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Lost in the Minus World – Review # -3: AD&D: Dragons of Flame

  Greetings, players! It is I, your friendly Dungeon Master, otherwise known as Matthew. I remain locked away within the depths of Questicle’s own Temple of Elemental Evil, but have no fear! For soon the ancient and eldrich magicks needed to escape and enact my vengeance shall be at hand! And then we’ll see just … Continue reading Lost in the Minus World – Review # -3: AD&D: Dragons of Flame

#751 – Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

                                                                                                                                                 “Ultimate challenge” indeed.                                                                                                                      That ol’ boy needs to learn him some respect.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Action/RPG RELEASE DATE: December 1988   Zelda II is white-hot rage pockets mixed with moments of fleeting joy. It’s a jilted ex-lover employing a psychosexual hold over your thoughts, emotions, … Continue reading #751 – Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

#729 – Wizardry: Knight of Diamonds – the Second Scenario

                                                                                                                           No quips necessary. This is a great cover.                                                                                                              These rabbits tore my company apart. Truth.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: ASCII Entertainment DEVELOPER: Game Studio GENRE: RPG RELEASE DATE: April 1992   “Second Scenario” indeed. Wizardry: Knight of Diamonds isn’t so much a sequel as it is a slight upgrade over … Continue reading #729 – Wizardry: Knight of Diamonds – the Second Scenario

#728 – Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord

                                                                                               Tell me more about this Game Save Memory Feature!                                                                                                                                      Take back what’s yours, bolshoi.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nexoft DEVELOPER: Game Studio GENRE: RPG RELEASE DATE: July 1990   If you don’t know about the Wizardry series, here’s a brief breakdown: it’s one of the most influential RPGs of all … Continue reading #728 – Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord

#725 – Willow

                                 “Willow: Back 2 Tha Ufgood” was the proposed existential sequel. It never came to pass.                                                                                                                            “Is that you, Smaug? My, you’ve aged!”   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Capcom DEVELOPER: Capcom GENRE: Action/RPG RELEASE DATE: December 1989   Willow is an obviously well-constructed action-RPG, with gorgeous animation and graphics, solid controls, and … Continue reading #725 – Willow

#691 – Ultima: Warriors of Destiny

                                                                                                                                                          “Cometh at me, brother!”                                                                                                                                                    Oh, the horrible memories.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: FCI DEVELOPER: Origin GENRE: RPG RELEASE DATE: January 1993   The Ultima ports on the NES are defined by their varying quality. Exodus had its faults (some might say ‘quirks’), but it was playable. Quest of the Avatar … Continue reading #691 – Ultima: Warriors of Destiny

#690 – Ultima: Quest of the Avatar

                                                        The poor souls who bought this game used, before FAQs were prevalent…                                                                                                That’s always the question, and never the answer.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Pony Canyon DEVELOPER: Infinity GENRE: RPG RELEASE DATE: December 1990   How groundbreaking Quest of the Avatar must have seemed in 1985. To wit: instead of … Continue reading #690 – Ultima: Quest of the Avatar

#689 – Ultima: Exodus

                                      The cover looks like an off-Broadway theater production manned by sitcom rejects.                                                                                                                                                      Our intrepid pixel people.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Pony Canyon DEVELOPER: Origin GENRE: RPG RELEASE DATE: February 1989   Ultima: Exodus is the third of nine games in the long-heralded, predominantly PC series Ultima. But it’s the first … Continue reading #689 – Ultima: Exodus

#672 – Tombs & Treasure

                                                                                                 Don’t you hate it when that happens?                                                                                                                     El Slug! Priceless.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Infocom DEVELOPER: Compile GENRE: Adventure/RPG RELEASE DATE: June 1991   Tombs & Treasure (perhaps the ultimate winning combination) stars a tow-headed young lad and his green-haired girlfriend as they search for clues regarding the disappearance … Continue reading #672 – Tombs & Treasure

#665 – Times of Lore

                                                                                                                                        Evocative cover for a bland game.                                                                                                                              *rimshot*   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Toho DEVELOPER: Origin GENRE: Action/RPG RELEASE DATE: May 1991   Times of Lore answers the question, “What if the original Dragon Warrior was a non-threatening action-RPG?” You play as a knight, valkyrie, or barbarian who runs errands for powerful … Continue reading #665 – Times of Lore

#634 – Swords and Serpents

                                                                                                                                                                   Bringing the hotness.                                                                                                       Goblins are known for shanking ’round these parts.   PLAYERS: 1-4 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: Interplay GENRE: RPG RELEASE DATE: August 1990   The NES really wasn’t built for first-person RPGs. Games such as Might and Magic and The Bard’s Tale were ambitious, clunky computer ports that … Continue reading #634 – Swords and Serpents

#525 – River City Ransom

                                          Not all American gamers want to see American bros on a Japanese brawler, Technos.                                                                                                                  These frat boys deserve a good pummeling.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Technos DEVELOPER: Million GENRE: Beat-em-up/RPG RELEASE DATE: January 1990   Alex and Ryan are your average high school students. They love gel in their … Continue reading #525 – River City Ransom