#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

#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

#560 – Shatterhand

                                                                                                                                                David Arquette finally loses it.                                                                                                                                 That green vest just screams good taste.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Jaleco DEVELOPER: Natsume GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: December 1991   In Shatterhand, you play a man – let’s call him Biff ShatterPow – whose hands can literally cripple nations. Or at least shatter them. … Continue reading #560 – Shatterhand

#559 – Shadowgate

  Pretty intense cover for an NES game. Shadowgate got away with a fair amount, considering Nintendo’s strict censoring policy.                                                                                                                       You think you’ve heard it all, and then….   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Kemco DEVELOPER: ICOM Simulations GENRE: Adventure/Point-and-click RELEASE DATE: December 1989   Believe it or not, the NES was home to … Continue reading #559 – Shadowgate