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Five quick-hit reviews

Posted by ptcgaming on May 4, 2009


“River Raid” (Atari 2600/1982/Activision)
Overall score: 3.5
“River Raid” to this day is one of my favorite Atari 2600 games. The graphics are outstanding for that console, the sound is exceptional and having to worry about refueling adds an extra challenge. Too bad that challenge gets a bit repetitive after awhile.


“Bases Loaded” (NES/1988/Jaleco-TOSE)
Overall score: 4
“Tecmo Baseball” and “RBI Baseball” might come close, but this was the best baseball franchise on the NES. The TV-camera batter/pitcher screen and great animation (including the “phantom glove” catcher) were great, as was the speech (any spoken dialogue was a gift on the NES). But am I the only one who thought this game was pretty tough?


“Keith Courage in Alpha Zones” (TurboGrafx-16/1989/Hudson Soft)
Overall score: 2

Even fantastic 16-bit graphics couldn’t prevent this from being the worst pack-in game for any console – ever. While the graphics are great, the┬ámusic on this Mario/Zelda/Gundam hybrid is too repetitive, and the gameplay is boring. There are some really good titles for the unappreciated (in North America) TG-16, but this sure isn’t one of them.


“F-Zero” (Super NES/1991/Nintendo EAD)
Overall score: 3.5
How they get the screen to keep up while racing that fast is beyond me. Nevertheless, “F-Zero” is fun and challenging at the same time. Of course, it’s best when played with a friend. The controls take a little getting used to, but once you get the hang of them you’ll enjoy this one a lot.


“John Madden Football ’93” (Sega Genesis/1992/Looking Glass Technologies)
Overall score: 4.5

This is by far my favorite “Madden” ever. I remember the days before passing cones and football IQ, when passing windows ruled the world. I recall some intense Thurman Thomas vs. Barry Sanders battles, diving catches and cheesy touchdown dances. This game even looks great, and the players move and act like real football players do. This is the one game I wish I had held on to over the years. Sadly, I did not.


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Retro Game Review: Hit the Ice

Posted by ptcgaming on July 24, 2008

Screenshot retrieved online. Hit the Ice stressed what many of us love about ice hockey.

Platform: TurboGrafx-16
Released: 1990
Developer: Williams, Taito

Background: It’s Arch Rivals on ice! It’s everything many of us love about hockey – beating your opponent into a bloody pulp and the dream of driving that goalie right through the net! The Video Hockey League features the most insane hockey game you’ll ever play! It’s 3-on-3 (one forward, one defenseman, one goalie), and nothing’s really barred. Slashing, punching and kicking are all OK – actually I think it’s encouraged. I owned this title many moons ago for the TG-16, a console I always despised for only having one controller port standard.

Graphics: 5/5
Other than an insanely-humongous hockey puck, this game is pretty crisp. The graphics on this game are so good you can tell how petrified the referee is (and bald, too). All of the players have unique facial features, and the playing screen as a whole is crisp.

Sound: 2.5/5
The biggest sound on the game is when the crowd roars after a goal is scored. Other than that, nothing to write home about.

Controls: 3.5/5
TG-16 controllers are designed just like NES controllers with a standard turbo control for the two action buttons. On offense, the action buttons allow you to pass and shoot. On defense, they allow you to wreak havoc on your opponent. Loses credit for that one controller slot issue.

Gameplay: 3.5/5
At first, this game rocks. It’s awesome. But after awhile it can get boring doing the same things over and over again. While the “super shot” that sends the goalie into the goal is cool, this is one of the first times I’d seen what’s become a bad trend in sports games – Captain Comeback AI. If a team gets far behind and grabs the “super drink,” they become all-world in order to catch up. Sports games today seem to be going in this direction, a trend I don’t like.

Overall: 3.625/5
This game looks great, as does many TG-16 titles. But a lack of depth and because all of the players featured in the game only differ in the way they look make this a game you’ll put down quickly and seldom go back to.

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