Tag Archives: Tengen

#705 – Vindicators

                                                                                                         This cover is bonkers compared to the actual game.                                                                                                                                                                 I expected less pastels.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Westwood Studios GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: 1988   Vindicators is the story of a space tank’s constant fight for survival. Literally, all you do in this game is shoot other … Continue reading #705 – Vindicators

#673 – Toobin’

                                                                                                                                                                         Look at him bro – er, go!                                                                                                                             Water in the desert? Yeah right, Toobin’.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Tengen GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: 1989   The concept of Toobin’ is one of the all-time best in video game history. Two bros named Biff and Jet embark on … Continue reading #673 – Toobin’

#656 – Tetris (Tengen/Nintendo)

                                                                                                                                                                                           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)

#628 – Super Sprint

                                                                                                                                                              Endorsed by Big Red!                                                                  Missed Opportunity: Super Sprint Fruit Snacks. They’re speedily delicious.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Atari GENRE: Racing RELEASE DATE: 1989   Super Sprint sounds like it should be the Ultimate Track-and-Field Game, but it’s actually all about car sprinting i.e. racing. Miniature Formula One … Continue reading #628 – Super Sprint

#577 – Skull & Crossbones

                                                                                                                “Yargh, I hate the sea and everything in it!”                                               Billowy pantaloons are good for one’s health, according to every 15th century doctor.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Tengen GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: 1990   After a few years of being employed as a pirate, one could imagine that … Continue reading #577 – Skull & Crossbones

#562 – Shinobi

                                                                          It might say “Shinobi” on the box, but brother, this ain’t Shinobi.                          My sprite disappeared behind the scuba enemy, into the nethers of the salmon-colored house.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Tengen GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: 1989   Shinobi is indeed a Sega-developed game and franchise, so yes, it … Continue reading #562 – Shinobi

#543 – Rolling Thunder

                                                       Daryl Hall rescues Sheila E. from the oppressive sounds of the Eighties.                                                                              Has anyone considered how the red box feels about this situation?   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Arc System Works GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: 1989   Rolling Thunder is a sentimental favorite. I usually try to not … Continue reading #543 – Rolling Thunder

#526 – Road Runner

                                                                                                                        Magnets, Wile E… how do they work?                                                                                                                                        The Road Runner’s last hurrah.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: 1989   The Looney Tunes have strange lives, do they not? They act snarky, they get blown up, they dress in drag, they have speech impediments. … Continue reading #526 – Road Runner

#504 – R.B.I. Baseball 3

                                                                      Racketeering Beer Indignation is the name of my new punk band.                                                                                  The chances of that man with rickets catching the ball? 100%   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Tengen GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: 1991   Rampant Bowel Indicators? Rancid Broccoli Ideology? Or, as one of my astute readers commented … Continue reading #504 – R.B.I. Baseball 3

#503 – R.B.I. Baseball 2

                                                                                                                  Complete with a certificate of authenticity.                                                                                                                            Left foot, right foot, left foot, MARCH!   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Tengen GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: 1990   Before the days of yearly updates, sports games had sequels just like every other genre. Don’t be fooled, though: sports sequels are nothing … Continue reading #503 – R.B.I. Baseball 2

#502 – R.B.I. Baseball

                                                                                                                                                              They came to win.                                                                                              The boys are back in town. One night only. No refunds.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Namco DEVELOPER: Tengen GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: 1988   I’m stunned that there are close to twenty baseball games for the NES. While the NES was around for nine years … Continue reading #502 – R.B.I. Baseball

#470 – Paperboy 2

                                                                                                                                                                                     Poor shlub…                                                                         Every neighborhood has one of these lightning-spewing gargoyle houses.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Mindscape DEVELOPER: Tengen GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: April 1992   Our little PaperBoy is all grown up! No longer confined to the left side of the road, this blossoming PaperMan can now attack both … Continue reading #470 – Paperboy 2