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Sunset Riders – Gaming recollections

Sunset Riders is a recreation that’s positively in my prime 5 video games that I beloved from my childhood. I first got here throughout this recreation at our native video store…

Article by @GaryArds

In the again of the store they’d maintain two arcade machines that the homeowners would change each few months and when Sunset Riders got here alongside each child wished to play it, and also you have been usually advised to attend exterior to your flip because the store can be overcrowded with kids!

Arcade gameplay:

The arcade machine had 4 participant mode which was nice enjoyable for myself and my mates to play collectively as a workforce and at 10p a go my weekly £2.50 pocket cash would have disappeared in a single afternoon.


Not lengthy after the arcade machine had arrived, and little question as a result of recognition of the sport, the homeowners of the store acquired the Mega Drive model of the sport to hire (sure, video rental shops additionally rented video games again within the 90’s!).

After pleading with my people, and when the sport lastly did not have the purple plastic marker which mentioned ‘Rented’ I lastly had an opportunity to take the sport house for 2 nights and have a superb blast at it myself.

As quickly as I loaded the sport cartridge to the Mega Drive and I powered it up, the primary noticeable distinction was I might solely select between two gamers, Billy and Cormano (poor Steve and Bob did not make the reduce) however I actually did not thoughts as they have been the 2 characters I might have chosen on the arcade model anyway as that they had higher fireplace energy out of the 4 unique solid. Billy was packing two weapons, one which shot straight and the opposite at a diagonal angle pointing up the best way, whereas Cormano packed a shotgun which might spray pictures out in typical shotgun vogue maximising your likelihood of hitting the enemy.

The recreation itself was extraordinarily enjoyable to play, by yourself or with a buddy on the 2 participant mode. As the bounty hunter Billy or Cormano you’re tasked with taking pictures your manner by every degree killing bandits as you attempt to free your woman buddy who has been kidnapped and on the finish of every degree having a shoot out with the boss of and accumulating your bounty.


As you progress by this facet scrolling motion journey you possibly can accumulate cash alongside the best way to spice up your excessive rating, and discovering a sheriffs badge will allow you to participate in a bonus stage on the finish of the extent. It is damaged down into 4 totally different places for every degree, beginning in a traditional outdated western city and ending on the remaining boss’s stronghold. Each degree will carry totally different bandits to kill, whereas on the similar time it’s important to have the reflexes of a gazelle to dodge on coming bullets!

The recreation itself is comparatively brief, however on the similar time it’s important to develop your abilities of taking pictures and dodging the bullets on the similar time as a result of as quickly as you’re hit by one you lose a life, so this makes the sport one that may’t simply be accomplished immediately, however over time. Sunset Riders was launched for the Mega Drive within the Spring of 1993, once I was about 10 years outdated and already an avid gamer.

Though very straight ahead by way of gameplay this can be very enjoyable and a should play for any gamer. At 30 years outdated and having youngsters across the similar age I used to be once I first performed it I’ve been in a position to get away my outdated Mega Drive console and play with them. Obviously not the usual of video games they’re used to they nonetheless love enjoying it attributable to its simplicity and their sheer enjoyable of killing the unhealthy guys. I’ve grown up with video games and gaming consoles my complete life.

The first to bless our family being the ZX Spectrum, and shifting by the generations with the Mega Drive, Amiga 600, Snes, Saturn, Dreamcast, Ps1, Ps2, Ps3, proper as much as Xbox 1, What I really like about retro gaming is that the video games themselves are timeless.

Progress within the gaming business has clearly made the video games of in the present day unimaginable by way of graphics and storylines, however there’s nothing higher than going again and blowing the mud off your outdated machines and enjoying a recreation like Sunset Riders which takes me proper again to that outdated video store once I was 10.

Article by @GaryArds

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