Daily Archives July 23, 2018

Herzog Zwei – Technosoft (1989)

Gaming nirvana! Yes, that is what this game is. I bought this game just after getting my Genesis in ’89 not knowing anything about it except it was buy the makers of Thunderforce II. At first I was like “huh, what is this all about?” and “what am I supposed to do?” but then after about an hour I was picking it up really well. This was a realtime strategy game before there were realtime strategy games. And it was on the Genesis!

The game pits you against a friend or the computer in a battle to destroy the other’s main base. You control a transforming fighter plane/cargo plane/giant robot (to be referred to as just plane in the rest of the review) in your attempt for map dominance...

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Golden Axe Warrior – Sega (1991)

What happens when you combine the hack ‘n slash title Golden Axe with Nintendo’s break-thru RPG The Legend of Zelda? Well, you get a Zelda clone with Golden Axe characters. This game almost seems like it is running Zelda code as it is so similar. This isn’t a bad thing at all because it is actually a good game!

The game begins with a tale of a great war between the giants and the elders. A braze warrior came forward and helped to defeat the giants thanks to the Golden Axe, a gift from Thor’s Spirit of Thunder. Peace didn’t last long as a powerful giant, Death Adder, brought death and destruction back to the land and it is up to you to save the day.

The graphics are very nice for a Sega Master System game...

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Ghouls ‘N Ghosts – Capcom (1990)

This is a sequel to the awesome (but extremely hard) Nintendo Entertainment System game Ghosts ‘N Goblins.  This is one of those games that does show off how powerful the Sega Master System really was and it is sad that it never reached the level of popularity that the Nintendo Entertainment System did.

The story is your typical knight rescuing the princess but this game isn’t about a story, it is about action and besides some minor slow down you are definitely going to find lots of action.

The graphics are outstanding and blow away the original on the Nintendo Entertainment System..  They are crisp and clean and definitely draw you into the action.  You might even mistake it for the Genesis version at quick glance.  Yes, it is that good!

The music is pretty close to the Genesis versi...

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Metroid – Nintendo (1986)

You can’t think of the 8-Bit N.E.S. without remembering Metroid.  Nintendo has created some fantastic franchise series and this is probably my favorite.  The story, controls and even the graphics (for the time) were incredible and hold up really well today.  If all games were as good as Metroid then we wouldn’t have time for our jobs, school or families!

This probably could be classified as an action/RPG as it was one of the first games to introduce a system of backtracking to areas previously visited.  You would have to find and locate certain items that were necessary to gain access to areas later on in the game, and upgrading your character was essential for survival. Sure we have seen this in most current games but it was quite an achievement at the time.

You play as Samus Aran, a ...

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