All posts by Nick Zverloff


Vimana is one of Toaplan’s most unique shooters. The level design is particularly creative, along with a unique charge shot and

Fire Shark

Fire Shark is the vastly improved sequel to Flying Shark. The most common complaint of Flying Shark was that your plane was too weak


In 1984, a Taito subsidiary called Allumer developed a game called Great Swordsman, one of the first one-on-one fighting games ever


This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Vasara

The Vasara games are two fairly unique manic shooters. They’re set in medieval Japan, but feature giant flying robots, much like Compile’s M.U.S.H.A. and Robo Aleste.

Escape From Hell

The old days of computer RPGs were mostly dominated by the fantasy genre, with titles such as Ultima, and Might and Magic being


The Super Famicom was home to a number of excellent action-RPGs, amongst them Illusions of Gaia, Soul Blazer, Terranigma, Brain Lord, and many others.

Flame Zapper Kotsujin

For the most part, NEC’s PC-9801 platform was largely known for strategy games, RPGs and visual novels. While there are

Vasara 2

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Vasara

Visco’s follow up to Vasara was their last game and came out only a year later. It made a few changes to


Alantia, developed by Cross Media Soft and published by Victor Musical Industries, is a rail shooter for the PC88VA and

Zero Wing

Zero Wing is one of Toaplan’s most well known games, at least in English speaking territories, mostly because of the “All

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