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You are currently looking through reader reviews for games that are available on every platform the site currently covers. Below, you will find reviews written by all eligible authors and sorted according to date of submission, with the newest content displaying first. As many as 20 results will display per page. If you would like to try a search with different parameters, specify them below and submit a new search.

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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.
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Atlantis (Atari 2600)

Atlantis review (A2600)

Reviewed on May 14, 2012

Even as a kid, I didn't have an especial love for this game. I popped it in to cleansed the old palate. It provids quick and simple action, and sometimes that's all you need. However, the game is so simple, with sessions so short, that it's difficult to stay focused on it for more than a few plays.
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Choaniki: Kyuukyoku Muteki Ginga Saikyou Otoko no Gyakushu (Saturn)

Choaniki: Kyuukyoku Muteki Ginga Saikyou Otoko no Gyakushu review (SAT)

Reviewed on May 13, 2012

!!~CAUTION~!! This review is best read with unsuspecting family members, close friends, or complete strangers for maximum effect. You have been warned.
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Forest (Atari 2600)

Forest review (A2600)

Reviewed on May 12, 2012

This game is the definition of repetition.
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Brave Fencer Musashi (PlayStation)

Brave Fencer Musashi review (PSX)

Reviewed on May 09, 2012

Most people anticipated games like Parasite Eve and Xenogears, but I showed zero interest in those, following instead a title called Brave Fencer Musashi. Touted as a 3D adventure similar in style to oldschool games like The Legend of Zelda, I was captivated by the colorful imagery and descriptions in magazines, about a blue-haired sword fighter summoned through time to a kingdom in distress.
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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.
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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.
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NIER (PlayStation 3)

NIER review (PS3)

Reviewed on May 07, 2012

But right there, right when the dryness is becoming noticeable, the game shape shifts.
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Awesomenauts (Xbox 360)

Awesomenauts review (X360)

Reviewed on May 06, 2012

Awesomenauts is easy to recommend simply because it’s so different from other experiences available on consoles. It brings in the competitive edge that makes online FPS games so popular but does something wholly different with it.
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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.
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Street Fighter X Tekken (PlayStation 3)

Street Fighter X Tekken review (PS3)

Reviewed on May 02, 2012

Problems begin to arise when players realize the clock is running out on them, and often.
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Wolf Fang: Kuhga 2001 SS (Saturn)

Wolf Fang: Kuhga 2001 SS review (SAT)

Reviewed on May 01, 2012

Vapor Trail has a sequel called Wolf Fang. Let's focus on the more pressing issue first: Vapor Trail managed a sequel.
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Metroid II: Return of Samus (Game Boy)

Metroid II: Return of Samus review (GB)

Reviewed on May 01, 2012

Samus may have returned, but as failure.
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ActRaiser (SNES)

ActRaiser review (SNES)

Reviewed on April 30, 2012

At a time when your simulation options were either Sim City or ActRaiser and games weren't exploring concepts such as existentialism and spirituality, the experience held up a lot better. In other words, ActRaiser's main selling point was how different it was at a time when gamers were eager to see something new. Had ActRaiser been just a great action game, it might not have stood out so much in 1990, but it would still be enjoyable now.
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Circus Caper (NES)

Circus Caper review (NES)

Reviewed on April 28, 2012

I felt little guilt replaying through it with cheats on, and I recommend anyone who wants to check it out do the same...But fortunately the cheap deaths will fade away much sooner than the bears on unicycles and such instead.
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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.
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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PlayStation 3)

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots review (PS3)

Reviewed on April 25, 2012

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots can best be described as an average game that has been carried by the legacy of its predecessors. While it utilizes many of the old-school storytelling and gameplay elements that made other games in the series fun, it completely misses the mark in other areas. Does that mean Metal Gear Solid 4 is overrated? You bet.
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Journey (PlayStation 3)

Journey review (PS3)

Reviewed on April 25, 2012

Perhaps games like these are starting to come off as obnoxious.
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F.3.A.R. (Xbox 360)

F.3.A.R. review (X360)

Reviewed on April 23, 2012

When playing fear, you expect to be frightened by its concept and content, but the 3rd experience doesn’t contain many scares, which is baffling. I am not saying that the game is mundane and tarnished it has a profound storyline, and blood does spray like a hosepipe. By giving it a chance you are waking up the judgemental orb in your mind, you are the critic.
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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.
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