The first two of three Wizardry games by D.W. Bradley, who managed to restore the aged series back to glory and was considered one of the big CRPG masterminds of the early 1990s.
Phozon Sep 28, 2014
An early 80s action game from Namco based on creating chemical compounds. It's more fun than it sounds!
SWAT (Sega) Sep 28, 2014
This Sega developed (but Bally Midway distributed in the US) arcade game has nothing to do with beating terrorists, and everything to do with beating down alien invasions as a tiny dude riding a flying surfboard.
Gigas Sep 28, 2014
Sega somewhat shamelessly apes another popular game with this Arkanoid clone.
Heavy Metal (Sega) Sep 28, 2014
Nothing to do with either the magazine, movie or even the music genre, this is an early arcade shooter from Sega.
Elemental Master Sep 25, 2014
An overhead fantasy metal shooter for the Genesis from the same guys as Thunder Force.
Your Weekly Kusoge: King's Quest V (NES) Sep 24, 2014
Sierra's classic point-and-adventure game ended up on the NES, with less than optimal results.
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Smash TV / Total Carnage Sep 22, 2014
Midway reworks the classic dual joystick shooter Robotron 2084 into two spiritual successors, a satirical game show and a comical war blastathon.
Torin's Passage Sep 20, 2014
Al Lowe takes a break from raunchy lounge lizards to design this family friend fantasy adventure, which once again bests Sierra's own flagship series.
The Black Cauldron Sep 20, 2014
This early Sierra game, based off the Disney animated film, one ups the company's own Kings Quest series with branching paths, less frustrating gameplay, and an easy to use interface.
The Amazing Adventures of ANSiDude Sep 20, 2014
The days of games made under the DOS video mode restrictions are long gone, but The Amazing Adventures of ANSiDude is one of the weirder ones.
Your Weekly Kusoge: Smashing Drive Sep 17, 2014
"Smashing Drive will make you the devil's slave!", says the in-game lyrics. That's only part of this baffling racing game's "appeal".
Hoccer Sep 17, 2014
While billed on the flyer as "The Sport of the 21st Century," Hoccer is a fast-paced action game where the goal is to murder everyone.
Wizardry Sep 15, 2014
We're finally starting our retrospective on (mostly) the North American arm of the massive ancient dungeon crawler RPG franchise. This first part takes a look at how the series came into being, it's impact on the world and of course the first games.
System Shock Sep 14, 2014
Explore infested space stations and jack into cyberspace to defeat the evil AI SHODAN in these two FPS/RPG classics, the predecessors to Bioshock.
Welcome to the hell house! Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: Castlevania includes 158 pages with full reviews of over thirty Castlevania titles - starting from the 1986 Nintendo original up to the 2014 Lords of Shadow 2 - plus reviews of clone games, soundtracks, books, trivia, and more! Now available on Amazon US and most other Amazon sites.
First Strike - Five Nights at Freddy's Sep 13, 2014
In the latest episode of our indie game podcast, Guru Larry returns to join KaL Yoshika and Snarboo in discussing the latest Youtube jumpscare sensation about a bunch of creepy animatronics in an amusement venue. Also check out our short review of the game from a few weeks back.
Fighting Layer Sep 11, 2014
Arika, developers of the Street Fighter EX series, try their hand at an original 2.5D fighting game, one featuring ninjas and sharks.
Blog: HG101 State of the Union - September 2014 Sep 10, 2014
Updates on the Castlevania and Konami Shooter book, plus a summary of all of the articles from the past month.
Play as the heroic Superman as he fights evil by...playing Sudoku.
Game Club 199X Episode 33: Game Center CX2 Sep 10, 2014
You really stepped in it this time, dum-dum! HG101 tackles the recently fan-translated RGC2 and interviews lead translator Aaron Tokunaga.
Mega Man: Classic Series Sep 8, 2014
This week we present the final (for now) part in our huge Mega Man feature, including a dozen mobile games, the fan-game-turned-official-product Street Fighter x Mega Man, a shameless rip-off and all those cross media tie-ins.
Inventories: 1980s Video Game Heroines Sep 5, 2014
More than 75 games from the 1980s featuring women in starring or supporting roles.
Your Weekly Kusoge: Sonic's Schoolhouse Sep 3, 2014
Join Sonic the Hedgehog as he does a poor job teaching you English and math!
Mega Man: Classic Series Sep 1, 2014
Licensed games: Tiger Handhelds, the infamous DOS games, the WonderSwan stint and a bunch of surprising Taiwanese contributions.
Mercenary Kings Aug 30, 2014
Metal Slug meets Borderlands in this mission-based action game with gorgeous spritework.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Aug 29, 2014
This Ukranian developed FPS takes place in a completely nihilistic nuclear wasteland, where death and failure are commonplace.
Your Weekly Kusoge: Spanish for Everyone Aug 27, 2014
This innocuous looking DS shovelware title is actually full of drug smugglers, prostitutes, lots of casual racism, and talking bulls.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the first volume of The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers book, featuring 526 pages packed with interviews, is now available for purchase on Amazon and the CreateSpace e-Store.
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