#708 – Wall Street Kid

                            This is a fun cover. It’d be great if the “Top Secret” briefcase had green bills coming out the sides.                                                                                               That’s odd… I don’t remember any giant cockroaches in 1990.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Sofel DEVELOPER: Sofel GENRE: Simulation RELEASE DATE: June 1990   Before 1990, only elite stock … Continue reading #708 – Wall Street Kid

#707 – Wacky Races

                                                                                                                          Is Dastardly showing Muttley the future?                                                             This reminds me of a game with another hairy, barrel-chested individual.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Atlus DEVELOPER: Atlus GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: May 1992   Strap on your helmet and safety goggles for Wacky Races, inspired by the Hanna-Barbera cartoon of the same name. … Continue reading #707 – Wacky Races

#706 – Volleyball

                                                                       Wipe those smiles off your faces! Nobody’s enjoying themselves here!                                                                                                                          A more pathetic display I’ve never seen.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: March 1987   Volleyball makes you feel like you’ve never played a game before. After team U.S.A. – my pride and … Continue reading #706 – Volleyball

#705 – Vindicators

                                                                                                         This cover is bonkers compared to the actual game.                                                                                                                                                                 I expected less pastels.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Westwood Studios GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: 1988   Vindicators is the story of a space tank’s constant fight for survival. Literally, all you do in this game is shoot other … Continue reading #705 – Vindicators

#704 – Videomation

                                                                                                                                                            Tiger sold separately.                                                                                                                                                          That’ll be a thousand dollars.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: THQ DEVELOPER: Western Technologies GENRE: “Not a game! A Drawing and Animation System!” RELEASE DATE: June 1991   Unlike the glorified coloring book, Color a Dinosaur, Videomation allows you to draw your own dinosaurs; ones that don’t resemble … Continue reading #704 – Videomation

#703 – Vice: Project Doom

                                                                                                                                        “Only this gun can save us now!”                                                                                                                                                    Jack Skellington guest stars.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: American Sammy DEVELOPER: Aicom GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: November 1991   Vice: Project Doom may as well have been called Ninja Gaiden: Let’s Get Silly. Vice borrows liberally from the storied trilogy, including but not … Continue reading #703 – Vice: Project Doom

#702 – Venice Beach Volleyball

                                                                                                                                                   Sharks can’t play volleyball.                                                                                                                                                          Crabs can’t play either.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: American Video Entertainment DEVELOPER: Idea-Tek GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: 1991   Venice Beach Volleyball is your standard back-and-forth volleyball throwdown, complete with salacious cover. There’s four teams – two male, two female – to choose from, each … Continue reading #702 – Venice Beach Volleyball

#701 – Vegas Dream

                                                                                                                                     Too… many… gambling… devices!                                                                          Getting blitzed at a Vegas dive is a pretty special way to meet someone.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: HAL Labs DEVELOPER: HAL Labs GENRE: Gambling RELEASE DATE: March 1990   You couldn’t pay me to spend a weekend in Vegas, but I don’t mind dabbling in … Continue reading #701 – Vegas Dream

#700 – Urban Champion

                                                                             Don’t ever hand someone a firecracker next to an open sewer.                                                       The moral of Urban Champion is, street violence should be rewarded with confetti.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: June 1986   Two nameless hoodlums drop everything to brawl. They stand on either … Continue reading #700 – Urban Champion

#699 – The Untouchables

                                                                                                                              The gang is looking a little, er… stiff.                                                                                                                                                              Stone: “So this is my life…”   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Ocean DEVELOPER: Special FX GENRE: Shooter/Action RELEASE DATE: January 1991   The third mission in The Untouchables places you, as Eliot Ness, on the ground in the middle of a gun fight. … Continue reading #699 – The Untouchables

#698 – Uninvited

                                                                                                                         This cover gave me nightmares as a kid.                                                                    A little red demon dinosaur seems to be playing a game of “Trollolololol.”   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Kemco DEVELOPER: ICOM Simulations GENRE: Adventure RELEASE DATE: June 1991   Uninvited is the final entry in the Kemco adventure trilogy on the NES. It’s … Continue reading #698 – Uninvited

#697 – Uncharted Waters

                                                                                                                                                                     “All Hands Ahoy”?!                                                                                                               To the vineyards, “Fiddler-on-the-Roof” guy!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Strategy RELEASE DATE: November 1991   Another strategy-filled Koei misadventure, this time on the high seas. You play a Portuguese sea captain trying to reclaim your family’s noble status. Your father’s dead, lost at … Continue reading #697 – Uncharted Waters

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