#468 – Panic Restaurant

  Another horrifying cover to scare children into submission. Did anyone think this would endear the game to children or parents?                                                        The chef is thinking about nothing in particular, when out of the cupboard….   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: EIM GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: October 1992   Panic Restaurant is very … Continue reading #468 – Panic Restaurant

#467 – Palamedes

                               You have every right to be terrified. Perhaps the most disturbing of all Nintendo covers.                                Look at those imposing rows of dice! But check out my sweet combo at the bottom… oh my, yes.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Hot-B DEVELOPER: Natsume GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: November 1990   From … Continue reading #467 – Palamedes

#466 – Pac-Mania

                                                               The Green Ghost is all, “Oh snap!” and Pac-Man was like “Ya ta!”                                                           Pac-Man! You can’t jump into a wall! Use your new found eyes properly!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Westwood Associates GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: 1991   Ever wonder what it would be like to play Pac-Man…IN … Continue reading #466 – Pac-Mania

#465 – Pac-Man (Tengen/Namco)

                                                                                                           This is probably the version you didn’t play.                                                       Pac-Man shows the ghosts that chasing him is not the path to enlightenment.                                                                                                                                                           Good morning, starshine!   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Tengen/Namco DEVELOPER: Namco GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: 1987 (Tengen)/ November 1993 (Namco)   Pac-Man was the first recognizable … Continue reading #465 – Pac-Man (Tengen/Namco)

#464 – P.O.W.: Prisoners of War

                                                                                              What a tease! Prisoners of War isn’t two-player at all!                                             Look at all those spare knives just laying there, begging to be thrown at someone!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: SNK DEVELOPER: SNK GENRE: Beat-em-up RELEASE DATE: September 1989   SNK have a real obsession with war, don’t they? They’ve developed … Continue reading #464 – P.O.W.: Prisoners of War

#463 – P’Radikus Conflict

                                         This reeks of “Star Trek,” long nights of developing/programming, and cheap booze.                             Before you can hunt the P’Radikans, you must destroy the dreaded P’Retzel Ships of Saltsnack5!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Color Dreams DEVELOPER: Color Dreams GENRE: Shmup sim, sorta RELEASE DATE: 1990   Hot off the heels of the … Continue reading #463 – P’Radikus Conflict

#462 – Overlord

                                                                                                  Good night, Cleveland! Yes, we did rock your face!                   Starbase lords their wealth over all the other lowlier planets. Their uppance will come soon enough!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Virgin Games DEVELOPER: Probe GENRE: Real-time strategy RELEASE DATE: January 1993   Koei might be The One Strategy Game Developer to … Continue reading #462 – Overlord

#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