In this weekly column, we’ll be selecting inexpensive, discarded titles from still playable consoles for your perusal. They may be games you’ve heard of and remember playing, or they may be games that have flown completely off of your radar. Just know that we love them and they’re available on the cheap. That’s a bonafide win/win situation.
If you have any favorite titles that you consider hidden gems, let us know in the comments below and we might feature your pick in the weekly column.
Twinkle Star Sprites
Platform: Sega Dreamcast (along with many others)
Original Release: 1996
Out of all the games that I’ve been recommending in this Hidden Gems column, Twinkle Star Sprites has to be one of the strangest, most addictive and most compelling titles. Snagging this title will take some doing, but owning it and playing with friends will be one of the most epic things you’ll ever do. Get over the region locks and you’ll be able to play this game on a ton of consoles; but, like I said, it’ll take some doing.
This is a split screen, vs. shoot ’em up. I really can’t speak to the solo play portion of the product as TSS was constantly and specifically brought out amongst my group of friends for multiplayer action. Both players will select their own specific character (with unique weapons and special attacks), and they’ll be set on identical SHMUP boards. Destroying enemies creates more obstacles and attacks on your opponent’s screen. Do it enough and you’ll blast them with an absolutely absurd special move.
The gameplay is decidedly Japanese. The presentation, music, mechanics and raw nature will make it one of the most uniquely goofy games you’ll ever play. Get a group of friends together, snag any version of the game, play it for several hours straight and try to find a way to stop laughing.
The gauntlet has been thrown.
Be sure to check out our ever-growing list of Hidden Gems.