カテゴリー: Game Reviews

Sonic the Hedgehog: Chaos

Sonic the Hedgehog: Chaos, known as ‘Sonic and Tails’ in Japan, is one of the final 8bit incarnations of everyone’s favorite hyperactive blue hedgehog, 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 the Game Gear, Sonic the Hedgehog: Chaos (or just ‘Sonic Chaos’ as it is normally called) was met with positive, yet unenthusiastic, reviews. Kind of like a hungover father, half asleep at his daughter’s ballet recital and giving her a thumbs up with one hand while using his other to cover up a yawn. Sonic Chaos is one of the easiest games I have ever played, ever.… Read the rest

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

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

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

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

Game Review: Eschalon – Book One

Eschalon Book One is an isometric role playing game for the PC. I picked this game up on a whim and found it to be one of the best impulse purchases I have ever made. The creators, Basilisk Games, are an indie game studio that don’t have the funding or resources of their big-name rivals, but they do have one awesome and enjoyable game. Book One is, as you may have already guessed, the first installment in the Eschalon series. Book Two was released a little while after and Book Three a little while after that. Eschalon looks a lot like a late Ultima game, a kind of mix between 6 and 7, only really, really polished.… Read the rest

Game Review: Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire

What a mouthful. The title translates roughly to something like “Legend of the Intergalactic Police Women Sapphire”. I really don’t know what that ‘sapphire’ is doing there, but who really gives a shit? I don’t and neither should you. The game was produced by Hudson and released for the PC Engine in 1995. It is a top-down 2d vertical shooter featuring four playable characters who, like the name of the game would suggest, are police women. Despite them all looking about 14 years old, they have no problem kicking some serious ass in their space crafts. The game has you traveling through time and each level takes place in a different point in history (and the future, of course).… Read the rest

Game Review: Jazz Jackrabbit

Jazz Jackrabbit is a 1995 side scrolling action platformer for the PC. A Mac version was also released and a re-boot was made for the Gameboy Advance in 2002. It was designed and published by Epic MegaGames who, apart from having the most awesomest name in the gaming world, also produced such classics as Jill of Jungle, One Must Fall 2097 and Unreal. In 1999 they dropped the ‘Mega’ from their name and made Gears of War. So yeah, these guys know how to make games. Jazz Jackrabbit provided PC gamers at the time with something they had been longing for; Sonic the Hedgehog.… Read the rest

Game Review: Prehistorik / P-マン

Prehistorik and Prehistorik 2 are a pair of platform games released in 1991 and 1993 (respectively) for various computer systems, including MS-DOS and Amiga. They were developed by the now defunct Titus Software. The last game Titus Software put out was Xena: Warrior Princess in 2001, so it’s safe to say that they are dead and buried. While they did give us such classics The Blues Brothers, Fire and Forget II and Carmageddon, they are also the group responsible for Superman 64. I’m surprised they didn’t go out of business and face a lynch mob after that spectacular fuck-up of a game.… Read the rest

Game Review: Ungra Walker アングラウォーカー

Ungra Walker is a rogue-like dungeon crawler from game studio Success and was released in 2002 for the Sony Playstation. To the best of my knowledge it was Japan-only and never saw a translation nor a release overseas. The title seems a bit odd, but I’m pretty sure it’s a bastardization of “Underground Walker,” as in someone who walks under ground, which is actually pretty fitting for a dungeon crawler like this. The game starts you off picking a name, a gender and a class. You are able to play as a warrior, a thief, a wizard or a priest. You can change the color of your characters outfit as well, but it’s completely arbitrary.… Read the rest