Archive for July, 2009

REVIEW: Swordquest: Earthworld

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Swordquest: Earthworld is the 1st in a series of games (followed by Fireworld and Waterworld), and designed as a sequel to Adventure. The Swordquest series was actually a contest in which players could win amazing prizes—in the case of Earthworld, a $25,000 jeweled talisman. The history of the Swordquest series is weird and worth reading about. More fascinating details can be found on Wikipedia.

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REVIEW: Space Channel 5: Ulala’s Cosmic Attack

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There are actually three Space Channel 5 games.  There’s the original, and Part 2, which both came out on Dreamcast and were later ported to Playstation 2.  And then there’s the GBA port of the first one, which is what I’m going to talk about today.  Actually, it’s exactly like the first one, so there aren’t really three games.  Only 2.

I’m going to stand up for this game, which came out at a time when not a lot of people had Dreamcasts (I didn’t, at least), and everyone had a GBA.  You may think that a GBA port of Space Channel 5 would be inevitably terrible.  This seems to be a popular opinion, but I don’t think those people played it for the 30 minutes it takes to beat Space Channel 5, and after reading one negative review too many, I decided to vent in my blog, like anyone would.

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REVIEW: Tombs & Treasure

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Tombs & Treasure is a remake of an older game for Japanese computers. Most of Falcom’s games don’t come stateside and I’m somewhat of a fan, at least of Sorcerian. Tombs & Treasure is an adventure game with mostly inventory puzzles and a few tacked-on RPG elements, set in the ruins of Chichen Itza. It’s a cool setting that makes the game memorable.

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FEATURE: The Epic Games Competition 2: Tapper

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WANDA: See the part 1 article for background about the competition. Basically Willy and I played games neither of us had touched before (ie: we expected most of the games to be crappy) on the Midway Arcade Treasures collections for Game Cube blown up on a huge projection screen. Ten rounds were played on three games, with high scores recorded for each round.

Tapper was Wanda’s time to shine, baby.

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