Rare Replay contains 30 great games from the developer’s huge library. But which is the best? Well, after much arguing, we’ve come up with our Top 10 – let’s see if you agree!
10. Atic Atac
Just sneaking in to the top 10, it’s the Spectrum game Atic Atac, if only for it making us want to get out our colouring pencils and draw a level map so we could navigate its maze-like layout! Old school.
9. Blast Corps
In at nine, it’s the oft-forgot and under-appreciated Blast Corps on the N64. If you missed this the first time round, make sure to put it on your list – the upscaling used means it’s still surprisingly playable today, despite the occasional lo-res texture.
8. Battletoads Arcade
At number 8, it’s Battletoads Arcade. It’s got all the fun of everyone’s favourite Not-The-Teenage-Mutant-Hero-Turtles, but without the brutal difficulty of the NES version. It’s a great, no-nonsense side scrolling beat-em-up and one you can easily pick up and play whenever you’ve got a few minutes spare.
7. R.C. Pro-Am 2
It can’t compete with our number 7 pick though, and that’s R.C. Pro-Am 2 on the NES. Taking everything that made the original great, and refining it to near perfection, if you have fond memories of isometric racers, they don’t come much better than this.
6. Conker’s Bad Fur Day
It’s a complete change of tone for number six though, with adult-only title, Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Despite being a great game, it sold really badly on release, so help right that wrong by adding this to your must-play list.
5. Cobra Triangle
Just making it into the top five, it’s another NES title – this time, the brilliant Cobra Triangle. Whilst it may just be a re-skinning of the mechanics used so effectively in R.C. Pro-Am, it deploys them in an incredibly satisfying way with its mix of aquatic challenges that’ll really test your digital dexterity.
4. Jetpac Refuelled
Taking the top four spot, it’s one of Rare’s newest, and yet oldest titles. Yes, it’s the 2006 Jetpac reboot, Jetpac Refuelled. In this, we see Jetman do what he does best – rebuilding and refuelling rockets – but without the unforgiving, and occasionally unfair, gameplay quirks of the 1983 Spectrum original. Although, that’s here too, if you want to compare and contrast.
3. Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise
Top three now, and next up it’s Viva Pinata sequel, Trouble in Paradise. We loved the original, but this 2nd instalment sees the developers enhance and improve on it with a number of additions, modes and tweaks that make this the definitive version. If you’ve never reared papier mache animals, make this your first port of call.
Just missing out on the number one spot, at number two it’s Banjo-Kazooie on the N64. Yes, some would argue its sequel, Banjo-Tooie, is superior but for us, the original was a defining moment in the development of 3D platformers which Tooie could only replicate and refine. Plus, Tooie was almost too big – we can’t be the only ones who got lost playing that. But it’s not our number one pick, so what is?
1. Perfect Dark
At number one, it’s fabulous first person shooter Perfect Dark. When Rare Replay was first announced, there was understandably some disappointment expressed at the absence of several core Rare titles, Goldeneye being one of them. But, for us, Perfect Dark was always the better game. Sure, it didn’t have the Hollywood pazazz of the James Bond tie-in, but as a game it more than holds it own against the competition.
So there you have it, our top 10 games from Rare Replay. Obviously with so many to choose from we’ll have missed some you feel should have been included, and you might disagree with the order as well, but what’s undeniable is that Rare have created a lot of games that have a place in our hearts. Rare; thank you!