#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

#382 – M.U.S.C.L.E.

                                                                        Ultimate Muscleruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!                                                                                                                                Methinks this match is a little unfair. PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Bandai DEVELOPER: TOSE GENRE: Wrestling RELEASE DATE: October 1986   M.U.S.C.L.E. stands for Most Unusually Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere. It isn’t the most apt description for a wrestling game starring the masked, uh, things from “Ultimate Muscle” … Continue reading #382 – M.U.S.C.L.E.

#381 – M.U.L.E.

                                                                                                                   Believe it or not, this is not a Rush cover.   PLAYERS: 1-4 alternating PUBLISHER: Mindscape DEVELOPER: Ozark Software GENRE: Strategy RELEASE DATE: September 1990   Every so often, a game comes along that makes me stop dead in my questing tracks. Not because the game is good necessarily, but because I’m so … Continue reading #381 – M.U.L.E.

#379 – Lunar Pool

                                                       “So her name was Rio, and she danced in the sand! Can you believe that?!”                                                                                                    Yes, this is only Stage 5. There are 60 stages.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: FCI DEVELOPER: Compile GENRE: Pool (Sports?) RELEASE DATE: October 1987   Don’t be fooled by those two normal-looking Reaganites playing … Continue reading #379 – Lunar Pool

#378 – Low G Man

                                                                                              This might be one of the best NES covers of all time.                                                                              Low G Man makes no apologies for his lack of G.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Taxan DEVELOPER: Kid GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: September 1990   The protagonist of Taxan’s Low G Man is neither a baller nor a … Continue reading #378 – Low G Man