Tag Archives: Arcade

#743 – Xenophobe

                                                                                                                                                                 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

#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

#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

#686 – Trolls on Treasure Island

                                                                                                                                 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

#684 – Trog!

                                                 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!

#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

#673 – Toobin’

                                                                                                                                                                         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’

#639 – Tagin’ Dragon

                                                                                          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

#621 – Super Glove Ball

                                                                                                                          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

BONUS ROUND! – Devil World

                                                                                            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

#596 – Spy Hunter

                                                                                                                                  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