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Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (SNES)

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest review (SNES)

Reviewed on July 07, 2004

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest can best be described as a slap to the face of any American fan of role-playing games. Commonly referred to as an RPG for beginners, this SNES blunder seems to be less of a tutorial game and more of an insult to a player’s intelligence.
Black Heart (Import) (Arcade)

Black Heart (Import) review (ARC)

Reviewed on July 06, 2004

It starts out so innocently. An evil wizard kidnapping a damsel. A brave knight to the rescue, determined to save the day. Leaping onto the sturdy back of his dragon mount, the chivalrous warrior departs to face whatever dangers come his way.
R-Type (Arcade)

R-Type review (ARC)

Reviewed on June 30, 2004

Back in the days of my youth, my parents bought me a Rubik’s Cube. Even though the objective was simple (make all the squares on each side the same color), that confounded cube still proved capable of captivating me. I spent hours, days and even weeks staring at it and manipulating it in an attempt to “solve” what appeared to be an impossible puzzle before finally losing interest in it and casting it into my “Box of Abandoned Toys” (likely with each side still an amalgam of different colors). I ...
Daze Before Christmas (SNES)

Daze Before Christmas review (SNES)

Reviewed on June 24, 2004

I’ve been playing Daze Before Christmas for a while and really enjoy it. Admitting my liking for this 1994 Sunsoft platformer is a pretty easy thing to do — explaining why I like it isn’t such a simple task.
Insector X (Genesis)

Insector X review (GEN)

Reviewed on June 24, 2004

I really wanted to love Insector X. In a shooter genre overloaded with military planes and bizarrely-shaped spaceships, this Genesis game looked to be a breath of fresh air. Controlling a robotic insect, you’d get to engage in battle with other flying critters, both large and small. Sure, the differences would likely only be cosmetic, but considering how many shooters I’ve played that seemed to be little more than copies of more established names, even superficial cosmetic changes would be very ...
Amagon (NES)

Amagon review (NES)

Reviewed on June 17, 2004

When Nintendo released Super Mario Brothers, a new age of video gaming began. Players controlled the cheerful plumber as he traveled on land, in caves, underwater and through castles in his quest to rescue a beautiful princess from the foul dragon Bowser — and loved every glorious second of entertainment that game provided.
Alundra (PlayStation)

Alundra review (PSX)

Reviewed on June 09, 2004

On the surface, things seemed pretty good in the regions surrounding the quaint village of Inoa. Sure, the fell demon Melzas had been a threat, but he was now trapped in a submerged castle and seemingly out of the picture.
Rygar (NES)

Rygar review (NES)

Reviewed on June 02, 2004

The fine (if somewhat barren) land of Argool had seen better days. The horrid and demonic Ligar, hidden within a floating castle, had sent his army of beasts and monsters throughout the land to steal hope from the general populace. Their only hope — the reanimated body of a valiant warrior.
Kouryu Densetsu Villgust: Kieta Shoujo (SNES)

Kouryu Densetsu Villgust: Kieta Shoujo review (SNES)

Reviewed on May 27, 2004

One of the greatest joys of playing a role-playing game comes from watching characters that start out as weak as a newborn child evolve into a force powerful enough to topple evil beings possessing godlike might.
Hercules no Eikou II: Titan no Metsubou (NES)

Hercules no Eikou II: Titan no Metsubou review (NES)

Reviewed on May 26, 2004

One thing that has remained a constant in video gaming history is that if a company comes up with a wonderful idea, other companies will jump on board and attempt to create their own games using said idea.
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns (Atari 2600)

Pitfall II: Lost Caverns review (A2600)

Reviewed on May 20, 2004

Spend enough time reading the legends and myths of ancient Greece and you might come upon the jolly tale of a man named Sisyphus. This poor chap did something or other to royally tick off the gods and was sentenced to an eternity of suffering in Hades. To be more specific, Sisyphus was forced to roll a large rock up a steep hill. However, when he got said rock to the top, it would simply roll back down the other side, forcing him to start over.
Mega Man 5 (NES)

Mega Man 5 review (NES)

Reviewed on May 14, 2004

After you’ve played a certain number of the classic Mega Man games, they can become very difficult to rate. On a positive note, when you put a Mega Man game into your Nintendo, you know you’re going to be playing an excellent cartoonish platformer with tight play control, the ability to steal weapons from bosses and a fateful encounter with the overlord of all evil senior citizens — Dr. Wily.
Andro Dunos (NeoGeo)

Andro Dunos review (NEO)

Reviewed on May 13, 2004

If I must open this review with a positive comment about SNK’s side-scrolling Neo-Geo shooter, Andro Dunos, then let me simply say that the programmers were very good at picking the right games to lift elements from.
Alpha Mission II (NeoGeo)

Alpha Mission II review (NEO)

Reviewed on May 01, 2004

Plagued by atrocious graphics, sluggish gameplay, a poorly-construed power-up system, unimaginative enemies and bosses and countless other flaws, the original Alpha Mission (at least the NES port) set a standard for poor play in a shooter that may never be beat. That dog of a game did for the shooting genre what Hydlide did for the adventure genre.
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Pool of Radiance (NES)

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Pool of Radiance review (NES)

Reviewed on April 21, 2004

As any fan of retro role-playing games can tell you, the Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Master System were the originators of the console RPG. Games like Dragon Warrior and Final Fantasy on the NES and Phantasy Star on the SMS became inspirations for multitudes of games spanning generations of systems.
Toilet Kids (TurboGrafx-16)

Toilet Kids review (TG16)

Reviewed on April 15, 2004

Us poor folks in America sure have gotten the short end of the stick haven’t we? Doesn’t it just seem like so many excellent and wonderful games from yesteryear never got released in our country? Sure, you can download ROMs, translation patches and all that jazz to play a number of these games now, but wouldn’t it have been nice to go to your local store to buy Dragon Quest 6, Star Ocean or a Parodius game, so you could play them before they earned that ever-so-chic “retro” reputation?
Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius (SNES)

Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius review (SNES)

Reviewed on April 06, 2004

I’m sure that horizontally-scrolling Super Nintendo shooter Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius has a plot. After all, if you wait after starting up the game, you will be taken into a cinema scene. While the Japanese words and voice are both indecipherable to me, it is quite apparent that the game is trying to give me some form of story.
1941: Counter Attack (SuperGrafx)

1941: Counter Attack review (SGX)

Reviewed on March 30, 2004

On the surface, there really wasn’t that much wrong with Capcom’s first two World War II-based shooters. Both 1942 and 1943 had loads of fast action complete with an unbelievable number of planes and other vessels quivering with the uncontrollable urge to blast your little plane from the sky. But after playing those two classics from the days of yore for an extended period of time, some major problems began to emerge.
Breath of Fire III (PlayStation)

Breath of Fire III review (PSX)

Reviewed on March 26, 2004

One could easily say that the Super Nintendo was the first American console system to truly embrace role-playing games. From unforgettable legends such as Final Fantasy 3/6 and Chrono Trigger to more mundane offerings such as the slow-paced initial Lufia game and the confusing action RPG known as Brandish.
Champions of Norrath: Realms of EverQuest (PlayStation 2)

Champions of Norrath: Realms of EverQuest review (PS2)

Reviewed on March 17, 2004

It might just be me, but it seems a bit awkward when one starts a review of a video game with some sort of a disclaimer — but with Champions of Norrath, it seems almost necessary to do so.

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