#433 – Monster Truck Rally

                                                                                                                                                           Those poor sedans…                                                                             This event is called the Bog. It’s aptly named.   PLAYERS: 1-4 simultaneous PUBLISHER: INTV DEVELOPER: INTV GENRE: Racing RELEASE DATE: September 1991   Monster Truck Rally promises hi-octane fury with all the big tires, crushed cars, and overblown testosterone that you can handle. Sadly, it delivers … Continue reading #433 – Monster Truck Rally

#432 – Monster Party

                                                                                                                                                                        The gang’s all here!                                                                Wander far enough into the level and this happens. Believe it or not, this is a licensed game.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Bandai DEVELOPER: Human Entertainment GENRE: Action platformer RELEASE DATE: June 1989   At the heart of Monster Party is a boy, a baseball bat, … Continue reading #432 – Monster Party

#431 – Monster in My Pocket

                                                          Does anyone still have their Konami monster? Also, that poor guy’s jeans.                                                             The skeleton wanted a Mexican radio. What he got was a graveyard smash.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Action platformer RELEASE DATE: January 1992   Monster in My Pocket is a strange licensed game … Continue reading #431 – Monster in My Pocket

#430 – Monopoly

                                                                                             But Rich Uncle Pennybags! You’re going the wrong way!                                                                             That hand is surprisingly fast at rolling the dice. It’s the little things.   PLAYERS: 1-8 (multitap? rotating controllers? unsure) PUBLISHER: Parker Brothers DEVELOPER: Spectrum Holobyte GENRE: Board game RELEASE DATE: May 1991   Many of us grew up playing Monopoly … Continue reading #430 – Monopoly

#429 – Mission: Impossible

                                     Riddled with phlebitis, Phelps tries desperately to look cool while holding a walkie-talkie.                                                                                        I didn’t have to use my boomerang… today was a good day.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Ultra Games DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: September 1990   Mission: Impossible is a game you rent from Blockbuster and … Continue reading #429 – Mission: Impossible

#428 – Mission Cobra

                                                                   Two helicopters against a battalion of planes? Sure, I could see it.                                                                                                                                                                      Kaboom, they say.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Bunch Games DEVELOPER: Sachen GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: 1990   Mission Cobra wants you to shoot a bunch of planes for a few levels, and get out. After the third … Continue reading #428 – Mission Cobra

#427 – Miracle Piano Teaching System

                                                                                                                                      It’s a miracle that this ever worked.                                                    This demo is about as far as you’ll get if you don’t have the keyboard.*   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Mindscape DEVELOPER: Software Toolworks GENRE: Musical Instruction RELEASE DATE: 1990   Imagine strutting your way to your local Target or Funco-Land, cane in hand, … Continue reading #427 – Miracle Piano Teaching System

#426 – Milon’s Secret Castle

                                                                                           Over 3/4 of a million disappointed Japanese children.                                                          This, Milon, is an alien. Blow a bubble on him and he will get out of your way.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hudson Soft DEVELOPER: Hudson Soft GENRE: Action/adventure RELEASE DATE: 1986   I was entirely prepared to hate Milon’s Secret Castle, … Continue reading #426 – Milon’s Secret Castle

#425 – Millipede

                                                      “Thrust that arrow straight between his eyes, I did! And the bugger still ate me!”                                                                                                                               It’s a menagerie of what-have-you.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: HAL Labs DEVELOPER: HAL Labs GENRE: Arcade shooter RELEASE DATE: October 1988   Millipede is one of those “before-my-time” romps that I’ve never been able … Continue reading #425 – Millipede

#424 – Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! (a.k.a. Punch-Out!!)

                                                                                          The ref seeks to be as white and nerdy as possible.     After Mike Tyson’s contract with Nintendo expired in 1990, he was replaced with Mr. Dream. And what a dreamboat he is.                                                                                                Glass Joe, in his favorite position.*   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Arcade sports … Continue reading #424 – Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! (a.k.a. Punch-Out!!)

#423 – Metroid

  I’m assuming Nintendo went with the gray box since Metroid was such a dark game. Still, I miss the black box.                                                                                                    It’s only the beginning.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Action/Adventure RELEASE DATE: August 1986   If Super Mario Bros was the charming, happy-go-lucky platformer designed to sell … Continue reading #423 – Metroid