#545 – Romance of the Three Kingdoms II

                                                                                                                                           Ancient China looks rough.                                                                                                                                        Don’t screw it up, Wang Kuang   PLAYERS: 1-12 (alternating, of course) PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Turn-based strategy RELEASE DATE: September 1991   Recruit generals, spy on neighboring provinces, train soldiers, make alliances, go to war: a filthy year’s worth of work in Romance of … Continue reading #545 – Romance of the Three Kingdoms II

#544 – Romance of the Three Kingdoms

                                                                                                                       Koei covers are always masterfully done.                                                                                                                                                        Metals? ABSOLUTELY!   PLAYERS: 1-8 alternating PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Turn-based strategy RELEASE DATE: October 1989   Nobunaga’s Ambition was Koei’s first “Koei” game – tons of history, tons of strategy, statistically overwhelming – but Romance of the Three Kingdoms was their first … Continue reading #544 – Romance of the Three Kingdoms

BONUS ROUND! – Nuts and Milk (JPN)

  According to Wikipedia, this was the first third-party game to be released on the Famicom. Interesting, if true.                                                                                                                                                         Milk feels emasculated.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Hudson Soft DEVELOPER: Hudson Soft GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: July 1984   The combination of nuts and milk is downright ridiculous. What kind of snack … Continue reading BONUS ROUND! – Nuts and Milk (JPN)

#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

#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

#239 – Fox’s Peter Pan and the Pirates

                                                                                                                           Peter jumps into the white oblivion.                                                                                                          Just a hobbit trying to make it in a elf’s world.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: THQ DEVELOPER: Equilibrium GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: January 1991   Was the cartoon upon which this game was based really popular enough to warrant this half-baked adaptation? Perhaps, but … Continue reading #239 – Fox’s Peter Pan and the Pirates

#540 – Rollerblade Racer

                                                            Does that guy in the front have a meth problem? What’s with his teeth?                                                                                                               “Oops!” is the ethos of Rollerblade Racer   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech Expressions DEVELOPER: Radiance GENRE: Racing RELEASE DATE: February 1993   If you’ve ever thought of Paperboy as a complex game, what with all the … Continue reading #540 – Rollerblade Racer

#539 – Rollerball

                                                                                                                                                                     The future is now!                                                                     Led Zeppelin and their Bouncing Bumpers, ladies and gentlemen!   PLAYERS: 1-4 alternating PUBLISHER: HAL Labs DEVELOPER: HAL Labs GENRE: Pinball RELEASE DATE: February 1990   Even if you heartily enjoy pinball video games, one must admit that said genre can only produce a limited amount … Continue reading #539 – Rollerball

#538 – Roger Clemens’ MVP Baseball

                                                        That ball’s comin’ right for you, but will you be able to hit it? Think again!                                                                                                                                                         Look at all that baseball.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: LJN DEVELOPER: Sculptured Software GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: October 1991   Just when you thought you were content with your NES baseball game collection, … Continue reading #538 – Roger Clemens’ MVP Baseball

#537 – Rockin’ Kats

                                                                                                        Such a simple, cartoony design. Wonderfully done.                                                         I’m not sure if this is racist or not, but it does actually happen within the game.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Atlus DEVELOPER: Atlus GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: September 1991   Before Atlus established themselves in the States as the torchbearers of anything … Continue reading #537 – Rockin’ Kats

#536 – The Rocketeer

                                                                               Fantastic box-art. If only the game were this well-conceived.           That gangster’s purple zoot suit, stylish though it may be, is no match for the Rocketeer’s fearsome helmet.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Bandai America DEVELOPER: Bandai GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: May 1991   I complained vigorously about the Rocket Ranger resembling/completely … Continue reading #536 – The Rocketeer

#535 – Rocket Ranger

                                  People in the hovercar: “Out of the way, dingus! We’re trying to watch the movie!”                                                                                                          The sky is purple. Blue was too expensive.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Kemco DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Shooting/Strategy RELEASE DATE: June 1990   The Rocket Ranger, as a name, doesn’t have the same ring as … Continue reading #535 – Rocket Ranger