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Mutation Nation Aug 3, 2015

The Neo Geo wasn't exactly home to a huge number of a beat-em-ups, but this early title from SNK is a fairly decent one.

Inventories: 1980s Video Game Heroines (update) Aug 2, 2014

Our gallery of old video games with women in starring and (playable) supporting roles has been greatly expanded, now including more than 100 titles.

Your Weekly Kusoge: Ninja Golf Aug 1, 2015

Ninjas and golf come together at last in this Atari 7800 title.

Technobabylon July 30, 2015

Wadjet Eye's latest point and click adventure is a gorgeous looking cyberpunk thriller with three playable protagonists.

Hotline Miami 2 July 30, 2015

The sequel to 2012's brutal indie stealth/shooter changes up the formula a bit, with mixed results.

Crusader Kings July 25, 2015

A super deep medieval politics simulation with a somewhat dry presentation by Paradox Interactive that truly managed to shine with the second game.

Odallus: The Dark Call July 23, 2015

Developed by JoyMaster, the same folks beyond Oniken, this gothic action game channels numerous 8 and 16-bit classics, particularly Dracula X and Demon's Crest, with its huge branching levels.

Your Weekly Kusoge: Bouncers July 23, 2015

This combination 2D fighting/basketball game for the Sega CD from Dynamix sure is an interesting experiment...

Final Blow & Prime Time Fighters July 22, 2015

Two arcade boxing titles by Taito, five years apart, and a great example of the shift of the dominant aesthetic sensibilities in Japanese arcade games during that time period.

Now available again: Call of Cthulhu: Shadow of the Comet & Prisoner of Ice July 22, 2015

Both of Infogrames' adventure games based on the Cthulhu mythos are now available on GOG.com, so now is a great time to check out our article.

Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm July 20, 2015

This doujin fighting game by some The King of Fighters veterans has recently received a larger update.

Game Club 199X: Battle Arena Toshinden & Bushido Blade July 20, 2015

It's a 3D death tournament at the HG101 Temple, where Snarboo and his warrior monks cross swords with PSX fighers Bushido Blade and Battle Arena Toshinden.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! The Riddle of Master Lu July 20, 2015

Finally carried over from the Guide to Classic Graphic Adventures, a point-and-click adventure based on Robert Ripley's columns about strange and bizarre historical facts (or fictions) from the 1930s.

Your Weekly Kusoge: Mindseeker July 15, 2015

A psychic trainer for the Famicom. Learn to herald your extra sensory powers, as taught by the Japanese equivalent of Uri Geller. It is simultaneously fascinating and extraordinarily dull.

Faria July 14, 2015

A rather simple NES action-RPG with an odd sense of humor, starring a female protagonist that was hidden under the surface by the American marketing.

500-Word Indies: Noir Syndrome July 12, 2015

This neato detective mystery randomly generates scenarios and gives you just a few minutes to solve them.

Lost in Time July 12, 2015

The heroine from Fascination (below) stars in this time traveling multimedia adventure game, filled with tons of cheesy digitized stills and typically absurd Coktel Vision puzzles.

Fascination July 12, 2015

One of the many weird erotic adventure games from Coktel Vision, and one of the few translated into English, this globe hopping spy adventure has cheap, gaudy thrills but not much else. (NSFW)

The Blackstone Chronicles July 12, 2015

Explore a decommissioned insane asylum in Legend's last adventure game, based on John Saul's Blackstone series of books.

The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes July 8, 2015

There are numerous adventure games based on Sherlock Homes, but these are two parts of the "Lost Files" series - The Case of the Serrated Scalpel and Case of the Rose Tattoo - published in the 90s by Electronic Arts.

ThunderFox July 5, 2015

Taito's 80s action movie homage ThunderFox channels both their previous The Ninja Warriors, as well as other military "run-and-stab" games like Rush N' Attack.

Ninja Combat July 3, 2015

ADK's ninja-themed beat-em-up was cool as a Neo Geo launch title, though time has not been kind to it.

Phelios July 2, 2015

Ride Pegasus and fight through hordes of creatures based on Greek mythology in this vertical shooter from Namco.

Doomsday Warrior July 1, 2015

Telenet's Doomsday Warrior looks like total trash at glance, but actually has a couple of interesting ideas for a 1992 fighting game.

Your Weekly Kusoge: Ghoul School July 1, 2015

This creepy NES action-adventure gets an "A" for effort, but about a "D" in practice

The Summer Video Game Story Bundle June 24, 2015

HG101 Presents: Castlevania is part of the latest Storybundle! For $12, you can grab a digital copy of this, as well as The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers, all 12 issues of the fantastic Scroll magazine, a Boss Fights Book on Bible Adventures, and lots more great video game writing!

Batman (Sunsoft) June 21, 2015

With the release of Arkham Knight, why not check out some of the earlier Batman titles? Though not the first Batman games, SunSoft's games were developed to tie in with the 1989 movie, and were much better than Ocean's earlier efforts. This article includes the NES, Genesis, Game Boy and PC Engine versions of Batman: The Video Game, along with Revenge/Return of the Joker for the NES, Genesis and Game Boy.

Seven Cities of Gold / Heart of Africa June 21, 2015

More old home computer stuff with two seminal exploration adventures by 1980s game designer legend Danielle Berry.

Alter Ego June 20, 2015

Live out an entire virtual life, told in little "choose your own adventure" episodes. One of the foundational works of slow life simulation games, created by actual psychologist Peter J. Favaro.

Time Killers / Bloodstorm June 18, 2015

A super kusoge article, covering both stupidly exploitative (and terribly playing) fighting games from Strata, with terrible art and awful pretty much everything else. Also, according to urban legend, one of these games was responsible for getting Johnny Cage fired!

HG101 at Too Many Games 2015 June 16, 2015

Are you going to Too Many Games, the video game convention on Oaks, PA from June 26-38? If so, cool! I'll be there at a table, selling books and assorted video game stuff. Feel free to stop by and chat about old video games!

Marvel Land June 15, 2015

A fairly decent amusement park-themed platformer from Namco. Most well known for its Genesis port, which was one of the better games of its type, until Sonic came around.

Spotlight: EarthBound / Mother June 15, 2015

The original NES version of EarthBound has been officially released in the West for the very first time. It's available right now on the Wii U Virtual Console! Be sure to catch up on the history of the series with our in-depth article.

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Might and Magic

Cinematic Milestones

Alone in the Dark

Prince of Persia

Another World

Fighting Games

Virtua Fighter

Fatal Fury

King of Fighters



Konami Shooters



Monkey Island

Gabriel Knight

Leisure Suit Larry

Side-Scrolling Action

Ninja Gaiden

Mega Man



Space Harrier

Golden Axe



Bionic Commando


Final Fight



Moon Crystal

Holy Diver

Super Famicom

Gunple: Gunman's Proof


Rendering Ranger: R2

Japanese PS1

Panzer Bandit

Harmful Park

Gunner's Heaven


Tracing the Influence

A History of Korean Gaming

Japanese Artwork of Western Games

Franchise Profiles


Donald Duck

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


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