Monday, 27 August 2012

MonkeyPaw Games Announce List of PSone® Classics Playable on PS®Vita Tomorrow

If you're a retro-gaming loving PS Vita owner, this might interest you...

MonkeyPaw Games Announce Full List of PSone® Classics Playable on PlayStation®Vita system on August 28th

MonkeyPaw Games published titles from the Classic sections on PlayStation®Network to be playable on PlayStation®Vita system

Hokkaido, Japan – August 27th, 2012 - MonkeyPaw Games, Inc, today announce their list of PSone® Classics that will be playable on the PlayStation®Vita system with update v1.80, available tomorrow August 28th.  Top classics such as Arc the Lad I and II, AlundraTomba! and Vanguard Bandits will be amongst the first PSone® titles playable on the PS®Vita system.

“With these fine classics soon available on PS®Vita, gamers will have access to our best RPG and action titles,” said John Greiner, president of MonkeyPaw Games. “Games like Tomba!Arc the Lad and Alundraare a blast to play on the go.  And now gamers can easily share these classic PlayStation® experiences with their friends.”

The full list of MonkeyPaw Games titles to be playable on PS®Vita tomorrow:

PSone® Classics
  • Alundra
  • Vanguard Bandits
  • Arc the Lad
  • Arc the Lad II
  • Tomba!

About MonkeyPaw Games
MonkeyPaw Games, Inc. is a digital distribution-focused videogame publishing firm that specializes in bridging Japanese and Western markets. MonkeyPaw Games has introduced numerous true Japanese imports to Western and European markets, including Cho AnikiGalaxy Fight, and Rapid Angel, as well as classic RPGs such as Alundra and the Arc the Lad trilogy of titles. MonkeyPaw Games revitalizes these Japanese experiences on the PlayStation®Network. MonkeyPaw Games also supports titles on Xbox® LIVE Arcade, Nintendo® WiiWare, Nintendo® DSiWare and OnLive® gaming digital distribution platforms. MonkeyPaw Games maintains offices in San Jose, California and Hokkaido, Japan.

For more information on all MonkeyPaw Games products, please visit or follow the company on Twitter at

Associated Blogs:

CaptainD's PC Gaming Blog
Jonathon Wisnoski - Game Reviewer and Commentator

Thursday, 23 August 2012

The end of an iconic label

Sad news for those of us who remember the 16-bit and 32-bit days as Psygnosis is closed down...

"Sony has closed one of the UK's oldest video game studios following a review of its operations.
Sony Liverpool employed about 100 workers. It dated back to 1984 when it was known as Psygnosis. The Japanese company bought the developer in 1993.
Its early titles included Barbarian and Shadow of the Beast for the Amiga and Atari ST. It also published Lemmings.
It was perhaps best known for later PlayStation releases including the Wipeout racing game series."

Associated Blogs:

CaptainD's PC Gaming Blog
Jonathon Wisnoski - Game Reviewer and Commentator

Monday, 13 August 2012

North and South (Atari ST)

North and South... ah man I loved this game. It was one of the most insanely fun strategy arcade games ever in my opinion - it's a massive shame that for some reason the 2-player game, which would have been phenomenal, never actually worked for us. I wonder if a bad batch of discs were released by the distributor... guess I should have bought another copy now, I don't think it was an expensive game. Anyway the video below gives you an idea of the game... (I think it's the Amiga version but really nothing much different to the ST version.)

This still stands out to me as being one of the few games to truly fuse strategy and arcade in such a perfect way.  Infogrames had a reputation for releasing games that had astounding graphics, but with this one, while there was nothing wrong with the visuals, they really concentrated on getting the gameplay right.

Associated Blogs:

CaptainD's PC Gaming Blog
Jonathon Wisnoski - Game Reviewer and Commentator