Gravitar

Luckily, there are more fuel cannisters available on most planets which can be grabbed using your tractor beam (activated the same way as the shield). It's worth bearing in mind, however, that the bun...

Robo-Squash

About half-way between the two in the middle of the screen is an assortment of bricks and a few other bits and pieces. The winner of the round is the first to score three 'goals' past his or her oppon...

Mr Driller

Mr Driller has an ever-decreasing air supply so he must drill strategically but quickly. Air capsules are readily available which top up his supply by 20% but sometimes they're tricky to reach. They ...

Return Fire

If any of your fine vehicles are destroyed you'll automatically return to your bunker to choose another (unless you somehow manage to lose all seventeen of them!), but you can return at any time anywa...

Cavenaut

The first danger you'll face are the enemies which can be found lurking on most screens in the form of snakes and frogs. They can't be killed but move in predictable patterns so they can be avoided fa...

Haunted Castle

As someone who largely avoided Nintendo consoles until the mid-90's, one of several well regarded IP's I never got around to looking into properly is Castlevania. I know of their glowing reputation th...

Super Star Soldier

Each weapon can be powered-up four times by collecting successive icons. Grabbing more after that has a smart-bomb effect. Whichever main weapon you choose, you can bolster it with either heat-seeking...

Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom

Actually, now that I think about it, I can't even be sure that we're playing the game as Buck! Oh well, whoever may be at the controls, it's your job to guide their ship through a tonne of dangerous s...

Burnout

There are a total of fifteen named courses through the game but only five of them are wholly unique – Interstate, Harbor Town, River City, Hillside Pass, Gridlock USA – the others are made up of s...

Zillion

Like many Japanese games, this one is based on an anime series, albeit a shortish and relatively unknown one, even in Japan. Both the anime and the game star a fellow called JJ who is a member of the ...

King of the Monsters

The titanic battles take the form of wrestling matches which, to quote good old Mene Gene, are 'scheduled for one fall' and are contested by six monsters - Geon (a Godzilla-like dinosaur), Woo (a blue...

Alien Breed

Some things that are worth looking for include cash, keys, ammo, and health, all of which can be found laying around on the floor and all of which is necessary to make progress. The cash can be used t...

Exploring the ColecoVision

Unlike the blocky, low-resolution games found on Atari's machine, Coleco's games were like having an arcade in the home thanks to the Z80A processor that powered it. Indeed, many of the games it hoste...

Switchblade

It's also worth looking out for Fireblade fragments, of course, and successful recovery of all sixteen pieces bestows a sizeable bonus upon Hiro as well as the option of using the Fireblade as a seven...

Blue Stinger

Predictably enough, the hideous creatures increase in both strength and numbers as you progress through the game but it's worth taking them on rather than running as each will explode in a shower of c...

Alien Crush Returns

The biggest change between this game and the original is of course the graphics which are lovely and suitably grotesque, including pulsating sacs, toothy mouths, slimy tubes, scuttling insects, and al...

Black Belt

Enemy strikes deplete Riki's health-bar but this can be replenished by performing a high-jump (jump while squatting) to grab the icons that occasionally float along the top of the screen. As well as s...

Micro Machines

Unfortunately, this is where the problems start, at least as far as I'm concerned. The single player Challenge mode features a series of twenty four races which includes several courses based on each ...

Gauntlet

There are six types of enemy altogether - Grunts, Ghosts, Demons, Sorcerers, Lobbers, and Death. All of them except Death are created endlessly by generators placed all around the maze-like stages whi...

Insector X

The freedom of flight would be useless without something a bit more aggressive to back it up with though, as a single hit from one of the spindly critters is enough to put him down. To this end, Yanme...

Test Drive

he stages are all segments of the same road which winds along a clifftop, movie-stylee - one side is sheer rock with the other side presumably consisting of a drop of equal sheerness! Normal traffic p...

Ghosts’n Goblins

Killing the lesser enemies on each stage is not mandatory - some of them are actually infinite so it's not even possible. With this and the time-limit in mind, it's advisable to proceed to the end of ...

Electrocop

t's certainly quite an unusual game. It's set in 2089 and casts you in the titular role which I guess makes you a robot and we all know what temperamental oafs they can be. This one will need his (or ...

Pataank

here are three main tables to explore - Surf's Up, Disaster Central, Tunnel of Luv - and they mostly include the kind of features you would expect to find on real tables including all the usual bumper...

Pitstop II

You also have to be careful how you drive as not only can you run out of fuel but you can also wear out your tyres too. Driving too fast around corners too often, for example, will soon see your car s...

Happy Monster

Actually, now that I think about it, this must be how Mr. Neelsen was able to fund his F-Zero exploits. Oh well, he's no worse than Zoda I suppose. Whether the F-Zero tournaments are tainted or not, o...

Worms

This PC version of the game also gained a few extras by way of an updated edition of the game called Worms Reinforcements. This allowed you to add custom landscapes and 'soundpacks' (i.e. vocal themes...

Paradroid

I've always assumed that this is a rather complicated and puzzley game but the first few minutes I played it were spent moving my amusing-looking droid around shooting all the others I encountered. I ...

Pocket Gal

This 'effort' comes in the form of stages. There are more of them per girlie the further you get and they alternate between frames of regular pool (is it still called a 'frame' in pool?) and trick sho...

Wizorb

The levels themselves have had about as much detail packed into them as you would think possible without distracting from the actual gameplay. Each world has a great style and, while some are more col...

Renegade

The four stages take place on a subway platform, a harbour, an alley, and the gang's hideout, and each is home to unique enemies. The amount of energy their attacks cost you is dependent on what they ...

Onslaught

These are basically boss fights but feature a floating, four-armed head! You control a hand that can move around the edge of the screen and fire magic stars, and this you must do until the strange cre...

Alien Syndrome

Part of the reason for this it that the aliens are defeated by a single shot from whichever gun you're carrying at the time (even the one you start with) but it also helps that their movement doesn't ...

Skyblazer

The quest at hand is a rather large one consisting of eighteen stages which are selected, and can also be revisited, via the map screen which shows them spread across the fictional world in question. ...

My Favorite Games: Part 10

Yep, sorry, but I had to include it! This was pretty much the first FPS I played properly and what an experience it was! Being a fan of the Bond films didn't hurt either. In fact, I had just watched t...

Dragon’s Fury

One significant difference between the two versions is the bonus tables. There are still six of them here but only two of the ones from the Engine version have survived the transition; the other four ...

The Simpsons Arcade Game

Can anyone not have the music of the Simpsons engraved on their head? I know I do! Not only is that wonderful sountrack in the game but also a lot of remixes using it. What better way to enjoy a Simps...

Star Control: The Ships

The first Star Control title really is a game of two-halves. The 'Main' game is seen as the strategy side of the game with its turn-based, territorial expansion-based shenanigans, while the 'Melee' mo...

3-D Bomberman

Usually when writing about a game I try to remain impartial and detail the various facts and figures of a game before praising or criticising it accordingly, but this game is different. It is, you see...

Jetpac

Developed by Tim and Chris Stamper, the founders of Ultimate, Jetpac is a simple game as you might expect, and it stars Jetman. It's your job to guide him around the single-screen stages to reassemble...

Bomb Jack Twin

Appearing some six years after Elite's franchise-destroying game, Bomb Jack Twin took the gameplay back to the basics, but made one vital addition - a two player mode. Yes, that's right - joining in w...

Sigma Star

The gameplay is quite enjoyable. The main idea of the game is to fly with your ship and shoot down other ships. In the process, you gain experience and eventually level up. This is very important as y...

ASO: Armored Scrum Object

There are eight different collectible armors altogether and aside from a shield they are all offensive including more powerful cannons, super-missiles, and energy beams, right up to a powerful smart-b...

Top Five Alex Kidd Games

This was the first Alex Kidd game I played after I borrowed it from a friend many years ago. I swear I have firm memories of playing it through to completion over that weekend (yep, even with it makin...

Bomber Raid

As much affection as I have for the Master System, it didn't really fare too well anywhere except Europe (and Brazil), and its paltry but loyal core of proud and loyal owners were enveloped by the con...

Neo Drift Out

As with the prequel, each course has to be completed within a pretty strict time limit in order to qualify for the next one and they are arguably more testing than before too with regard to the sheer ...

Doraemon Meikyu Daisakusen

In order to deal with the horrific beasts prowling each round, Doraemon is capable of digging holes in which he can trap them. Once this happens, another press of the same button sees the hole filled ...

Devil’s Crush

Devil's Crush, like its prequel, again features bonus tables too - six this time - and the main table is festooned with pockets through which you can enter them (when the pocket is open). On each of t...

Fantasy Zone 2

The biggest difference between this and the first Fantasy Zone game is that each round is now divided into several different areas. Destroying enemies still releases coins (and notes now, too) of vary...

My Favorite Games: Part 8

Few platformers were as popular as this one in their day. Every version that I've played is at least good, but the rather garishly-coloured Dragon 32 version is the one I've spent by far the most amou...

Drift Out ’94 – The Hard Order

Aside from the change in viewpoint there's actually very little difference between the games though. There's a similar roster of cars available here (although it seems Visco acquired an official licen...

Gaming Memories: Part 3

My trusty Master System would go on to keep me entertained for many years. It even persuaded my best friend, Luke, to buy one of his own, and he was lucky enough to get a proper Super System! Before l...

Thunder Force

During the course of my long struggle to finally see and play the original Thunder Force game for the PC-88, I saw some screenshots of the PC-98 version, which appeared to have fancier graphics, so I ...

Red Parsley’s Favorite Games: Part 7

Christmas morning, 1990... finally I got my hands on Sega's 16-bit powerhouse. I played each game as I unwrapped them and the first one was... Golden Axe! Famously billed by Mean Machines magazine as ...

Angry Birds

Like most puzzle games, the concept behind Angry Birds is a simple one which doesn't really need a detailed backstory. Suffice to say, some evil (and for some reason, green) pigs have stolen the eggs ...

The Lost Vikings

Contact with some of the hazards found in the levels, such as spikes or electric forcefields, can cause instant death too, so careful planning is required for the most part, rather than charging aroun...

Air Zonk

In addition to the highly helpful 'friends', there are eight, somewhat unorthodox projectile weapons available for Zonk to use. These include homing missiles, a short range but powerful electric beam,...

TransBot

Given the popularity of the Transformers at the time this was released, it's not hard to see where the inspiration for the main character came from, but I'm not really sure it works too well. It's at ...

My Favourite Games: VI

I can still remember buying this game second-hand in my local game/music store. I had little knowledge of it and, thanks to my prior Sega allegiance, I had never played the earlier Metroid games, but ...

Exploring the SuperGrafx

The original PC Engine was an amazing machine itself, like the Holy Grail to a videogame-obsessed teenager like myself. All the hype and excitement surrounding it in the pages of magazines like C&VG b...

Exploring the Commodore 64: Part 2

Like the first post, the games featured here were all available elsewhere but were probably most famous as C64 games, especially a certain few, but unlike last time I'm somewhat more familiar with the...

Top Five Amiga Shmups

It's generally accepted that, outside of the arcades at least, shoot 'em ups have always been the province of consoles. There were a few good examples on the Spectrum, Amstrad, Commodore 64, Atari 400...

Top Five MegaDrive Platform Games

I've owned and enjoyed dozens of them over the years so picking the best five is no easy task. To make it a little easier I decided to not to include any of the MD's fantastic arcade conversions such ...

Energy

To be honest, I didn't really play Energy a great deal more than that! It's reasonably playable to a degree but it has lots of annoying quirks, some of which are frankly baffling. For example, as ment...

Arkanoid

Arkanoid may have been released a full decade after Breakout but the simplicity of both games means neither really requires a huge amount of computing power. Indeed, while the graphics here are tidy a...

Rolling Thunder

A vast majority of the enemies are 'Maskers' who look like multi-coloured Klan members and it is the colour of their outfits that determines their strength and attack patterns. There are also several ...

Metal Black

You might be thinking that Metal Black sounds, and looks for that matter, like any other generic horizontal scroller, and to some degree you'd be right. However, it does have a slightly unusual weapon...

Stormlord

The action is spread over ten gruelling levels and you have a set number of fairies to rescue on each (within a time limit) which are of course dotted around in mostly inconvenient places, often surro...

Fantasy Zone The Maze

All the enemies emanate from a circular generator, usually found in the middle of the stage. Each time it 'charges' it releases a batch of aliens but you can reset the charger, thereby delaying their ...

Gemini Wing

Your 'tail' of Gunballs following you around can be a bit distracting too, but this isn't the hardest shmup in the world either. The sprites and backgrounds are both pretty varied, and the sprites in ...

Wiz ‘n’ Liz

Collecting these items isn't mandatory but it can be very useful. Gathering magic fruits will fill the magic-meter which, when full, makes that fruit available to mix magic spells with in Home Land. E...

Robo Army

Aside from the awful title screen (see above!), the presentation and graphics are pretty decent here for an early Neo Geo game. There are some cut-scenes between levels (which I'm afraid I can't follo...

Fantasy Zone

If there's one thing that the Fantasy Zone games are known for, it's their cute, garishly-coloured visual style. Whilst it would be unfair to focus just on that, it's certainly easy to see where the r...

Drift Out

From the screenshots this game probably looks awesome, and it is pretty unique in the way that it moves. Unlike similar games where you simply steer the car around the track, here you steer the track ...

Starfox

The gameplay takes the form of a 3D polygonal shoot 'em up and sees you and your teammates flying across various planets and through intervening sections of open space until you reach Planet Venom and...

Circus Lido

And therein lies the both the good and bad sides of Circus Lido. It's a novel approach to the platform/puzzle genre, and has some great, pretty original ideas. The only problem is, it gets too hard, t...

BattleSport

Before you start a match, you can select from six different tanks, each of which varies with regards to its armour, speed, firepower, cornering etc. They can also perform small jumps, which are used p...

Exolon

The marine is outfitted with the snazzy Exolon suit, a powerful exoskeleton equipped with a hand blaster and backpack grenade launcher, and it is these that will facilitate your progress. The screens,...

Top Five Master System Shoot-em-ups

Shoot 'em ups have long been one of my favourite genres and one that I probably own most examples of. The fact that my recent 'Top Five MegaDrive Shmups' post has been my most popular yet indicates I'...

Top Five PC Engine Shoot-em-ups

Until the PlayStation came along, this remained the most faithful conversion of this eternally worshipped, all-time classic yet seen (Lord knows why it never appeared on the MD, come to think of it, t...

Gun Frontier

As might be evident from some of the screenshots, Gun Frontier looks and plays a lot like some other well-known vertical scrollers, notably Flying Shark. It features the same sort of tanks, squadrons ...

Kid Gloves

It's a pretty simple game which sees you, as Kid, attempting to rescue your kidnapped girlfriend or some such nonsense. In order to do this he must make his way through the danger-filled, flick-screen...

Bomberman

The first stage only features the most basic enemies which seem to be the 'Floaters' from the Speccy game I looked at recently, except here they're called 'Valcoms' which look like balloons and don't ...

Baku Baku Animal

There are two play modes to choose from in Baku Baku (plus a secret third one) - Arcade and Ranking modes. Arcade mode is the same as the arcade version as you might imagine. Here, you will challenge ...

Shinobi

As previously mentioned, the poor, traumatised children being held hostage in positions of questionable strategic significance are apparently each in possession of a special reward that Joe will recei...

F-Zero X

There's quite a lot to F-Zero X for an arcade-style racer but it would all be for nothing if the widely-criticised graphics kept gamers away. Personally though, I can't see what all fuss is about! I a...

Heavy Unit

Much like the recently-reviewed TransBot for the Master System, this game features a ship that can transform into a flying robot-type thing, and much like TransBot it's a gimmick that really doesn't s...

Game Gallery: Puzzle Bobble

One of my reasons for doing this is because, when I first started writing game reviews I found it really difficult to find decent quality screenshots, and half the ones I did find were tagged, which i...

Mass Destruction

Worldwide release or not though, Mass Destruction has never been a game that has garnered much attention and it's my mission to change that! Taking its cue from the multi-player, flag-capturing frolic...

Game Gallery: Arkanoid

As with many games of its time, Arkanoid was born in the arcades, but the version I spent by far the most time playing is this fine conversion for the Speccy. It doesn't look quite as nice, as you mig...

Top Five PlayStation: Racing Games

I've always been of the opinion that fancy graphics are far less important than a well-designed game. I think my continued love or retro games and enduring disdain for modern gaming is evidence enough...

Deviants

In order to accomplish your mission, you must locate and arm each bomb whilst avoiding or shooting the green, zombie- like creatures (presumably the Deviants themselves) wandering around, going about ...

Top Five SNES Two-Player Games

It can't be a list of the best two-player games without a Bomberman game included! Well, except for the Master System list as that console doesn't have a Bomberman game. Poor old Master System. This w...

Top Five 3DO Games

The poor old 3DO was hardly a run away success, was it? It was released during a difficult period. Change was coming, but not quite ready to be embraced by the gaming public. The fact that it cost as ...

F-Zero Grand Prix 2

As F-Zero fans will already be well aware, the first game consisted of fifteen courses divided into three leagues - Knight, Queen, and King. F-Zero 2 features a new league - the Ace League - which fea...

Aero Fighters

Like most of the Psikyo games that followed, Aero Fighters is a vertical scroller, on this occasion a military-based one. Before play begins you are given the option of choosing from four pilots, each...

Top Five MegaDrive Shmups

This underrated gem was a pretty early release for the MD but still ranks among its best coin-op conversions. It doesn't have the graphical tricks of some games (see below!), but it is one of the most...

Atomic Runner

The levels are set over a diverse range of landscapes and are one of the most appealing aspects of this game. They are titled Atomic Laboratory, Mutant Plant Zone, Mayan Jungle, Egyptian Desert, Treas...

Eric and the Floaters

I personally hadn't even heard of it until recently and I'm a big fan of the series, but yes, this is the first ever Bomberman game! However, rather than taking control of White Bomber, or indeed a bo...

Cobra Triangle

Graphically, Cobra Triangle is fairly average in my view. Granted, I have little to compare it to from personal experience but things look pretty basic here. Backgrounds are largely featureless and pr...