Last month we did a bit of an experiment with this, despite the idea coming a bit too late to make the most of it, so we’ll try again but before May actually begins this time around! And once again, that idea is a roundup of the handful of games that might interest the retro gaming enthusiast that I’m aware of to a greater or lesser degree for the upcoming month, and at the very least I hope you enjoy a few trailers and snippets of info where I have them…
The Empire Strikes Back
We begin this month with a brand new Commodore 64 homebrew version of the classic 1982 Parker Brothers game for Atari 2600. You still have to play Defender and protect the power generators from the AT-ATs, but now you’ve got eight levels, new enemies, cut scenes and an end sequence. And yes, you already know exactly which day in May this is due to arrive on, when it will be free to download here.
Evil Dead: The Game
Okay, it’s not really retro-related at all, unless we’re talking that dreadful Spectrum game, but I love Evil Dead so it’s here all the same! It looks very Left For Dead meets Dead by Daylight, and features the legendary Bruce Campbell as Ash, and, appropriately, it’s out on everything on Friday the 13th.
Cotton’s 30th anniversary year has been kind to us Cotton mega-nerds, and it’s being capped-off by what will undoubtably be a contender for my game of the year! Also known as Cotton Rock ‘n Roll in Japan, it’s a brand new mix of the series’ 2D and occasionally 3D witchy cute ‘em up action. We’ll have a PS4 review right here around its 20th May launch, and we’ll also do something for whenever my Switch Collector’s Edition eventually turns up too. Can’t wait!
Streets of Rage 4
The 2020 console classic is bringing its spectacular modern-retro beat ‘em up action to Android and iOS on May 24th. Not sure I need any more of it after playing it to death on Switch then Xbox already, but if you do then here it comes!
Pac-Man Museum +
Fourteen Pac-Man classics (and otherwise) covering the series’ evolution since 1980, although Bandai Namco currently seem more excited about you playing them to earn coins to customise your arcade than for their gameplay! I’m sure that will be easy enough for the rest of us to ignore though, and it’s got Pac-Land on it! It’s coming to PC, Switch, PS4 and Xbox One on the 27th of May, and I understand that for the latter it’s also going to be available on Game Pass, which is a right money-saving result!
That’s the lot for this month, but there’s even more to look forward to in June with Mario Strikers Battle League, Sonic Origins and the Capcom Fighting Collection! In the meantime, I hope you’ve found something of interest here, and if there’s anything I missed or anything coming next month that I should include, please let me know!