#743 – Xenophobe

                                                                                                                                                                 Ridley Scott’s Xenophobe                                                                                                                         “Alert! You’re playing Xenophobe! Alert!”   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Sunsoft DEVELOPER: Sunsoft GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: December 1988   Dr. Kwack is a disgruntled duck doctor. Mr. Fogg is a misshapen potato man. Dr. Zordirz is a human of moderate proportions, but he wears an eyepatch … Continue reading #743 – Xenophobe

#739-742 – WWF Games

  My love affair with the WWF (or the WWE, as it’s unfortunately referred to now) lasted two glorious years. From 1999-2001, my buddy Alex and I indulged in Sunday Pay-Per-View matches at his house, courteously paid for by his parents. WWF was knee deep in the “Attitude Era,” and the rise of some of … Continue reading #739-742 – WWF Games

#738 – Wurm: Journey to the Center of the Earth

                                                                                  This cover’s all kinds of crazy. Much like the game itself!                                                                          “Ziggy… can’t hear you now. We had to pack his ears with gauze.“   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Asmik Corporation DEVELOPER: Cyclone System GENRE: Shmup/Action/Adventure/First-person shooter RELEASE DATE: November 1991   Wurm is a genre sampler. It hands out bite-size … Continue reading #738 – Wurm: Journey to the Center of the Earth

#737 – Wrecking Crew

                                                              Mario’s seen better days, but his hammer strikes are steadfast and true.                                                                                                           Cinch that belt, Mario. Ya ain’t seen nuttin yet.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: October 1985   Mario and Luigi trade their plumber tools and jumping abilities for giant hammers and … Continue reading #737 – Wrecking Crew

#736 – Wrath of the Black Manta

                                                                    The Black Manta looks… less than intimidating here.                                                                                                                                         “Here I go again ON MY OWN!”   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: AI GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: April 1990   The Black Manta’s wrath burns for El Toro, the mysterious ringleader of a kidnapping cartel. You’re armed with a never … Continue reading #736 – Wrath of the Black Manta

#735 – World Games

                                                                        “Gentlemen, with our powers combined, we could rule this world!”                                                                                                  The pelican watches the stupid man with great interest.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Milton Bradley DEVELOPER: Epyx (Ported by Rare) GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: March 1989   World Games may have united gamers from all nations when it debuted in … Continue reading #735 – World Games

#734/#600 – World Class Track Meet/Stadium Events

                      If you have a boxed copy of this, you should come over so we can fawn over it together.     If you have a boxed copy of this, you obtained it from a sorcerer – or a scam artist. No box was ever made for this game.     Those stairs represent … Continue reading #734/#600 – World Class Track Meet/Stadium Events

#733 – World Champ

                                                                                                                                               Tike Myson takes on Mittle Lac!                                                                                                                                                                        I just wanted it more.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Romstar DEVELOPER: Pixel GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: April 1991   I don’t expect much from boxing games that don’t have the words “Punch” … Continue reading #733 – World Champ

#732 – Wolverine

                                                                                  Sabretooth looks like a hairier adult version of Jonny Quest.                                                                                                                                                           Your most fearsome foe.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: LJN DEVELOPER: Software Creations GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: October 1991   Wolverine is a disgrace to the character it’s named after (I am aware ‘after’ is a preposition at the end of … Continue reading #732 – Wolverine

#731 – Wizards & Warriors III: Kuros: Visions of Power

                                              We’re calling out the big guns: Gandalf, Robin Hood, and the, uh… Prince of Persia.                                                                            Surely those green gargoyles don’t enjoy being used as platforms.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Adventure RELEASE DATE: March 1992   Nah, I didn’t forget to review Wizards & Warriors II. Here … Continue reading #731 – Wizards & Warriors III: Kuros: Visions of Power

#730 – Wizards & Warriors

                                                                                                                                  I tell you, my locks will not be tamed!                                                                                         Kuros is hot-blooded, but there’s no need to check and see.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: December 1987   If you were a knight at the dawning of the age of Aquarius, you might act … Continue reading #730 – Wizards & Warriors

#729 – Wizardry: Knight of Diamonds – the Second Scenario

                                                                                                                           No quips necessary. This is a great cover.                                                                                                              These rabbits tore my company apart. Truth.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: ASCII Entertainment DEVELOPER: Game Studio GENRE: RPG RELEASE DATE: April 1992   “Second Scenario” indeed. Wizardry: Knight of Diamonds isn’t so much a sequel as it is a slight upgrade over … Continue reading #729 – Wizardry: Knight of Diamonds – the Second Scenario

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