Dr. Chaos

Dr. Chaos

There aren’t many games I’ve hated within a few minutes of picking up the controller.  Dr. Chaos is definitely one of them.  I’ll give it credit for being ambitious.  For a game released in 1987 its attempt at a sprawling...
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Air Zonk

Air Zonk

There were plenty of successful mascot platformers during the 16-bit age.  The true sign of success came when the character would branch out into other genres.  Mario would eventually go kart racing, host parties, and even teach typing and Sonic...
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Target Earth

Target Earth

The NES library covered pretty much all genres but conspicuously absent were games starring giant robots.  No, Probotector doesn’t count.  If you explore the Famicom library you’ll find far more SD Gundam games than should be allowed.  I gue...
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Pop’n Twinbee

Pop’n Twinbee

I’ve played my fair share of shooters of all stripes.  Bullet hell, cute em ups, rail shooters, the list goes on and on.  I’ve adapted to some weird mechanics but I can safely say that for the longest time I...
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Bionic Commando

Bionic Commando

To anyone who had the misfortune of playing the original Bionic Commando arcade game, I’m sorry.  While the germ of a good idea was there it was buried under sloppy execution.  To put it simply, the game was bad.  But...
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Mystic Formula

Mystic Formula

The Turbo Grafx-16 is a haven for shooters of nearly all stripes be it horizontal or vertical.  Unfortunately if you are a top down shooter fan the pickings are slim.  Bloody Wolf is usually the go to but after that...
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Joe & Mac

Joe & Mac

I loved that weird period in the early 90s where caveman platformers were an actual thing.  Bonk’s Adventure, Chuck Rock, Prehistorik Man, the Humans, I loved all of them.  Except Chuck Rock.  Because Chuck Rock sucks and I’ll fight anyone.....
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7th Saga

7th Saga

It was common practice back in the day to make difficulty adjustments when localizing games for western markets.  Games were made a bit more challenging for the US and bumped up even further for Europe.  When done right it can...
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Tetrastar the Fighter

Tetrastar the Fighter

I can admit to being insanely jealous that Sega Master System owners had a somewhat decent version of Space Harrier.  I loved that game in the arcade and would have taken any version of it on a home system.  Of...
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Cadash

Cadash

Growing up I had a love/hate relationship with the arcade.  The arcade was the place to see some of the most technologically advanced games of the time.  And I loved it.  I hated the fact that most of these games...
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