#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

#516 – Rally Bike

  Wait… you’re racing next to the Golden Gate bridge, yet you’ve got New York City in your sights?                                                                             Not even my helper bikes could prevent my death. Some help!   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Romstar DEVELOPER: Visco GENRE: Racing RELEASE DATE: September 1990   You’re gonna need more than headgear and … Continue reading #516 – Rally Bike

#515 – Rainbow Islands

                                                                             My fortune’s at the end of the rainbow? What a fool I’ve been!                                                                                         “There’s your problem. Rainbow to the face. Never fails.”   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: Disco GENRE: Arcade/Platformer RELEASE DATE: June 1991   You don’t need a machine to make a rainbow. I learned this from … Continue reading #515 – Rainbow Islands

#366 – Lemmings

                                                                       Happily committing suicide for the greater good. Communists!                                                                                                                                                                               Fireworks!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Sunsoft DEVELOPER: Ocean GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: November 1992   Lemmings are the gaming equivalent of cheap slave labor, which is why almost every system, from the Amiga to the CDi to the friggin’ Vita, has been … Continue reading #366 – Lemmings

#513 – Raid on Bungeling Bay

                                                                                                    “Action Series”? Not on your life, Broderbund!                                                                                                                            The Broderbund logo, alive and well.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Hudson Soft DEVELOPER: Broderbund (port by Hudson) GENRE: Action/strategy RELEASE DATE: September 1987   Raid on Bungeling Bay is a half-baked blend of action and strategy that doesn’t do either genre justice. … Continue reading #513 – Raid on Bungeling Bay

#512 – Raid 2020

                                                                                                Shadow only multi-terrains with his Power Glove on.                                                                                                        Floating by the dock of the bay… wa-a-sting time.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Color Dreams DEVELOPER: Color Dreams GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: 1989   We’ve got seven more years until 2020, and if Raid 2020‘s dystopian future is to be believed, I’ve … Continue reading #512 – Raid 2020

#511 – Rad Racket: Deluxe Tennis II

                                                                                                                                                    What’s her left hand doing?                                                                                                                                                                   Big fun?! Where?   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: American Video Entertainment DEVELOPER: Idea-Tek GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: 1991   Deluxe Tennis II implies that there was ever a Deluxe Tennis I. There wasn’t and there never will be. So why market this nondescript tennis game … Continue reading #511 – Rad Racket: Deluxe Tennis II

#510 – Rad Racer II

                                                                             I’d argue that real rad racers don’t wear helmets. Safety isn’t rad.                                                                                    Square has a headquarters in Vegas? That would explain FFVII…   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Square DEVELOPER: Square GENRE: Racing RELEASE DATE: June 1990   Rad Racer II is Rad Racer I with an extra I attached. If you’re … Continue reading #510 – Rad Racer II

#509 – Rad Racer

                                                                                                                                                                                        Who’s rad.                                                                                                                                                                  Unrivaled ambiance.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Square GENRE: Racing RELEASE DATE: October 1987   It’s a little insane to think that Square, the inventors of the emo-RPG, should have invested themselves so heavily into an arcade racer. But in the late Eighties, things were different for … Continue reading #509 – Rad Racer

#508 – Racket Attack

                                                                                                                                                          The eternal struggle…                                                                                                                                                                   Slice that ball good!   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Jaleco DEVELOPER: TOSE GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: October 1988   A tennis game called Racket Attack? I suppose that makes sense, even if it is a little boring. In my opinion, Racket Attack should be about an old … Continue reading #508 – Racket Attack

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