#461 – Othello

                                                                                                                                                        It’s sponsored by Merlin!                                                                                                     It’s anyone’s game at this point… but probably white’s.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: HAL Labs GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: December 1988   From the smoke-stained Sixties backgrounds to the antiquated pseudo-checkers gameplay, Othello proudly displays its grandmotherly leanings. But don’t let the old-fashioned … Continue reading #461 – Othello

#460 – Orb 3D

                                                                                                                                                           KROHNNNNNNN!!!!                                                                                                                              Level 01, the circliest of all the levels   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech Expressions DEVELOPER: Software Toolworks GENRE: Pong/”puzzle” RELEASE DATE: October 1990   Orb 3D should have been called Pong II: Now With Objectives and Stuff because that’s pretty much what it is. There’s a story about an … Continue reading #460 – Orb 3D

#8 – Action 52: Part the Last

                                                                                                                                                                                    ARGH!                                                                                                                                                                       NEVER AGAIN!   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous/alternating PUBLISHER: Active Enterprises DEVELOPER: Active Enterprises GENRE: Controller-smashing RELEASE DATE: September 1991   Parts One, Two, and Three can be found here. Order is key.                                                                                                                  #40: Billy Bob     Trapped in a cage (despite all my rage), I can not … Continue reading #8 – Action 52: Part the Last

#8 – Action 52: Part the Third

                                                      Poorly made in America is still made in America. Let’s keep work at home, folks.                                                                                                                                                                            Biodegrade this!   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous/alternating PUBLISHER: Active Enterprises DEVELOPER: Active Enterprises GENRE: Every genre, and as crappy as you could possibly conceive. RELEASE DATE: September 1991   Read PART 1 and PART 2   … Continue reading #8 – Action 52: Part the Third

#459 – Operation Wolf

                                                                                                I eat Green Berets for breakfast…                                                                               Won’t somebody please think of the chickens!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: Taito GENRE: Shooter/Light gun RELEASE DATE: May 1989   Let us all bow our heads and remember Operation Wolf the way I feel it would want to be remembered: in the arcades. … Continue reading #459 – Operation Wolf

#8 – Action 52: Part the Second

                                                                                The games inside are a lot more surreal than this cover suggests.                                                                   No actual cheetahs were turned into men during the making of these games.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous/alternating PUBLISHER: Active Enterprises DEVELOPER: Active Enterprises GENRE: Everything, but mostly platforming and shmups RELEASE DATE: September 1991   First, catch up … Continue reading #8 – Action 52: Part the Second

#8 – Action 52: Part the First

                                                                                                                              I suggest you don’t pay that retail price.                                                                                                                                        It takes two to make a thing go right.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous/alternating PUBLISHER: Active Enterprises DEVELOPER: Active Enterprises GENRE: Multi-cart – shmups, platformers, fighting, puzzle RELEASE DATE: September 1991   A number of retro reviewers have taken on the unlicensed Pandora’s … Continue reading #8 – Action 52: Part the First

#457 – Operation Secret Storm

                                                                                                                                         Saddam’s jowls will consume us all!                                                                                                                                                             Is he… is he looking at me?   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Color Dreams DEVELOPER: Color Dreams GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: 1992   Color Dreams/Wisdom Tree has published some of the finest dreck the NES has to offer, but Operation Secret Storm is a war … Continue reading #457 – Operation Secret Storm

#456 – North and South

                                                                                                                      I expect Bugs Bunny to come out at any time.                                                                                                                                             Ride on, you buck-wild stallions!   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Kemco DEVELOPER: Seita GENRE: Strategy/action RELEASE DATE: December 1990   Allow me to share an excerpt from the North and South manual: “With North and South, you now have the … Continue reading #456 – North and South

#455 – Nobunaga’s Ambition II

                                                               Ain’t no party like a daimyo party ’cause a daimyo party don’t stop!                                                                                                                                       Put that in your fief and smoke it!   PLAYERS: 1-4 alternating PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Historical sim RELEASE DATE: April 1991   I wasn’t surprised to discover that Koei made a sequel to Nobunaga’s Ambition. … Continue reading #455 – Nobunaga’s Ambition II

#454 – Nobunaga’s Ambition

                                                                                                            One of my favorite Koei covers. Masterfully done.                                            Only .4 Ninja?! How can I expect to take over Japan with less than half of a ninja?!   PLAYERS: 1-8 alternating PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Historical Sim RELEASE DATE: June 1989   Who wants to ride shogun, kids? Nobunaga’s Ambition … Continue reading #454 – Nobunaga’s Ambition

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