Along with the Xbox 360 and new Xbox Live, Microsoft launched a new downloadable game service known as Xbox Live Arcade. For the past two years, it has been nothing but a success, giving gamers access to old and new games alike at discount prices. While Microsoft’s service has many great oldies to choose from, there are a few from the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis Era that I would like to see make it into the new generation.
Originally released in the arcades in 1984, Flicky is a game very few remember, but those that do hold it close to their heart. A simple, yet addicting game, Sega’s title had the player controlling a bird named Flicky. Flicky’s objective was to go around the level, collecting as many little chicks as they could. These chicks would follow Flicky until Flicky would reach the stages exit, in which the chicks would be saved. The more chicks you could take to the exit at a time, the more points you would get. Once you collected all of the chicks, the level was completed. Sega did not make it as easy as it sounds though. Strewn throughout each level were Cats trying to eat Flicky. Flicky would fend these felines off by throwing strategically placed weapons at them. The game was simple, old school, and addictive, which makes it the perfect choice for a cheap, 400 Microsoft points Xbox Live Arcade game.
Desert Strike and Jungle Strike
Two titles released by Electronic Arts in the early 90s on several systems, but most prominantly the Sega Genesis. The Strike games had the player controlling an unnamed character with the ability to pilot several army vehicles in order to save the world from witnessing its 3rd World War. The games made the player use strategy and precaution, as fuel and ammo amounts were limited. The games 2D, yet detailed graphics give off that great feeling of nostalgia when playing them now, and are a great example of the care and thought EA used to put into their games. Either game would be a perfect Action/Adventure title for the Xbox Live Arcade.
Another Electronic Arts game, many should remember the name of Road Rash. Also released on the Sega Genesis, Road Rash was THE racing game when it first came out. Pitting the motorcycle riding player against 20 other racers, Road Rash allowed player to brawl their way to the top of the racing leaderboards with a variety of weapons and attacks. Put the great racing and brawling together with the fear of being arrested by cops or being knocked out by a rival and Road Rash became, and still is, one of the most white knuckle racing games this day. The simple, yet outrageously fun gameplay and potential for online competition make EA’s Road Rash a must have on Microsoft’s Xbox Live Arcade.
Saturday Night Slam Masters
Wrestling fans of old will probably remember this title fondly. First appearing in arcades in 1993, and later on both the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis, Saturday Night Slam Masters is a wrestling game tailored to the theme of Microsoft’s Xbox Live Arcade. Its two main modes, Tag Team Gauntlet and Single Gauntlet, bode well as arcade-style challenges for single players and friends alike. A possible online mode would allow players from all around the world to challenge the best in these striking and grappling contests. The gameplay is simple enough, with 3 buttons, for punching, grappling, and jumping. First to lose their health bar is the loser. A simple game, at a low price, which provides a load of fun. Seeing Saturday Night Slam Masters on the Xbox 360 would be a dream for me and many other fans of this classic game.
Habitual readers of my articles would have likely seen an article I wrote a few months ago about a game called General Chaos. Released on the Sega Genesis in the early 90s, general Chaos was one of the first game that gave you control over a squadron of military units, a Real Time Strategy pioneer in my eyes. The game can be played with merely 3 buttons and a joystick as you move your troops into pinpoint positions around the mini battlefields as they blast away at the opposing side. Its simple click and move gameplay, fast paced battles, perfectly cartoony visuals, and slapstick humor make it a fantastic game for Xbox Live Arcade, and more importantly, online play. Microsoft could hit gold with this game.