Tag Archives: Beam Software

International Cricket – By Request

                                                                       You have to dress like a member of Devo to participate in cricket.                                                                                                                            Swagger is also a requirement for bowlers.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Laser Beam Entertainment DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: 1992   Much to my chagrin, International Cricket is not about a cricket who travels … Continue reading International Cricket – By Request

#658 – The Three Stooges

                                                                                                                                                  Calling all chowdah-heads!                                                                                                                                     “Mutton for brains, the both of ya!”   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Activision DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Minigame RELEASE DATE: October 1989   The Three Stooges is a basket of strange nyuks: a handful of minigames/events starring the Stooges that limits their antics, while staying true to … Continue reading #658 – The Three Stooges

#607 – Star Wars

                                                                                                                                              Well, at least the cover’s cool.                                                                   Those aliens aren’t enjoying themselves as much as they pretend to.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: JVC DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: November 1991   If I were the Retro Gaming Judge, sentencing grumpy edicts from on high, I’d hold Star Wars in … Continue reading #607 – Star Wars

#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.

#535 – Rocket Ranger

                                  People in the hovercar: “Out of the way, dingus! We’re trying to watch the movie!”                                                                                                          The sky is purple. Blue was too expensive.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Kemco DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Shooting/Strategy RELEASE DATE: June 1990   The Rocket Ranger, as a name, doesn’t have the same ring as … Continue reading #535 – Rocket Ranger

#527 – RoadBlasters

                                                                                                                                                        Blasting roads since 1990.                                                                                                                   Level 6 embraces cotton candy as a lifestyle.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Mindscape DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Racing RELEASE DATE: January 1990   RoadBlasters is an exciting mess, a weapons-based arcade racer that delivers in size what it lacks in depth. Fifty levels (!) of twisty … Continue reading #527 – RoadBlasters

#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

#492 – The Punisher

                                                                                                                                          Never shoot on an upset stomach.                                                                                                                                                    Hitman just took his last ride.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: LJN DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Shooter RELEASE DATE: November 1990   Frank Castle has walked a hard road. Vietnam tours are grueling enough, but finding your family murdered would put any man over the … Continue reading #492 – The Punisher

#486 – Power Punch II

                                                                                                                                  The bout to knock the other alien out.                                                                                                                                                                                                     What?!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: American Softworks DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: June 1992   Three bizarre facts about Power Punch II:   Power Punch II was originally going to be called Mike Tyson’s Intergalactic Power Punch, but was changed … Continue reading #486 – Power Punch II

#445 – Nightshade

                                                                                                                                                               CURSE YOU, ANUBIS!     Every character is uniquely designed. It’s a nice break from the never-ending clones that typically populate games.*   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Ultra DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Point-and-click adventure RELEASE DATE: January 1992   Despite taking its name from a toxic flower, Nightshade truly is a breath of fresh … Continue reading #445 – Nightshade

#417 – Mickey’s Safari in Letterland

                                                                                                                               Mickey TALKS! Man, does he talk…                                                                                                                       Poaching is one of Mickey’s many talents.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech Expressions DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Edutainment/Early Childhood RELEASE DATE: March 1993   Before Mickey decided that capturing numbers was more his bag, he traveled all across Letterland in search of the missing … Continue reading #417 – Mickey’s Safari in Letterland

#416 – Mickey’s Adventure in Numberland

                                                                                                                                 From ages dumb to vaguely aware.                                                         Mickey brushing up on his b-ball while trying to find the number 1. PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech Expressions DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Edutainment RELEASE DATE: March 1994   Mickey as a character is an open canvas, a lifeless, albeit recognizable, personality. His amorphous identity … Continue reading #416 – Mickey’s Adventure in Numberland