Mystery House

An entirely new genre of video games was born when Ken and Roberta Williams created “Mystery House” in 1980 for the Apple II computer. The horror-adventure game was the first of its kind as it featured “graphics” on the screen as the player typed in commands. It was an instant hit and laid the frameworkContinue reading “Mystery House”


If you made an arcade space shooter in the 1980s, you needed to stand out with the numerous clones. In 1988, developer Konami teamed up with publisher Ultra Games and released Gyruss for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America. Gyruss was ported from arcades after a successful run. The game featured a unique perspectiveContinue reading “Gyruss”

Black Belt

The Sega Master System had just been released in North America when Sega developed and published Black Belt in 1986. The side-scrolling beat ’em up would feature martial artist Riki on his quest to rescue Kyoko from his evil rival Wang. If you are a fan of the series “Fist of the North Star”, BlackContinue reading “Black Belt”

Space Harrier

A bad trip I don’t want to relive… Space Harrier was a big hit in the arcades so, in 1986, Sega ported the game to the Sega Master System. The game showcased what the Master System could do while providing a solid port to the game so many loved. For this review, it was myContinue reading “Space Harrier”

Pro Wrestling

Developed and published by Sega in 1986 for the Sega Master System, Pro Wrestling gives you an opportunity to step inside the ring and win the tag team championship in three separate leagues. Featuring four different tag teams and a two-player mode, Pro Wrestling was an early hit for Sega Master System fans. How doesContinue reading “Pro Wrestling”

Golden Axe

Released in 1989 for the Sega Genesis, Golden Axe is a fan-favorite sidescrolling beat ’em up. Developed and published by Sega, Golden Axe gives you or a co-op team the chance at taking down the evil Death Adder after he has kidnapped the King and Princess. It’s up to you to fight your way throughContinue reading “Golden Axe”

Bomber Raid Review

Subscribe To My YouTube Channel! It was an end of an era in 1989 when developer Sanritsu and publisher Activision teamed up and released Bomber Raid for the Sega Master System. Bomber Raid would become the last licensed Master System game released in Japan. Would Bomber Raid send the Master System out with a bangContinue reading “Bomber Raid Review”

Adventure Island Review

Subscribe To My YouTube Channel! In 1988, platformers were all the rage with Mario-type clones. Hudson Soft began to develop its own port of Sega’s arcade game “Wonder Boy” starring Master Higgins in the game “Adventure Island” released for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Master Higgins would go on to star in a few sequels forContinue reading “Adventure Island Review”

Zillion II Review

Subscribe To My YouTube Channel! In 1988, Sega released the follow-up to Zillion on the Sega Master System in North America. Dubbed “Zillion II: The Tri-Formation” the game completely changed the formula of what made the first Zillion great. Instead of exploring an underground base on foot, our hero J.J. must survive eight side-scrolling levels.Continue reading “Zillion II Review”

Kid Icarus Review

Subscribe To My YouTube Channel! God of War may have popularized Greek mythology in video games but it wasn’t the first series to wade into the pool of Greek gods. In 1987, Kid Icarus was released in North America for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Developed and published by Nintendo, the action-platformer introduced us to theContinue reading “Kid Icarus Review”