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Advertising is an important aspect in today's market of world video-gaming, so is timing. Of course you've got to have a good piece of kit to sell, but without the first two you're more or less guaranteed failure. You see, the Neo Geo PC (pocket colour) was a very powerful little machine that had some great games - if only a few. And it should of beaten the GBC - or at least rivalled it, after all it did have about 10 times the graphics power and memory, but the public refused it, and so the only way to get games for it is through import. It arrived last year and was dubbed by Special Reserve as 'this year's must have' but no-one cared, or at least bothered to care, they all had GameBoy's or GBCs and a good games collection, so the Neo Geo was always going to have an uphill struggle - to convert nearly 20 milllion UK gameboy owners to a relatively unheard of machine is impossible. And so the demise of the super handheld was here. A great shame, but if you still want games then check out import sites.
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NEOGEO. This faithful pocket-sized reproduction of the early-80s arcade classic offers instant gratification for those who want to gobble up some spare time. Unfortunately, the joystick on this portable unit doesn't respond extremely well on sharp turns, which can be the kiss of death when you're being chased by those pesky ghosts Pinky, Inky, Blinky or Clyde. Play takes place in full-screen or scroll modes. Scroll mode poses more of a challenge as you can see only one corner of the board at all times, which can make it hard to avoid ghosts. It may not be as advanced as many other titles for the NEOGEO, but nothing beats the addictive arcade action of Pac-Man. If you are looking for a game to just pick up and play, snatch up this title. It's still as much fun as when you first played it at the arcade all those years ago. --Carrie Bell Pros: Retains all the charm and excitement of the original arcade classic One of the best games for short spurts of gameplay Safe for all ages Cons: Joystick response is weak on sharp turns No new additions to the original version
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worse, you are being chased by monsters and little Pokémon-esque characters who have the bad habit of leaving paw prints all over your fresh paint. Since the goal of this game is to paint everything in sight, these distractions can make it a challenge to brush through an entire level. At its simplest, Crush Roller is basically a variation on the old-school arcade hit Pac-Man. But instead of eating power dots to make monsters vulnerable, you simply run them over with randomly placed rollers. Play by yourself or against a friend and try to beat your score and time on levels you've already cleared in the trial mode. Or view fun facts about the creatures that you've captured. It can get a tad redundant as each level looks pretty similar, and the joystick doesn't always respond to turn commands. --Carrie Bell Pros: A clever variation on the Pac-Man theme Fun for children and adults alike Can play against a friend with similar gaming system and a NEOGEO Pocket Link Cable (sold separately) Cons: Too animated and cute for fans of edgier games Joystick response is weak at times