Good games have more than just good gameplay

I find unusual old games by now-famous developers absolutely irresistible - just look at Square's 1986 sci-fi computer game Cruise Chaser Blassty and tell me honestly that's not fascinating (if flawed) - which is why I had to snap up Quest's (yep, that's Tactics Ogre Quest) Famicom platformer Maten Douji, known in the US under its localised title Conquest of … Continue reading Good games have more than just good gameplay

On the Famicom, no one can hear you scream…

For whatever reason this 1989 port of Enix's 1987 computer game Jesus: Kyofu no Bio Monster to Nintendo's Famicom was handled by King Records, who are best known in the field for publishing, erm, Jesus: Kyofu no Bio Monster on the Famicom. The game's a creepy sci-fi adventure crafted in an era-standard style with no biblical references whatsoever … Continue reading On the Famicom, no one can hear you scream…

Everything’s better with dragons

All early signs point to this 1987 Konami title being at best yet another The Legend of Zelda clone made with good intentions and inevitably poor execution: The lone hero, the overworld littered with some suspiciously deliberate rock formations, the black holes in south facing walls leading to monster-filled dungeons or new areas entirely - … Continue reading Everything’s better with dragons

The Ultimate Game on Planet Earthâ„¢

When you stumble upon a Famicom game whose packaging boldly declares itself to be nothing less than the title of this post during an extended online shopping session it's impossible to scroll on past like you've just seen your 345th "Rare Japan l@@k" retro baseball cartridge or yet another board game with a cover illustration … Continue reading The Ultimate Game on Planet Earthâ„¢

Resident Evil’s other prequel

There are no doubt bacterial growths living ten miles under the surface of Mars that are well aware Sweet Home is the game responsible for setting out much of Resident Evil's successful survival horror framework by now: The tension-building creaky door animations forcing players to briefly live through the eyes of these unlucky souls, the … Continue reading Resident Evil’s other prequel

Is the atomic weight of cobalt 58.9?

If there's one thing for certain in the unpredictable and ever-changing world of gaming it's that a franchise as popular and as readily marketable as Ghostbusters can proudly display a huge back catalogue of incredible tie-in titles. The setting has it all: A pre-made gang of main characters wearing a simple and easily recreated uniform … Continue reading Is the atomic weight of cobalt 58.9?

Sit down, shut up

It doesn't take a great amount of effort to have at least some surface-level information about a wide range of games these days: Trailers are highly polished, social media accounts tease upcoming releases with laser-guided precision, and while playable demos aren't quite ubiquitous there's still a real chance anything from the biggest blockbuster to the … Continue reading Sit down, shut up