#726 – Win, Lose, or Draw

                                                                                                                                   Well, doesn’t that look like a treat.                                                                                                                                                   It doesn’t fit, but it’s the truth.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech Expressions DEVELOPER: RSP GENRE: Game show RELEASE DATE: March 1990   Win, Lose, or Draw sounds snappier than Win, Lose AND Draw, though the latter is more accurate. No matter … Continue reading #726 – Win, Lose, or Draw

#725 – Willow

                                 “Willow: Back 2 Tha Ufgood” was the proposed existential sequel. It never came to pass.                                                                                                                            “Is that you, Smaug? My, you’ve aged!”   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Capcom DEVELOPER: Capcom GENRE: Action/RPG RELEASE DATE: December 1989   Willow is an obviously well-constructed action-RPG, with gorgeous animation and graphics, solid controls, and … Continue reading #725 – Willow

#724 – Wild Gunman

                                                                                                                                                                                          Yee-haw.                                                                                                                                        Wonder what’s under that blanket…   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Light gun RELEASE DATE: October 1985   One of the original eighteen NES launch games and prominently featured in “Back to the Future Part II” as a point of ridicule, Wild Gunman is an antiquated shooting … Continue reading #724 – Wild Gunman

#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

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