#528 – Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

                                                                                                        Don’t tell me… IT’S NOT WORTH DYING FOR!                                                                                                                                 Have at thee, you merry prankster!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Virgin Interactive DEVELOPER: Sculptured Software GENRE: Action/Adventure RELEASE DATE: November 1991   Much like Conan the Barbarian or Tarzan, Robin Hood has never been an interesting fictional character to me. He’s a … Continue reading #528 – Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

#527 – RoadBlasters

                                                                                                                                                        Blasting roads since 1990.                                                                                                                   Level 6 embraces cotton candy as a lifestyle.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Mindscape DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Racing RELEASE DATE: January 1990   RoadBlasters is an exciting mess, a weapons-based arcade racer that delivers in size what it lacks in depth. Fifty levels (!) of twisty … Continue reading #527 – RoadBlasters

#525 – River City Ransom

                                          Not all American gamers want to see American bros on a Japanese brawler, Technos.                                                                                                                  These frat boys deserve a good pummeling.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Technos DEVELOPER: Million GENRE: Beat-em-up/RPG RELEASE DATE: January 1990   Alex and Ryan are your average high school students. They love gel in their … Continue reading #525 – River City Ransom

#526 – Road Runner

                                                                                                                        Magnets, Wile E… how do they work?                                                                                                                                        The Road Runner’s last hurrah.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: 1989   The Looney Tunes have strange lives, do they not? They act snarky, they get blown up, they dress in drag, they have speech impediments. … Continue reading #526 – Road Runner

#524 – Ring King

                                                                      Ray Leonard Jr. approved Ring King as soon as the check cleared.                                                                                                     Great character animation for an early NES game.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Data East DEVELOPER: Namco GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: September 1987   There’s only one NES boxing game that matters: Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! (or, if you … Continue reading #524 – Ring King

#523 – Rescue: The Embassy Mission

                                                                                                                                 That terrorist knows he’s hosed.               Steve shoots out windows for the fun of it. In his sniper class, he was voted “Most Likely to Die First.”   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Kemco DEVELOPER: Infogrames GENRE: Shooter RELEASE DATE: January 1990   The NES really was the system that launched a thousand … Continue reading #523 – Rescue: The Embassy Mission

#522 – Renegade

                                                                                                 Never pick on a guy who obviously lifts weights.                                                                                                                       Pink ninjas? Now I’ve seen everything.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: Million GENRE: Beat-em-up RELEASE DATE: January 1988   Renegade might star my beloved Kunio-kun (see: River City Ransom, Nintendo World Cup, Crash ‘N The Boys), and be one … Continue reading #522 – Renegade

#521 – The Ren & Stimpy Show: Buckaroo$!

                                                                                                                      Ren’s just greedy and Stimpy’s an idiot.                                                                                                             I wish money sacks really would rain down.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: THQ DEVELOPER: Imagineering GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: November 1993   I’m still in awe that Nickelodeon ever allowed “Ren and Stimpy” to air on their network. It was random, disgusting, and … Continue reading #521 – The Ren & Stimpy Show: Buckaroo$!

#520 – Remote Control

                                                                                                                          The tagline is blunt, harsh, and accurate.                                                                                                                        The contestants’ faces mimic my own.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech DEVELOPER: RSP GENRE: Game show RELEASE DATE: May 1990   Remote Control replicates the MTV game show in almost every way. Three contestants select from nine channels on a large TV. … Continue reading #520 – Remote Control

#519 – Rampart

                                                                          I assumed the cannons fired themselves. I ASSUMED WRONG!                                                                                                                                 Well, I don’t like to brag, but…   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Jaleco DEVELOPER: Bitmasters GENRE: Action/Strategy RELEASE DATE: January 1992   Rampart didn’t interest me as a kid: castles, cannons, ships, strategy. No thanks. At eight years of age, I … Continue reading #519 – Rampart

#518 – Rampage

                                                     I like the citizens cheering on the destruction. You’re next, business-people!                                                                                                   Saving the worst for last. Ralph’s face says it all.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Data East DEVELOPER: Data East GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: December 1988   Rampage‘s building-smashing ethos isn’t the most cultured or open-minded, but it does … Continue reading #518 – Rampage

#517 – Rambo

                                                                                                               Good luck finding any bullets for that gun.                                                The Viet Cong, ignorant of Rambo’s presence, practice their techniques on each other.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: Pack-In Video GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: May 1988   “To survive a war, you gotta become war.” Rambo a.k.a. Sylvester Stallone spoke that … Continue reading #517 – Rambo