120 episodes

Three guys get together every couple weeks and discuss a \"classic\" game from the 32-bit era of consoles back to the dawn of the hobby. Tie-in podcast to Retrovania.net.

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    • 4.9, 48 Ratings

Three guys get together every couple weeks and discuss a \"classic\" game from the 32-bit era of consoles back to the dawn of the hobby. Tie-in podcast to Retrovania.net.

    Episode 117 : Psychonauts (XBox)

    Episode 117 : Psychonauts (XBox)

    I can't believe this is Retro?  But -- it's 15 years old now so we'll go ahead and take a look at Double Fine's first console game, Psychonauts for the XBox! Join us and Raz as he attends Whispering Pines Psychic Summer Camp, and maybe solve a brain-snatching mystery.  
    We also answer some listener mail and discuss questionable methods of playing retro games, game genres we don't like, and the many ways you can send us messages or requests.
    Want to jump right into Psychonauts?  Start at around the 11:00 mark!
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    If you would like additional bonus episodes of Retrovaniacs or to request a game we must cover, our Patreon is located here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=21041333
    If you enjoy this podcast, why not write a review wherever you download it from? It's easy, and helps people find us by accident. Find everything Retrovaniacs at http://www.retrovania.net
    Intro song is "8-Bitter" by Subtastics, and is used with permission, mainly because Jeremy P is in that band.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Episode 116 : Secret of Mana (SNES)

    Episode 116 : Secret of Mana (SNES)

    As requested by Menthion on our Patreon, we are taking a look at classic Square action RPG Secret of Mana! Loads of people swear by Secret of Mana as a guaranteed classic (in fact it's on the SNES Classic), but does it hold up now?
    We also answer several listener questions, Billy makes a startling revelation regarding his thoughts on Pac-Man, and we have an impromptu review of Ultra Offroad Simulator 2019 Alaska!
    Want to skip right to mana and it's possible secrets?  Jump to 5:45!
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    If you would like additional bonus episodes of Retrovaniacs or to request a game we must cover, our Patreon is located here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=21041333
    If you enjoy this podcast, why not write a review wherever you download it from? It's easy, and helps people find us by accident. Find everything Retrovaniacs at http://www.retrovania.net
    Intro song is "8-Bitter" by Subtastics, and is used with permission, mainly because Jeremy P is in that band.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 115 : Alpha Mission vs Star Force (NES)

    Episode 115 : Alpha Mission vs Star Force (NES)

    This time we tried something slightly different from the norm, instead of looking at one specific game, we are looking at two very similar top down shooters from the NES era, Alpha Mission (by SNK) and Star Force (by Tecmo).  Both of these arcade ports are ones that we had as kids -- both share the dubious honor of being a game we bought "because they were there" and as a result played them a lot.
    We look at these two games specifically to answer a question : Is it better to be a game that tries to do a lot of interesting things but sort of fails, or a game that tries to do almost nothing and succeeds?
    We also answer several listener questions about arcade ports, bonus show questions, and a listener feels we missed the mark on Starfox 2 a while ago.
    Want to jump right to the games?  Start at 6:50!
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    If you would like additional bonus episodes of Retrovaniacs or to request a game we must cover, our Patreon is located here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=21041333
    If you enjoy this podcast, why not write a review wherever you download it from? It's easy, and helps people find us by accident. Find everything Retrovaniacs at http://www.retrovania.net
    Intro song is "8-Bitter" by Subtastics, and is used with permission, mainly because Jeremy P is in that band.

    • 57 min
    Episode 114 : Oddworld Stranger's Wrath (Xbox)

    Episode 114 : Oddworld Stranger's Wrath (Xbox)

    We take a look at our first Xbox game, and the 4th Oddworld title, Stranger's Wrath! The last of the Oddworld games released (not including remakes) was an odd blend of 3rd and 1st person action, with all the character expected of an Oddworld game - but with an HD remake out now for modern systems, we thought we'd look into how this game holds up today.
    Also discussed, phobias around certain animals appendages, villains who become partners in classic games, Johnny Turbo, and much more!
    We do spoil this game, so if you want to stop listening at the spoiler mark, you can start again at about the 52 minute mark for Listener Mail.
    Want to skip right to Stranger's Wrath?  Start at 11:30!
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    If you would like additional bonus episodes of Retrovaniacs or to request a game we must cover, our Patreon is located here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=21041333
    If you enjoy this podcast, why not write a review wherever you download it from? It's easy, and helps people find us by accident. Find everything Retrovaniacs at http://www.retrovania.net
    Intro song is "8-Bitter" by Subtastics, and is used with permission, mainly because Jeremy P is in that band.
     
     

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 113 : Gone Fishin

    Episode 113 : Gone Fishin

    This episode, Billy and Jeremy P look at their favorite fishing mini-games.  This is a non-standard episode, and hopefully you enjoy it.  If not, please stay tuned for more standard shows soon.
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    If you want free bonus Retrovaniacs shows, from March 18, 2020 though April 30, 2020, all bonus Retrovaniacs shows on Patreon are free of charge!  That's 20+ extra shows!  On May 1, 2020 this can possibly go back to "normal", but until then if you sign up at the $5 monthly level, you will not be charged and have FREE access to those bonus shows!
    Thank you, and we will see you soon!

    • 51 min
    Episode 112 : Killer Instinct (SNES)

    Episode 112 : Killer Instinct (SNES)

    Our second game for #FightMonth is a Rare created and Nintendo published fighter - Killer Instinct! All of us had played this one before, but hadn't revisited the original SNES version in quite a while.  Does this one hold up to the classics of the day?  We give you our thoughts, and Billy shares a couple stories about his youth and this game.
    Also discussed this episode, a little too much coverage of the Resident Evil 2 remake, probably not enough time spent on the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, and listener questions on game censorship, Urban Champion, and other fighting games we think tried something different and may not be remembered today.
    Want to jump right to Killer Instinct?  Start at 13:40!
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    If you would like additional bonus episodes of Retrovaniacs or to request a game we must cover, our Patreon is located here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=21041333
    If you enjoy this podcast, why not write a review wherever you download it from? It's easy, and helps people find us by accident. Find everything Retrovaniacs at http://www.retrovania.net
    Intro song is "8-Bitter" by Subtastics, and is used with permission, mainly because Jeremy P is in that band.

    • 1 hr 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

ApeironD ,

Really great so far

I found this podcast looking for Killer Instinct for snes and saw these guys did an episode. Their format is really great, they’re on topic but really candid and kind of free form but mixed with similar experiences I’ve had playing these games.

Matt The Drag Stan ,

Thank you! Hope for even more to come

Thanks for dedicating your show to such iconic and fun games of the past. I enjoy the lack of elitism in the communication style of the podcasters. Easy to jump into.
Suggestion: You may want to create a way for supporters to send suggestions for possible games to be reviewed. Just a thought! 😁

Faeriecrypt ,

Fun and thorough retro gaming podcast!

I love reliving my childhood for about an hour as these guys remind me what frustrated me with some games I could not figure out as a kid or that I was playing with rose-colored lenses.

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