Earthworm Jim Review

Earthworm Jim Review Super Nintendo

Author: John Legendoffzelda Shiny Entertainment’s Earthworm Jim is the sort of game where environmental hazards will mix so well with the backgrounds that they can take players almost entirely by surprise. And a level’s twisty, bizarre design can confuse them further. Other times a smirking crow or a rabid, frantic …

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Cool Spot Review

Cool Spot Review Super Nintendo SNES

Author: John Legendoffzelda The big grudge held against advergames has been about compromising the integrity of a video game by introducing a specific consumer product to its concept, although having a game serve as a commercial isn’t bad in of itself. What’s key about this negative reaction is that the …

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Super Back to the Future II Review

Super Back to the Future II review

Author: John Legendoffzelda Three years after the end of the Back to the Future film series, long after America gave up on the notion of a good video game adaptation, the Japan-exclusive music label Toshiba EMI released Super Back to the Future II. The game’s quality might remind players of …

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Castlevania: Dracula X Review

  Author: John Legendoffzelda For all the edge and shimmering visuals apparent throughout Castlevania: Dracula X, you can still see its creators reinstating the series’ strict roots and doing so with relative panache.  No swinging from hooks, no whipping in a direction that isn’t directly in front of you, and …

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First Samurai Review

Author: John Legendoffzelda In its own uncommon and assertive way, First Samurai demonstrates a lot of potential. With a shirtless samurai warrior at the center of its fantasy mix, Kemco and Vivid Media’s platformer could make its hodgepodge of 2D action-game elements succeed with the radical confidence of something like …

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Road Runner’s Death Valley Rally Review

Road Runner's Death Valley Rally Review Super Nintendo

Author: John Legendoffzelda (Revieweris Nonprofessionalum) What Capcom had done for Disney, Sunsoft attempted to do for Looney Tunes: craft a series of fine games that would help those characters make an indelible impression on the video game world (at least in the early 1990s). Working with developer ICOM, they gave …

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Super Valis IV Review

Author: John Legendoffzelda Super Valis IV, Atlus’ port of the fourth installment in the overlooked Valis franchise, suffers the most from a lack of context. It’s named like a sequel, and it’s the continuation of a magical-girl fantasy about a girl named Yuko Ahso, who inherits a magic sword and …

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Smart Ball Review

Smart Ball Review Super Nintendo

Author: John Legendoffzelda In the game Smart Ball, the player controls a nameless blue thing: a viscous blob with big eyes and a small mouth that looks like a moving drop of water. This guy has no name because the English translation removed every trace of the original story for …

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Wayne’s World Review

Author: John Legendoffzelda A bad THQ game from the early 1990s is a soulless, turgid mess designed without any sense of individuality. It looks and sounds awful, marred by crude graphics and tuneless music. It plays like the development team wasn’t done with it yet, and licenses an outside property not to …

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Ninja Gaiden Trilogy Review

Ninja Gaiden Trilogy Review Super Nintendo

Author: John Legendoffzelda I believe in a sort of honor system between video game companies, at least when it comes to the compilations they make. These updated collections get created when they are important, when the amassed games matter. They aren’t just made to serve only nostalgia, but the justification …

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