Tag Archives: 1987

#750 – Zanac

                                                                                                          They’ve got the whooooole world in their hands.                                                                                                                   I can’t count the number of times I died here.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: FCI DEVELOPER: Compile GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: October 1987   Zanac is either a gentle joyride across twelve planets, or a relentless shoot-em-up co-sponsored by the devil. It’s … Continue reading #750 – Zanac

#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

#727 – Winter Games

                                                                                                                                                                     Computer World.                                                                                                                      Enjoy the attention while it lasts, honey.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: Atelier Double GENRE: Minigames RELEASE DATE: September 1987   The best part about Winter Games might be the snazzy retro box art. Look at it! It feels Kraftwerkian in its color choice of deep blue … Continue reading #727 – Winter Games

#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

#685 – Trojan

                                                                                                                   Co-starring Bon Jovi and The Shredder!                                                                                                                                                             Music by Kraftwerk.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating/simultaneous PUBLISHER: Capcom DEVELOPER: Capcom GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: February 1987   Compared to Capcom’s better remembered arcade ports for the NES, Trojan remains in semi-obscurity for its inability to distinguish itself. The game feels like a cautious … Continue reading #685 – Trojan

#681 – Track & Field

                                                                                   Nicolas Cage circa-“Raising Arizona” goes for the gusto. Oh, the 80s!                                                                                                                                               Methinks this will not end well.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous/alternating PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: … Continue reading #681 – Track & Field

#674 – Top Gun

                                     If you look real close into the cockpit, you still won’t see any of the movie’s lovable characters.                                                                                                                                                                         That’s a lotta alt!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Flight sim RELEASE DATE: November 1987   Mav, Goose, Iceman, Cougar and the boys are nowhere to be found in … Continue reading #674 – Top Gun

#662 – Tiger-Heli

                                                        Strangely serene painting for the cover of a shoot-em-up. I blame the sunset.                                                                                                                                                                Don’t drink the water.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: Micronics GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: September 1987   Tiger-Heli is often confused as Tiger Hell, though the latter is another concept altogether. The game is a … Continue reading #662 – Tiger-Heli

#626 – Super Pitfall

                                  Pitfall Harry argues vociferously with a cobra about how “super” Super Pitfall really is.                                        Super Pitfall is like Wrecking Crew, only not enjoyable. And not at all like Wrecking Crew.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Activision DEVELOPER: Micronics GENRE: Adventure RELEASE DATE: November 1987   How does one usher in … Continue reading #626 – Super Pitfall

#612 – Stinger

                                                                                                                                          Stinger engages in fisticuffs.                                                                                                        Yup, that’s a cross. In an American Nintendo game.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: September 1987   Stinger‘s proper Christian name is Moero TwinBee: Cinnamon-hakase wo Sukue! For those of us who don’t speak Japanese, that’s Burn TwinBee: Rescue … Continue reading #612 – Stinger

#606 – Star Voyager

                                                                                                                                      Almost… out of… QUARTERS!!!                                                                                                                                                                    Have fun with that.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: ASCII Entertainment GENRE: Action/Sim RELEASE DATE: September 1987   In place of a game with actual gameplay, Star Voyager presents needless complexity and little else. All of the tasks it requires of you – view a … Continue reading #606 – Star Voyager

#602 – Star Force

                                                                           “I’ve dined with the finest captains, exploded the finest planets…”                                                                                                                                Is this the end of STAR FORCE?!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Tecmo DEVELOPER: Hudson Soft GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: November 1987   Star Force is like a tumbler of C-grade whiskey all … Continue reading #602 – Star Force