Category: Review

Magic Sword

Due to the popularity of RPGs like Dragon Quest, a number of Japanese arcade games experimented with melding role-playing elements

Youkai Yashiki

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Abadox

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Arctic Adventure

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Nevada Smith

The sequel to Pharoah’s Tomb, although it’s nothing majorly different from its prequel. You are still Nevada Smith, and after

Pharaoh’s Tomb

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Nevada Smith

Another game by Micro/FX and George Broussard (who somehow managed to spell his last name wrong on the title screen),

SonSon II

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Black Tiger

Capcom’s barbarian-themed arcade game Black Tiger was scheduled to be ported to the PC Engine at one point. However, sometime during

Black Tiger

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Black Tiger

Capcom’s Black Tiger is one of the many dark fantasy barbarian-themed arcade games of the mid/late 80s, undoubtedly inspired by

Son Son

Much of Capcom’s early output was dominated by shoot-em-ups, and most of these – Vulgus, Exed Exes, 1942 – were

Mega Man 11

This entry is part 13 of 38 in the series Mega Man

The departure of Keiji Inafune from Capcom left multiple franchises under his watch floating in limbo. Most striking was the

Creepy Castle

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Shadow Blasters

Released in the early days of the Genesis, Shadow Blasters is an obscure side-scroller with a few bright ideas. In

Speed Rumbler, The

Capcom’s The Speed Rumbler is very much inspired by Mad Max and Road Warrior. Taking place in a vaguely post-apocalyptic

Kickle Cubicle

Grid-based puzzles have been around for centuries. The classic sliding-tile puzzle, often seen at infuriating moments in video games, was

Kitty on Your Lap

It’s common to see games take on reputations more concerned with the idea the game represents than with its actual

428: Shibuya Scramble

Chunsoft is one of the great pioneers of Japanese storytelling. In 1991, they developed and published Otogirisou (“St. John’s Wort”), a