Though most Evercade cartridge compilations have enough variety – and quality – in the games they include that there’s almost certainly something for everyone, the Technos Collection 1 is the […]
Though most Evercade cartridge compilations have enough variety – and quality – in the games they include that there’s almost certainly something for everyone, the Technos Collection 1 is the first one that feels like that might not be the case.
Composed of basic beat ’em ups and a few oddball sports titles, the appeal for anyone excited by the Technos Collection 1 is likely to be nostalgia – almost all of the games here have aged badly.
Though Double Dragon is usually not a bad game, either in the arcade or its many ports, unfortunately the NES version – which is the one included – feels really lacking. It’s technically inept, with lots of flickering and a drab colour scheme that makes it feel really flat; as one of my favourite childhood games, I was most disappointed with this version of Double Dragon.
Its sequel – again, the NES version – is much better in every regard, though it’s still a game that feels a little monotonous to play these days. Likewise for Renegade, an even earlier scrolling beat ’em up – which just feels way too basic to be fun.
SNES title Super Double Dragon is a massive technical improvement over those three games – as you’d expect in the move from 8-bit NES to 16-bit SNES – but despite some visual charm, its gameplay feels sluggish and the game itself isn’t especially well designed.
Sports titles Super Spike V’ball – a volleyball game – and mini-game tournament game Crash ‘n’ the Boys: Street Challenge did nothing for me, but I did find Super Dodge Ball to be fairly entertaining, despite a steep learning curve. Once you get your head around the timing of catching balls and trying to whack your opponents with them, it does have a certain charm. All three share a very similar look and feel in character design – which is also seen in the last (and best) game on the cartridge: River City Ransom.
I remember the UK press absolutely lambasting River City Ransom – then known as ‘Street Gangs’ in PAL regions – upon release, but time has been kind to this beat ’em up. It’s a pretty impressively open, non-linear game with RPG elements, allowing you to improve your character as you progress. Not only does it have a great deal of depth – perhaps surprisingly so, considering its genre – but River City Ransom also has a real tongue in cheek sense of humour too.
Overall though, I was hugely disappointed with the Technos Collection 1 cartridge. Super Dodge Ball and River City Ransom are decent enough games, but I struggled to enjoy the others at all. Depending on when and how you first encountered the games in this collection, your mileage may vary hugely – but for me, this is the first Evercade collection that I’d struggle to recommend overall.
Enjoyed what you’ve read? Want to support my blog? There’s no pressure of course, but every penny helps to keep this site running, as I earn no income from my writing here. If you did want to support the site and my writing, you can do so at either of these links: Ko-Fi.com/geekmid or PayPal. Any donations are truly appreciated, but so is the fact that you took the time to read my articles. Thank you so much!
Help support me here!
All donations are gratefully received and will help me keep the lights on here – as well as help to keep my writing dream alive! Please be aware though: there’s no pressure. I just hope you’ve enjoyed reading my article!