It’s Australia day long weekend, so what better way for Retro Domination to celebrate our fine country than showing the world what awesome games Australia have developed from yesteryear. While researching this topic we were quite surprised how many quality games have been developed here that we grew up playing.
The Way of the Exploding Fist – Melbourne House -C64
If you’re a fan of International Karate this is right up there. With the ability to do 16 different moves with the joystick there’s no chance of getting bored quickly. Sound effects are awesome and you just gotta love the intro sound of the high volume scream of ‘ki-ai’ during the loading screen ripped straight from a Bruce Lee film. This is considered to be the first beat’em up for a home computer.
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Shadowrun – Beam Software – Snes
This game has a massive cult following and deserves every bit of it. Released in 1993 by Data East and is based loosely on the first Shadowrun novel “Never Deal with a Dragon”. Shadowrun is an action role-playing game that will not disappoint.
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Street Hassle (Bop ‘n Rumble)- Melbourne House – C64/ZX Spectrum
You thought GTA was violent? This stuff was hard-core back in the day. Trying wrestling moves on dogs, head-butting Grannies, smashing old men, yep it has all that. Big sprites, fast moving gameplay and to top it off you look like Hulk Hogan. Great game and great fun. Highly recommended
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Looney Tunes : Space Race – Infogrames Melbourne – Sega Dreamcast
Sega’s answer to Mario Kart and Crash Team Racing. Such a fun and well balanced game and with a touch of Sega’s trademark Cell shading. Tight controls, lots of colours, soundtrack to die for and a perfect 4 player split screen experience. Triple A titles don’t get better than this for back then.
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Unfortunately we didn’t even scratch the surface. Many games were released from the land down under so what we recommend here at Retro Domination is this weekend make yourself a good old Aussie BBQ, grab a beer and sit your bum in front of the computer and search for Aussie developed games. That will get you into the Aussie spirit.