#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

#507 – Race America

        “Freedom isn’t free, folks.” A public-service announcement brought to you by Corvette and Absolute.                                                                                                                                                                                     Uh… wow.                                                                                                              Nothing but blue skies and green rectangles.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Absolute Entertainment DEVELOPER: Imagineering GENRE: Racing RELEASE DATE: May 1992   If a glass of moonshine and a Fried … Continue reading #507 – Race America

#506 – R.C. Pro-Am II

                                                                              That bi-plane means business. He’ll bomb your truck good.                                                                                               Pretty much any screenshot of the game looks like this.   PLAYERS: 1-4 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tradewest DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Racing RELEASE DATE: December 1992   R.C. Pro-Am broke through the barriers of mediocrity in the NES racing library and zoomed off … Continue reading #506 – R.C. Pro-Am II

#505 – R.C. Pro-Am

                                                    These cars look more like trucks in the actual game. WHICH IS IT, RARE?!                                                                                                                                                                                Well, bugger.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Racing RELEASE DATE: February 1988   These remote-controlled compensator trucks came to win! Or so they informed me, as they were knocking my own truck back … Continue reading #505 – R.C. Pro-Am