Archive for NES Reviews

REVIEW: Space Shuttle Project


While sims, mini-games, and other miscellany are Wanda’s domain, I couldn’t overlook Space Shuttle Project’s uniqueness. Don’t be fooled by the edutainment title and box art—it’s both novel and fun.

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REVIEW: The Magic of Scheherazade


Culture Brain developed a few quirky titles that came stateside. The RPGs are Little Ninja Brothers (NES), Ninja Boy 2 (Game Boy), and Magic of Scheherazade. I like them all for the same reasons: interesting setting, unusual RPG systems, and strange humor (which Wanda would appreciate). Magic of Scheherazade has an Arabian Nights theme, which I am a sucker for—Al-Qadim: The Genie’s Curse (PC) and Exile (Genesis) are favorites. Some compare it to Legend of Zelda, but that’s half-baked. Almost every bit of Magic of Scheherazade is slightly unexpected.

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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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REVIEW: Dungeon Magic: Sword of the Elements

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Dungeon Magic: Sword of the Elements (different from Taito’s arcade beat-‘em-up, Dungeon Magic) is probably the most difficult RPG I’ve ever played (followed by Battlemaster for the Genesis). It’s a first-person, single character RPG with the toughest enemies, largest dungeons, and most directionless progression possible.

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