Tag Archives: Taito

#736 – Wrath of the Black Manta

                                                                    The Black Manta looks… less than intimidating here.                                                                                                                                         “Here I go again ON MY OWN!”   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: AI GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: April 1990   The Black Manta’s wrath burns for El Toro, the mysterious ringleader of a kidnapping cartel. You’re armed with a never … Continue reading #736 – Wrath of the Black Manta

#670 – Toki

                                                                                                                                                               Toki’s not here, man…                                                                                                                                                                                      Uh… what?   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: Taito GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: December 1991   Oog oog. Are you folks ready to go ape? Unappealing cover notwithstanding, Toki is a minor platforming triumph. You play as titular lord of the jungle, Toki, a man-turned-monkey … Continue reading #670 – Toki

#640 – Target: Renegade

                                                                                                                                                  The bullet’s already in his fist.                                                                                                              I don’t have any change, but I can spare ya a fist.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: Software Creations GENRE: Beat-em-up RELEASE DATE: March 1990   Renegade was a by-the-numbers brawler that, nevertheless, gave the player a valuable message: don’t go into the … Continue reading #640 – Target: Renegade

#579 – Sky Shark

                                                       What young child wouldn’t want a game with a terrifying man on the cover?                                                              No enemies around, big plane ahead. Everything’s comin’ up Sky Shark!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: Software Creations GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: September 1989   Would you like to know how difficult Sky Shark is? … Continue reading #579 – Sky Shark

#522 – Renegade

                                                                                                 Never pick on a guy who obviously lifts weights.                                                                                                                       Pink ninjas? Now I’ve seen everything.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: Million GENRE: Beat-em-up RELEASE DATE: January 1988   Renegade might star my beloved Kunio-kun (see: River City Ransom, Nintendo World Cup, Crash ‘N The Boys), and be one … Continue reading #522 – Renegade

#515 – Rainbow Islands

                                                                             My fortune’s at the end of the rainbow? What a fool I’ve been!                                                                                         “There’s your problem. Rainbow to the face. Never fails.”   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: Disco GENRE: Arcade/Platformer RELEASE DATE: June 1991   You don’t need a machine to make a rainbow. I learned this from … Continue reading #515 – Rainbow Islands

#498 – Qix

                                                                                    “Your Mind is Your Only Weapon”? That’s a terrible slogan.                                                                                                                This doesn’t look good. Or like anything at all.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: Novotrade GENRE: Arcade/Puzzle RELEASE DATE: January 1991   Qix are not part of this complete breakfast, but they are pronounced ‘Kix’ (not Qu-ix) so … Continue reading #498 – Qix

#495 – Puzznic

                                                                                                                    Not completely enthralled? Just you wait.                                                                                Simple looking, perhaps, but those red triangles mean business.                                                    This is Puzznic‘s good friend, Gravnic. Please don’t exclude him because he’s different.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: Taito GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: November 1990   A Puzznic Smoothie sounds like … Continue reading #495 – Puzznic

#485 – Power Blade 2

                                                                                                                                 The best boomerang in town, she is.                                                                                                              How’s Duke Nukem gonna get out of this one?   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: Natsume GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: October 1992   The pen might be mightier than the sword, but the Power Blade smashes the pen into a dark, inky mess. … Continue reading #485 – Power Blade 2

#484 – Power Blade

                                                                    Twenty bucks that guy’s chin sharpened that boomerang- er, “blade.”                                                                                      Level 3 springs this horrible surprise on you without warning.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: Natsume GENRE: ACTION RELEASE DATE: March 1991   Are you powerful enough to wield the almighty Power Blade?! Even if you think you can, … Continue reading #484 – Power Blade

#468 – Panic Restaurant

  Another horrifying cover to scare children into submission. Did anyone think this would endear the game to children or parents?                                                        The chef is thinking about nothing in particular, when out of the cupboard….   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: EIM GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: October 1992   Panic Restaurant is very … Continue reading #468 – Panic Restaurant

#459 – Operation Wolf

                                                                                                I eat Green Berets for breakfast…                                                                               Won’t somebody please think of the chickens!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: Taito GENRE: Shooter/Light gun RELEASE DATE: May 1989   Let us all bow our heads and remember Operation Wolf the way I feel it would want to be remembered: in the arcades. … Continue reading #459 – Operation Wolf