#474 – Phantom Fighter

          Phantom Fighter now has its own fruit snacks, complete with Banana Heroes and Strawberry Kyonshi!                                                Are the enemies’ hops supposed to be intimidating? It’s more pathetic than scary.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: FCI DEVELOPER: Marionette GENRE: Beat-em-up RELEASE DATE: April 1990   Kyonshi Fighter doesn’t sound as cool as Phantom … Continue reading #474 – Phantom Fighter

#473 – Pesterminator: The Western Exterminator

                                                                                                                    “Hey! I’m trying to eat lunch here!” – Rat                                                                                                                    See any bugs?… than I’ve done my job.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Color Dreams DEVELOPER: Color Dreams GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: 1990   If you’ve ever had a spider crawl into your mouth while you sleep, or lines of ants enter … Continue reading #473 – Pesterminator: The Western Exterminator

#472 – Peek-A-Boo Poker

                                                                                                        Hey! Aren’t you the girls from Bubble Bath Babes?!                                                                                It’s the hottest poker game of all time. No, really. Can’t you tell?   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Panesian DEVELOPER: Panesian GENRE: Cardgames RELEASE DATE: 1991   Unlike other 8-bit, uh, “erotica” by Panesian (see Bubble Bath Babes and Hot Slots), Peek-A-Boo … Continue reading #472 – Peek-A-Boo Poker

#47 – Baby Boomer

                                                                         “Best Rated Light Gun Game” by The Color Dreams newsletter.                                                                                      Chicken MilkNuggets are always good with a side of Baby.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Color Dreams DEVELOPER: Color Dreams GENRE: Light Gun RELEASE DATE: 1989   Many of you know people or have parents that are “Baby Boomers” but do … Continue reading #47 – Baby Boomer

#470 – Paperboy 2

                                                                                                                                                                                     Poor shlub…                                                                         Every neighborhood has one of these lightning-spewing gargoyle houses.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Mindscape DEVELOPER: Tengen GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: April 1992   Our little PaperBoy is all grown up! No longer confined to the left side of the road, this blossoming PaperMan can now attack both … Continue reading #470 – Paperboy 2

#469 – Paperboy

                                                                                                                                                      Thanks Billy Everyteen!                                                                                                                    Bro, face it, those pants are never going up.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Mindscape, Inc. DEVELOPER: Tengen GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: December 1988   I’ve never personally bicycled through a neighborhood at four in the morning, groggily hucking papers at doors. If Paperboy is realistic in … Continue reading #469 – Paperboy

#468 – Panic Restaurant

  Another horrifying cover to scare children into submission. Did anyone think this would endear the game to children or parents?                                                        The chef is thinking about nothing in particular, when out of the cupboard….   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: EIM GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: October 1992   Panic Restaurant is very … Continue reading #468 – Panic Restaurant

#467 – Palamedes

                               You have every right to be terrified. Perhaps the most disturbing of all Nintendo covers.                                Look at those imposing rows of dice! But check out my sweet combo at the bottom… oh my, yes.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Hot-B DEVELOPER: Natsume GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: November 1990   From … Continue reading #467 – Palamedes

#466 – Pac-Mania

                                                               The Green Ghost is all, “Oh snap!” and Pac-Man was like “Ya ta!”                                                           Pac-Man! You can’t jump into a wall! Use your new found eyes properly!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Westwood Associates GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: 1991   Ever wonder what it would be like to play Pac-Man…IN … Continue reading #466 – Pac-Mania

#465 – Pac-Man (Tengen/Namco)

                                                                                                           This is probably the version you didn’t play.                                                       Pac-Man shows the ghosts that chasing him is not the path to enlightenment.                                                                                                                                                           Good morning, starshine!   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Tengen/Namco DEVELOPER: Namco GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: 1987 (Tengen)/ November 1993 (Namco)   Pac-Man was the first recognizable … Continue reading #465 – Pac-Man (Tengen/Namco)

#464 – P.O.W.: Prisoners of War

                                                                                              What a tease! Prisoners of War isn’t two-player at all!                                             Look at all those spare knives just laying there, begging to be thrown at someone!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: SNK DEVELOPER: SNK GENRE: Beat-em-up RELEASE DATE: September 1989   SNK have a real obsession with war, don’t they? They’ve developed … Continue reading #464 – P.O.W.: Prisoners of War

#463 – P’Radikus Conflict

                                         This reeks of “Star Trek,” long nights of developing/programming, and cheap booze.                             Before you can hunt the P’Radikans, you must destroy the dreaded P’Retzel Ships of Saltsnack5!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Color Dreams DEVELOPER: Color Dreams GENRE: Shmup sim, sorta RELEASE DATE: 1990   Hot off the heels of the … Continue reading #463 – P’Radikus Conflict