Tag Archives: 1990

#693 – Ultimate Basketball

                                                                                                                                    You can do better than this game, kid.              You’ll be spending most of your time on the side of the court, wishing for a better basketball experience.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: American Sammy DEVELOPER: Aicom GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: September 1990   For whatever reason, basketball is a hard … Continue reading #693 – Ultimate Basketball

#690 – Ultima: Quest of the Avatar

                                                        The poor souls who bought this game used, before FAQs were prevalent…                                                                                                That’s always the question, and never the answer.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Pony Canyon DEVELOPER: Infinity GENRE: RPG RELEASE DATE: December 1990   How groundbreaking Quest of the Avatar must have seemed in 1985. To wit: instead of … Continue reading #690 – Ultima: Quest of the Avatar

#687 – Twin Cobra

                                                               What makes a “mega” chip? And where does one procure two of them?                                                                          No annoying morse-code soundtrack in Twin Cobra, thank God.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: American Sammy DEVELOPER: Micronics GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: January 1990   The NES has a king’s ransom of shoot-em-ups, many of which lack personality, … Continue reading #687 – Twin Cobra

#677 – Total Recall

                                                                                                   Arnold wants his mind back. Who are you to resist?                                                                                                                                          “You should not drink and bake!”   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: Interplay GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: August 1990   Total Recall has an infamous reputation for being one of the worst games of all time. Not just on the … Continue reading #677 – Total Recall

#676 – Top Players Tennis

                                                                                                                   The Asmik dinosaur slightly resembles poo.                                                                                                                              Color scheme by Joker, out of Milan.   PLAYERS: 1-4 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Asmik DEVELOPER: Home Data GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: January 1990   Chris Evert and Ivan Lendl, two former World No. 1 tennis players, lent their good names to Top Players Tennis. I … Continue reading #676 – Top Players Tennis

#675 – Top Gun: The Second Mission

                                                                                                                                                          Uh oh. Storms a’brewin’.                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah, I see ya.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Arcade shooter RELEASE DATE: January 1990   Was Top Gun for the NES a rousing financial success? There’s little reason for this sequel, other than to right the wrongs of the first title. … Continue reading #675 – Top Gun: The Second Mission

#664 – Time Lord

                                                                                                                                 You can’t just become a Time Lord…                                                                                                                                        Ugh, time banditos are the worst.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Milton Bradley DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: September 1990   Time waits for no man, including the man known as “Time Lord.” One would think if your birth name was Time Lord, … Continue reading #664 – Time Lord

#663 – Tiles of Fate

                                                                                                                                                               What sorcery is this?                                                                                Level 5 is when Tiles of Fate decided to ratchet up the difficulty.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: American Video Entertainment DEVELOPER: C&E Inc. GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: 1990   I reviewed Tiles of Fate in September 2012 as part of a fifteen-game multi-cart known as … Continue reading #663 – Tiles of Fate

#660 – Thunderbirds

                                                                                                                                                               Take that, day time!                                                                            Thunderbird 3, hoping to make it out of Varicose Vein Valley alive.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Activision DEVELOPER: Pack-in Video GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: September 1990   Creepy British puppets from the 60s have no place in video games, and yet, in the 80s and early … Continue reading #660 – Thunderbirds

#659 – Thunder & Lightning

                                                                            This cover really does cover every aspect of Thunder & Lightning.                                                                                                                                      Humble beginnings for Mr. Chin.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous/alternating PUBLISHER: Romstar DEVELOPER: Romstar GENRE: Breakout RELEASE DATE: December 1990   Breakout begat Arkanoid which begat Woody Pop which begat Thunder & Lightning. Breakout‘s children range from “uninspired” to “further … Continue reading #659 – Thunder & Lightning

#655 – Terra Cresta

                                                                                                      I’m tickled that Vic Tokai misspelled “century.”                                                                                                                                                                         Nothin’ better.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Vic Tokai DEVELOPER: Nihon Bussan GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: … Continue reading #655 – Terra Cresta

#649 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game

                                                                                                                    The Turtles show no respect for masonry.                                                                                              It was a cold, evil snowmen-with-rockets kind of evening.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Ultra Games DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Beat-em-up RELEASE DATE: December 1990   TMNT II: The Arcade Game, otherwise known as, “What kids wanted all along.” While the original TMNT for … Continue reading #649 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game