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Dead or Alive Sep 3, 2015

The fifth numbered episode of Tecmo's cheesecakefightingfest has been out for quite a while now, but we finally brought our series coverage up to date. Also includes more screenshots and slightly revised text for the older parts.

Pepsiman Aug 31, 2015

Deliver the bounty of Pepsi unto thirsty souls, as you control the company's Japanese mascot in an on-foot racing game for the PS1.

Suzuki Bakuhatsu Aug 25, 2015

A Japan only PlayStation puzzle game with really weird story sequences about a woman who keeps happening upon bombs in her everyday life and has to disarm them.

Princess Maker 2 (English) Aug 24, 2015

Gainax's famous daughter raising sim is fairly prolific in Japan, and the second one was almost published in English. This is the story of the unreleased IBM PC port.

Ring of Red Aug 21, 2015

Konami's answer to Front Mission, in Ring of Red, you command mechas in tactical warfare in an alternate history where Japan became a Cold War battlefield.

Hebereke Aug 20, 2015

Western (or at least European) gamers might remember this Sunsoft mascot and his friends from the two falling block puzzlers that were localized in English, but in Japan the gang appeared in a wide variety of genres.

UPL Interview with Ryuichi Nishizawa Aug 18, 2015

UPL Corporation ("Universal Play Land") was at the forefront of the Japanese arcade development scene. Though relatively obscure outside of Japan, inside the country they are well known for classics such as Majou no Bouken: Ninja-kun, NOVA2001 (pictured), Gomola Speed, and Penguin-kun Wars. Many of these are currently available for download on the PlayStation 4 as part of the Arcade Archives series. We spoke to Ryuichi Nishizawa, who was an early employee of the company and worked on four titles, before he left and founded Escape/Westone.

Game Club 199X: ROM Hacks Special Aug 18, 2015

Post about a podcast better late than never, they say, so listen to the HG101 Podcast Collective plumbing the history and mysteries of ROM hacks.

Roadblasters Aug 16, 2015

Atari's classic car combat game is a mix of Pole Position and Spy Hunter.

Rollergames Aug 14, 2015

There are two Konami games based off the forgotten roller derby combat TV show of the late 80s, one a passable arcade game and the other an interesting beat-em-up/platforing hybrid for the NES.

Kuri Kinton Aug 12, 2015

This run of the mill Kung Fu Master clone from Taito generously "borrows" fighters from classic manga like Fist of the North Star and Dragon Ball.

Your Weekly Kusoge: Hooters Road Trip Aug 10, 2015

Who knew that a game purportedly featuring boobs would be so incredibly boring?

500-Word Indies: LYNE Aug 10, 2015

Instead of taking notes from puzzle classics, LYNE takes pages from pen and paper puzzles like Sudoku, creating a very simple series of puzzles that constantly find new ways to frizz out your brain and keep you hooked.

Gargoyle Games Aug 8, 2015

Company profile on the British graphic adventure pioneers, who were most famous for the surprisingly fluid animation in their games. Includes extensive descriptions of Tir Na Nog, Dun Darach, Marsport and Heavy on the Magick, alongside quick looks at the company's many action games.

Toy Commander Aug 5, 2015

A Dreamcast action game where you wage a tiny scale war inside an ordinary home.

The Consuming Shadow Aug 4, 2015

The newest and best game by Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, a roguelike survival horror adventure with Lovecraftian atmosphere.

Mutation Nation Aug 3, 2015

The Neo Geo wasn't exactly home to a huge number of a beat-em-ups, but this early title from SNK is a fairly decent one.

Inventories: 1980s Video Game Heroines (update) Aug 2, 2014

Our gallery of old video games with women in starring and (playable) supporting roles has been greatly expanded, now including more than 100 titles.

Your Weekly Kusoge: Ninja Golf Aug 1, 2015

Ninjas and golf come together at last in this Atari 7800 title.

Technobabylon July 30, 2015

Wadjet Eye's latest point and click adventure is a gorgeous looking cyberpunk thriller with three playable protagonists.

Hotline Miami 2 July 30, 2015

The sequel to 2012's brutal indie stealth/shooter changes up the formula a bit, with mixed results.

Crusader Kings July 25, 2015

A super deep medieval politics simulation with a somewhat dry presentation by Paradox Interactive that truly managed to shine with the second game.

Odallus: The Dark Call July 23, 2015

Developed by JoyMaster, the same folks beyond Oniken, this gothic action game channels numerous 8 and 16-bit classics, particularly Dracula X and Demon's Crest, with its huge branching levels.

Your Weekly Kusoge: Bouncers July 23, 2015

This combination 2D fighting/basketball game for the Sega CD from Dynamix sure is an interesting experiment...

Final Blow & Prime Time Fighters July 22, 2015

Two arcade boxing titles by Taito, five years apart, and a great example of the shift of the dominant aesthetic sensibilities in Japanese arcade games during that time period.

Now available again: Call of Cthulhu: Shadow of the Comet & Prisoner of Ice July 22, 2015

Both of Infogrames' adventure games based on the Cthulhu mythos are now available on GOG.com, so now is a great time to check out our article.

Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm July 20, 2015

This doujin fighting game by some The King of Fighters veterans has recently received a larger update.

Game Club 199X: Battle Arena Toshinden & Bushido Blade July 20, 2015

It's a 3D death tournament at the HG101 Temple, where Snarboo and his warrior monks cross swords with PSX fighers Bushido Blade and Battle Arena Toshinden.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! The Riddle of Master Lu July 20, 2015

Finally carried over from the Guide to Classic Graphic Adventures, a point-and-click adventure based on Robert Ripley's columns about strange and bizarre historical facts (or fictions) from the 1930s.

Your Weekly Kusoge: Mindseeker July 15, 2015

A psychic trainer for the Famicom. Learn to herald your extra sensory powers, as taught by the Japanese equivalent of Uri Geller. It is simultaneously fascinating and extraordinarily dull.

Faria July 14, 2015

A rather simple NES action-RPG with an odd sense of humor, starring a female protagonist that was hidden under the surface by the American marketing.

500-Word Indies: Noir Syndrome July 12, 2015

This neato detective mystery randomly generates scenarios and gives you just a few minutes to solve them.

Lost in Time July 12, 2015

The heroine from Fascination (below) stars in this time traveling multimedia adventure game, filled with tons of cheesy digitized stills and typically absurd Coktel Vision puzzles.

Fascination July 12, 2015

One of the many weird erotic adventure games from Coktel Vision, and one of the few translated into English, this globe hopping spy adventure has cheap, gaudy thrills but not much else. (NSFW)

The Blackstone Chronicles July 12, 2015

Explore a decommissioned insane asylum in Legend's last adventure game, based on John Saul's Blackstone series of books.

The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes July 8, 2015

There are numerous adventure games based on Sherlock Homes, but these are two parts of the "Lost Files" series - The Case of the Serrated Scalpel and Case of the Rose Tattoo - published in the 90s by Electronic Arts.

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