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Not much on this front.


Apple iOS:

Duolingo - 107 minutes

Pikmin Bloom - 69 minutes

Songpop - 76 minutes

Songpop Classic - 28 minutes


Nintendo Game Boy Advance:


Driven - 55 minutes




Nintendo 3DS:


Moonbound - 30 minutes




Nokia N-Gage:


System Rush - 10 minutes

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Week 33


Top games


1. Sonic Origins (Switch) - 900 min. (#4)
2. No Man's Sky (PS5) - 760 min. (#3)
3. Jurassic World Evolution (PC) - 540 min. (#2)
4. Dead Space 3 (Xbox 360) - 389 min.
5. Sonic Triple Trouble 16-bit (PC) - 242 min.
6. Duolingo (iOS) - 107 min.
7. Fairy Fencer F Advent Dark Force (PC) - 103 min.
8. Call of Duty: Warzone (PS5) - 90 min.
9. Same! Same! Same! (PS4) - 76 min.
10. SongPop (3.0) (iOS) - 76 min.


Top systems


1. PC - 1005 min. (#1)
2. PS5 - 950 min. (#4)
3. Switch - 916 min. (#2)
4. Xbox 360 - 389 min.
5. iOS - 280 min. (#6)
6. PS4 - 136 min. (#5)
7. Arcade - 115 min.
8. GBA - 55 min. (#7)
9. 3DS - 30 min.
10. PS2 - 25 min.


Total 3913 minutes and 29 different games on 12 different systems, with 6 participants.


This week, the Modern tracker is a mere 334 minutes ahead of the Classic tracker. Sonic Origins on the Switch moves into first place relatively convincingly, just over 2 hours ahead of No Man's Sky on the PS5. Systems wise the numbers are bit tighter, where the PC holds onto first place by a margin just short of one hour over the PS5 and Switch.


No records broken this week.

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1944 The Loop Master - 7


Fairy Fencer F Advent Dark Force - 308
Jurassic World Evolution 2 - 1281

Last time I played this game I said it was pretty much garbage, but there have been so many changes in the many patches it has received that it's actually become much better, less glitchy (still encountered a few glitches with dinosaurs standing around motionless starving to death...), and seemingly better optimized. I haven't changed my hardware, but it runs much better now.


Kyuukyoku Tiger - 31
Tiger-Heli - 4

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Hyper Sentinel 67 


I watched a Youtube vid by Kim Justice talking about Uridium that was made to also review Hyper Sentinel back when it came out, so I fired it up in Steam.  Great little shooter, but somehow something is missing.  I think it just lacks some of the polish of current high product indie-ish titles.  Some unlockables would be nice and maybe even some special features featuring the creators.  Somehow the game doesn't really leave me wanting more which is actually quite like the original but for different reasons.  The original makes it waaay to easy to run into the towers.

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Apple iOS:

Duolingo - 86 minutes

Pikmin Bloom - 243 minutes



Lotta hiking this week.

Pinball Fantasies - 7 minutes
Songpop - 15 minutes


Nokia N-Gage:

Atari Masterpieces Vol I - 35 minutes (20 minutes Asteroids, 15 minutes Super Breakout)




I suspect these are emulated, but since I’m not sure I will give the N-Gage some love.


System Rush - 15 minutes

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Week 34


Top games


1. Jurassic World Evolution 2 (PC) - 1281 min.
2. No Man's Sky (PS5) - 1105 min. (#2)
3. Fairy Fencer F Advent Dark Force (PC) - 308 min. (#7)
4. Pikmin Bloom (iOS) - 243 min.
5. Retro Bowl (Android Phone) - 120 min.
6. Duolingo (iOS) - 86 min. (#6)
7. Hyper Sentinel (PC) - 67 min.
8. Pac-Man World (GBA) - 45 min.
8. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (GBA) - 45 min.
10. Atari Masterpieces Vol I (Nokia N-Gage) - 35 min.


Top systems


1. PC - 1674 min. (#1)
2. PS5 - 1105 min. (#2)
3. iOS - 351 min. (#5)
4. Android Phone - 120 min.
5. GBA - 90 min. (#8)
6. Nokia N-Gage - 50 min.
7. PS4 - 35 min. (#6)
8. Arcade - 7 min. (#7)


Total 3432 minutes and 17 different games on 8 different systems, with 6 participants.


For the first week in a very long time (too tired to look up when/if it happened before), the modern tracker has lower total numbers than the classic tracker. It doesn't stop a tight battle (less than 3 hours in between them) at the top between Jurassic World Evolution 2 and No Man's Sky. System wise the PC and PS5 hold their positions, but for a change the Switch is entirely off the charts, much due to some of our most frequent Switch contributors are having some time off the tracker.


Both Jurassic World Evolution 2 (3120 min) and No Man's Sky (3971 min) enter the 50 Hour Club, which means that 121 games out of 1923 entries (6.3%) are in that club, which I believe is a fairly consistent figure.


As usual, feel free to post your times even if you were late, and I'll include them with next week!

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Midtown Madness - 4 min.


Hey, I played something that belongs in this tracker! Of course it was part of inventory/testing for our upcoming retro gaming expo. For the first time, we consider Xbox and PlayStation 2 to be old enough to belong in our retro gaming area. It is a tough decision to make, and as noted the definition of what is retro and not varies from place to place, time to time. Personally I'm perfectly fine with the cutoff at year 1999/2000, but to be honest those who were young kids when they played PS2, now are young adults who may have as many nostalgic memories connected to that system as I would have to my VIC-20. Other people are much more progressive and have no issues to include up to PS3/X360/Wii in the "retro" category, based on the fact those are two generations ago and no (or extremely few) first party commercial games are released any longer. But yeah, all of you know that already so it is preaching to the already believing.

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Here are my times for, unfortunately, the last two weeks on modern systems (August 22nd through September 4th, 2022). I couldn't find time to post last Sunday because I was doing a livestream on Youtube, the replay of which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJtTvD_74os&t=3098s


PC (Windows):

Ms. Pac-Man returns - 8 min.


Ms. Pac-Man returns is a game based on Ms. Pac-Man, but with modern background music and different, wider mazes. I actually expected something similar to Jr. Pac-Man, but there have been many corners cut here... cornering isn't possible, and the ghosts run back and forth like in Baby Pac-Man rather having an intelligent AI like in the original version. Also the framerate is choppy.

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This week I played:


Donkey Kong Country - The Trilogy for PC - 292 minutes



Donkey Kong Country - The Trilogy is a fan game for PC that allows you to play as all four SNES kongs, but only two at a time. Who you get from a barrel will be random each time one appears, but you can swap between them just like in the SNES games. You can get combos impossible in the SNES games like Donkey and Dixie, Donkey and Kiddy or Diddy and Kiddy. It contains elements and level types from all three SNES Donkey Kong Country games but also includes some original backgrounds.


I've made it through 5 areas. The 6th area that I am struggling to complete is called Snow Geysers.

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a four-day weekend meant a good bit of time spent gaming (though we were pretty busy moving our oldest son out and me subsequently setting up his old room as my new home office, lol).


Cowabunga, indeed, because I spent some time playing the most excellent Cowabunga Collection on Switch.  I very much enjoy the arcade games and the NES/GB ports, but I still don't like Tournament of FIghters in the slightest.  I started a playthrough over for Shredder's Revenge just because. :)


Otherwise, I spent my time playing through a couple of old favorites.


Littlewood -- 630 minutes
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge -- 120 minutes
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection -- 900 minutes


XBox Series X
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands Adventure -- 1440 minutes

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Long weekend for me too (although only 3 day), and I managed lots of time for classic gaming this week.  My modern gaming is almost entirely classic adjacent . . .


Browser Based

  • Crossy Road 4
  • Retro Bowl 316


via Pico 8 (fantasy console)

  • Demon Attack 25

via Voxatron (fantasy console)

  • Red 10



  • Hyper Sentinel 119


Looking for a mobile game called "Retro Bowl," I discovered some websites that offer browser based game libraries.  The first was Poki where I started playing Retro Bowl and browsing other games in the library.  I then discovered that there are a number of places making Retro Bowl available in the browser and chose this github page's implementation:  unblocked1889 (unblocked1889) (github.com).  I can't decide if this is safe or not, but I'm rolling with it.  I found multiple other github projects trying to do the same thing, so maybe they pop up and get shut down.  I dunno.  I could always play on my phone, but that's less fun for me.


Next up, I discovered the concept of a "Fantasy Console."  Pico 8 and Voxatron are software implementations of a resource restricted console that runs on virtual carts.  I think this is a neat idea.  I discovered that many of the creators just make their games playable in the browser on itch.io or other websites.  Here's that version of Demon Attack for your enjoyment.  This is exactly the type of stupid things that I should NOT be playing between meetings, but I will anyway.


Finally Hyper Sentinel.  If you read my post in the classic tracker, you'll see that I played a lot of games where you shoot the stuff off of a dreadnaught this week.  This fits the bill for that, and I started playing on the "Retro" difficulty which adds the oh so fun element of letting you bang into stuff.  Thanks!

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Apple iOS:

Duolingo - 102 minutes
Pikmin Bloom - 165 minutes
SongPop Classic - 10 minutes

SongPop 3 - 22 minutes


LCD Handhelds:

Doing some pen testing.


Excalibur Mini Snowboarding - 10 minutes

Exclalibur Mini Space Warp - 15 minutes

Excalibur Mini Scooter GT - 10 minutes

Stylus Atari Combat - 10 minutes

Just another brick tank game compilation. Not bad.




Nintendo Game Boy Advance:




Got a cheap compilation cart of four great racing games. Tried them all. One of these is not them.


GT Advance Championship Racing - 25 minutes

GT Advance Championship Racing 2 - 15 minutes

GT Advance Championship Racing 3 - 15 minutes

Lost Vikings - 25 minutes

Moto GP - 25 minutes


Nintendo Switch:


Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore - 25 minutes. Started the game.


Nokia N-Gage:


Atari Masterpieces I - 190 minutes


Actually ran the battery out playing this! They’re pretty great ports.



Asteroids - 100 minutes


Still 7000 points away from unlocking Adventure 2600.


Millipede - 20 minutes



Between a reasonable competence at this and starting at the 30000 point bonus I made short work of unlocking Surround:



Missile Command - 20 minutes


I am not good at this generally but I feel like I’m worse at this version than most. I can’t even get half the score required to unlock Yars Revenge.


Red Baron - 20 minutes




Took a while to get decent at this but once I did I quickly unlocked Video Chess:



Surround - 10 minutes


I am not sure why they picked this. Nokia had snakes handled pretty well already. It’s not not fun, though.




Video Chess - 20 minutes


humiliatingly defeated by an emulated wristwatch cpu



Sony PSP:


Neo Geo Heroes Ultimate Shooting - 65 minutes

It’s a bullet hell shmup imagined as a 1:1 fighting battle with all of SNK’s iconic characters like Athena, Mai Shiranui, Terry Bogard, Marco Rossi of Metal Slug, etc.

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