#393 – Mappy-Land

                                                        How did a mouse become a police officer in a land overrun with evil cats?                                                      There are almost always four ascending floors like this in each stage.  PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Taxan DEVELOPER: TOSE GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: April 1989   Mice running away from cats, collecting wedding rings and baseballs, … Continue reading #393 – Mappy-Land

#392 – Maniac Mansion

                                                                                                                               I think this cover speaks for itself.                                                                                                                              Hi there!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Jaleco DEVELOPER: Lucasfilms GENRE: Adventure RELEASE DATE: September 1990                                                     I’m all for blowing up hamsters, but could you kids turn down that damn radio?! Maniac Mansion has always stood out from other point-and-click adventure games because … Continue reading #392 – Maniac Mansion

#391 – Major League Baseball

                                                                            “Enteractive” you say? The purposeful misspelling intrigues.                                                               That peach uniform really brings out the players’ natural blush.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: LJN DEVELOPER: Atlus GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: April 1988   There are approximately fifty trillion baseball games for the NES, and I can say, … Continue reading #391 – Major League Baseball

#390 – Magmax

                                                     Great cover for a disappointing game. Also, I could have used that shield.                                                                                                             Magmax, ladies and gentleman, in all its glory.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: FCI DEVELOPER: Nihon … Continue reading #390 – Magmax

#389 – Magician

                                                                            Taxan Consumer Division? As opposed to their Military Division?                                                                                                                 How many times must the game tell you?   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Taxan DEVELOPER: Eurocom Entertainment Software GENRE: Adventure RELEASE DATE: February 1991   Every step you take in Magician feels like it could be your last. Should you cast the … Continue reading #389 – Magician

#388 – Magic of Scheherazade

  I’ve never understood developers’ need to make NES box art look so realistic. They age so poorly.     As opposed to this Famicom cover, which looks awesome and gives a better feel for the game’s spirit.                                                                                                                      You’re knee-deep in adventure now, son!    PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Culture Brain DEVELOPER: Culture … Continue reading #388 – Magic of Scheherazade

#387 – Magic Johnson’s Fast Break

                                                I’ve always wondered how one slams and jams at the same time. Teach me, Magic!     This game should have been called Pepsi Presents: Tradewest’s Magic Johnson’s Fast Break, The Game (Sponsored by Pepsi)   PLAYERS: 1-4 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tradewest DEVELOPER: Software Creations GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: March 1990   “Fast Break … Continue reading #387 – Magic Johnson’s Fast Break

#386 – Magic Darts

                                                         From the makers of Baseball Stars II comes Magic Darts! Look at them zoom!                                                                                                               Look at what this poor ninja is reduced to.   PLAYERS: 1-4 alternating PUBLISHER: Romstar DEVELOPER: Romstar GENRE: Darts RELEASE DATE: September 1991   Well, here’s a new one: virtual darts. There’s not a whiff of … Continue reading #386 – Magic Darts

#385 – The Mafat Conspiracy

                                                                                                                     This cover is actually quite awesome…                                         … but check out this cover for the Famicom. I’d hang this on my wall, it’s so good.                                                 Despite the looming danger, Duke feels it’s better to keep his hands warm.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Vic Tokai DEVELOPER: Aicom GENRE: Action/adventure/racing/shooting … Continue reading #385 – The Mafat Conspiracy

#384 – Mad Max

                                                                                                                                                    Mel Gibson, in simpler times.     I wish Mad Max would have just been R.C. Pro-Am in the desert. A rip-off, sure, but anything’s better than the alternative.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Mindscape DEVELOPER: Mindscape GENRE: Action/adventure RELEASE DATE: July 1990   Max may be mad, but not nearly as much as … Continue reading #384 – Mad Max

#383 – Mach Rider

                                                                                     You’se a big, fine, Rider, won’t you back that thing up…                                                                                                             Desert racing is always the most extreme.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: HAL Labs GENRE: Racing RELEASE DATE: October 1985                                     As ground-breaking as Mach Rider probably felt in 1985, with its behind-the-cyclist view-point, impressive graphics, and surprisingly … Continue reading #383 – Mach Rider

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