Tag Archives: 1989

Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti – By Request

                                                                                                                                         A fresh take on a bloody favorite.                                                                                                      Cause it’s… Wanpaku? PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Namco(t) DEVELOPER: NOW Production GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: July 1989   It’s amazing that the Splatterhouse series didn’t offend more parental sensibilities when its sequel debuted on the Genesis in 1992. The series wasn’t just gory: it … Continue reading Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti – By Request

#739-742 – WWF Games

  My love affair with the WWF (or the WWE, as it’s unfortunately referred to now) lasted two glorious years. From 1999-2001, my buddy Alex and I indulged in Sunday Pay-Per-View matches at his house, courteously paid for by his parents. WWF was knee deep in the “Attitude Era,” and the rise of some of … Continue reading #739-742 – WWF Games

#735 – World Games

                                                                        “Gentlemen, with our powers combined, we could rule this world!”                                                                                                  The pelican watches the stupid man with great interest.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Milton Bradley DEVELOPER: Epyx (Ported by Rare) GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: March 1989   World Games may have united gamers from all nations when it debuted in … Continue reading #735 – World Games

#725 – Willow

                                 “Willow: Back 2 Tha Ufgood” was the proposed existential sequel. It never came to pass.                                                                                                                            “Is that you, Smaug? My, you’ve aged!”   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Capcom DEVELOPER: Capcom GENRE: Action/RPG RELEASE DATE: December 1989   Willow is an obviously well-constructed action-RPG, with gorgeous animation and graphics, solid controls, and … Continue reading #725 – Willow

#721 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

                                                             I really think Bob Hoskins posing seductively would have sold more copies.                                                                                       Out for a drive, amidst concrete and clay and general decay.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: LJN DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Adventure RELEASE DATE: September 1989   Rare came so close to getting Who Framed Roger Rabbit? right that it … Continue reading #721 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

#715-718 – The Wheel of Fortune Tetralogy

  Assuming Pat Sajak and Vanna White have immortality clauses in their contract, I think we’ll be watching “Wheel of Fortune” for years to come. And why not? Pat is dry and witty, with just the right amount of personality while Vanna says a lot by saying little. The show itself is a weird, addicting … Continue reading #715-718 – The Wheel of Fortune Tetralogy

#696 – The Uncanny X-Men

                                                                                                                           Where’s a priest when you need one?                                                                                                                                                 Guts Man?… Is that you?!   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: LJN DEVELOPER: LJN GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: December 1989   Webster defines “uncanny” as “strange or unusual in a way that is surprising or difficult to understand.” This word applies to the X-Men … Continue reading #696 – The Uncanny X-Men

#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

#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