Tag Archives: HAL Labs

By Request – New Ghostbusters II

                                                                                                                                            That’s right, Egon’s out in front.                                                                                                                   I find this game guilty… of being AWESOME!   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: HAL Labs DEVELOPER: HAL Labs GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: 1990   New Ghostbusters II is what most gamers desired/expected to see from a “Ghostbusters” game circa ’89. Instead of mundane tasks … Continue reading By Request – New Ghostbusters II

#701 – Vegas Dream

                                                                                                                                     Too… many… gambling… devices!                                                                          Getting blitzed at a Vegas dive is a pretty special way to meet someone.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: HAL Labs DEVELOPER: HAL Labs GENRE: Gambling RELEASE DATE: March 1990   You couldn’t pay me to spend a weekend in Vegas, but I don’t mind dabbling in … Continue reading #701 – Vegas Dream

#539 – Rollerball

                                                                                                                                                                     The future is now!                                                                     Led Zeppelin and their Bouncing Bumpers, ladies and gentlemen!   PLAYERS: 1-4 alternating PUBLISHER: HAL Labs DEVELOPER: HAL Labs GENRE: Pinball RELEASE DATE: February 1990   Even if you heartily enjoy pinball video games, one must admit that said genre can only produce a limited amount … Continue reading #539 – Rollerball

#461 – Othello

                                                                                                                                                        It’s sponsored by Merlin!                                                                                                     It’s anyone’s game at this point… but probably white’s.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: HAL Labs GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: December 1988   From the smoke-stained Sixties backgrounds to the antiquated pseudo-checkers gameplay, Othello proudly displays its grandmotherly leanings. But don’t let the old-fashioned … Continue reading #461 – Othello

#425 – Millipede

                                                      “Thrust that arrow straight between his eyes, I did! And the bugger still ate me!”                                                                                                                               It’s a menagerie of what-have-you.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: HAL Labs DEVELOPER: HAL Labs GENRE: Arcade shooter RELEASE DATE: October 1988   Millipede is one of those “before-my-time” romps that I’ve never been able … Continue reading #425 – Millipede

#383 – Mach Rider

                                                                                     You’se a big, fine, Rider, won’t you back that thing up…                                                                                                             Desert racing is always the most extreme.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: HAL Labs GENRE: Racing RELEASE DATE: October 1985                                     As ground-breaking as Mach Rider probably felt in 1985, with its behind-the-cyclist view-point, impressive graphics, and surprisingly … Continue reading #383 – Mach Rider

#344 – Kirby’s Adventure

                                                                    I wish Kirby was as popular as Hello Kitty. I’d totally rock a Kirby toaster.                                                                                                                              Pink pudge is best pudge.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: HAL Labs GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: May 1993   It’s really hard to hate on Kirby. His puffy pink design (complete with … Continue reading #344 – Kirby’s Adventure

#330 – Kabuki Quantum Fighter

                                                                                                 Until I find the righteous one… Computer Blue.                                                                                       I bet most men wish their hair was that strong and springy.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: HAL Labs DEVELOPER: Human Entertainment GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: January 1991   Kabuki Quantum Fighter may be one of the most over-the-top Japanese games I’ve heretofore … Continue reading #330 – Kabuki Quantum Fighter

#327 – Joust

                                                               The world may be ending, but decency and order still need to be maintained.                                                                                                       Some developers just want to watch the world burn.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: HAL DEVELOPER: Williams Electronics (port by HAL) GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: October 1988   Joust, my friends. Joust. Because when … Continue reading #327 – Joust

#167 – Defender II

                                                                            He thought he had defended for the last time…                                                                                   The airship is moving backwards! What shmup heresy is this! PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: HAL Labs DEVELOPER: HAL Labs GENRE: Shooter RELEASE DATE: July 1988   I’ll come clean with all of you retro gaming lovers: before today, I had never … Continue reading #167 – Defender II

#162 – Day Dreamin’ Davey

                                                                                        Rest assured, Davey took his anti-depressants for this game.                                                                                                                                                           This screenshot makes me tired and sad.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: HAL Labs DEVELOPER: Sculptured Software GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: June 1992   O, how wretched you and your daydreams are, Davey. The plot … Continue reading #162 – Day Dreamin’ Davey

#28 – Air Fortress

                                                                                                 That there’s an Air Fortress, sure as you’re born.                                                                                                                                                                Weeeeeeee!!!!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: HAL Labs DEVELOPER: HAL Labs GENRE: Shoot-em-up/platformer RELEASE DATE: September 1989   The majority of games on the Nintendo thrive on repetition. It makes sense. To cut costs on development, developers will utilize similar, if not … Continue reading #28 – Air Fortress