All posts by Michael Plasket

Vice: Project Doom

A cliché statement though it is, imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery. Unscrupulous designers thought they could be

Taboo: The Sixth Sense

1983 was when I, Robot hit arcades with its prototypical 3D graphics, but it also came with a curious secondary

My Hero

The term “beat-em-up” is loosely ascribed to any action game wherein large quantities of enemies are dispatched by a much

Tranquilizer Gun

Sega’s Tranquilizer Gun (in Japan consistently misspelled with an extra “l”), developed for the Sega VIC Dual hardware, has a


The basic formula for a shoot-em-up game is to set it in space and/or over an expansive landscape, make your

Pig Newton

The least likely sources can sometimes make for the least likely video games. Ever hear of Wild West: Cowboys of Moo

I’m Sorry

Video games don’t often tackle satirical matters, but back in the mid-eighties when games were in a bizarre state of

Burai Fighter

KID, standing for “Kindle Imagine Develop,” was a developer who made some pretty decent NES action games, most of which

Rogue Legacy

The Roguelike. Named after the 1980 computer game Rogue, a subset of role-playing games where a lone adventurer wanders through a

Mercenary Kings

Tribute Games is one of several independent game companies looking to carve their notch in virtual history, and they seem


It was hard to accurately replicate sports games in the early eighties. For a game as simple as table tennis, Pong was

Peace Keepers, The

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Rushing Beat

The third installment, Rushing Beat Shura, is a curious entity that has more dimension and sustainability than your run-of-the-mill brawler. Depending

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami was such an explosive hit that propelled Cactus and Dennis Wedin to an unprecedented height of fame. While

Chimera Beast

Good ol’ Jaleco. While not quite as famous as other quirky developers and publishing companies like Taito and Data East,

Survival Arts

The early nineties were a bizarre time in arcades worldwide. One-on-one fighting games reigned in the public eye thanks to Street


Every company has their oddballs and one-offs that get eclipsed by their bigger franchises. Urban Champion is more or less forgotten by

RayCrisis: Series Termination

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series RayForce

The Ray- series has a morbidly fascinating backstory to it, light and understated though it may be. Granted, RayStorm did not get really grim

Toki no Senshi – Chrono Soldier

The mid-eighties saw the inception of a genre known as run-and-guns, which were popularized by the likes of Capcom’s Commando and SNK’s Ikari


Platformers may be the poster child for what anybody thinks of when the word “retro” is mentioned in tandem with

Dark Tower

Bubble Bobble was one of Taito’s biggest hits since Space Invaders, spawning a high number of imitators trying to match its basic

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