Tag Archives: Broderbund

#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

#513 – Raid on Bungeling Bay

                                                                                                    “Action Series”? Not on your life, Broderbund!                                                                                                                            The Broderbund logo, alive and well.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Hudson Soft DEVELOPER: Broderbund (port by Hudson) GENRE: Action/strategy RELEASE DATE: September 1987   Raid on Bungeling Bay is a half-baked blend of action and strategy that doesn’t do either genre justice. … Continue reading #513 – Raid on Bungeling Bay

#375 – Lode Runner

                                                                                                                Broderbund graciously provides your loot bags                                                                                                                                                                          Toying with death. PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Broderbund DEVELOPER: Hudson Soft GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: September 1987   Lode Runner is about getting the gold. It’s about staying on top. It’s a tale of power, money, and backstabbing in a land composed of bricks, … Continue reading #375 – Lode Runner

#360 – Legacy of the Wizard

                                                                                                   A unique art style for an unusual adventure game.                                                                                                                    The knight has consumed my character.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Broderbund DEVELOPER: Falcom GENRE: Action/adventure RELEASE DATE: April 1989   Legacy of the Wizard may not be the largest NES game, but it may be the most confusing, frustrating, and – … Continue reading #360 – Legacy of the Wizard

#271 – The Guardian Legend

                                                                                                                        How can a box look both cool and goofy?                                                                                                       X9, Y14… you sunk my scantily-clad space warrior! PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Broderbund DEVELOPER: Compile GENRE: Action/Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: April 1989   There ain’t nothing wrong with genre-splicing, especially when the result is an intriguing, inscrutable mess like Guardian Legend. I played … Continue reading #271 – The Guardian Legend

#209 – Dusty Diamond’s All-Star Softball

                                                                                       I wonder how much Norman Rockwell’s understudy got paid for this…                                                                                     I can almost taste the sweat and nostalgia.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Broderbund DEVELOPER: TOSE GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: July 1990   Other than having an long, unwieldy, and objectively stupid name, Dusty Diamond’s flaws are few. It’s … Continue reading #209 – Dusty Diamond’s All-Star Softball

#164 – Deadly Towers

                        If your character were really that strong and beefy, this game would be a walk in the park.                                                                                                                                                            Welcome to your doom!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Broderbund DEVELOPER: Lenar GENRE: Action/RPG RELEASE DATE: September 1987   Some games have bad reputations, then there is Deadly Towers. It was proclaimed the … Continue reading #164 – Deadly Towers

#71 – Battle of Olympus

                                                                                       How I wish this cover truly represented the game within.     Those who aren’t comfortable with their protagonist bowing down to gods probably shouldn’t embark on this battle. PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Broaderbund DEVELOPER: Infinity GENRE: Action/RPG RELEASE DATE: December 1989   Perhaps I’ve gotten too used to contemporary games, where the developers … Continue reading #71 – Battle of Olympus