#377 – Loopz

                                                                                          The boldest statement ever printed on a game box?      Somewhere in the world, someone finds this screenshot more enticing than a scantily-clad beautiful woman.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Mindscape DEVELOPER: B.I.T.S. GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: October 1990   When you wake up in the morning, you don’t have a bowl … Continue reading #377 – Loopz

#376 – The Lone Ranger

                                                                                 What every kid in the 90s wanted: a Lone Ranger game!                                                                                                   You keep those punches to yourself, Mister.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Action/adventure RELEASE DATE: August 1991   Am I a Debbie Downer, an absolute, no-holds-barred NES-imist, or is The Lone Ranger just kinda there? I’m … Continue reading #376 – The Lone Ranger

#375 – Lode Runner

                                                                                                                Broderbund graciously provides your loot bags                                                                                                                                                                          Toying with death. PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Broderbund DEVELOPER: Hudson Soft GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: September 1987   Lode Runner is about getting the gold. It’s about staying on top. It’s a tale of power, money, and backstabbing in a land composed of bricks, … Continue reading #375 – Lode Runner

#374 – Little Samson

  While this cover’s not a complete tragedy, Taito could have invested more of the game’s charm into the art.                                                                                                                                  Kikira’s soooo cute. PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: Takeru GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: November 1992   Little Samson is a treasure, both literally and figuratively. It’s worth the price of a new … Continue reading #374 – Little Samson

#373 – Little Ninja Brothers

                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, yes, YES!!!!                                                                                          Fighting pink triceratops men in a forest… ah memories.                                                                                                     Got a little story… about Jack and Ryu-u! PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Culture Brain DEVELOPER: Culture Brain GENRE: Action/RPG/Track-and-field RELEASE DATE: December 1990   Little Ninja Brothers might be the most ridiculous one-to-two-player action/RPG/track-and-field game … Continue reading #373 – Little Ninja Brothers

#372 – Little Nemo: The Dream Master

  This is a great cover. I particularly love the flying alligators and the cat hanging off the bed. Also, FREE MEGA MAN STICKER?!                                                                                                          Little Nemo must really look up to Mega Man…   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Capcom DEVELOPER: Capcom GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: September 1990   Nemo might be the master … Continue reading #372 – Little Nemo: The Dream Master

#371 – The Little Mermaid

                                                                      I wonder if anybody sent in for that Mickey Mouse Club hip pack…                                                                                                                                                   Kickin’ up dust, eh Ariel?   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Capcom DEVELOPER: Capcom GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: July 1991   At the tender age of six, I beat The Little Mermaid for the NES. It was the first … Continue reading #371 – The Little Mermaid

#370 – Little League Baseball: Championship Series

                                                              I bet that batter eats a loaf of Iron Kids bread a day.     In Little League Baseball, you are indeed playing a baseball game with kids. Not much else to say, really.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: SNK DEVELOPER: SNK GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: July 1990   There’s absolutely nothing wrong … Continue reading #370 – Little League Baseball: Championship Series

#369 – Linus Spacehead’s Cosmic Crusade

                                                                                                                                                                       Brace yourselves…                                                                                                                                    This is the tolerable part of the game…                                                                                                                                               It all spirals downhill from here.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Camerica DEVELOPER: Codemasters GENRE: Action/adventure RELEASE DATE: 1991   Codemasters typically excels with the majority of their unlicensed games, especially Bee 52 and Dizzy the Adventurer, but … Continue reading #369 – Linus Spacehead’s Cosmic Crusade

#368 – Life Force

                                                                                                                                                                          It’s coming for you…                                                                          I can’t believe this was on the NES. It looks amazing. PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: August 1988   Life Force isn’t just another good shmup that this quest dictates I review. Life Force is an exhilarating, challenging masterpiece that … Continue reading #368 – Life Force

#367 – Lethal Weapon

                                     Why yes, I believe I am getting too old for this s**t. Thank you for asking, gentlemen.                                              Riggs takes on Castro’s men, singlehandedly. Oppressors of freedom must be vanquished!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Ocean DEVELOPER: Eurocom GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: April 1993   So many kids loved Lethal Weapon 3, … Continue reading #367 – Lethal Weapon

#366 – L’Empereur

                                                                                    Relive the past! That is NOT a request, private!                                                                                                                                        Plot a snooty French boot up your rear, Venice.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Koei– er, historical turn-based sim RELEASE DATE: November 1991   Then again, who wouldn’t want to play as Napoleon and run around conquering … Continue reading #366 – L’Empereur