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KiddEd – Level Editor for Alex Kidd in Miracle World

KiddED (click here) is a level editor for the Sega Master System classic Alex Kidd in Miracle World which was built into the Master System 2 model.  Despite the name, the Master System 2 wasn’t actually a generation after the original Master System, but rather a re-modeled version which lost the card reader for card-based games and stuck to the cartridge port. Anyway, prior to Sonic the too-radical-for-the-90’s Hedgehog bursting on to the scene, Alex Kidd – the lost prince of a far away fantasy land called Radaxian – was Sega’s flagship character. The level editor gives you a great deal of control of the levels, to the point where you can re-build them from the ground up, however some enemies, particularly bosses, are a hassle to alter but can often be worked around.… Read the rest
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北斗の拳 Fist of the North Star (Famicon)

Fist of the North Star is a legendary manga series which ran for several years during the mid-80’s in Japan. Naturally 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 to start as any. 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. His signature move is the ‘Holy Fist of the North Star’ which consists of Ken attacking his opponent with a flurry of well-placed blows to the abdomen which results in a delayed explosion of the body.… Read the rest
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Games Based on Movies that Don’t Exist: Apocalypse

Apocalypse stars Bruce Willis as Trey Kincaid in a si-fi action-adventure spanning through prison riots, zombie filled sewers and crime ridden city streets all in a desperate attempt to stop the mad scientist, “The Reverend”, from destroying the world by summoning the four horsemen of the apocalypse. As the title would imply, this game is based on a movie that doesn’t exist, but unlike most of the other games which fit into that category, Apocalypse was never intended to be based on any kind of film or franchise. The reason I call it a game based on a non-existant movie is because everyone thinks that it’s a game based on a movie.… Read the rest
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Game Review: Eschalon – Book II

Eschalon : Book II is the second installment in the Eschalon series of role playing games published by indie game studio Basilisk Games. While the game does follow off where Book One finished, it is set a number of years later in the game’s internal time-line. This creates a convenient explanation as to why your character has forgotten all the skills they had built up from the last game. You can’t port your character directly, but you can just as easily re-create him in the character creation screen. You also have the option of creating a female character this time around.… Read the rest
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Movie Remakes I’d Like to See: Weird Science

Released in the summer of 1985, Weird Science took movie goers on a rollercoaster ride of a film with two bumbling nerds who create a woman on their computer who is brought to life by a well-placed bolt of lightning. You might be interested to know that the film was based on a one-off comic titled “Made of the Future” which appeared in a 1950’s EC Comics magazine called, you guessed it, Weird Science. Gary, played by Anthony Michael Hall who was well known at the time for playing the ‘awkward teenage boy’ character, absolutely steals the show with his tenacity, while his shy friend Wyatt, played by Ilan Mitchell-Smith, lays a solid foundation to the pair’s act.… Read the rest
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Games Based on Movies that Don’t Exist: James Bond – The Duel

James Bond : The Duel was released on the Sega Genesis and its 8bit relative, the Master System in 1993 by Domark, which no longer exists as a game creator. Domark actually produced a long list of games before being swallowed by Edios software, with Klax and Desert Strike being among their more notable releases. They also produced video game adaptations of A View to a Kill, 007: License to Kill, The Spy who Loved Me and The Living Daylights, so it’s probably safe to say that they know their shit when it comes to James Bond video games. The game stars Timothy Dalton in his last ever role as 007.… Read the rest
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Movie Remakes I’d Like to See: Flight of the Navigator

Compliance! Flight of the Navigator captured the hearts of a generation. The tale of a boy pushed forward through time due to a miscalculation of an alien spacecraft and its computerized on-board navigation system was, for many, the movie of 1986. Almost any child of the 80’s will have memories of this film. 1986 was quite a while ago. The actor who played David, Joey Cramer, is now 41 years old. Forty-fucking-one. Feel old yet? I know I do. Or at least my liver does. At any rate, I would say that this movie is well overdue for a remake. Since Flight of the Navigator was released, both the Spider-Man and Superman film franchises have been remade three fucking times.… Read the rest
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The Other 8bit Ninja Gaiden

Most people who grew up with a gaming console know of the Ninja Gaiden franchise. It started life as a beat em’ up arcade game which was later ported to a number of systems, most notably the Nintendo Entertainment System. The NES port changed it from a beat em’ up to a fantastically fast-paced but damn-near impossible action platformer which was very well received. There were three Ninja Gaiden games for the NES which are commonly called the “Ninja Gaiden Trilogy”, mostly due to the fact that unlike a many other action platformers of its time, the Ninja Gaiden games told a coherent and immersive story (even if the stories of all three games aren’t exactly related).… Read the rest
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Games Based on Movies that Don’t Exist: Goonies 2

The first Goonies game for the Japanese Nintendo Entertainment System, simply titled Goonies, was a simple yet playable affair. It didn’t break any ground in the world of 8bit platforming action, but wasn’t a slap in the face to the genre either. For whatever reason it never saw a North American release, which is odd considering the success of the film. A little while after the release of the first Goonies game, Goonies 2 hit the shelves in Japan for the NES (or Famicon as purists like to point out) and was later released in North America, also under the title Goonies 2.… Read the rest
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The Fixx – Beautiful Friction

The Fixx are a New Wave band who enjoyed their time in the limelight back in the 80’s. They have that unmistakeable yet difficult to describe New Wave sound, similar to Simple Minds, and had a major hit in 1983 with the single One Thing Leads to Another, followed by a few minor hits before stepping back out of the limelight. The continued to make music and Beautiful Friction is their latest offering. The album was actually released in 2012, but flew straight under my radar as while I had always liked The Fixx, they weren’t really high on my list if favorite bands.… Read the rest
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