Reviews & hands-on

  • Gaming 3.5 out of 5

    Sodoku handheld game console review

    By 27 December 2005

    Sodoku is still gripping the country, but can an electronic version of the popular number game be the answer to never being able to find your pen? We get number crunching and find out. I have to admit, I'm hooked. On the train, in bed and even in the...

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    Sensible Soccer 2 Player Plug 'n' Play review

    By 7 October 2005

    Retro gamers will revel in the notion that once again you can get your fix of classic football arcade action with the plug-and-play version of Sensible Soccer for the price of a regular console game. The plug-and-play device, which has been sculptured...

  • Gaming 0.5 out of 5

    EA Sports Plug it in and play TV Games review

    By 13 April 2005

    Games aren’t like classic movies - once you’ve moved on you can rarely go back, and whoever it was that commissioned the EA Sports Plug it in and play TV Games console featuring FIFA 96 and NHL 95 basically shouldn’t have bothered. They shouldn’t...

  • Gaming 2.5 out of 5

    Atari Flashback review

    By 8 April 2005

    Remember that scary movie as a child, the one that gave you nightmares and even perhaps prompted you to hide behind the sofa? I bet if you watched it now, you would laugh at how unscary it was. You might even wonder how you could have even thought it...

  • Gaming 2 out of 5

    Gizmondo handheld console review

    By 6 April 2005

    I want to be nice, no really, I do, and I want to like the Gizmondo, because it's brave for an independent company to try and launch a mobile games device at the same time as Nintendo and Sony are slugging it out over mobile market supremacy. I'll praise...

  • Gaming 3 out of 5

    Commodore 64 DTV (Direct to TV) Game review

    By 21 January 2005

    Remember the Commodore 64? Those classic gaming moments playing Speedball, or knackering your hands running the 1500 metres in Summer Games? Following Commodore's sale last month the new owners have released a console that plugs directly into your television...

  • Gaming 3 out of 5

    X-arcade Controller review

    By 19 January 2005

    We all hark back to what many call the golden era of games, those moments spent putting 50 pence in the latest arcade, the annoyingly unreceptive joystick, those cheap plastic buttons. Following what seems to be a current urge to relive those days, one...

  • Gaming 3 out of 5

    Sega Mega Drive 6-in-1 Plug and play review

    By 26 September 2004

    First there was the Namco 5-in-1 box, then others quickly came on to the market, now it seems there are hundreds of the retro classic arcade game console units for you to choose from. For the most part the format is the same. Unfortunately the Sega Mega...

  • Gaming 1.5 out of 5

    Virtual Arena review

    By 28 July 2004

    Controllers have been tinkered with since the first console came to fruition. Some adaptations give distinct advantages and some, clearly, do not. Take, for example, the range of ‘tilt’ operated controllers that hit the gaming world 5 years ago. Now...

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    Namco 5 in 1 Arcade Classics review

    By 1 April 2004

    Life was so much simpler when it came to playing games in the early 1980s. Namco, the classic arcade manufacturer of the time, hopes the simple life will soon be remembered with its Namco 5-in-1 Arcade Classics games console- a complete games emporium...