PlayStation Hidden Gems (Part 3)

PlayStation Hidden Gems (Part 3)

Puzzles, shooting, and plundering

A.J. Maciejewski

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There are so many games constantly releasing that it's sometimes fun to take a break and rediscover some classics so here are 5 PS1 games from my personal collection that I think deserve much more attention. Maybe you'll see something you like!

Photo of all 5 featured PS1 games
I still have tons of PS1 games so why not share a few with my chums?

One Piece Mansion

If you've ever lived in an apartment building then you'll know that it comes with a lot of annoyances. Therefore, playing this silly game where you arrange apartments so that your tenants annoy each other as little as possible makes for quite a fun puzzler. Frantically building on your mansion as you tend to its inhabitants' needs while chasing thieves away and maximizing your profits so you can afford more rooms and elevators is great fun, especially because it's all executed perfectly to create a consistently exciting balance between its puzzle and management gameplay systems. The wacky collection of monster-like tenants adds a ton of zaniness to the equation, too.

One Piece Mansion gameplay video → Also featured in: Top 10 Obscure PlayStation Puzzle Games
One Piece Mansion screenshot
Making all of these monsters happy is going to be tricky...

Gekioh: Shooting King

At its core, Gekioh: Shooting King is a simple vertical shoot 'em up that's an enhanced port of an arcade game from 1997. All you do is avoid projectiles while firing your currently-equipped weapon and dropping bombs whenever the current situation calls for it. Your weapon changes upon collecting a new one and you can switch between the standard vulcan, lightning that can attack many onscreen enemies at once, and missiles which can easily tear through armoured tanks. Powering up as you take down hordes of enemy ships is great fun and the boss fights are a treat, too. However, where Gekioh: Shooting King shines brightest is in its collection of modes. Besides 3 difficulty settings, you can play with 6 bonus modes that change the visuals, sound, and gameplay in clever ways such as Pocket Mode which emulates the PocketStation. There's even one that incorporates a laugh track. How cool is that?

Gekioh: Shooting King gameplay video → Also featured in: Top 10 PlayStation Shoot 'em Ups
Gekioh: Shooting King screenshot
Can you imagine seeing an actual plane shoot lightning everywhere?

Crossroad Crisis

I love tile-sliding puzzle games and Crossroad Crisis combines the genre with the classic Pipe Mania formula as you move tiles around to guide a baby chick along a path. It's one of the simplest games you can get on PS1 yet its undeniable charm, cute visuals, enjoyable multiplayer mode, and relaxing gameplay add up to make it a wonderful casual experience for the console although its fun factor is admittedly rather short-lived. Oh, and it has one of the funniest endings in gaming history so make sure to complete it.

Crossroad Crisis gameplay video → Crossroad Crisis Review
Crossroad Crisis screenshot
Who said playing games wouldn't get you chicks?

Gubble

With so many Pac-Man clones over the decades, it's refreshing to play one that boasts an original take on the formula. Yes, Gubble definitely has poor-quality visuals and its silly protagonist's voiced nonsense is laugh-out-loud bad but it's one of those games that's hard to put down once you start playing. You essentially control an alien who has the ability to jump over enemies as well as mount a wide variety of tools and the goal of each stage is to remove all of the nails, screws, and such. There's something oddly satisfying about dodging the patrolling alien enemies as you carefully master each stage so if you love Pac-Man and want something different, give Gubble a try.

Gubble gameplay video →
Gubble screenshot
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The Misadventures of Tron Bonne

Mega Man Legends is perhaps the most underrated title within the Blue Bomber's large universe of games and I still absolutely love playing it as well as its fantastic sequel. However, there was also a spin-off in the form of The Misadventures of Tron Bonne which has you play as the upbeat yet diabolical Tron Bonne who's on a mission to claim a treasure of unimaginable value. The adventure that follows is filled with a delightful cast of memorable characters including the hilarious Servbots and there's a ton of gameplay variety, too. Whether you're controlling a mech while robbing a bank, partaking in a puzzle game to steal cargo containers, infiltrating mines as you guide your Servbots to drill and fetch things, or playing casino games; there's a great deal of fun to be had within this incredible spin-off.

To make things even more enjoyable, you'll manage your crew between missions aboard the Gesellschaft which adds a nifty simulation component. There, you can create power-ups in the lab, send Servbots on scouting missions, play gym mini-games to level-up Servbots, and even torture them whenever they become too lazy. I wish they still made games like this as it's a wonderful concoction.

The Misadventures of Tron Bonne gameplay video → Digging up the Mega Man Legends Series
The Misadventures of Tron Bonne screenshot
Let's get to it; these crates of colour TVs aren't going to steal themselves!
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