Tag Archives: Arcade

#596 – Spy Hunter

                                                                                                                                  Feathered wings very much included.                                                                                                      Lousy armored cars. Always in the way of progress.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Sunsoft DEVELOPER: Sunsoft GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: September 1987   So Spy Hunter‘s an “arcade classic” right? Then why is it so void of purpose and meaning? Few games provoke a sense … Continue reading #596 – Spy Hunter

#592 – Spelunker

                                                                                                                                                                         Have at thee, bat!                                                                         Spelunker vs. a rope. It’s a much harder battle than one would think.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Broderbund DEVELOPER: Irem GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: September 1987   I’ll be in my cold, cold grave before I give Spelunker another chance. And that’s a downright dirty shame … Continue reading #592 – Spelunker

#589 – Solomon’s Key

                                                                                                                                                                    Unlock ’em. I dare ya.                                                                                                                                                       One of many, many deaths.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Tecmo DEVELOPER: Tecmo GENRE: Puzzle/Arcade RELEASE DATE: July 1987   Solomon’s Key isn’t your standard NES slop pile. It’s half puzzler, half arcade game, all difficult. You’ll need a sharp mind and quick reflexes if you … Continue reading #589 – Solomon’s Key

#585 – Snow Brothers

                                                                                                Nick and Tom, you rascals!                                                                                                                                                          Now that’s “snow” like it.                                                                                                                             Everyone’s just having a gay ol’ time.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Capcom DEVELOPER: Sol GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: November 1991   Snow Brothers takes the Bubble Bobble formula – trap enemies in bubbles, pop to kill them … Continue reading #585 – Snow Brothers

#582 – Snake Rattle ‘n Roll

                                                                                                                 These snakes have herped their last derp.                                                                                                                 Now I’ve seen it all.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: July 1990   Kudos to Rare for making a bat-guano crazy Marble Madness sequel that skimps on the marbles in favor of cartoon snakes. You play as … Continue reading #582 – Snake Rattle ‘n Roll

#581 – Smash T.V.

                                                                                      Go on, readers, you can make fun of this cover by yourselves.                                            I didn’t realize all of Smash T.V.‘s enemies were Communistas, and robots at that.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: Beam Entertainment GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: September 1991   Violent game shows: the scourge of civilization in … Continue reading #581 – Smash T.V.

#578 – Sky Kid

                   Charles Lindbergh looks for work, finds it on the Sky Kid cover, laments that he is no longer a child.                                                                                                                          “Authentic Arcade Edition” you say? PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Sunsoft DEVELOPER: Namco GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: September 1987   Put some grease in your garter, Sky Kid! Or is it, … Continue reading #578 – Sky Kid

#577 – Skull & Crossbones

                                                                                                                “Yargh, I hate the sea and everything in it!”                                               Billowy pantaloons are good for one’s health, according to every 15th century doctor.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Tengen GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: 1990   After a few years of being employed as a pirate, one could imagine that … Continue reading #577 – Skull & Crossbones

#547 – Rush’n Attack

                                                                                                                                                      Tom Selleck is Mr. Attack                                                                                 Giving some mid-air props to the Almighty for a job well done.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Arcade/Action RELEASE DATE: April 1987   It’s shank or be shanked in Rush’n Attack. Or shot. Or exploded. Or jump kicked in the face. … Continue reading #547 – Rush’n Attack

BONUS ROUND! – Nuts and Milk (JPN)

  According to Wikipedia, this was the first third-party game to be released on the Famicom. Interesting, if true.                                                                                                                                                         Milk feels emasculated.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Hudson Soft DEVELOPER: Hudson Soft GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: July 1984   The combination of nuts and milk is downright ridiculous. What kind of snack … Continue reading BONUS ROUND! – Nuts and Milk (JPN)

#526 – Road Runner

                                                                                                                        Magnets, Wile E… how do they work?                                                                                                                                        The Road Runner’s last hurrah.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: 1989   The Looney Tunes have strange lives, do they not? They act snarky, they get blown up, they dress in drag, they have speech impediments. … Continue reading #526 – Road Runner

#518 – Rampage

                                                     I like the citizens cheering on the destruction. You’re next, business-people!                                                                                                   Saving the worst for last. Ralph’s face says it all.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Data East DEVELOPER: Data East GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: December 1988   Rampage‘s building-smashing ethos isn’t the most cultured or open-minded, but it does … Continue reading #518 – Rampage