#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

#504 – R.B.I. Baseball 3

                                                                      Racketeering Beer Indignation is the name of my new punk band.                                                                                  The chances of that man with rickets catching the ball? 100%   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Tengen GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: 1991   Rampant Bowel Indicators? Rancid Broccoli Ideology? Or, as one of my astute readers commented … Continue reading #504 – R.B.I. Baseball 3

#503 – R.B.I. Baseball 2

                                                                                                                  Complete with a certificate of authenticity.                                                                                                                            Left foot, right foot, left foot, MARCH!   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Tengen GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: 1990   Before the days of yearly updates, sports games had sequels just like every other genre. Don’t be fooled, though: sports sequels are nothing … Continue reading #503 – R.B.I. Baseball 2

#502 – R.B.I. Baseball

                                                                                                                                                              They came to win.                                                                                              The boys are back in town. One night only. No refunds.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Namco DEVELOPER: Tengen GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: 1988   I’m stunned that there are close to twenty baseball games for the NES. While the NES was around for nine years … Continue reading #502 – R.B.I. Baseball

#501 – Quattro Sports

                                                                                                                                                                   Covers by Generica.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Camerica DEVELOPER: Codemasters GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: 1991   I’m not a sports fan, so having to play four sports games back-to-back is the equivalent of snuggling with Pinhead for me. The games contained in Quattro Sports range from bland to terrible, in that order. … Continue reading #501 – Quattro Sports

#500 – Quattro Arcade

  Quattro-mania swept the nation in the early ’90s. Codemasters was there to take a piece of the pie.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous/alternating PUBLISHER: Camerica DEVELOPER: Codemasters GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: 1992   Quattro Arcade is another unlicensed four-in-one game cartridge brought to you by Codemasters. Thankfully, it’s leagues better than its hit-and-miss predecessor, Quattro … Continue reading #500 – Quattro Arcade

#499 – Quattro Adventure

                                                                    Warning: games may look more entertaining than they actually are.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Camerica DEVELOPER: Codemasters GENRE: Action/adventure RELEASE DATE: 1991   If Quattro Adventure has taught me anything, it’s that one should always be frightened by American/European multi-carts. Play with caution.                                                                                                                  Linus Spacehead     This is the prequel … Continue reading #499 – Quattro Adventure

#498 – Qix

                                                                                    “Your Mind is Your Only Weapon”? That’s a terrible slogan.                                                                                                                This doesn’t look good. Or like anything at all.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: Novotrade GENRE: Arcade/Puzzle RELEASE DATE: January 1991   Qix are not part of this complete breakfast, but they are pronounced ‘Kix’ (not Qu-ix) so … Continue reading #498 – Qix

#497 – Q*bert

                                                                                                                                                     Q*bert, what won’t you say?                                                                                                                                                         The calm before the storm.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Ultra Games DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Arcade/puzzle RELEASE DATE: February 1989   I’m a mid-Eighties baby, so I never touched a lot of the classic arcade-era games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Galaga until they were … Continue reading #497 – Q*bert

#496 – Pyramid

                                                                     That’s one sassy necklace she has there. Even the golden cat thinks so.                                                                             This is about as good as it’s getting. Pyramid only helps Pyramid.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: American Video Entertainment DEVELOPER: Sachen GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: 1992   But… but… I already reviewed this game. Like Puzzle, Pyramid … Continue reading #496 – Pyramid