Emutech Contributors Info Page
I made this page for my e-mag, Emutech (Thanks to DamneD off Underned #emu
for the name and the logo! Logo not used on this page btw :P). Only reviewers
and other contributors should know about this. First of all, reviewers
should lay out their reviews similar to this:
ToeJam And Earl 2: Panic
ToeJam, a Four-Legged Hip-hop
Earl, a shades-wearing loveable
lug who resembles a cross between a large slug
and a blow-up doll, have
a problem. They brought back a plague to their home
planet upon returning from
a Joyride out in space, and their planet seems doomed.
The Plague? Earthlings.
The two set out with Jars in hand, to nab the pesky
critters and ship
them back where they belong, bringing back Funkotron's funk.
The graphics are primo,
sounds are clear and add to the game, and the objective of
level is well defined, and
challenging. You find the Earthlings, don't let them
kill you, and jar them and
put them in the sack. Besides the main challege of
catching all the Earth-people,
metagames are hidden all about, for any number
of bonuses. The "funk
move", a mini teleport that takes you
through some walls, the
panic button and the funk vacuum are also some neat tricks
our hip aliens have in their
quest to w00p ass with. The last thing
that sets TJ&E2 apart
from other platform games is the level of interactivity with
the world. From the trees
you shake for presents, to the colorful denizens of
the "groove planet",
this is no simple action game. You can *talk* to the people
who you are doing your best
Kumquat: TJ&E2 is one
of the most overlooked platform action games put out of the Sega
Genesis. Even in it's emulation
incarnation, it doesn't get much hype. Why not?
Well, for starters, Genecyst
won't run it. It locks up. But with Steve Snake's
KGen v0.30, this game's
time is here. The game's most instantly noticeable feature is
its sense of humor. Comedy
in a video game hadn't been done this well before or
since, until the Earthworm
Jim series. I especially like the trampoline game, where
judges watch as you do acrobatic
flips for points. I also like all the great power-up
items, which make the game
easier, and each is a treat to watch.
Check it out. It's been
waiting long enough.
Gurt: I'm shellshocked!
How could Sega top such a hip game as Toe Jam and Earl? With
the sequel! I didn't think
the idea of a scrolling platformer would work, but it
does! The little things
like brats going "nyah nyah nye nyah nyah" at you, doing
new raps with Peabo, and
watching Earl (try to) swim are all classics. Underrated
in Sega Power, the UK mag
- it only got 90%. This is 2 player, like the original,
and features 16 levels,
with heaps of variety and playability! It's the kind of
game you nearly shit your
pants playing because it's so funny. Dammit, you better
get this! To quote 'Die
hard', "Next time you have a chance to kill someone, don't
hesitate!" except it
doesn't involve killing people, replace that with 'get this'.
Presentation: 98% What can
I say, where else can you vacuum up bratty kids, yappy
dogs, and psychotic ice-cream-truck
drivers and put them in jars?
Graphics: 96% Slick, cleanly
defined cartoony graphics give the game a necessary feel, and
backgrounds and ALL the
sprites look great. Not skimping on visuals here.
Sound: 95% Great sounds
abound here, from a funky soundtrack to the individual digitized
bits of our heroes and most
of the enemies. "Boogieboogieboogie!!!"
Hookability: 97% Instantly
appealing, so long as you like your games a little
weird, with comedy and clever
level design all around.
Lastability: 83% Here's
where the game takes a bit of a beating. It's fun, and two
player mode is a blast,
but it is, after all, only a platform game, not much replay.
Overall: 94% A game that
should have been a classic from the get-go. Check it out now,
and yourself a favor.
PICTURE: SNAP10.PCX Caption:
TJ&E Yuck it Up. Silly Earthlings.
PICTURE: SNAP13.PCX Caption:
Big Earl Gets a Hotfoot.
One note on the rating system to clear
Presentation: Is the manual easy to
follow? (If not a ROM review :P) Are there any bugs? If it's on c64 or
something, how quickly does it load?
Hookability: How addictive is it?
Lastability: How long will you be playing
it for, days or years?
What I shall be doing is looking at
what your comments and ratings are, then mixing them with the other reviewer's.
(If there is 2). Note if there is a mixed opinion on a game and there is
an exceptional reason for it (ie it's unique, NOT a reviewer hates that
genre) I doubt it will get a rating at all, I'll just put it's one you
love or hate. If it's good though, it'll get an award thingy :)
If you give a review 96%, please state
if you think it deserves a blue ribbon (software worth getting) or a gold
medal (software you shouldn't go without). I covered the rating system
in issue 1. Regular reviewers should also include a crappy picture of themselves.
Here's mine. It's in BMP format. Just edit out my portrait with windows
paintbrush (that's what I used!) and put in your own. These will be used
on reviews next to your opinion.
It doesn't look like me really. When
it is done, dcc it to me on IRC or email to one of these:
I haven't tested the latter. My tripod
page's mailbox is down :( It's here,
if you wanna know. I complained and they said it would be fixed soon. That
was 6 days ago! Here's some links to rom and emulator sites that I like...
Rombox - currently on strike, but go there and click on the banner
so it won't be much longer :)
'r' Us (Rza's site)
Pit - Kgen page
2nd torQa - offline to October I think, but here's the link for now
Lake - This is linked to the Genesis bit, but click on the things up
the top for more
Page - She does reviews on MAME stuff. This was an inspiration really
Plus/4 Emu - one of the forgotten ones I mention in issue 2
ROMs - The best site for arcade roms, maybe. Try Daves Videogame Classics
Shareware and Emulation Domain - kinda slack now, but used to be the
best arcade site. Had/has 4 mirros
2099 - I don't like packs myself, but this is very popular and worth
a squiz at ;P
Older Page - I abandoned this, but it MAY be useful. I'll purge it
Arnold Site' - The best c64 ftp site..
!!ZX SPECTRUM FOREVER!!
- Owned by Arachnid. Actually it's a VERY good Spectrum page :)
Sid Collection Search - SIDs are c64 music rips. Search for c64 tunes
using this. Get SIDplay to play 'em
- Practically dead. Shame.
- is this still here? I never go there :) - an excellent source for info.
Ruins - A very good site. This guy hangs out in EFnet so I never see
many C64 links to mention - If you want c64 stuff, go here first and
see you in a few days :)
Music Archive - anyone wanting to do a feature article on games music
should see this and the HVSC search.
Shock - I think this is temporarily on hold...it took too long to load
for me :)
- This is AmonRa's. I only got this yesterday and I didn't look cos' I
went to hotmail instead :P
Spreadpoint - Isn't this a part of Atmospherical Heights? If or if
not, they're both good. :P
That's yer lot! I'm working on an !Emag
trigger in my script but the one I added didn't work...I copied it to a
different script and loaded it on DALnet and it worked fine. Oh well...
There's no set release dates, but most
issues will be out in 2-4 weeks. The 2nd issue may be delayed. We have
received many complements on the e-mag already, and I'm expecting another
3000 when I eventually get to my mailexcite mailbox. For now, I won' tell
anyone the password, but some people may be able to guess it anyway :) (hint: I used
to say it a lot) - I've also got about 5 people doing reviews now :)