#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

#573 – The Simpsons: Bartman Meets Radioactive Man

                                                                                             Everybody, if you can, refrain from doing the Bartman.                                         This is how I felt these last couple days playing these Simpsons games: cold, isolated, alone.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: Imagineering GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: December 1992   The final platformer in the “Is Nothing Sacred?” Simpsons NES trilogy, … Continue reading #573 – The Simpsons: Bartman Meets Radioactive Man

#572 – The Simpsons: Bart Vs. The World

                                                                                                        Marge ice skating with the penguins is brilliant.                                                                                                                                                           Poor misshapen Bart.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: Imagineering GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: December 1991   Less than a year after the atrocity that was Bart Vs. The Space Mutants comes Bart Vs. The World, a slightly better, if still underwhelming … Continue reading #572 – The Simpsons: Bart Vs. The World

#571 – The Simpsons: Bart Vs. The Space Mutants

                                                                                                                            Sorry Bart, I believe I will have a cow.                                      Bart ponders the significance of space mutants jumping in front of a “Space Mutants 4” poster.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: Imagineering GENRE: Action/Puzzle RELEASE DATE: February 1991   For the first few years of the Simpsons’ television existence, the … Continue reading #571 – The Simpsons: Bart Vs. The Space Mutants

#570 – Silver Surfer

                                                                                                                 Silver Surfer is all chocolate underneath.                                                                                                                           Invading the local mall for a quick bite!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Arcadia Systems DEVELOPER: Software Creations GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: November 1990   Silver Surfer is a licensed shoot-em-up with a bad reputation. The Angry Video Game Nerd famously disparaged it in one … Continue reading #570 – Silver Surfer

#569 – Silkworm

                                                                                                                                 The best tag-team shmup of its day.                                                                                                                                Calm before the inevitable crap storm.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: American Sammy DEVELOPER: American Sammy GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: June 1990   Two questions you should ask yourself while engaging a shoot-em-up: 1) does it present a unique/interesting concept that enhances the … Continue reading #569 – Silkworm

#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

#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

#566 – Side Pocket

                                                                                                    Cyndi Lauper cheers on Rick Astley from afar.                                                                                  The City Master is ordering a milk on the rocks, just because.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Namco DEVELOPER: Data East GENRE: Pool RELEASE DATE: June 1987   NES pool simulators are a curious lot. Fantasy titles like Lunar Pool take place … Continue reading #566 – Side Pocket

#565 – Short Order/Eggsplode!

                                                                  The beef and the buns look exactly the same. “Short Order,” my eye.                      It’ll take you a half hour and a couple heart attacks to build a burger with the pig’s specifications.*   PLAYERS: 1-5 alternating PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: TOSE GENRE: Mini-games RELEASE DATE: December 1989   As a Power … Continue reading #565 – Short Order/Eggsplode!

#564 – Shooting Range

                                                                                                            Warning: Zapper does not fire actual lasers.                                                                                                     Welp, I’m horrified. Well done, Shooting Range.   PLAYERS: 1-4 alternating PUBLISHER: Bandai DEVELOPER: TOSE GENRE: Light gun RELEASE DATE: June 1989   Today’s outdoor “shooting range” implies real guns, earplugs, and precious antique cans. According to Bandai, a Shooting Range is a … Continue reading #564 – Shooting Range

#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

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