January 16, 2018 9 min to read
Video Games Monthly Review – January 2018 Box
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Video Games Monthly Review – January 2018 – Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance Box
Video Games Monthly is a recurring retro video game subscription box that includes retro video games for the consoles of your choosing that are shipped directly to you. You tell them what systems you want games for and what games you already have and they will send you a variety of games you don’t have.
You can choose from multiple game quantities per month:
- 3 games for $29.99
- 4 games for $34.99
- 5 games for $39.99
- 10 games for $74.99
As a nice surprise when you get your Video Games Monthly box, you may randomly get an upgrade for that month of 1 to 4 extra games.
My First Ever Video Games Monthly Unboxing
Video Games Monthly has been around for a while now, but this is my first time trying them out. Lately I’ve been getting into refurbishing older Game Boy SP handhelds. The Game Boy SP system with
the AGS-101 screen is arguably the best console to play any Game Boy, Game Boy Color, or Game Boy Advance game. I set up my first box to only include games from those systems since I don’t have many of those games already.
I signed up for the 3 game plan at the end of December and eagerly waited to see what games they would send. Once it got to my door I found I had gotten the “power up bonus” which is 4 bonus games added to your box. My first box included seven total games including Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, The Rugrats Movie, SpongeBob Squarepants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman, Tetris, Fire Pro Wrestling, Dragon Ball Z Supersonic Warriors, and Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam. At first it was exciting to see all the extra games, but nothing really stood out as a stellar, top tier Game Boy game for me. Below is a quick review of each game I received in the Video Game Monthly January Box. I will take a look at gameplay and value to see if the box is worth the price. Just to clarify, I purchased this box myself and no discounts or free boxes were provided by Video Games Monthly.
(All game values are from Price Charting)
There are many Power Ranger games that have been made over the years. Most aren’t that great to straight up bad. Check out the Angry Video Game Nerd’s take on some of the Power Rangers games out there. I don’t know all that much about the Power Rangers beyond the basics of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, so Lightspeed Rescue was all new to me. I did not have high hopes for this game when I first started it up. However, once I started playing it, I was pretty impressed that it was actually a decent Game Boy Color game.
The levels are split into three parts – a rescue mission, a battle mission as your ranger of choice and a Zord battle mission. It seems to be styled after the TV show, fighting on the ground level until the monster gets powered up, then you call in the Zords to finish the battle. It’s a really neat way to structure the game and even though I’ve never seen a Lightspeed Rescue episode, it did give me nostalgia for the Mighty Morphin episodes I watched growing up.
The graphics are good for the Game Boy Color and the music throughout the game is surprisingly good. You can play as the ranger of your choice on any level. Each one has slightly different stats on health and power. When you die, you’ll have to choose another ranger to play with as the one you started with will no longer be available, similar to the original TMNT game on NES.
Overall, I can say that for the price of this game it will surprise you how fun it really is.
Score: 3 out of 5
The Rugrats Movie – Game Boy – $3.01
I’ve never played a Rugrats game before and if they are all like this one, then I haven’t missed out on anything. This is a bad and frustrating game loosely based on the movie, or supposed to be based on the movie. You play as Tommy trying to find his new brother, Dil. However, the game has you move from location to location collecting a certain amount of items before you can clear the level. It is monotonous and repetitive. The enemies are made up of rats, electricity, birds, moles and others. There is no way to fight or clear out the enemies so your only option is to avoid or jump over them.
Lots of jumping is needed in the game to avoid enemies, collect items or to bounce on stationary floating balloons. The jumping controls are horrible, they are hard to control and slow to respond when you push the jump button. It also has that bad game staple of one hit and you lose everything and have to start over from scratch collecting items to be able to beat the level.
The graphics are good for what it is, but the music outside of the title screen is terrible. I mean really, really bad and the repetitive screeching audio noises will annoy you almost as much as the missed jumps causing you to lose all you items.
I am not sure who this game is for. It is too hard for children to have fun with and far too annoying and frustrating for adults to enjoy. It also has a whole lot of credits before getting to the start up screen. It’s almost as if the development team knew no one would ever want to play this game long enough to beat it and see the credits so they put them in at the start.
Score: 1 out of 5
SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman – Game Boy Advance – $3.83
There are many SpongeBob games out there and most aren’t so great, but there are also a few hidden gems. I have never played this one so I hoping it might of been one of those, however, the most this one has going for it is the nostalgic memories you’ll get if you played this or a similar SpongeBob game growing up.
The graphics are well done and the game is true to the characters and locations from the show. You can tell the developers wanted the game to feel like the show and in that sense they made it happen. However, they totally skipped over making a fun game part of development.
It is not a bad game like The Rugrats Movie, it is just slow, boring and not very challenging. That would be fine for a game aimed at younger gamers but not the best for older ones. It is worth it if you have kids or for a short visit back to your childhood if you loved SpongeBob. Outside of those situations, you will be just fine if you give this game a pass.
Score: 2 out of 5
Tetris – Game Boy – $8.63
Tetris! Originally released in 1989 and many, many times since it is the original game that came with the Game Boy. Even if you didn’t have a Game Boy, you still have probably played this game in the 90’s. There was always someone you know who had a Game Boy and Tetris.
Since I didn’t have a Game Boy growing up, I didn’t have Tetris. I’m not embarrassed to say I was excited when I pulled this out of the box. It is a
basic game to be excited about, but one that I think every Game Boy owner should have.
Tetris is a simple puzzle game, but really fun and addicting. It also has a very interesting back story on how it was developed and changed over time. If you don’t already know the story I highly recommend checking out the Did You Know Gaming? Video on Tetris. They do a much better job explaining the story in a short amount of time then I can.
If you’ve never played this game before, or own a Game Boy but not this game, go out right now and change that.
Score: 4 out of 5
I personally had never come across this game before. I don’t have much experience with wrestling games and that is what is kind of neat about this box. It sends me games I wouldn’t otherwise take the time to try if I am shopping in a retro game store or online.
I had to look this Fire Pro Wrestling game up to learn more about it. What separates it from the standard licensed wrestling games is it’s unique and extremely detailed options to create your own player. Pretty much anything from arm and leg strength to cosmetic touches you can customize to create your own personal wrestler. It’s a neat game to play with, I just wish I was better at playing wrestling games. It takes a while to get used to the controls without looking up the instructions online.
Overall it’s a great look into what wrestling games have to offer on the Game Boy Advance and I think true wrestling fans will enjoy the customization and gameplay. Many other online list it as one of, if not the best, wrestling game on the GBA.
Score: 3 out of 5
This is a great Dragon Ball fighting game for the GBA. It tries very hard to capture the experience of the anime with characters, sounds and aerial fighting combat. The controls are simple to figure out and the graphics are wonderful. As you play, you can unlock a ton of new characters and the cutscenes are very well done. This is a good choice for any fan of handheld fighting games or Dragon Ball Z.
The aerial combat makes this game stand out from a typical fighting game. It also stays true to the anime, which you can tell was a focus of the developers and they likely are fans of the series as well.
Score 3.5 out of 5
There are some great Tony Hawk games that were released on the GBA. This is not one of them. It is more of a racer than what is typical of Tony Hawk games and is a port of the game which is much better on the other systems it was released on. The graphics on this port are not good and that more than likely has to do with the 3D elements not working all that well on the GBA hardware. If you want to try this game out, look for it on the DS or Wii.
Score 1.5 out of 5
Is Video Games Monthly Worth Subscribing To?
I really enjoyed getting this box and getting a surprise batch of new Game boy games. While I appreciate that Video Games Monthly included game genres that I would not normally seek out I do wish that would give the option to exclude any genres that I know I would not want any games from.
There weren’t any super exciting games that I received in this box. Overall value based on Price Charting was right about what I paid for the box with shipping. I think the value plus the surprise experience is worth giving Video Games Monthly a try. If you want one for yourself, just click here and sign up. I do think collectors will have a better experience with this box as it can help to fill out your collection more than give you a really great and fun game to play for the month.