The lights are on
Longtime Game Informer friend Rob Fleischer, who worked for Agetec and Rockstar Games prior to hanging his hat as a partner at Sandbox Strategies, traveled to Minneapolis with nostalgia on his mind. His Proposal: We sit down for a few hours to play Top Shop, a long-forgotten video board game for PlayStation, created by Kindle Imagine Develop and published by Agetec's A1 Games. Rob didn't just work on the game; he's a playable character in it. We jumped at the opportunity to revisit this game, and decided to record our session as a bonus episode of Replay.
What you'll see in the video is only the introduction to our battle within the mall. Yes, this lengthy look is just a small slice of it. What you won't see is us circling the board for over three hours, with no one coming close to winning. Top Shop. Victory was only achieved when Rob, Jeff Cork, and Jason Oestreicher decided to gang up on me. I went bankrupt and the game came to an end. Who was the winner? Jeff Cork. His electronic stores sold ridiculously expensive DVD players.
Let us know what you think of this bonus episode. If you enjoyed it, we may release more of them for longer segments and games that may not make the cut for our regular show.
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I think I have to track down this game now...
great episode. I would watch more. it is always interesting to hear from members of the industry. game looks like a lot of fun also.
I used to rent this from BlockBuster as a kid and play this with my sister. We loved it. :)
I really enjoyed this, so you should definitely do more. More stories from GI's early days, too!
I loved this game when I was little. Still have it. Played it a few months back. Loved this replay.
The more Replay the better, I always say.
You guys should check out "Crypt Worlds." It's a free game best described as a bizarre fever dream mash up of horror, black comedy and overwhelming surrealism. It's definitely got a bit of Tail of the Sun charm to it.
Sweet two replays.
Man, this game takes me way back. I remember my little sister buying this game and it wasn't all that bad. It was the last game purchased for the PS1... well depends when Final Fantasy IX came out.
This was great. I wish we could have watched the whole thing. It's always interesting to have devs come in and it seemed like you guys had fun. Definitely would love more of these!
Awesome bonus episode. I honestly haven't heard this game mentioned in such a long time. I plan to pull out my copy and recruit some friends to come over for a game.
Aw, I wanted to see how this turns out.
I loved this bonus episode with that long forgotten game designer.
I look forward to more "side projects" like this in the future.
I am actually very sad that we can not see the rest of the match.
It would have been like a stress-test/Super Replay hybrid and that sounds sweet.
I wanna see you guys do an entire playthrough of Top Shop.
If you have the full 3 hr video, please post it.
And I'd love to see more of these bonus episodes in the future.
Looks like a lot of fun! Might be worth picking up sometime.