Tag Archives: Kemco

#698 – Uninvited

                                                                                                                         This cover gave me nightmares as a kid.                                                                    A little red demon dinosaur seems to be playing a game of “Trollolololol.”   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Kemco DEVELOPER: ICOM Simulations GENRE: Adventure RELEASE DATE: June 1991   Uninvited is the final entry in the Kemco adventure trilogy on the NES. It’s … Continue reading #698 – Uninvited

#631 – Superman

                                                                                                If only Superman was this imposing in the actual game.                                                                                                                                                           … *nods head* Ma’am.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Kemco DEVELOPER: Kotobuki Systems GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: December 1988   Constructing an enjoyable Superman game should be a straightforward task, yet developers have consistently had a difficult time rendering this iconic … Continue reading #631 – Superman

#597 – Spy Vs. Spy

                                                                                                                   Oh, the promise…                                                                                                  Punching each other is one of the game’s strengths.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Kemco DEVELOPER: First Star GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: October 1988   Based on the iconic Mad Magazine comic strip, Spy Vs. Spy pits two spies in white and black ensembles against each other. … Continue reading #597 – Spy Vs. Spy

#584 – Snoopy’s Silly Sports Spectacular

  This game originally featured Donald Duck in Japan, but due to licensing restrictions, Kemco had to change the main character to Snoopy. This neither hinders nor helps the actual game.                                                                                                                        A Sack Race, in the Depression part of town.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Kemco DEVELOPER: Kemco GENRE: Minigames RELEASE DATE: … Continue reading #584 – Snoopy’s Silly Sports Spectacular

#559 – Shadowgate

  Pretty intense cover for an NES game. Shadowgate got away with a fair amount, considering Nintendo’s strict censoring policy.                                                                                                                       You think you’ve heard it all, and then….   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Kemco DEVELOPER: ICOM Simulations GENRE: Adventure/Point-and-click RELEASE DATE: December 1989   Believe it or not, the NES was home to … Continue reading #559 – Shadowgate

#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

#523 – Rescue: The Embassy Mission

                                                                                                                                 That terrorist knows he’s hosed.               Steve shoots out windows for the fun of it. In his sniper class, he was voted “Most Likely to Die First.”   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Kemco DEVELOPER: Infogrames GENRE: Shooter RELEASE DATE: January 1990   The NES really was the system that launched a thousand … Continue reading #523 – Rescue: The Embassy Mission

#456 – North and South

                                                                                                                      I expect Bugs Bunny to come out at any time.                                                                                                                                             Ride on, you buck-wild stallions!   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Kemco DEVELOPER: Seita GENRE: Strategy/action RELEASE DATE: December 1990   Allow me to share an excerpt from the North and South manual: “With North and South, you now have the … Continue reading #456 – North and South

#362 – The Legend of the Ghost Lion or Ghost Lion

                                                                    What’s Lita Ford doing with Siegfried and Roy’s lion?                                                               This little girl can dream and hope and stab with the best of them.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Kemco DEVELOPER: Kemco GENRE: RPG RELEASE DATE: October 1992   The opening scenes of The Legend of the Ghost Lion (or simply, Ghost … Continue reading #362 – The Legend of the Ghost Lion or Ghost Lion

#337 – Kid Klown in Night Mayor World

                                                  You’d be forgiven for thinking this was the alternate cover for “Shakes the Clown.”                                                                                                                                                                Hoot! Hoot, he says!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Kemco DEVELOPER: Kemco GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: April 1993   I was worried that playing this game would give me nightmares (not “night mayors” – der hur), as … Continue reading #337 – Kid Klown in Night Mayor World

#173 – Desert Commander

                                                                                                         Patton tries to play God. Based on a true story.                                                                                                     You’re in a desert, just in case you couldn’t tell. PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Kemco DEVELOPER: Kemco GENRE: Turn-based strategy RELEASE DATE: June 1989   In Desert Commander, you are at war with Iraq or Iran or one of those … Continue reading #173 – Desert Commander

#106 – Bugs Bunny’s Crazy Castle

                                                     You see how the Seal of Quality is tilted, like it’s trying to run away? It’s a sign.                                                                                                                                         Is Sylvester sick? Why is he green?   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Kemco DEVELOPER: Kotobuki Systems GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: August 1989    Just so you know, when you turn on the game, … Continue reading #106 – Bugs Bunny’s Crazy Castle