A Devilishly Good Time – SNES – Demon Crest – 1994

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Demon’s Crest
SNES
Capcom
© 1994
Genre: Horror Platformer

Admittedly, I haven’t had the most exposure to the Super Nintendo.  It’s not that I find it a bad system by any means, but I have a lack of exposure outside of big name titles and two player games I’d enjoy with friends.  When digging around to find out more about Ghouls n’ Ghosts, I found a spin-off series that I realized I had played back on my Game Boy – Gargoyle’s Quest.  In particular, though I had played the original game, I was intrigued to try Demon’s Crest, the entry in the series on the SNES.

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All The World’s A Stage – PC – Foul Play – 2013

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Foul Play
PC
Mediatonic
© 2013
Genre: Side Scrolling Beat ’em Up

Dear readers, I will tell you something that I tell few people I meet offline: one of my other hobbies is LARP.  I write this because, this weekend, I’m going to the current game I’ve been playing.  At this game, I play a demonologist and monster hunter from a steampunk “definitely not victorian england” land.  In search of inspiration, I’ve been playing a few games recently, many more popular than others (I’m looking at you, Dishonored).  I decided to go a little off the beaten path, to check out a game that’s had mixed reviews from the internet, an odd title that brings demon hunting… to the stage.  I present to you, Foul Play. Continue reading

Where Does He Hide The Weapons? – Arcade – Black Tiger – 1987

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Black Tiger
Arcade
Capcom
© 1987
Genre: Action Sidescroller

With the announcement that a barcade will be opening right up the street from me in a few months, I thought it was time to start brushing up on some of my favorite arcade games from that sweet spot in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  An arcade that I had played a few times online, but had never seen a cabinet in person until I went on a vacation a year and a half ago has quickly turned into one that ranks in my top five arcade games, easily. Continue reading

Rise from your Grave – Sega Genesis – Altered Beast – 1988

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Altered Beast
Sega Mega Drive
Sega
(c) 1988
Genre: Sidescrolling Beat ‘Em Up

When gaming and looking back on things you enjoyed from your childhood, it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish games that are still good, challenging titles that have withstood the test of time, and games that are good due to the nostalgia they can induce.  Altered Beast, while challenging, has not aged as gracefully as it could have.   This side scrolling beat’em’up is remembered more often these days for the laugh inducing, bizarre vocal clips and strange scantily clad heroes than the gameplay itself.  That being said, it doesn’t stop it from being a challenging and enjoyable game. Continue reading