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Blue Tights 青いタイツ

For the first time in a very long time a game made me gave me a case of the “what the fuck?”s. Literally. I opened up this game and said “what the fuuuuuck?” as soon as the gameplay started. My wife was all like “stop talking to your computer, you know it can’t hear you”, so I was all like “go make me a turkey pot pie!” and then she hit me up the back of the head.…

Alex Kidd in Miracle World

Alex Kidd in Miracle World was developed and published by Sega before being released in 1986 on the Sega Master System. It would eventually prove to be the defining game of the Master System until and certain blue hedgehog with a disregard for speed limits would hit the scene much later in the 90’s. When the Master System 2 was released, Alex Kidd in Miracle world was actually built into the system, with no cartridge needed to play the game.…

Yamamoto san

Yamamoto San is a side scrolling platformer from a freeware developer by the name of Yuzuru Yasuda . I think that might actually be his real name. The game has 16 levels in total, each offering plenty of platform jumping and baddie busting action. The first couple of levels are actually a kind of training mode which is entirely in Japanese, however anyone familiar with platform games should have zero trouble figuring out the basics.…

Excelsior, Phase One

Excelsior, Phase One is the first of two freeware role playing games produced by 11th Dimension Entertainment. The first game is reminiscent of the early Ultima games, while the second installment looks and plays more like one of the later entries in the Ultima series. In my humble and often disregarded opinion, Excelsior Phase One trumps the lot. Well maybe it doesn’t quite “trump” the Ultima series, but it is definitely on the same level.…

RIAH

RIAH is a freeware platformer that looks and plays a lot like a classic NES or SMS title. It looks very “8-bit”. You play a heroine who is on some sort of quest for some reason or another. Absolutely no story is given in this game, but it is actually kind of nice not to have to sit through screens of back story and some bullshit training mode before you can even start playing the game itself.…

NJ Doom

NJ Doom is a custom WAD file for Doom. A WAD file holds the level data itself and *is* essentially the game, so a custom WAD file is really just a way of saying a custom set of Doom levels. There are hundreds of such WAD files floating about, and it might surprise some to know that the Doom 1 & 2 modding community is still alive and kicking after all these years.…

Sonic Chaos

Sonic the Hedgehog Chaos, also known as ‘Sonic and Tails’ in Japan, is one of the final 8bit incarnations of everyone’s favorite hyperactive blue hedgehog Sonic, and the first 8bit appearance of his unassuming fox-that-flies-for-some-reason, Tails. Released in late 1993 for both the Sega Master System and Game Gear, Sonic the Hedgehog Chaos (or just ‘Sonic Chaos’ as it is normally called) was met with positive, yet unenthusiastic reviews.…

Parity Shot Integral

Parity shot integral is a side-scrollling shooter created by indie Japanese game developer Crane House. I’m not actually sure what the status of this indie game group is because, despite the download page for this game still being up, their homepage seems to be gone. As far as cutesy Japanese side-scrolling shooters go, it’s pretty good. The download is available directly from their website.…

Fist of the North Star (Famicon)

Fist of the North Star is a legendary Japanese manga series which ran in the mid-80’s. It spawned an anime series, a (terrible) live action film and, of course, a string of tie-in video games. The Famicon version isn’t the very first video game incarnation of the series, but it is as good a place as any to start.

For those who are not familiar with the original manga series, it revolves around Kenshiro, a wandering ass-kicker who wanders around a post-apocalyptic wasteland kicking the asses of all he feels deserve and ass kicking.…

Future Cop: LAPD

Future Cop LAPD was published by Electronic Arts (before they turned into the glorified crap factory they are today) in 1998 for the Sony Playstation. The game puts the player in the giant metallic shoes of an X1 Alpha: a sophisticated anti-crime vehicle murder factory on legs. The X1 Alpha is a run-of-the-mill combat mecha which also has the ability to transform into a fast, deadly, and damn near uncontrollable hover craft.…