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Games starting with ‘U’

#700 – Urban Champion

                                                                             Don’t ever hand someone a firecracker next to an open sewer.                                                       The moral of Urban Champion is, street violence should be rewarded with confetti.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: June 1986   Two nameless hoodlums drop everything to brawl. They stand on either … Continue reading #700 – Urban Champion

#699 – The Untouchables

                                                                                                                              The gang is looking a little, er… stiff.                                                                                                                                                              Stone: “So this is my life…”   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Ocean DEVELOPER: Special FX GENRE: Shooter/Action RELEASE DATE: January 1991   The third mission in The Untouchables places you, as Eliot Ness, on the ground in the middle of a gun fight. … Continue reading #699 – The Untouchables

#698 – Uninvited

                                                                                                                         This cover gave me nightmares as a kid.                                                                    A little red demon dinosaur seems to be playing a game of “Trollolololol.”   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Kemco DEVELOPER: ICOM Simulations GENRE: Adventure RELEASE DATE: June 1991   Uninvited is the final entry in the Kemco adventure trilogy on the NES. It’s … Continue reading #698 – Uninvited

#697 – Uncharted Waters

                                                                                                                                                                     “All Hands Ahoy”?!                                                                                                               To the vineyards, “Fiddler-on-the-Roof” guy!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Strategy RELEASE DATE: November 1991   Another strategy-filled Koei misadventure, this time on the high seas. You play a Portuguese sea captain trying to reclaim your family’s noble status. Your father’s dead, lost at … Continue reading #697 – Uncharted Waters

#696 – The Uncanny X-Men

                                                                                                                           Where’s a priest when you need one?                                                                                                                                                 Guts Man?… Is that you?!   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: LJN DEVELOPER: LJN GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: December 1989   Webster defines “uncanny” as “strange or unusual in a way that is surprising or difficult to understand.” This word applies to the X-Men … Continue reading #696 – The Uncanny X-Men

#695 – Ultimate Stuntman

                                                                                                                              Pretty sure that’s an airbrushed Arnold.                                          He wouldn’t be the Ultimate Stuntman if he couldn’t climb up a building with his bare hands.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Camerica DEVELOPER: Codemasters GENRE: Action/Shoot-em-up/Puzzle RELEASE DATE: 1990   Ultimate Stuntman is an odd, unpolished game that manages to entertain in spite of … Continue reading #695 – Ultimate Stuntman

#694 – Ultimate League Soccer

                                           The ultimate average soccer title. Watch out for Gene Simmons in the background.                                                                                         Red shirt passes it to red shirt. Red shirt hits! He scores!   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: American Video Entertainment DEVELOPER: Hacker International GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: 1992   If there were such a thing as honest … Continue reading #694 – Ultimate League Soccer

#693 – Ultimate Basketball

                                                                                                                                    You can do better than this game, kid.              You’ll be spending most of your time on the side of the court, wishing for a better basketball experience.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: American Sammy DEVELOPER: Aicom GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: September 1990   For whatever reason, basketball is a hard … Continue reading #693 – Ultimate Basketball

#692 – Ultimate Air Combat

                                                                                              Take that, purveyors of viewpoints inferior to mine!           Ultimate Air Combat doesn’t screenshot well. I could take just about any picture and it would look like this.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Activision DEVELOPER: Activision GENRE: Flight sim RELEASE DATE: April 1992   I’ve never been one for flight sims on … Continue reading #692 – Ultimate Air Combat

#691 – Ultima: Warriors of Destiny

                                                                                                                                                          “Cometh at me, brother!”                                                                                                                                                    Oh, the horrible memories.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: FCI DEVELOPER: Origin GENRE: RPG RELEASE DATE: January 1993   The Ultima ports on the NES are defined by their varying quality. Exodus had its faults (some might say ‘quirks’), but it was playable. Quest of the Avatar … Continue reading #691 – Ultima: Warriors of Destiny

#690 – Ultima: Quest of the Avatar

                                                        The poor souls who bought this game used, before FAQs were prevalent…                                                                                                That’s always the question, and never the answer.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Pony Canyon DEVELOPER: Infinity GENRE: RPG RELEASE DATE: December 1990   How groundbreaking Quest of the Avatar must have seemed in 1985. To wit: instead of … Continue reading #690 – Ultima: Quest of the Avatar

#689 – Ultima: Exodus

                                      The cover looks like an off-Broadway theater production manned by sitcom rejects.                                                                                                                                                      Our intrepid pixel people.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Pony Canyon DEVELOPER: Origin GENRE: RPG RELEASE DATE: February 1989   Ultima: Exodus is the third of nine games in the long-heralded, predominantly PC series Ultima. But it’s the first … Continue reading #689 – Ultima: Exodus