Game Tengoku CruisinMix (PC) review
"Only for non-Saturn owning fans of the arcade game... and eggplant lovers."
Game Tengoku CruisinMix Special is the most Japanese game I've played in a long time. (I mean, it starts with the title.) It's a top-down shooter which was originally released in arcades... as a parody of arcade shooters (so meta). Shooter stories don't matter, but this one is too awesome and too Japanese not to mention: per the OVA companion video which came packaged with the Sega Saturn port, a half-naked dude walks into an arcade at closing time, and the female employee is saved by a little girl who absconds with her into an actual arcade game.
Game Tengoku was apparently big deal in its day and I gather that's a huge part of the draw of this reissue, but thereís no nostalgia here for me, because I missed it the first time 'round. So if you're a fan and you don't feel the love from me, that's probably why. God knows I love shooters, and the wage-battle-inside-arcade-machines gimmick is undeniably a fun one. But is it enough to elevate this experience from simply passable?
Staff review by Marc Golding (December 23, 2018)
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