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You’re looking at Jefklak’s Retro Game Codex, a dedicated and highly opinionated website about nostalgic games. A lovely mix between Nintendo handheld gaming love, ’90s DOS games and old school PC RPGs that were an integral part of my youth.
That healthy cocktail left a lasting impression - and netted me the Codex (and glasses). A lot of articles have been carefully restored from the black depths of the Jefklak Archive for your entertainment. As Deckard Cain would have said it:

Stay Awhile and Listen!


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Wonderland Dizzy: Better Left Undiscovered?

01/2022

Twenty-two years after the development of this NES adaptation of Magicland Dizzy, the code was rediscovered by Philip Oliver. A successful Kickstarter campaign later, it got its own physical NES cartridge release.

Rayman Legends: The Not So Definitive Edition

01/2022

Back in October last year, I picked up Rayman Legends for a very reasonable price at the local mall. The problem was, the inside was empty.

Guacamelee: a Light and Colorful Four-Player Metroidvania

01/2022

“Guacaaameleeeeee! Super Turbo Championship Editiooonnn!” yells the narrator as I boot up the (enhanced edition of the) game. Woah. Even the title screen immediately makes it clear: this game is lighthearted and doesn’t take itself too seriously, the complete opposite of other metroidvanias like Hollow Knight.

The Curse of Monkey Island: Guybrush Departs From Pixels With Mixed Success

12/2021

Six years after the highlight of LucasFilm Games, Monkey Island: LeChuck’s Revenge, LucasFilm turned LucasArts finally takes another stab at Guybrush’s piratey adventures in the Caribbean Sea.

Irony Curtain: From Monkey Humor With Love

12/2021

What do you get when you mix the humor of The Curse of Monkey Island with the looks of Deponia and the puzzles of Broken Sword?

Bug Fables: Almost, but Not Quite, Paper Mario 3.0

11/2021

Apart from The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, the game that came packed with our shiny silver GameCube back in 2003, Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door must be my favorite GC game—or more importantly, my favorite Mario game ever.

Kathy Rain: A Forgotten 1995 Point & Click Jewel from 2016

11/2021

Adventure games are dead—the title of a forum post that pops up every few months since 1996 or so. Then devs reveal a promising title at E3, the hype is real, the tension rises, the game is released, and everybody posts adventure games are dead again.

Flipping Death

11/2021

Collecting Skull and Bones—no, not the 2001 Cypress Hill album—is part of the October/November Halloween fun. Flipping Death, a 2018 game from Zoink, a Swedish developer I never heard of before, perfectly fits your autumny morbid craving.

Castlevania Advance Collection: Are GBA Vanias Still Worth It in 2021?

10/2021

You enter the Castle Corridor with a knife, handed to you by Aluca—erm, right, Genya Arikado—who ushers you in, to “go to the throne room, all will be revealed”.

Super Mario Land: Mario's Weird World Tour

10/2021

Somehow, I never managed to beat the first installment of the Mario Land series when I was younger. My sister got the game bundled with her Game Boy, while I got the traditional Tetris and later on bought myself straight into Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins—which was and still is awesome on all accounts.

FIFA: Road to World Cup 98

07/2021

E. A. Sports. It’s In The Game!—who doesn’t remember that jaw-dropping introduction? Just in case you do need a reminder on how awesome it was to boot up FIFA Road To World Cup 98 in 1997, here’s a video highlighting all the exciting moments from the beginning to the menu system to the end of a match:

The Evercade: A Cartridge-based Modern Retro Handheld

07/2021

In 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, Brittany-based company Blaze came with the solution: it is not vaccine jabs, but cartridge jabs we require!

Super Metroid: the Granddaddy of Metroidvania's

07/2021

After finishing Hollow Knight, I rather fancied playing another metroidvania—one I actually, to my big shame, never really touched: the granddaddy of ‘vanias, Super Metroid.

E3 2021: a Retro PC Gamer's Perspective

06/2021

The summer of 2021 is here: not only the sun, but also hope is in the air. Most conferences are still mostly virtually presented, but at least this time E3 isn’t completely canceled.

Hollow Knight: Metroidvania marries Demon Souls

06/2021

I hope they get divorced. That’s my review, condensed into a single sentence. As much as I loved my deep dive into the world of Hallownest, as the end came near, I tried stopping playing three times.

The Messenger: the perfect love-hate relationship

05/2021

Never before have I bashed my head against the (virtual, thankfully) wall before. Celeste came close - very close. But this game… Oh, where to start.

Wizardry 8 Playthrough Blog

05/2021

Wizardry 8: the Adventure Blog! I’ve been keen on replaying the whole game for old times sake - on a ‘real’ retro Win98 PC. After finally convincing my friend to install the game, we were ready to go through it together/alone, since it’s a single-player adventure. In the same fashion as other adventure blogs on this site, I thought it would be nice to do a short write-up after making a bit of progress.

Sonic Mania, four years later: still more than Grand.

03/2021

I finally cracked it. I finally know what makes a grand game. It turns out to be astonishingly simple: if it makes me smile.

Titan Quest VS Diablo 2: an In-Depth Analysis

01/2021

Originally released only two years after Sacred, Titan Quest combines Greek mythology with hack and slash: a world full of mesmerizing creatures to kill, wealth to collect, and above all: horrible bugs and boring gameplay.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Adventure Blog

12/2020

It is a fresh breeze indeed as the Island unfolds, buildings appear, and I sweat my ass off trying to collect enough lumber and clay to satisfy even the most grumpy of Tom Nooks. Welcome to the latest installment of Animal Crossing!