#723 – Widget

                                                                                   And you may say to yourself, This is not my beautiful game.                                                                                                         No intimidating Yeti will make Widget lose his joy.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Atlus DEVELOPER: Graphic Research GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: November 1992   Despite looking like a Hanna Barbera reject from the ’70s, Widget’s origins lie in … Continue reading #723 – Widget

#722 – Whomp ‘Em

                                                                                                                                                                                           Yeah, I know.                                                                                            The ghost of H.P. Lovecraft did some design work here.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Jaleco DEVELOPER: Jaleco GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: March 1991   Perhaps the only Mega Man-inspired title to feature a Native American protagonist, the abhorrently titled Whomp ‘Em doesn’t break racial boundaries inasmuch as … Continue reading #722 – Whomp ‘Em

#721 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

                                                             I really think Bob Hoskins posing seductively would have sold more copies.                                                                                       Out for a drive, amidst concrete and clay and general decay.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: LJN DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Adventure RELEASE DATE: September 1989   Rare came so close to getting Who Framed Roger Rabbit? right that it … Continue reading #721 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

#720 – Where’s Waldo?

                                                                                                                                                                       Why… there he is.                                                                                                               I understand this is a circus, but beyond that…   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: THQ DEVELOPER: Bethesda Softworks GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: September 1991   Had Waldo the courtesy to save children’s eyes before they went blind of their own accord, we wouldn’t have been forced to … Continue reading #720 – Where’s Waldo?

#719 – Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?

                                               Carmen Sandiego has pissed off people through the ages. That’s impressive.                                                                                                                                            Spanish conquistadors were jerks.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: Distinctive Entertainment GENRE: Edutainment RELEASE DATE: October 1991   Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? is not a rhetorical question. The goal of the game is to travel through … Continue reading #719 – Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?

#715-718 – The Wheel of Fortune Tetralogy

  Assuming Pat Sajak and Vanna White have immortality clauses in their contract, I think we’ll be watching “Wheel of Fortune” for years to come. And why not? Pat is dry and witty, with just the right amount of personality while Vanna says a lot by saying little. The show itself is a weird, addicting … Continue reading #715-718 – The Wheel of Fortune Tetralogy

#714 – Werewolf: The Last Warrior

                                                                              Is… is the werewolf busting out of an NES cartridge?                        Don’t mind me, Everytown USA! Just a werewolf climbin’ up a skyscraper!   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Data East DEVELOPER: SAS Sakata GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: November 1990   Werewolf: The Last Warrior wants so badly to be your new … Continue reading #714 – Werewolf: The Last Warrior

#713 – WCW: World Championship Wrestling

                                                                                                                                         Did this look intimidating in 1990?                                                      That’s me in the corner/That’s me on the ground/curled/losing lots of bloood.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: FCI DEVELOPER: Nichibutsu GENRE: Wrestling RELEASE DATE: April 1990   Not even the talents of Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat can save WCW Wrestling from making a spectacle … Continue reading #713 – WCW: World Championship Wrestling

#712 – Wayne’s World

                                                                                                                                          Is that a handbag next to Wayne?                                                                                                                                                                                             No way.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: THQ DEVELOPER: Radical Entertainment GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: November 1993   What could a Wayne’s World game entail, you ask? A most reasonable question, given that neither of the “Wayne’s World” films lent themselves readily to game … Continue reading #712 – Wayne’s World

#711 – Wayne Gretzky Hockey

                                                             “This Game is For Advanced Players”? I’d say This Game is For No One.                                                                                                           Where’s Gretzky? WE CAME FOR GRETZKY!   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: THQ DEVELOPER: Bethesda Softworks GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: January 1991   “What the hell’s going on?” is not a phrase one wants to utter during … Continue reading #711 – Wayne Gretzky Hockey

#710 – Wario’s Woods

                                                                                                                                                                                        Get ’em, Toad.                                                                                                                                                                                         Well, shucks.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: December 1994   Wario’s Woods would probably be a minor footnote in Nintendo’s history, if it didn’t bear the distinction of being the last officially licensed title for the NES. December 10th1994 was … Continue reading #710 – Wario’s Woods

#709 – Wally Bear and the NO! Gang

  Rats are so desperate to kill Wally Bear that they’ll throw cartoon bombs at him in broad daylight. Slow your roll, Wally!                                                                                                                                                          Just say NO to ancient evil.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: American Video Entertainment DEVELOPER: American Game Cartridges GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: 1992   Wally Bear and the NO! … Continue reading #709 – Wally Bear and the NO! Gang