon whimsy: it looks like it's a kiddie game, but isn't. Controls are decent and challenges are difficult without beyond surmountable, and we didn't always get that perfected when Atari rushed game development. There are also a number of hidden bonuses and challenges that really do encourage repeat gameplay. I believe that I spent more time playing SD than anything else on the system, including Toki and Klax.

Wow. 

 

I invested serious time in on Toki, so that's high praise for Scrapyard Dog. 

 

Think the look of it from an art point of view, put me off. 

 

Don't wish to sound snobby, but compared to Toki, it's might and day. 

 

Guess the old adage about not judging a book comes in here. 

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37 minutes ago, Lostdragon said:

Wow. 

 

I invested serious time in on Toki, so that's high praise for Scrapyard Dog. 

 

Think the look of it from an art point of view, put me off. 

 

Don't wish to sound snobby, but compared to Toki, it's might and day. 

 

Guess the old adage about not judging a book comes in here. 

I think it's the secret world warps and weird shops that got me hooked, and the game's humour tends to the gleefully juvenile, which is lots of fun: you progress from throwing tin cans to using bombs and flamethrowers against Mr. Big's henchmen, and the cartoony graphics (and Louie's pleasant demeanor) never changes (except when you die). You can also tell that the coders had lots of fun planning stages, as many of the powerups and warps are hidden in weird places (like old tires and broken toilets in the "Junkyard" world). It's great stuff. I love Toki, and the Lynx port is fantastic, but it's a much more straightforward arcade platformer.

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Toki is well done.  But Scrapyard Dog is great!  There are so many secrets, like probably an average of 10 hidden powerups/items/warps in each stage.  It was one of the earliest Lynx games I owned, so I'm probably somewhat blinded by nostalgia.  But it appears I'm not the only one who considers it a must-play.

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Scrapyard Dog is just one of those games that gets a puzzled response from anyone who hasn't played it (or worse, has played the mediocre 7800 game of very little relation). And I can see why: it has a cast of unfamiliar characters, and its bright, comic strip graphics weren't part of the Nintendoverse and therefore unmarketable to North Americans, Atari's main target audience. I've seen it lumped in repeatedly with Slime World as a "failed" or "mediocre" game, and only because the reviewer has never heard of it or doesn't think it looks cool. It's a real shame: both are excellent and have provided hours of gametime for me over the decades.

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I only got Scrapyard Dog early last year, and I really love it. (I had the 7800 version and avoided it for that reason! “Yuck, not that again!”) Strong concur on that being an essential.

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On 9/3/2021 at 5:55 AM, Sporny Kun said:

At one time, before having to make room, I hade bought Zaku, but never took the time to play with it.

Oh man, you gotta! It’s really fun and an amazing achievement.

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To be fair, I haven't put nearly as much time into the 7800 version as I have the Lynx one.  But that's because the 7800 version is crap, and the Lynx version is fantastic.

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Hockey and Basketbrawl, mainly because I'm not a fan of sports games except for racing games.. cannot get enough of Checkered Flag

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16 hours ago, James Vontor said:

Heard that Scrapyard Dog Lynx versions is much better than 7800 versions?

It seems like the coding teams viewed the same storyboards...and then pretty much went off and did their own thing and didn't talk with each other. There's remarkably little similarity between the games even though that they were developed with the same concept by the same company at the same time. So SD on the Lynx ended up as one of the top games on the system; SD on the 7800 is boring, has poor controls, and isn't much fun to play.

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After reading this thread I feel like I need to spend more time on Scrapyard Dog; I didn't play it much. In terms of platform games I mainly played Switchblade, Shadow of the Colossus, Rygar and Hotdog.. never gave SD a fair chance

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30 minutes ago, Ninjabba said:

... Shadow of the Colossus...

On Lynx ?
Wow, future Nomad game sponsored by Atari Game 🤪 ?

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22 minutes ago, Fadest said:

On Lynx ?
Wow, future Nomad game sponsored by Atari Game 🤪 ?

Haha oops.. yes, my unofficial port of Shadow of the Colossus. It was already running at sub-par framerate

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