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Finally picked up @heart_machine 's Hyper Light Drifter after @domikaze insisted and love it! Tonight's sketch is of the main character of this beautiful and haunting game, afflicted with a terminal illness, but soldiering on through a shattered world. Really impressed and enthralled by it.
Alongside the slew of platform games, the 16bit era also gave us a seemingly endless number of SF2 clones, and Jaleco’s Dead Dance has always been one of my favourites. Released in 1993, Dead Dance comes complete with the obligatory main characters, Japanese and American martial arts rivals, a slender female ninja and a burly wrestler to name but a few and offers a SNK-style button layout. What’s probably most notable about the Japanese release is the box art, which is weirdly taken from the cover of an issue of CVG Magazine...and is about 100 times better than the US release! My favourite aspect of Dead Dance is the effort that Jaleco put into making it stand out in what was a pretty crowded arena at the time, it plays very well and the story mode does try to make it an interesting journey. The characters are cliché but never bland and the post-apocalyptic setting is always a winner in a 90s Fighting game.