The MSX 1 & 2 computers are largely unknown to western gamers, since Rlyeh put fMSX32 into the public domain it has allowed GP32 heads like myself to experience a slice of the action. There is a pretty huge list of roms and disks available, many titles which are ports of popular arcade machines and a lot of lesser known games. All of the games here come with my personal recommendation and work well on the GP32.
A different setup to the usual Aleste games, here you control a shuriken throwing hero from overhead, Plenty of interesting powerups are there for the taking and the graphics and scrolling are unusually good looking for an MSX title, and only matched by Aleste 2. You will need to use the B button to jump across some large holes in the hazardous landscape and you will encounter an alarming amount of Statues of Liberty!! But it's a damn good little blaster, check it.Aleste 2
Blinding! The Aleste series of games just sorts me right out, and this is one of the finest games released on the MSX system in my opinion. Featuring a bizzarre weapons upgrade system where you find yourself chasing a shower of powerups, and it even gives you the choice of which special weapon to start with which you will change throughout the game. It's amazing how well the emulator handles a screen full of sprites with little flicker and keeps it all running at a decent speed. The graphics are really good looking and obligatory end of level bosses are nicely detailed, but nothing too spectacular. This one is worth firing up fMSX32 for alone.King's Valley II
I've spent a long time in this gorgeous and enchanting game, there is a certain atmosphere created by the claustrophobic rooms an haunting music that sticks with you after you've been playing it. It's a platform puzzle combo, and the objective is to collect all of the orange spheres to unlock the level exit and escape to the next room, and do the same thing again. To help you along the way are various weapons to kill those nasty mummies with, a pick and a drill. You will soon realise that the drill will carve away a wall that is next to you, and the pick will allow you to dig down through the floor, these are essential to the game and you are usually only provided with just enough to get by. Use the savestates to your advantage in this gold nugget of a puzzle game.Castle Excellent
Exploring a castle has never been so much fun, every screen offers something new and there has been a lot of thought put into the castle design. It almost feels like an advanced version of Jet Set Willy, only the graphics are much better and it isn't quite as difficult. Collect different coloured keys to work your way through the game and pick up an assortment of bonus items while you're at it. Don't get put off by the clunky movement, it's worth sticking with.Thexder
First time I played this game I thought the author was off his nut, it's not at all your conventional platformer / shootemup / whatever! The controls take a little getting used to and the dynamics of the game are somewhat strange but once you have a few goes and work out the fundamentals, there is an engrossing game in there. You are Thexder, a robot who can turn into a spacecraft and must navigate through a complex tunnel system through each level. Bonkers but well worth a little effort.SD Snatcher
This is supposedly one of the top games on the MSX, and I can't quibble with that for the most part. SD stands for "Super Deform" which is the style of the cartoon characters with big heads, and is not a feature of the plot as I originally thought. It took me a while to find a version that worked in fMSX32, but there is a disk version out there that will do the trick. You will soon feel at home if you are familar with the Final Fantasy series the combat system should be second nature to you, but one of the drawbacks is the amount of repetetive battles you must win to progress early on to level up. The graphics are original and create a unique atmosphere which draw you into the game from the start, and the storyline is typical RPG fare. Definately worth investigating if you are a fan of the genre.Monkey Academy
Yes yes, I know this game is for kids, but then aren't all games intended for a youth audience? It's all about arithmetic, work out the sum presented to you to find out which blind you must grab to get the answer right and complete the level. Loads of fun for all the family, what have you got to lose!Eggbert in Eggciting Adventure
Don't let the pants name fool you, this is a top quality puzzle game, and the nice Authors are even giving it away free! The levels are truly fiendish but perseverence will get you through them once you fathom out how to use the equipment at your disposal. Lives have no meaning here as you are blessed with infinite attempts on each level, which is only right in this day and age. Nice to see a recent game released for the MSX, especially one as good as this.