Yoshi’s gonna get the ‘betes if he’s not careful. Well, at least he quit his medical practice. PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: TOSE GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: April 1993 Yoshi’s Cookie is broken, has jarring difficulty spikes, and is a really stupid idea for a puzzle game. … Continue reading #748 – Yoshi’s Cookie
Yoshi’s like “Sup li’l mama.” Mario doing Yoshi’s grunt work for a change. PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Game Freak GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: June 1992 Today, Yoshi’s just another part of Nintendo’s legion of characters. Any time Mario throws a party, has a brawl, hosts kart … Continue reading #747 – Yoshi
Mario’s seen better days, but his hammer strikes are steadfast and true. Cinch that belt, Mario. Ya ain’t seen nuttin yet. PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: October 1985 Mario and Luigi trade their plumber tools and jumping abilities for giant hammers and … Continue reading #737 – Wrecking Crew
Why… there he is. I understand this is a circus, but beyond that… PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: THQ DEVELOPER: Bethesda Softworks GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: September 1991 Had Waldo the courtesy to save children’s eyes before they went blind of their own accord, we wouldn’t have been forced to … Continue reading #720 – Where’s Waldo?
Get ’em, Toad. Well, shucks. PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: December 1994 Wario’s Woods would probably be a minor footnote in Nintendo’s history, if it didn’t bear the distinction of being the last officially licensed title for the NES. December 10th1994 was … Continue reading #710 – Wario’s Woods
Pretty sure that’s an airbrushed Arnold. He wouldn’t be the Ultimate Stuntman if he couldn’t climb up a building with his bare hands. PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Camerica DEVELOPER: Codemasters GENRE: Action/Shoot-em-up/Puzzle RELEASE DATE: 1990 Ultimate Stuntman is an odd, unpolished game that manages to entertain in spite of … Continue reading #695 – Ultimate Stuntman
Perhaps the cave will hold some pants. Smirking bastards. PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: American Video Entertainment DEVELOPER: American Video Entertainment GENRE: Arcade/Puzzle RELEASE DATE: 1994 I always knew there were Trolls on Treasure Island, but until I learned of this game’s existence, I couldn’t prove it. Trolls On … Continue reading #686 – Trolls on Treasure Island
What sorcery is this? Level 5 is when Tiles of Fate decided to ratchet up the difficulty. PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: American Video Entertainment DEVELOPER: C&E Inc. GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: 1990 I reviewed Tiles of Fate in September 2012 as part of a fifteen-game multi-cart known as … Continue reading #663 – Tiles of Fate
Poor Tetris. Even the COM isn’t doing that well. PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: TOSE GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: October 1993 The original Tetris for the NES is a complete work, perfect inasmuch as any game can be perfect. So why Tetris 2? Perhaps a Tetris sequel … Continue reading #657 – Tetris 2
Dah. Love the Cossacks. “From Russia With Fun”? C’mon, Nintendo… Nintendo’s version has more vibrant colors for the Tetris pieces. PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous (Tengen)/ 1 (Nintendo) PUBLISHER: Tengen/Nintendo DEVELOPER: Tengen/Nintendo GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: 1989 (Tengen)/ November 1989 (Nintendo) Tengen’s Tetris is … Continue reading #656 – Tetris (Tengen/Nintendo)
The game critics? Sleepless nights, bloodshot eyes, lots of lemony sugar drinks. Ba doo boom pow. PLAYERS: 1-4 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Arcadia Systems DEVELOPER: Arcadia Systems GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: September 1990 The exclamation point in Spot: The Videogame! may seem ostentatious, but it is for the players’ benefit. … Continue reading #595 – Spot: The Videogame!
But… you already have a staff. The Eyeball Robe triplets think you’ve gone far enough. PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Sony Imagesoft DEVELOPER: Software Creations GENRE: Puzzle/Dungeon-crawler RELEASE DATE: June 1990 That crazy staff of Demnos! Always … Continue reading #590 – Solstice: The Quest for the Staff of Demnos