All posts by Michael Plasket

Castle of Dragon

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Castle of Dragon

Sword-and-sorcery fantasy is perhaps the basest you can get for video game inspiration. You know, games with dragons, wizards, barbarians,

Strider 2

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Strider

After the awful Strider Returns pretty much obliterated the integrity of the franchise, Strider seemed long gone. Loyal Capcom fans

Bio Force Ape

Some Japanese companies just never get a big break and remain veiled in obscurity, even by history. But who the

Strider (NES)

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Strider

The NES version of Strider was developed simultaneously with the more famous arcade version, but it’s a huge departure from


This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Strider

Game companies seldom keep all of their founding members on the team. After his tenure at Capcom, Strider director Kouichi


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.

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