All posts by Michael Plasket

Flashgal

So first things first: The eponymous protagonist of Sega’s Flashgal is Wonder Woman. No, seriously, she may be called “Flashgal” for the

Dr. Micro

Donkey Kong is one of the most influential games in all of history. Shigeru Miyamoto’s brainchild gave rise to the wonderful

Dr. Chaos

Every game system has its super A-list golden games and franchises that everyone knows, terrible games that are notorious for

I, Robot

As one of the oldest companies in virtual entertainment, Atari has been through all sorts of phases and changes in

Lucky & Wild

With the successes of 48 Hours and Lethal Weapon, the buddy cop film genre was thriving in the eighties and nineties. The basic

Ali Baba & The 40 Thieves

It cannot be emphasized enough how much impact Pac-Man had on popular culture. Ask video game score champion Billy Mitchell, songwriter and

Brute Force

  Beat-em-ups are simple and fun, which also led to a lot of samey-ness. While most games strived to be

Comix Zone

Written By Sotenga Sega was at its zenith in the middle of the nineties. Before the looming threat of 32-bit

Holy Diver

  Though not extraordinarily well known in North America, Irem released several quality games, most of which were designated for

Actraiser 2

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Actraiser

The highly-anticipated sequel to ActRaiser appeared at first glance to deliver a fantastic combination of familiar elements and new designs.

Night Slashers

Night Slashers is a beat-em-up, and not a particularly revolutionary one, at that. What makes it unique, though, is its

Windjammers

As one of the very first arcade games, it’s surprising that Pong never really got as many remakes or games

Zunzunkyou no Yabou

There are some games which exist that are incredibly “Japanese.” Being that many games in the eighties and nineties were

HyperZone

The early releases of the SNES were aimed at proving the system’s technical capabilities, particularly the liberal use of Mode

Ninja Kids

Ninjas have been a staple of pop culture for a large portion of the later 20th century, though it’s hard

Nightshade (NES)

The Nintendo Entertainment System is more revered for its fast-paced action games than investigative adventure yarns, the latter of which

Trio the Punch

Some games refuse to be classified by any conventional definition. Trio the Punch‘s existence defies all explanations and laws of

Actraiser

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Actraiser

As one of the many fine titles to herald the success of Nintendo’s new technical powerhouse, ActRaiser had a little

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by Sotenga Even in their early days, Sega were always thinking of bold new concepts to innovate and evolve the

Jackal

Overhead “run-n-gun” shooting games in the vein of Commando and Ikari Warriors normally take place on foot, though the latter allowed you to commandeer

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