Watch and learn

Retro Gamer - - SNK 40TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION -

A unique in­clu­sion for Dig­i­tal Eclipse’s com­pi­la­tion is called Watch. It’s a in­no­va­tive new idea that fea­tures com­plete playthroughs by Frank of ev­ery sin­gle game on the col­lec­tion, from Athena to Pre­his­toric Isle. It’s a use­ful pre­re­corded tool-as­sisted run that al­lows you to get a feel for cer­tain parts of the game if you’re strug­gling with your own run. You can pause, fast-for­ward and skip through any sec­tions you want, but by far the most im­pres­sive as­pect of Watch is that you can lit­er­ally drop into any game at any point, al­low­ing you to play the game your­self. It’s a won­der­fully clever idea that ac­cord­ing to the team was very dif­fi­cult to im­ple­ment. “The ‘video’ is in fact a ROM play­back,” ex­plains Bran­don about the team’s in­no­va­tive fea­ture. “It’s ac­tu­ally em­u­lat­ing Frank’s playthrough. No other col­lec­tion has this fea­ture.” Here’s hop­ing we see sim­i­lar things like this in the fu­ture.

» [Ar­cade] SNK’S com­pi­la­tion is out shortly. Ex­pect a re­view in our next is­sue.

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