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T&C 2: Thrilla's Surfari (NES)

T&C 2: Thrilla's Surfari review (NES)

Reviewed on January 26, 2005

If the first few stages are frantic, the ones that follow are downright overwhelming. Soon you’ll find yourself weaving down a raging river as hippo heads and rocks threaten to knock you into the soup. Soon you’ll find yourself careening wildly through a desert, dodging scorpion venom and snakes and rocks that all conspire to knock you into pits. And those are just the easy parts.
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Tiny Toon Adventures 2: Trouble in Wackyland (NES)

Tiny Toon Adventures 2: Trouble in Wackyland review (NES)

Reviewed on January 26, 2005

In the sequel, it seems a secret admirer has invited you to visit him at the fun house in an amusement park. Before you can get in, though, you must collect tickets from rides. You gain these only by successfully completing the rides. Things still don’t seem so bad. Then you try the different attractions and you realize something awful: they all suck.
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Castlevania: Lament of Innocence (PlayStation 2)

Castlevania: Lament of Innocence review (PS2)

Reviewed on January 26, 2005

There are hidden bosses galore, including The Forgotten One, a boss that has to be seen to be believed. The abominable creature has been locked far, far beneath the castle, hidden down and around swirling castle steps streaked fearfully with the scent of doom--the ultimate embodiment of that which should not be.
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The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy (NES)

The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy review (NES)

Reviewed on January 26, 2005

Fortunately, there are plenty of reasons to keep trying, even when you find yourself dying more than you might like. For one, the levels themselves are quite pretty. Sure, they don’t boast a lot of polygons or even colors, but the artists rendered them in a quaint style that can cheer you as you travel through them. Dense jungles somehow seem cheerful thanks to vibrant colors. An undersea level oozes charm, as does a distant island resort you’ll visit late in the game.
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Paperboy (NES)

Paperboy review (NES)

Reviewed on January 24, 2005

Of course, there are threats to your little newspaper empire. That cute little dog you see cowering in his home on the front lawn may very well bite you in the butt if you don’t toss a paper at just the right moment. And there are rumors that the Grim Reaper himself frequents the neighborhood from time to time. Add runaway lawnmowers, tires, go carts and disillusioned customers of times past and you have the formula for a rather dangerous job.
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Doom II (Game Boy Advance)

Doom II review (GBA)

Reviewed on January 24, 2005

The pillars in front of you open to display a veritable cornucopia of hellspawn, and you are quickly made aware that the ones behind you are doing the same. You are standing in the very centre of a rapidly closing circle of death: imps scream furiously at you as they unload a torrent of fireballs in your direction.
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Captain Skyhawk (NES)

Captain Skyhawk review (NES)

Reviewed on January 24, 2005

To play the game well, you’ll have to adapt to the rapidly-changing environment. Glide left past one hill, then quickly rebound to the right as an imposing rock wall threatens to turn your aircraft into a charred stain. The whole time, you’ll have to keep an eye on the surface. Alien vehicles fire shots from the ground, star-shaped projectiles that will cause you to burst into flames if you should happen to collide with them.
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Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (PSP)

Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower review (PSP)

Reviewed on January 23, 2005

Though it may have always been the black sheep of an over-achieving family, if one were to be honest it would be hard to deny the PSP release of Vampire Chronicle some well deserved dues. For yet again Capcom have put together a solid, inspired one on one fighter, imbuing each and every character with a level of personality that simply cannot be beat.
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Mega Man X8 (PlayStation 2)

Mega Man X8 review (PS2)

Reviewed on January 22, 2005

You see, not every stage takes place with you watching from the sidelines. Sometimes, you’ll get an over-the-shoulder perspective. However, this is perfectly acceptable for two reasons. Firstly, only two areas make this deviation. And secondly, those stages are actually quite enjoyable!
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Time Lord (NES)

Time Lord review (NES)

Reviewed on January 17, 2005

Suppose that you play through the Castle Marman level one time. You find one orb after picking mushrooms, one hanging on a tower high above a wide space, and a flying monkey (dragon?) drops another. Then there’s the one you randomly find when you jump down a set of stone columns. The last thing you really want to do the next time you play through is guess the location of that fourth orb. It’s just… not fun.
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Puyo Puyo CD (Turbografx-CD)

Puyo Puyo CD review (TGCD)

Reviewed on January 16, 2005

The Minions of Satan came to learn the customs of the PuyoPuyo, and used this knowledge to subjugate the pitiful little blobs by forming them into like-colored sequences of four or more. This was a great and vicious evil, for when the PuyoPuyo were connected in such a manner, they would EXPLODE into tiny, gelatinous bits.
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Legion (Turbografx-CD)

Legion review (TGCD)

Reviewed on January 16, 2005

Legion's not cool at all. It sucks. And the depth of the developer's blunders amounts to a lot more than the vague cop-out synopsis, "it has good ideas but just isn't fun". Legion takes reasonable ideas and makes them look dumb.
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The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (Nintendo 64)

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask review (N64)

Reviewed on January 13, 2005

At times you may have to transform into a Goron to roll over that narrow hill, engage the Deku scrub's helicopter technique to cross a canyon, or use the boomerang fin trait of the Zora to hit that far off switch. The classic puzzles that have become a staple in the Zelda genre are all here and the fluctuating timing of them in each dungeon bring together a feeling of balance.
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Lumines (PSP)

Lumines review (PSP)

Reviewed on January 12, 2005

What makes all this such a standout success however is how Mizuguchi-san has played with established genre concepts in blending the puzzle based action with his own particular passion for synaesthesia style music. The more squares you match up and cancel out the more interesting the tunes get, the faster you'll play, the deeper Lumines takes you. Catch 22, and now we're hooked!
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Bloody Roar (PlayStation)

Bloody Roar review (PSX)

Reviewed on January 11, 2005

Bloody Roar, a 3D fighter released during the modern glut of 3D fighters, relies on style over gameplay. I believe you can make the connection here. Fond memories of the title crop up every now and again, but when I yearn to play a PSX fighter, I find myself reaching for Soul Edge instead.
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Cotton Boomerang (Saturn)

Cotton Boomerang review (SAT)

Reviewed on January 10, 2005

As you play the game and a vicious spitting flytrap smacks Appli down, Needle will zoom in and take her place, in King of Fighters fashion. If Needle bites it too, your third character will take the creepy critters on — all by herself!
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Ai Cho Aniki (Turbografx-CD)

Ai Cho Aniki review (TGCD)

Reviewed on January 09, 2005

If you've played Forgotten Worlds, you have some idea what Ai Cho Aniki is all about. Basically, I'm talking an airborne Contra, with multi-directional attacks and hand-to-hand combat . . . and naked bodybuilders.
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Dragon Warrior (NES)

Dragon Warrior review (NES)

Reviewed on January 08, 2005

Step outside the castle and you might make it fifteen or twenty steps. Or you might make it one step. Or two, or three. Suddenly, that village a half-screen away can seem almost out of reach. This is compounded by another problem: the hero is a wimp for the majority of the game.
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World of Warcraft (PC)

World of Warcraft review (PC)

Reviewed on January 08, 2005

It is an MMORPG at its finest and the first of such to intrigue me in such a fashion since Asheron's Call. As previously mentioned, it is the obsession you have while playing the hero or villain you have created in these games, that overshadows the pre-defined protagonists of its single player predecessors.
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Breath of Fire III (PlayStation)

Breath of Fire III review (PSX)

Reviewed on January 08, 2005

Cue two miners innocently going about their jobs when they stumble across a rather rich vein of chrsym ore. Overjoyed, the anxious two set their explosives, planning to blast free their latest find, but instead of the deceased fossil they expected, out pops a rather lively baby dragon.
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