“All Hands Ahoy”?! To the vineyards, “Fiddler-on-the-Roof” guy! PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Strategy RELEASE DATE: November 1991 Another strategy-filled Koei misadventure, this time on the high seas. You play a Portuguese sea captain trying to reclaim your family’s noble status. Your father’s dead, lost at … Continue reading #697 – Uncharted Waters
The Old Missions disappeared into the Neutral Zone and were never spoken of again. “Don’t you recognize me? It’s your boy, Wesley!” PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Absolute Entertainment DEVELOPER: Imagineering GENRE: Strategy/Action RELEASE DATE: September 1993 Let’s get this out of the way: Picard. By a wide margin. And … Continue reading #605 – Star Trek: The Next Generation
The finest in strategic game, eh? I’ll consider. Uh… well, gee, uh… class dismissed! PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hot-B DEVELOPER: Another GENRE: Strategy RELEASE DATE: June 1990 Unite Japan and look good doing it: this is Shingen the Ruler‘s objective. You begin the game with one territory, but there … Continue reading #561 – Shingen the Ruler
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
I assumed the cannons fired themselves. I ASSUMED WRONG! Well, I don’t like to brag, but… PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Jaleco DEVELOPER: Bitmasters GENRE: Action/Strategy RELEASE DATE: January 1992 Rampart didn’t interest me as a kid: castles, cannons, ships, strategy. No thanks. At eight years of age, I … Continue reading #519 – Rampart
“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
Skeletons can grow beards?! Who says games don’t teach? I am so angry! PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Ultra Games DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Strategy RELEASE DATE: October 1991 The NES continues to surprise with this smashing port of the 1987 Commodore 64 game, Sid Meier’s Pirates!. Typically, computer ports on … Continue reading #481 – Pirates!
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
Believe it or not, this is not a Rush cover. PLAYERS: 1-4 alternating PUBLISHER: Mindscape DEVELOPER: Ozark Software GENRE: Strategy RELEASE DATE: September 1990 Every so often, a game comes along that makes me stop dead in my questing tracks. Not because the game is good necessarily, but because I’m so … Continue reading #381 – M.U.L.E.
SPOILER ALERT! The game is awful, but this cover is amazing. Godzilla looks truly terrifying. I’m all for precursors to Advance Wars, but not when my beloved Godzilla is involved. PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Toho DEVELOPER: Toho GENRE: Strategy RELEASE DATE: February 1992 Godzilla 2 sees developer Toho starting … Continue reading #260 – Godzilla 2: War of the Monsters
“A best seller in Japan,” at a time when that declaration meant something. Once again, an awesome cover. Not sickness… NOT SICKNESS!!! PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Strategy RELEASE DATE: January 1990 This quote is taken directly from the Genghis Khan instruction manual: “In Koei simulation games, … Continue reading #252 – Genghis Khan
Gotta hand it to Koei, they always produce quality covers. For shame, Flax. PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Strategy RELEASE DATE: March 1992 I am awful at strategy games, which means that Koei games and I rarely get along. Quite frankly, I’m surprised Koei’s still going … Continue reading #251 – Gemfire