There’s nothing quite like the demo disc. Amazing relics of gaming’s history, they are outdated previews to a history we’ve already lived. In this special episode Joe waxes nostalgic on a few of his personal favorite demo discs and invites you to share your stories.
I keep a document on my phone that lists every game I have an interest in talking about on the show, and it grows by the day as I learn about new games and think “hey that looks neat!” Tinhead for the Sega Genesis was on my list and I found a copy for sale at PAX East, and after spending time with it I can confirm that it is indeed quite awesome. It gets crazy difficult in the later levels, but it’s still a really fun game starring a super charming robotic hero.
In this episode Joe introduces you to Space Raiders, Taito’s doofy spiritual successor to Space Invaders that doesn’t look like much, but is a great time when shared with friends.
The story is bad, the voice acting is laughable and the gameplay is simple and repetitive, but Space Raiders is still worth a look if you love chasing high scores and still prefer your co-op partners to be on the same couch with you rather than online. The asking price isn’t much, so Space Raiders is definitely worth a look if you can play it under optimal circumstances.