Tag Archives: Unlicensed

#588 – Solitaire

  Nothin’ like setting up a card table on the beach and playing solitaire. This shot must have been taken in Florida.                                                                                                                                                                                End of the line.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: American Video Entertainment DEVELOPER: Odyssey Software GENRE: Card game RELEASE DATE: 1992   Your brother or sister has played solitaire. Your parents … Continue reading #588 – Solitaire

#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

#567 – Silent Assault

                                                                                                                                                  Doesn’t look very silent to me.                                                In a salmon-colored world, only one soldier can save the Olympic Torch from mini-UFOs.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Color Dreams DEVELOPER: Sachen GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: 1990   Two breeds of Color Dreams’ games exist: the wicked and the weird. Silent Assault was only … Continue reading #567 – Silent Assault

#563 – Shockwave

                                         What is wrong with that spaceman’s body? I’d say see a doctor, but fat chance!                                                                                                                                     “Hello… is there anybody in there?”   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: American Game Cartridges DEVELOPER: American Game Cartridges GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: 1990   Shockwave was actually included in Maxi-15, a “more junk-for-your-buck” unlicensed multi-cart. But … Continue reading #563 – Shockwave

#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

#550 – Secret Scout in the Temple of Demise

                                                                                                                        What happened to Secret Scout’s leg?                                                     So does this take place during the 80s or biblical times? Secret Scout is confused!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Color Dreams DEVELOPER: Color Dreams GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: 1991   What’s it gonna be, Secret Scout? Will you explore and conquer the Temple of … Continue reading #550 – Secret Scout in the Temple of Demise

#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

#533 – Robodemons

                                                                                                                                                    Lawrence of Arabia: 2055                                                                          Look at that character design. I can’t tell what’s what besides the legs.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Color Dreams DEVELOPER: Color Dreams GENRE: Action/Shmup RELEASE DATE: December 1989   Color Dreams had absolutely no business making games. Whether desecrating the Bible under the guise of Wisdom … Continue reading #533 – Robodemons

#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

#512 – Raid 2020

                                                                                                Shadow only multi-terrains with his Power Glove on.                                                                                                        Floating by the dock of the bay… wa-a-sting time.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Color Dreams DEVELOPER: Color Dreams GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: 1989   We’ve got seven more years until 2020, and if Raid 2020‘s dystopian future is to be believed, I’ve … Continue reading #512 – Raid 2020

#511 – Rad Racket: Deluxe Tennis II

                                                                                                                                                    What’s her left hand doing?                                                                                                                                                                   Big fun?! Where?   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: American Video Entertainment DEVELOPER: Idea-Tek GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: 1991   Deluxe Tennis II implies that there was ever a Deluxe Tennis I. There wasn’t and there never will be. So why market this nondescript tennis game … Continue reading #511 – Rad Racket: Deluxe Tennis II

#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