Back when I rented Super Nintendo games a lot I rented Actraiser every weekend until one weekend the game wasn’t there and then the following weekend it was there again but when I rented it again my save game was gone and that’s the end of my Actraiser story the end.
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This tale of early gaming is horrible but oh so true!
My first Game And Watch was Greenhouse, and I loved that game so so very much! And then I got Oil Panic and MAN OIL PANIC IS THE BESTEST. And then I got Donkey Kong and I was the local champion of Donkey Kong which set me up for a long career of convincing people I was actually good at video games.
Anyway, many many years later Nintendo released a limited edition Game And Watch Collection for the DS which had all three of those games and this is the bit where I usually say the games didn’t age well but NOPE THEY STILL ARE BRILLIANT SO NYAH.
Eugene Jarvis strikes again with one of the greatest shooters of all time, an absolute classic!
Most of my Defender time was spent with a handheld LCD version that had a gabillion buttons, required like 4 D-size batteries and sounded like the rapture was about to take place but I loved it to bits and played it non-stop for months. This was all pre-Gameboy, in fact I think it was pre-me owning a C64 so it’s not like I had much choice on games to play. Still, the rock-hard gameplay shone through.
Ah Eugene Jarvis, is there anything you can’t do?
By the way if you own a PS3, PS4 or Vita (and if you don’t, seriously, buy a Vita) then you should try Resogun, which I have to admit might just be that little bit better than Defender. It’s amazing! No wonder our Lord and Saviour Eugene Jarvis is making a game with its developers.
AKA Garfield’s Crazy Castle or Mickey Mouse’s Crazy Castle or the freaking Ghostbuster’s Crazy Castle depending on where you played it.
Anyway! I liked this game a lot when I was a kid playing it on the OG Game Boy – but my attempts at making a map of the later levels did not go well. I fancied myself as a bit of an amateur cartographer back in the day, with my map of Castle of Illusion spanning several bedroom walls in length, but Crazy Castle just stumped me. It made no sense.
Since about thirty seconds after I launched this site people have been asking me to make a comic about Ninja Golf SO HERE IT IS!
Ninja Golf is not a very good game. It’s also quite boring, and there’s not a lot to make fun of that you can’t already figure out from the title. I do like games where it’s clear there was no editorial oversight involved, but even that can’t prevent Ninja Golf from just being a big bag of whatever.
Was never much of a fan of this game, and certainly not a fan of my fledgling career in the advertising world, but hey!
I’m sure Quedex was a decent enough game, but a maze exploration affair coming after Sanxion and Delta was a bit of a let down and it never really recovered from there. Plus it was so dang difficult!
Oh yes I am a bit of a noob why do you ask
This game was a lot of fun! Not growing up in a country that had a huge love of baseball ingrained in its cultural DNA I found Street Sports Baseball easy to understand and just plain fun to watch. Epyx always filled their games with slick animation and cute graphical flourishes that added so much life to each game, and this one was no exception. Give it a go today!
Oh hi everyone who didn’t live in Australia in the mid ’80s and missed out on this awesome Commodore television commercial:
This is one of my fave MegaDrive games, especially for the brilliant Original mode which included a whole extra game in there, with extra depth and scenery that the Arcade mode didn’t have! It’s a shame it didn’t feature the two player mode, but you can’t have everything in life.
Oh wait now MAME and things like Capcom Classics is around I guess we can now awesome thanks guys.
KKND (or KIll Krush ‘n Destroy as we called it too) was a big deal! It was a huge Australian-made hit, and it was also a huge amount of fun!
It was also very much in the wake of C&C, bless it 🙂