Category: Feature

Some Games We Cannot Play (Dark Age of JRPGs)

Alright, before we can go on with the regular program, here is one issue that we need to deal with

Seiken Densetsu (Dark Age of JRPGs)

No, this has nothing to do with Square’s popular Mana series, despite the identical Japanese title. This one was actually

Dungeon (Dark Age of JRPGs)

Koei’s final RPG for 1983 follows the classic Ultima formula closer than any of the other games shown thus far.

Dear Esther

When approached as a game, Dear Esther is bundled frustration. A game all wandering around an abandoned island sounds like a great

Ken to Mahou / Sword & Sorcery (Dark Age of JRPGs)

  Last week I didn’t get to do another entry unfortunately (although I technically didn’t announce this as a weekly

Franko: The Crazy Revenge

In the early 90s, the success of games like Final Fight, Golden Axe and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the

Home: a unique horror adventure

The protagonist of Home is a nameless guy who wakes up in an unknown house with a wounded leg. Just in the

Edge Grinder

Edge Grinder is a game were you grind along edges. Well, technically it’s a horizontally scrolling shoot-em-up, with lots of alien

Pyongyang Racer

There is nothing that decaying communist dictatorships love like tourism. The Republic of Cuba is a striking example of this

Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi

On paper, a Star Wars fighting game sounds like a terrific concept. After all, some of the most famous parts of all

Paris-Dakar Rally Special

Let’s be honest: Paris-Dakar Rally race car drivers don’t get paid nearly enough. Even with all of the sponsorship money,

Chester Cheetah: Too Cool To Fool

Chester Cheetah, the Cheetos-loving cool cat, was something of a product of the nineties. Cool shades? Attitude? You got it!

Record of Agarest War

In Japan, Idea Factory (アイディアファクトリー) is so renowned for making kusoge it’s affectionately referred to as Idea Fuck (アイディアファック); not

Koneko Monogatari

The publisher Pony Canyon had a reputation for making terrible games for the Famicom, and Koneko Monogatari is no different.

Critical Path

Critical Path is a game that initially was an impressive demonstration of new technology, but had few redeeming qualities after the

Hana no Star Kaidou

In the Famicom game Hana no Star Kaidou, you take on the roles of two fictional musicians – Moeta Hatano and

Super Monkey Daibouken

“Nagai tabi ga hajimaru…” (“The long journey begins…”) proclaims the opening text of Super Monkey Daibouken. And boy, are they

Corpse Killer

Corpse Killer is another largely insufferable FMV game from the creative Digital Pictures team, who were nothing if not prolific.

BCV: Battle Construction Vehicles

BCV, short for Battle Construction Vehicles, and known as Kensetsu Juuki Kenka Battle: Buchigire Kongou! in its native Japan, embraces

Gordo 106: The Mutated Lab Monkey

The golden era of the late 70s and early 80s was ruled by Atari, with them and other publishers often

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