All posts by Nick Zverloff

Strikers 1945

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Strikers 1945

Psikyo was one of the leading shooter companies during the mid-’90s, churning out classics famous for fast gameplay, faster bullets,

1944: The Loop Master

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series 19XX

In the late ’90s, Capcom began a push to bring shooters back into the arcades. They contracted several well known

1941: Counter Attack

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series 19XX

1941 is a giant leap forward from the previous two games, fixing many of the problems of 1943 and by extension, 1942. Now that

1943: The Battle of Midway

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series 19XX

Released three years after its predecessor, 1943: The Battle of Midway is a massive improvement. It looks much nicer, has an actual


Toaplan (東亜プラン) was one of the most prolific developers of shooters during its golden age. While many of their earlier

V-Five / Grind Stormer

V-Five, sometimes called V-V and also known as Grind Stormer, was one of Toaplan’s later games. It was programmed by Tsuneki Ikeda, who

Eliminate Down

Names like Konami, Irem and Toaplan dominate the discussion of great 16-bit shooter developers, but few words are ever spoken about Aprinet. This is because

Oh Shit!

Oh Shit! is such a bizarre creation, one that’s totally unashamed to swear and steal at the same time. It’s

Twin Cobra II

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Twin Cobra

Takumi, one of the four companies that formed after Toaplan closed its doors, finished Twin Cobra II. It was almost completed

Twin Hawk

Twin Hawk, directed by Lee Ohta, is notable for giving the player the ability to command a whole squadron of

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