Category Archives: Unlicensed

#705 – Vindicators

                                                                                                         This cover is bonkers compared to the actual game.                                                                                                                                                                 I expected less pastels.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Westwood Studios GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: 1988   Vindicators is the story of a space tank’s constant fight for survival. Literally, all you do in this game is shoot other … Continue reading #705 – Vindicators

#702 – Venice Beach Volleyball

                                                                                                                                                   Sharks can’t play volleyball.                                                                                                                                                          Crabs can’t play either.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: American Video Entertainment DEVELOPER: Idea-Tek GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: 1991   Venice Beach Volleyball is your standard back-and-forth volleyball throwdown, complete with salacious cover. There’s four teams – two male, two female – to choose from, each … Continue reading #702 – Venice Beach Volleyball

#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

#663 – Tiles of Fate

                                                                                                                                                               What sorcery is this?                                                                                Level 5 is when Tiles of Fate decided to ratchet up the difficulty.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: American Video Entertainment DEVELOPER: C&E Inc. GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: 1990   I reviewed Tiles of Fate in September 2012 as part of a fifteen-game multi-cart known as … Continue reading #663 – Tiles of Fate

#588 – Solitaire

  Nothin’ like setting up a card table on the beach and playing solitaire. This shot must have been taken in Florida.                                                                                                                                                                                End of the line.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: American Video Entertainment DEVELOPER: Odyssey Software GENRE: Card game RELEASE DATE: 1992   Your brother or sister has played solitaire. Your parents … Continue reading #588 – Solitaire

#563 – Shockwave

                                         What is wrong with that spaceman’s body? I’d say see a doctor, but fat chance!                                                                                                                                     “Hello… is there anybody in there?”   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: American Game Cartridges DEVELOPER: American Game Cartridges GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: 1990   Shockwave was actually included in Maxi-15, a “more junk-for-your-buck” unlicensed multi-cart. But … Continue reading #563 – Shockwave

#562 – Shinobi

                                                                          It might say “Shinobi” on the box, but brother, this ain’t Shinobi.                          My sprite disappeared behind the scuba enemy, into the nethers of the salmon-colored house.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Tengen GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: 1989   Shinobi is indeed a Sega-developed game and franchise, so yes, it … Continue reading #562 – Shinobi

#113 – Caltron/Myriad 6-in-1

                                                                                                             Strangely, this cover really does sum up the game.   PLAYERS: 1 – 2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Caltron DEVELOPER: MegaSoft GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: 1992   Caltron 6-in-1 has one of the more interesting back stories of any NES game. It was first released in 1992 by Caltron, a Taiwanese company who had never … Continue reading #113 – Caltron/Myriad 6-in-1