All posts by Ed Murphy

Ginga Ninkyouden

Jaleco’s 1987 arcade action game Ginga Ninkyouden (“Tale of the Galactic Yakuza”) tells the story of Yatchan, a young gangster

Tank Battalion (Other Games)

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Tank Battalion

Tancle (タンくる) – Windows (2008) In the mid-2000s, Namco partnered with Japanese online game developer VerX to resurrect its older

Tank Force

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Tank Battalion

It would take another six years until Namco put out the next installment in the series, developed exclusively for arcades.

Tank Battalion / Battle City

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Tank Battalion

From the late ‘70s to the early ‘80s, commonly dubbed the golden age of arcade gaming, Namco found its footing

Tower of Babel, The

Mesopotamian mythology, originating from the earliest footnotes in human history, is a popular subject in pop culture when it comes

Astrocounter of Crescents

Astrocounter of Crescents, a 1996 mecha beat-em-up from Korea, is many things. It’s heralded as a hallmark of the ‘90s

Hook (Arcade)

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Hook

Hook is a 1991 fantasy film directed by Steven Spielberg, acting as a continuation to the original Peter Pan play/novel

Zero Team

The Japanese developer Seibu Kaihatsu is famous as a shoot-em-up creator thanks to their hugely popular Raiden series, but their


Amongst the lineage of peppy Taito platformers, Recalhorn is something of a missing link, primarily because it was never publicly


Developed and released exclusively in South Korea during the DOS heydays, Lychnis is a 2D platformer, and a very average

Uju Geobukseon

It may sound surprising, but long, long before they’re testing the water with Nuon or VR accessories, Samsung Electronics already used

Manic Game Girl

Manic Game Girl is a mildly interesting piece of history that holds some unusual records behind it. First and foremost,

Darkside Story

Darkside Story looks and feels like one of those beat-em-ups that tried to ride on the popularity ignited by the genre’s

J. J. Squawkers

Athena is a company that fits the definition of “middle-in-the-line”. It was founded in July 1987, and stayed in the

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