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Taken on its own terms, there is little of interest about Revolter, a vertically scrolling PC88 shooter released in 1988. A

Longest Journey, The

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Longest Journey, The

By the latter half of the ‘90s, the adventure genre was on its last legs. By the turn of the

Holy Diver

  Though not extraordinarily well known in North America, Irem released several quality games, most of which were designated for


Most retro game fans will have heard of Assault Suits Valken on the SNES, known as Cybernator in the West. A fantastic

Earnest Evans

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Earnest Evans

Earnest Evans desperately wants to be Indiana Jones – you can tell this just by looking at the American cover.

Annet Futatabi

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Earnest Evans

Annet Futatabi – usually translated as “Annet Again,” but a better translation would be “Annet Returns” – is the third and

Cliffhanger, The: Edward Randy

Since the early days of the medium, video games have been trying desperately to mimic movies. It probably began with

Drakengard 2

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Drakengard

Drakengard wasn’t exactly a smash in Japan or in the States, but, for whatever reason, it seemed to develop quite a

Actraiser 2

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Actraiser

The highly-anticipated sequel to ActRaiser appeared at first glance to deliver a fantastic combination of familiar elements and new designs.

El Viento

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Earnest Evans

The “Earnest Evans Series” is a trilogy of games for the Genesis and Mega CD, created by Wolf Team and


Truxton or Tatsujin (Japanese for “Expert”) is a nearly legendary game, at least among Japanese shoot-em-up enthusiasts. Back before the days of danmaku,

Violent Storm

Violent Storm is the final beat-em-up Konami would release for quite some time, and the final one of any real worth.


This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series ICOM MacVentures

The last thing you remember is standing before the wizard Lakmir as he gestured wildly and chanted in an archaic

Night Slashers

Night Slashers is a beat-em-up, and not a particularly revolutionary one, at that. What makes it unique, though, is its


As one of the very first arcade games, it’s surprising that Pong never really got as many remakes or games