#690 – Ultima: Quest of the Avatar

                                                        The poor souls who bought this game used, before FAQs were prevalent…                                                                                                That’s always the question, and never the answer.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Pony Canyon DEVELOPER: Infinity GENRE: RPG RELEASE DATE: December 1990   How groundbreaking Quest of the Avatar must have seemed in 1985. To wit: instead of … Continue reading #690 – Ultima: Quest of the Avatar

#689 – Ultima: Exodus

                                      The cover looks like an off-Broadway theater production manned by sitcom rejects.                                                                                                                                                      Our intrepid pixel people.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Pony Canyon DEVELOPER: Origin GENRE: RPG RELEASE DATE: February 1989   Ultima: Exodus is the third of nine games in the long-heralded, predominantly PC series Ultima. But it’s the first … Continue reading #689 – Ultima: Exodus

#688 – Twin Eagle: Revenge Joe’s Brother

                                                      The Twin Eagle font looks RPG-ish to me. This cover is just all-around terrible.                                                             Believe it or not, the screen was moving quite fast during this portion of the game.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Romstar DEVELOPER: Visco GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: October 1989   To paraphrase a Britney Spears … Continue reading #688 – Twin Eagle: Revenge Joe’s Brother

#687 – Twin Cobra

                                                               What makes a “mega” chip? And where does one procure two of them?                                                                          No annoying morse-code soundtrack in Twin Cobra, thank God.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: American Sammy DEVELOPER: Micronics GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: January 1990   The NES has a king’s ransom of shoot-em-ups, many of which lack personality, … Continue reading #687 – Twin Cobra

#686 – Trolls on Treasure Island

                                                                                                                                 Perhaps the cave will hold some pants.                                                                                                                                                             Smirking bastards.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: American Video Entertainment DEVELOPER: American Video Entertainment GENRE: Arcade/Puzzle RELEASE DATE: 1994   I always knew there were Trolls on Treasure Island, but until I learned of this game’s existence, I couldn’t prove it. Trolls On … Continue reading #686 – Trolls on Treasure Island

#685 – Trojan

                                                                                                                   Co-starring Bon Jovi and The Shredder!                                                                                                                                                             Music by Kraftwerk.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating/simultaneous PUBLISHER: Capcom DEVELOPER: Capcom GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: February 1987   Compared to Capcom’s better remembered arcade ports for the NES, Trojan remains in semi-obscurity for its inability to distinguish itself. The game feels like a cautious … Continue reading #685 – Trojan

#684 – Trog!

                                                 In the arcade, Trog! had claymation graphics and was playable with 4 players…                                                                                              … but this is definitely not the case in the NES version.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: Visual Concepts GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: October 1991   If you like your Pac-Man clones smothered in a … Continue reading #684 – Trog!

#683 – Treasure Master

                                                                                    Sharks? Oversized flies? Killer robots? Scooter’s GOT THIS!                                                                                                                                       Boy’s got quite the pep in his step.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: American Softworks DEVELOPER: Software Creations GENRE: Adventure RELEASE DATE: December 1991   If Treasure Master is remembered at all, it’s less for its in-game “treasures” and more for its bizarre … Continue reading #683 – Treasure Master

#682 – Track & Field II

                                                                                                                                                     What, no badminton?!                                                                                                              Yeah, good luck, lady. Also, put a top on, would ya?   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous/alternating PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Track-and-field RELEASE DATE: June 1989   Am I the worst Track & Field II player of all time, or is this game as tough as qualifying for … Continue reading #682 – Track & Field II

#681 – Track & Field

                                                                                   A pre-insane Nicolas Cage goes for the gusto. Oh, the 80s!                                                                                                                                               Methinks this will not end well.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous/alternating PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Track-and-field RELEASE DATE: April 1987   If you’re feeling Olympic, look no further than Track & Field, the game that shows you just how … Continue reading #681 – Track & Field

#680 – Toxic Crusaders

  “What do I hear for this swingin’ bachelor, ladies? As you can see by the mop, he’s not afraid to do a little housework!”                                                                                                 Toxie’s mop should take care of those piddly shotguns.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Bandai DEVELOPER: TOSE GENRE: Beat-em-up RELEASE DATE: April 1992   Toxic Crusaders is trash, … Continue reading #680 – Toxic Crusaders

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