Tag Archives: Ultra

#649 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game

                                                                                                                    The Turtles show no respect for masonry.                                                                                              It was a cold, evil snowmen-with-rockets kind of evening.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Ultra Games DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Beat-em-up RELEASE DATE: December 1990   TMNT II: The Arcade Game, otherwise known as, “What kids wanted all along.” While the original TMNT for … Continue reading #649 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game

#648 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

                                                                       The cover remains striking, despite the red bandana confusion.                                                                                                                                                           Suck on bo, Rocksteady.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Ultra Games DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: June 1989   If you were a child in the late 80s/early 90s and you didn’t love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you were probably … Continue reading #648 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

#604 – Star Trek: 25th Anniversary

                                                                                                                                            “Oh yes, it’s Ladies’ Night!”                                                                                                                              Those are some scary looking puppets.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Ultra Games DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Adventure RELEASE DATE: February 1992   Set phasers… to lull! Kirk, Spock, and associates want you to search for dilithium crystals, battle Romulan warships, and meander aimlessly around foreign planets. … Continue reading #604 – Star Trek: 25th Anniversary

#583 – Snake’s Revenge

                                                                                          Snake’s got his silencer aimed at the female assassin.                                                                            There’s spotlights now, because that’s what you’ve always wanted.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Ultra DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Action/adventure RELEASE DATE: April 1990   “Metal GEEEEAAAAR?” Well, yes and no. Snake’s Revenge is the unofficial North American/European sequel to the first Metal … Continue reading #583 – Snake’s Revenge

#576 – Ski or Die

                                                                                                                                                               It’s a snow-nado, bro!                                                                                                                                         The Extreme Polar Bears Club   PLAYERS: 1-6 alternating PUBLISHER: Ultra Games DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Minigames RELEASE DATE: February 1991   According to Ski or Die, snow melts skaters’ edgy, hardcore exteriors into a warm, child-like playfulness. Free of a need to be “hip” or “with … Continue reading #576 – Ski or Die

#574 – Skate or Die

                                                                                                                                               She said, “See you later boy.”            A couple amateur skaters, eager for Monster endorsements, got a date with Mother Road Rash instead.   PLAYERS: 1-8 (alternating) PUBLISHER: Ultra Games DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Skating RELEASE DATE: December 1988   Skateboarding games didn’t become a popular genre until the Tony Hawk series … Continue reading #574 – Skate or Die

#568 – Silent Service

                                                      The Beav and Steve McQueen team up for the ultimate underwater adventure.                                                        Silent Service‘s slow pace actually made me long for the sailing in Wind Waker.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Ultra Games DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Sim RELEASE DATE: December 1989   Submarine sims are a dime a dozen these days,* … Continue reading #568 – Silent Service

#542 – Rollergames

                                        Harrison Ford stars as Billy Rollergame, an aging cyberpunk who’s out for one last roll.                                                                                                       Run-down alleys are no match for Jazzercise.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Ultra Games DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Platformer/beat-em-up RELEASE DATE: September 1990   How many rollerbladers does it take to make a decent beat-em-up? I don’t … Continue reading #542 – Rollergames

#497 – Q*bert

                                                                                                                                                     Q*bert, what won’t you say?                                                                                                                                                         The calm before the storm.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Ultra Games DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Arcade/puzzle RELEASE DATE: February 1989   I’m a mid-Eighties baby, so I never touched a lot of the classic arcade-era games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Galaga until they were … Continue reading #497 – Q*bert

#481 – Pirates!

                                                                                       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!

#445 – Nightshade

                                                                                                                                                               CURSE YOU, ANUBIS!     Every character is uniquely designed. It’s a nice break from the never-ending clones that typically populate games.*   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Ultra DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Point-and-click adventure RELEASE DATE: January 1992   Despite taking its name from a toxic flower, Nightshade truly is a breath of fresh … Continue reading #445 – Nightshade

#429 – Mission: Impossible

                                     Riddled with phlebitis, Phelps tries desperately to look cool while holding a walkie-talkie.                                                                                        I didn’t have to use my boomerang… today was a good day.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Ultra Games DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: September 1990   Mission: Impossible is a game you rent from Blockbuster and … Continue reading #429 – Mission: Impossible