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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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Spy Fox In Dry Cereal: A Humongously Horrendous Port

08/2022

Humongous Entertainment was the brainchild of Ron Gilbert—the Monkey Island Ron Gilbert. After Monkey 2, leaving LucasArts, Gilbert set up his own company that created a slew of educational point & click adventure games we all know and love: Putt Putt, Freddi Fish, Pajama Sam, and apparently also Spy Fox.

Agent A: A (Quite Good) Puzzle in Disguise

08/2022

Agent A’s subtitle, A Puzzle in Disguise, speaks volumes. Here’s a (quick) game that plays like a point & click adventure game, but is actually a giant escape room.

Dexter Stardust: Adventures In Outer Space

07/2022

A casual browse through the Nintendo Switch’s digital Shop pages—something my wife loves to do to discover random new things—brought our attention to a cheap (literally and figuratively) game called Dexter Stardust.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back From the (Stinky) Sewers

07/2022

It only took Konami one year to go from an average Turtles entry point to this awesome second installment subtitled Back From the Sewers.

Asterix & Obelix: Slap Them All - ils sont fous ces romains!

07/2022

Last year, the strangely familiar sounding Mr. Nutz Studio—named after the Game Boy “hit” Mr. Nutz—blessed the world with a genuine attempt at a good Asterix & Obelix game.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Early Fall of the Foot Clan

07/2022

The release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge last month made my inner child very happy. That child still remembers fondly the old TNMT (typing Teenage Mutant… is getting old) Game Boy games, and although I never owned the first one back then, I reckoned I’d start there: Konami’s 1990 release and first attempt to draw some ninja shells in a petite resolution devoid of color.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge

06/2022

From the moment the publisher Dotemu released the first trailer a year ago, I’ve been excitedly and anxiously looking forward to the release of Shredder’s Revenge: beautiful 2D pixel art, a beat ‘em up in the same grand scale as Turtles in Time, up to six player local co-op play support, a banger soundtrack—what else do you want from a game like this?

Speedy Gonzales Aztec Adventure: Not Quite The Blue Blur

06/2022

Yet another Sunsoft Looney Tunes-based Game Boy (Color) game? Back in the nineties, when the original Game Boy version of Looney Tunes was released, the label Sunsoft used to mean something.

Alfred Chicken: a Tricky Nineties Euro Platformer

05/2022

Without my wife picking up the Alfred Chicken Game Boy cart—because the sticker on it contained a funny chicken apparently being abducted by aliens—I wouldn’t be typing this.

Yogi Bear's Gold Rush: Obligatory Collect-a-ton

05/2022

I’ve always been more of a Warner Bros fan than a Hanna Barbera one: Bugs and co. is, to me, a lot more recognizable than say The Flintstones or Scooby-Do.

Looney Tunes Collector: Alert & Martian Revenge

05/2022

My quest to find a retro handheld Looney Tunes game that doesn’t suck can finally end. Besides the too short Sylvester & Tweety and admirable platformer effort Looney Tunes on the original Game Boy, the Looney Tunes Collector games are actually worth digging into.

The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland: Sesame, Let Me Out Of Here!

05/2022

Why on earth would you want to buy a Sesame Street game that’s clearly aimed towards kids? I can hear you thinking.

Tom And Jerry: Frantic Antics! The Chaos Continues Indeed

05/2022

As yet another licensed platformer and watered-down port from the Genesis/MegaDrive original, I was a bit skeptic. Even though Looney Tunes was okay, it wasn’t great, and my low expectations turned out to be right: this game downright stinks.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit: The Monochrome Investigation

04/2022

In 1988, a weird movie was conceived that blended silly toons with investigative drama, as somehow the not-real bunny Roger was accused of cold-blooded murder, and needed a very-real toon-hating private detective to help him out.

Looney Tunes Racing: Not So Daffy After All

04/2022

Not every Looney game is a Tune—that’s what I learned from playing this 2D Mario Kart arcade racing clone on the Game Boy Color.

Looney Tunes: Variety in Tune Land

04/2022

The name of the game, Looney Tunes, might confuse people, since it’s simply named after the popular cartoon show that began its highly successful renaissance in the late eighties.

Unpacking: Meditative Monotomy

04/2022

Picture this. You buy and play a video game in which you tidy up your home. Marie Kondo would be proud.

Sylvester & Tweety: Breakfast on the Run

04/2022

Licensed games—perhaps especially Looney Tunes games—are known to be mediocre games best left forgotten. For the most part, that statement is correct.

TOEM: A Wholesome Photo Adventure

04/2022

TOEM is the mystery that you somehow have to discover, photograph, and take back home to show your mom. TOEM is the beauty that is the world, the kindness that are the people within it, and the lovely weirdness that is the interconnectedness of it all.

The Analogue Pocket: The Definitive Game Boy Handheld?

04/2022

It took a long time for the Analogue Pocket to finally arrive at our doorstep. I was a few minutes too late to pre-order the very first batch more than a year ago, which was of course delayed multiple times.