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Orcs & Elves (DS)

Orcs & Elves review (DS)

Reviewed on May 31, 2012

The developers brought us old school style, but left out the substance. The end result is a game that feels more antiquated than it should. It's funny because this game is only five years old and it's already aged worse than many of the other rat maze RPGs it pays homage to.
EvilQuest (Xbox 360)

EvilQuest review (X360)

Reviewed on May 24, 2012

Once the shock that I was playing a wanna-be retro title wore off, all that was left was a basic, by the books action RPG. As Rotten Tomatoes likes to say, it was a genre exercise.
No Escape! (Atari 2600)

No Escape! review (A2600)

Reviewed on May 17, 2012

I found myself playing session after session, hopelessly addicted to something so archaic, so simplistic. The furious pace and wicked challenge kept things interesting, and the peculiar enemy designs piqued my interest. I had to see what abomination awaited me in the next round, had to know what abilities it brought to the battle. Most of all, I had to know if I was good enough to survive.
Tutankham (Atari 2600)

Tutankham review (A2600)

Reviewed on May 16, 2012

The adventurous moments, the challenge, the action... those are things I remember. It's not that they aren't present, it's just that you have to tolerate a lot of questionable decisions made by the developers. Why can't you shoot vertically? Why sport such drunken play control? Maybe they felt it would have made the game too easy, but I beg to differ. I'm sure they could have found other ways to turn up the challenge.
Atlantis (Atari 2600)

Atlantis review (A2600)

Reviewed on May 14, 2012

Atlantis obeys Atari 2600's golden rule of keeping everything simple while maintaining a fast pace.
Forest (Atari 2600)

Forest review (A2600)

Reviewed on May 12, 2012

This game is the definition of repetition.
Dragonfire (Atari 2600)

Dragonfire review (A2600)

Reviewed on May 08, 2012

What this game needed was some refinement. Certain areas should have been smoothed out for fairness, other areas more structured to cut the reliance on luck. It had a solid idea, it had a fast pace and it was simple. In some ways it was too fast-paced and too simple.
Tax Avoiders (Atari 2600)

Tax Avoiders review (A2600)

Reviewed on May 07, 2012

Dunhill did a great job of adapting a piece of every day life into an arcade game, but they left too much of the game to chance. If there were a way to know which investments were wiser at various points in time, include more brainpower to the equation than simple guess and pray, then this game would have been brilliant. All it took to harm the game's greatness was one small misstep.
Shark Attack (Atari 2600)

Shark Attack review (A2600)

Reviewed on May 03, 2012

It was clear that [the developer] didn't put much time, attention or care into their product, especially when you consider the oversized scuba sprite. A move like that bespeaks lazy and cheap development. In the end, you're left with little reason to play Shark Attack over the piles of more effective Pac-Man clones.
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns (Atari 2600)

Pitfall II: Lost Caverns review (A2600)

Reviewed on April 28, 2012

Pitfall II isn't a great game. It's tedious at some points, overly frustrating at others. However, it isn't a terrible one either. It has the classic Atari charm and an adventurous atmosphere.
Ms. Pac-Man (Atari 2600)

Ms. Pac-Man review (A2600)

Reviewed on April 23, 2012

As you hone your skills, you'll find situations growing more desperate and thrilling. Each key factor-- mechanics, rules, progressively climbing difficulty, spot on collision detection--comes together to make a simple, fast-paced and addictive title.
Moonsweeper (Atari 2600)

Moonsweeper review (A2600)

Reviewed on April 18, 2012

There was something addictive about Moonsweeper. A good portion of it was the same old story: command a spacecraft, gun down extraterrestrials, laugh at their burning pieces on the planet surface. But Imagic dressed it up in such a new and unique way that it felt fresh. You didn't just move back and forth at the bottom of the screen whilst shooting a horde of odd shapes, nor did you just zoom along and fire at the occasional threat a la Zaxxon. You actually did both!
Missile Command (Atari 2600)

Missile Command review (A2600)

Reviewed on April 14, 2012

No, Missile Command is not easy on the eyes whatsoever, and yet somehow that's incredibly beautiful. Most of the screen is wide open nothing: a blank night sky and a bleak environment. There you sit, alone, vulnerable, no discernible geographic advantage, waiting in anticipation for those rockets to arrive. It's disquieting because you get the sense that you are it. You are the only remnants of a civilization, and once the bases you're defending are toast your only existence wi...
King Kong (Atari 2600)

King Kong review (A2600)

Reviewed on April 11, 2012

There's nothing enjoyable about King Kong. It's a tedious slog through a single dull stage, a game that bespeaks a rushed, slapped-together development. God only knows why. It's not like there was such a demand for a King Kong game that it needed to hit stores right away.
Dishaster (Atari 2600)

Dishaster review (A2600)

Reviewed on April 04, 2012

I can't really dredge up much on Dishaster except my apathy towards it. Mediocre titles may not score as lowly as a terrible games, but at least the terrible ones have given me something to remember. Sometimes it's better to be a lower number than stuck somewhere in the middle, lost in limbo.
Desert Falcon (Atari 2600)

Desert Falcon review (A2600)

Reviewed on March 30, 2012

Although Desert Falcon tries to be an arcade shooter and a progress quest, it's neither here nor there. The game suffers because of this indecision. Rather than strengthening one aspect, the developers spread their efforts thin, and the end result is a bland, awkward shmup.
Demon Attack (Atari 2600)

Demon Attack review (A2600)

Reviewed on March 28, 2012

Devilishly great!
Deadly Duck (Atari 2600)

Deadly Duck review (A2600)

Reviewed on March 22, 2012

Devious. Diabolical. DEADLY!
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 (DS)

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 review (DS)

Reviewed on March 21, 2012

The meaty bits of battle were so succulent that they were worth waiting through even the most asinine dialogue. When a game's perks are so great that you can ignore such flaws, you know you have a great title on your hands. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 definitely qualifies.
Braid (PC)

Braid review (PC)

Reviewed on March 15, 2012

What impressed me the most was the willingness the developers showed to craft such an entertaining and challenging title despite placing the lion's share of the emphasis on the metaphoric story. Strip away the plot and we're left with an addictive puzzle/platformer.

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