Tag Archives: RPG

#751 – Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

                                                                                                                                                 “Ultimate challenge” indeed.                                                                                                                      That ol’ boy needs to learn him some respect.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Action/RPG RELEASE DATE: December 1988   Zelda II is white-hot rage pockets mixed with moments of fleeting joy. It’s a jilted ex-lover employing a psychosexual hold over your thoughts, emotions, … Continue reading #751 – Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

#729 – Wizardry: Knight of Diamonds – the Second Scenario

                                                                                                                           No quips necessary. This is a great cover.                                                                                                              These rabbits tore my company apart. Truth.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: ASCII Entertainment DEVELOPER: Game Studio GENRE: RPG RELEASE DATE: April 1992   “Second Scenario” indeed. Wizardry: Knight of Diamonds isn’t so much a sequel as it is a slight upgrade over … Continue reading #729 – Wizardry: Knight of Diamonds – the Second Scenario

#728 – Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord

                                                                                               Tell me more about this Game Save Memory Feature!                                                                                                                                      Take back what’s yours, bolshoi.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nexoft DEVELOPER: Game Studio GENRE: RPG RELEASE DATE: July 1990   If you don’t know about the Wizardry series, here’s a brief breakdown: it’s one of the most influential RPGs of all … Continue reading #728 – Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord

#725 – Willow

                                 “Willow: Back 2 Tha Ufgood” was the proposed existential sequel. It never came to pass.                                                                                                                            “Is that you, Smaug? My, you’ve aged!”   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Capcom DEVELOPER: Capcom GENRE: Action/RPG RELEASE DATE: December 1989   Willow is an obviously well-constructed action-RPG, with gorgeous animation and graphics, solid controls, and … Continue reading #725 – Willow

#691 – Ultima: Warriors of Destiny

                                                                                                                                                          “Cometh at me, brother!”                                                                                                                                                    Oh, the horrible memories.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: FCI DEVELOPER: Origin GENRE: RPG RELEASE DATE: January 1993   The Ultima ports on the NES are defined by their varying quality. Exodus had its faults (some might say ‘quirks’), but it was playable. Quest of the Avatar … Continue reading #691 – Ultima: Warriors of Destiny

#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

#689 – Ultima: Exodus

                                      The cover looks like an off-Broadway theater production manned by sitcom rejects.                                                                                                                                                      Our intrepid pixel people.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Pony Canyon DEVELOPER: Origin GENRE: RPG RELEASE DATE: February 1989   Ultima: Exodus is the third of nine games in the long-heralded, predominantly PC series Ultima. But it’s the first … Continue reading #689 – Ultima: Exodus

#672 – Tombs & Treasure

                                                                                                 Don’t you hate it when that happens?                                                                                                                     El Slug! Priceless.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Infocom DEVELOPER: Compile GENRE: Adventure/RPG RELEASE DATE: June 1991   Tombs & Treasure (perhaps the ultimate winning combination) stars a tow-headed young lad and his green-haired girlfriend as they search for clues regarding the disappearance … Continue reading #672 – Tombs & Treasure

#665 – Times of Lore

                                                                                                                                        Evocative cover for a bland game.                                                                                                                              *rimshot*   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Toho DEVELOPER: Origin GENRE: Action/RPG RELEASE DATE: May 1991   Times of Lore answers the question, “What if the original Dragon Warrior was a non-threatening action-RPG?” You play as a knight, valkyrie, or barbarian who runs errands for powerful … Continue reading #665 – Times of Lore

#634 – Swords and Serpents

                                                                                                                                                                   Bringing the hotness.                                                                                                       Goblins are known for shanking ’round these parts.   PLAYERS: 1-4 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: Interplay GENRE: RPG RELEASE DATE: August 1990   The NES really wasn’t built for first-person RPGs. Games such as Might and Magic and The Bard’s Tale were ambitious, clunky computer ports that … Continue reading #634 – Swords and Serpents

#525 – River City Ransom

                                          Not all American gamers want to see American bros on a Japanese brawler, Technos.                                                                                                                  These frat boys deserve a good pummeling.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Technos DEVELOPER: Million GENRE: Beat-em-up/RPG RELEASE DATE: January 1990   Alex and Ryan are your average high school students. They love gel in their … Continue reading #525 – River City Ransom

#420 – Might & Magic: Secret of the Inner Sanctum

                                                                                      This is one gnarly looking cover. Why is your party pint-size?                                                   Go ahead, Fighters… see what happens when you waltz down that corridor.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: American Sammy DEVELOPER: G-Amusements GENRE: RPG RELEASE DATE: August 1992   Unless you like your RPGs on the slower end, my guess is, … Continue reading #420 – Might & Magic: Secret of the Inner Sanctum