Party Games – The Essential Selection

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We have played many party games on our gaming nights, some of them get phased out but some of them stick and we never seem to get tired of them. In this list I have decided to list just those games, the best of the best, the party games that we want to play over and over on every gaming night.
All the games in this list has support for up to 4 players. Some of them can only be played on console and some just on pc. If you want the bigger party game list you can find it here.

Mashed (Pc, Ps2, Xbox)
I have praised this many times before and wrote a blogpost about it naming it the ultimate party game. Even if you have played it thousand of times or its your first time its still super fun! Even if you play on the same level over and over it has always different and crazy results, where you cheer, scream and laugh at the same time. Don’t miss this game!

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Broforce (Pc, Steam)
As of 2015 Broforce is still in development, but we have been playing it since it first started and we never miss an update. This is a highly addictive co-op sidescrolling actiongame. Brofoce has a great tempo with action and fun situations. Every new game has different results as you constantly switch between new characters that have different weapons and powers and they are all so much fun. This is also one of those games that makes you scream and laugh from start to finish.

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Speedrunners (Pc, Xbox One)
Another addictive game that works great with 2-4 players. Its quick, simple to learn and very fun! It makes you go “just one more level!” the game is fun right from the beginning but as you learn the levels it becomes even better! So yes its a very addictive game, if you need another fun partygame to your collection be sure to check this one out!

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Beach Spikers (Gamecube)
A hidden gem and an exclusive for the Gamecube. You know this is a hit when you notice that its created by Segas AM-2 team. Don’t get fooled and think that this is another boring sports game, as all other games that Am-2 has created its aimed to be a fun arcade game. Its very easy to learn for new players, but also have some more advanced moves that makes that game even more fun. We always have a blast when we play this one, and its perfect for 4 players! A must-have if you own a Gamecube!

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Wario Ware (Gamecube)
Exclusive partygame for the Gamecube. This game is actually better in you have never played it before. Wario Ware is one of those crazy Japanese games containing hindered of quick mini-games. This game needs 4 players to be fun, and some of the best partymodes are locked from start so be sure to unlock them. Another must-have game for the Gamecube!

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Samurai gunn (Pc, Steam)
This in the best Arena Brawler i have every played! Amazing pixel graphics, great control and simple to learn. Add 2-4 players in one of the many arenas and get ready to laugh and shout at all the chaotic fun stuff that happens, its so addictive! Every person who i have introduced this game to have fallen in love with in just within a couple of minutes, get this game now!

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Clusterpuck 99 (Pc, Steam)
Remember Ice Hockey for the Nes? One button to shoot, one to tackle and also the charge shot when holding the button. Clusterpuck 99 is Ice Hockey on drugs and its sooo much fun! The controls are super simple and everyone knows what to do, just get the ball inside the goal. So this game is perfect as a partygame that everyone understands in just minutes. And its super intense, ending up with screams and laughter 😀 Really recommending this game!

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Other related list that i have posted on my blog:
One-screen Arena Brawlers
The best co-op games
Party Games for up to 4 players

Review: Darkness (c64)

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Do you remember those old Commodore 64 games when you didn’t know what to do, no explanation in the game on how to play it, no manual describing the story and no text or tutorials explaining what the hell was going on. And the games where also extremely hard and frustrating, but somehow you just accepted this and just play them over and over again. This is how it felt like to play Darkness.
In Darkness you move from one screen to another and there are over 100 screens, and you have no idea where to go and it’s extremely easy to get lost also without a map in the game you don’t know what to go so you just go back and forth and after while you will probably die and here’s one of the most frustrating parts of the game, You one have ONE life NO continues! Every screen has enemies spawning at random places and attack you very quickly so its very easy to get hit. Yes you have a little life bar and the possibility to upgrade your weapon, but that’s not enough! So after exploring many many screens and have no idea where you are and where to go, you suddenly die and its GAME OVER.. all is lost! This is not fun or challenging instead its hard, frustrating and evil!

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Making a game like this today is very hard to accept when comparing how games are designed today. Back in the 80’s we didn’t know better and just accepted these frustrating games. But today games are so much better and fun. They have clever level design with built-in tutorials to make the player learn the game while playing them. Today’s games are about playing the games and having fun, giving the players extra lives to reach the goal. Darkness doesn’t live up to today’s standard and instead is a game from the past.

There are so small things that could have been added to Darkness to make it sooo much better and playable, first why not adding an in-game map? The “newly” released c64 game Fairy Well from 2012 had an great in-game map showing you all the screens, where you are, and what screens you have visited and where to go! It made the game so much more fun! Why not add this into Darkness? And why not add a couple of extra lives and continues? why not? People may not agree with me and this this is how it should be, evil and frustrating. But i think a couple of more lives would make it better. Also the game is pretty repetitive, you move from screen to screen and enemies spawn an attack you, i just don’t see the fun in this. If there would have been some puzzle elements added, maybe small quests, people to talk to  and other stuff to motivate you instead of just running around and getting confused then the game maybe would have been a little more fun to play. Its a shame because the game has potential and the graphics are amazing and has great music and sound effects.

I love to support new games that are made for the C64. I love to support the publishers like Psytronik and RGCD that make these games real but a game like this is hard for me to recommend. If you want an old-style and frustrating game and want to support the developers then purchase this game, but if you are looking for a fun game i would probably recommend purchasing some other game from Psytronik or RGCD.

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Darkness is avalable on Psytronik here and on RGCD here.

RetrospelsmÀssan 2013

RetrospelsmĂ€ssan 2013 Ă€r nu avslutad! Detta var den 4:e RetrospelsmĂ€ssan och det var helt klart den bĂ€sta hittils! Hela 2800 personer besökte mĂ€ssan detta Ă„ret och det mĂ€rktes vĂ€l pĂ„ den galet lĂ„nga kön utanför som bara blev lĂ€ngre och lĂ€ngre. Detta Ă„ret sĂ„ hade dom Ă€ven skaffat en ny lokal som var enormt mycket större Ă€n den förra, en stor förbĂ€ttring men Ă€ndĂ„ blev det sĂ„ mycket folk att det var svĂ„rt att komma fram! Hoppas pĂ„ en Ă€nnu större lokal nĂ€sta Ă„r 🙂

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Jag Äkte dit med mina vÀnner och jag var vÀldigt noga med att tjöta pÄ alla att vi skulle vara dÀr en timma innan för att inte behöva köa. Vi var dÀr i tid men kön var redan vÀldigt lÄng men vi kom in vÀldigt snabbt nÀr dom vÀl öppnade dörrarna.

PÄ mÀssan var det som vanligt massvis med saker att göra och kolla pÄ, tÀvlingar, konsoler att spela pÄ samt massvis av arkad kabinett och flipperspel! Inget av detta hade jag tyvÀrr tid med dÄ jag hade en total fokus pÄ att besöka alla som var dÀr för att sÀlja spel och tillbehör!
DĂ„ jag samlar pĂ„ retrospel till typ alla konsoller som slĂ€pptes efter Nes sĂ„ blir det vĂ€ldigt mycket att kolla pĂ„ och vĂ€ldigt mycket jag ville köpa. DĂ„ det fanns sĂ„ mycket sĂ„ fick man filtrera bort en hel del sĂ„ inte pengarna skulle ta slut direkt och det Ă€r lite synd för det var mycket spel som jag nu i efterhand glömde bort att leta efter, men det fĂ„r jag ta nĂ€sta Ă„r istĂ€llet 🙂

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Jag hade inte direkt nĂ„got speciellt pĂ„ min inköpslista detta Ă„ret utan ville istĂ€llet se om jag kunde hitta nĂ„gra bra deals eller kanske nĂ„gra unika spel som jag aldrig sett innan. Och det lyckades jag faktiskt med! Det första spelet jag köpte var en helt ny specialutgĂ„va av CD-I spelet Burn:Cycle, har ingen aning vad dettaĂ€r för spel men omslaget var sĂ„ lĂ€ckert. Typiskt 90-tals techno design, tĂ€nk filmen Hackers eller tidigare alster frĂ„n The Designers Republic. NeonfĂ€rgat fodral med inristade detaljer. VĂ€ldigt snygg manual. Och tvĂ„ grymt snygga cd skivor, en med spelet och en med soundtracket. Endast 20kr 🙂

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Jag köpte Ă€ven en del Japanska Nintendo spel, alltsĂ„ Famicom kassetter. Bland annat en utav mina favoriter Jackie Chan’s Action Kung Fu! Men jag hittade Ă€ven en otroligt fin utgĂ„va av Wizardry till Famicom, vĂ€ldigt detaljerad och fint tryck pĂ„ kartongen. 50kr för denna snygga utgĂ„van.

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Jag kÀnner till Playstation spelet Vib Ribbon sen tidigare, vÀldigt unikt spel med en vÀldigt minimalistisk design. Och pÄ mÀssan stötte jag pÄ den Japanska utgÄvan vilket var helt fantastisk! Precis som spelet sÄ var omslaget helt svart och vitt. Men det som gjorde den unik var att baksidan av fodralet var framsidan och att dom hade gjort ett hÄl i pappret sÄ man kunde se tÀnderna som hÄller fast skivan, vÀldigt unikt och snyggt!

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Jag var Àven pÄ jakt efter lite gamepads. Jag hade hoppats pÄ att hitta nÄgra Tac-2 joysticks till min c64:a men det fanns verkligen inga spÄr av detta. Men jag fick i vilket fall tag pÄ en is-blÄ N64 gamepad som matchar min N64:a som jag köpte pÄ förra Ärets mÀssa. Jag ville Àven ha en extra Snes gamepad men jag hittade ingen till ett bra pris sÄ det fick bli en tredjeparts variant som var formad som en Megadrive kontroller, men den var riktigt bra!

Jag hade sen tidigare memorerat vilker nummer jag saknade av Sega Force och Nintendo Magasinet för att försöka komplettera mina speltidnings samlingar. SĂ„g tyvĂ€rr inte ett enda nummer av Sega Force men fick dĂ€remot tag pĂ„ hela 10 nummer av Nintendo Magasinet med Power Player delen! SĂ„ nu Ă€r det inte lĂ„ngt kvar tills jag har en komplett samling 🙂

Efter ca 4 timmar sÄ tog vi en paus och gick ut för att fÄ lite luft och Àta lite mat, Kön utanför var sÄ lÄng att den strÀckte sig runt huset! Verkligen kul att fÄ se sÄ mÄnga dyka upp till en mÀssa helt dedikerad till retrospel. Det Àr lite svÄrt att definiera vad som Àr retro nÀr det kommer till spel, för mig Àr 8-bitars och 16-bitars retro. Men nÄgot som Àr Ànnu mer retor Àr tex Commodore 64, men det fanns konstigt nog nÀstan inget alls av detta eller Amiga. Det som det fanns mest av pÄ hela mÀssan var Nes vilket alltid Àr populÀrt bland bÄde samlare och personer som bara vill köpa ett eller tvÄ spel för nostalgins skull. Man kunde Àven se mycket Ps2, inte sÄ retro men ÀndÄ.

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NĂ€r vi kom tillbaka efter pausen sĂ„ tog vi en titt pĂ„ spelen som gick att spela. Jag spelade bland annat Pong mot en polare vilket visade sig vara roligare Ă€n jag trott dĂ„ den analoga kontrollen – som var formad som en volymknapp som man roterade pĂ„ – var vĂ€ldigt kĂ€nslig och gjorde spelet mer utmanande.
Jag fick Àven testat pÄ att spela Frogger pÄ en utav Mame arkadkabinetten. VÀldigt snyggt kabinett med en bra skÀrm!

Detta Ärets RetrospelsmÀssa var det bÀsta hittils men jag vet att det bara kommer bli bÀttre och bÀttre. Ser redan fram emot nÀsta Är!

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