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Games starting with ‘A’

#8 – Action 52: Part the Last

                                                                                                                                                                                    ARGH!                                                                                                                                                                       NEVER AGAIN!   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous/alternating PUBLISHER: Active Enterprises DEVELOPER: Active Enterprises GENRE: Controller-smashing RELEASE DATE: September 1991   Parts One, Two, and Three can be found here. Order is key.                                                                                                                  #40: Billy Bob     Trapped in a cage (despite all my rage), I can not … Continue reading #8 – Action 52: Part the Last

#8 – Action 52: Part the Third

                                                      Poorly made in America is still made in America. Let’s keep work at home, folks.                                                                                                                                                                            Biodegrade this!   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous/alternating PUBLISHER: Active Enterprises DEVELOPER: Active Enterprises GENRE: Every genre, and as crappy as you could possibly conceive. RELEASE DATE: September 1991   Read PART 1 and PART 2   … Continue reading #8 – Action 52: Part the Third

#8 – Action 52: Part the Second

                                                                                The games inside are a lot more surreal than this cover suggests.                                                                   No actual cheetahs were turned into men during the making of these games.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous/alternating PUBLISHER: Active Enterprises DEVELOPER: Active Enterprises GENRE: Everything, but mostly platforming and shmups RELEASE DATE: September 1991   First, catch up … Continue reading #8 – Action 52: Part the Second

#8 – Action 52: Part the First

                                                                                                                              I suggest you don’t pay that retail price.                                                                                                                                        It takes two to make a thing go right.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous/alternating PUBLISHER: Active Enterprises DEVELOPER: Active Enterprises GENRE: Multi-cart – shmups, platformers, fighting, puzzle RELEASE DATE: September 1991   A number of retro reviewers have taken on the unlicensed Pandora’s … Continue reading #8 – Action 52: Part the First

#46 – Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

  Tomatoes come in both red and green varieties. Those with teeth are not recommended for consumption by the FDA.                                                        Grumpy Tomato turns his attention towards the girl playing hopscotch.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: THQ DEVELOPER: Imagineering GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: January 1992   Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is based on … Continue reading #46 – Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

#45 – Athletic World

                                                                                   They’re not kiddin’. You’ll need the Pad to play this one.                                                                                                                                   12 buttons? Too… much… power!!!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Bandai DEVELOPER: Human Entertainment GENRE: Track-and-field RELEASE DATE: July 1987   Brother, can you spare a workout? Athletic World can spare several, but only if you have a Power Pad. … Continue reading #45 – Athletic World

#44 – Athena

                                                                                                            Don’t be fooled – you play as a goofy anime girl.                                                                                                                          Nothing good can come from this screenshot.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: SNK DEVELOPER: Micronics GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: August 1987   The days of the NES were different, to say the least. To come up with ideas for their … Continue reading #44 – Athena

#43 – Astyanax

                                                                                                              Clutching the dragon’s arm ought to hold him off.                                                                                                                              Brother gonna mess that chameleon up.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Jaleco DEVELOPER: Jaleco GENRE: Action platformer RELEASE DATE: March 1990   Isn’t it always the way? You’re a freshman in high school with aspirations of football greatness and sleeping … Continue reading #43 – Astyanax

#42 – Arkista’s Ring

                                                                                                                   That cape is boss                                                                                                                             It looks more complex than it really is.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: American Sammy DEVELOPER: NMK GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: June 1990 Arkista’s Ring dares to copy Zelda and leave out the non-linear exploration that made the latter game so popular! How would American Sammy accomplish … Continue reading #42 – Arkista’s Ring

#41 – Arkanoid

                                                                   Arkanoid came with the Vaus controller. I wonder if these are rare now.                                                                                                                          Those yellow blocks are INDESTRUCTIBLE.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: Taito GENRE: Breakout RELEASE DATE: August 1987   Arkanoid for the NES is an extremely simple, yet potentially addictive game; “potentially” because, if you don’t possess … Continue reading #41 – Arkanoid

#40 – Archon

                                                                                                                                                                       Warning: actual game may resemble chess.                                                                                                                                                Well… I had a Water Elemental.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Activision DEVELOPER: Bullet-Proof Software GENRE: Chess-esque RELEASE DATE: December 1989   Upon first glance, Archon appears to be a simple game of monster chess, Light versus Dark. On the Light side are … Continue reading #40 – Archon

#39 – Arch Rivals: A Basket Brawl!

                                                                  Aren’t racial riots hilarious? Acclaim bets yes!                                                                              Takin’ it to the hole or downtown or something.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: November 1990   Did somebody say “basketbrawl“?!… No? Anybody? Alright, well, Acclaim said it, and lo, Arch Rivals was born. I’m not sure … Continue reading #39 – Arch Rivals: A Basket Brawl!