HE’S FINALLY BACK TO KICK SOME TAIL!
Ridley Scott’s Xenophobe “Alert! You’re playing Xenophobe! Alert!” PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Sunsoft DEVELOPER: Sunsoft GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: December 1988 Dr. Kwack is a disgruntled duck doctor. Mr. Fogg is a misshapen potato man. Dr. Zordirz is a human of moderate proportions, but he wears an eyepatch … Continue reading #743 – Xenophobe
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
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
Perhaps the cave will hold some pants. Smirking bastards. PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: American Video Entertainment DEVELOPER: American Video Entertainment GENRE: Arcade/Puzzle RELEASE DATE: 1994 I always knew there were Trolls on Treasure Island, but until I learned of this game’s existence, I couldn’t prove it. Trolls On … Continue reading #686 – Trolls on Treasure Island
In the arcade, Trog! had claymation graphics and was playable with 4 players… … but this is definitely not the case in the NES version. PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: Visual Concepts GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: October 1991 If you like your Pac-Man clones smothered in a … Continue reading #684 – Trog!
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
Look at him bro – er, go! Water in the desert? Yeah right, Toobin’. PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Tengen GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: 1989 The concept of Toobin’ is one of the all-time best in video game history. Two bros named Biff and Jet embark on … Continue reading #673 – Toobin’
Twenty levels worth of buncha muncha cruncha dragon. That pile of bones is my dragon carcass. They look a bit like lions, don’t they? PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Bunch Games DEVELOPER: Sachen GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: 1989 Sachen is one of the shiftiest unlicensed developers on the NES, … Continue reading #639 – Tagin’ Dragon
Now you’re playing with a smelly glove! Overcome by boredom. PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Mattel DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: October 1990 Super Glove Ball was designed to be played with the Mattel Power Glove. Even in 1990, this seems insane. Sure, the Power Glove had a great … Continue reading #621 – Super Glove Ball
The fate of the world rests on a goofy green dragon. Shiggy, Shiggy, Shiggy, can’t you see? Sometimes your games just hypnotize me. PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: October 1984 Devil World has the fantastic distinction of being the only Shigeru Miyamoto … Continue reading BONUS ROUND! – Devil World
Feathered wings very much included. Lousy armored cars. Always in the way of progress. PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Sunsoft DEVELOPER: Sunsoft GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: September 1987 So Spy Hunter‘s an “arcade classic” right? Then why is it so void of purpose and meaning? Few games provoke a sense … Continue reading #596 – Spy Hunter