NES AtoZ 65: Galaga

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Galaga - 1/1

As far as ports go, this is really something. It might be the best port on Nintnedo. I played a good amount of Galaga in the arcade too, and this plays great. I don’t know what I can say about Galaga. The game is simple to play but challenging to master. I would say if you are a retro game collector, this is the next best thing to having an actual Galaga arcade.

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Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

NES AtoZ 64: Galactic Crusader

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Galactic Crusader - 0/1

The only question that really needs to be answered is: is this better than Galaga? A very good Galaga port is already on Nintendo (coming up next), so this needs to bring something new to the table. The sprites are nice and large, and there are some weapon upgrades you can pick up, which is a noticeable difference. But if I am looking for a shmup with upgrades i’ll look to better games like Crysis Force or Zanac. Unfortunately the game fails in fun-factor. It simply isn’t better than Galaga so I recommend playing that.

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Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

NES AtoZ 63: G.I.Joe The Atlantis Factor

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G.I.Joe Atlantis Factor - 0/1

The Atlantis factor is a totally different game, developed by a different company. Either game is a sequel to the other, which might actually have been pretty confusing for kids in the day. Imagine trying to talk to a kid at school about how awesome the “G.I.Joe” game is and being utterly baffled that your experiences don’t match? Or maybe nobody every played either of these games. Anyway, we found Capcom’s version of this franchise to be much worse. I MIGHT be wrong because we only scratched the surface of this game and we got jammed on the first boss. But the gameplay in that limited time is less fun, even though the controls seem fine and there is probably some kind of character selection. It isn’t terrible, but if you are thirsty for a G.I.Joe experience, get the Taxan version.

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Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

 

NES AtoZ 62: G.I.Joe a Real American Hero

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G.I.Joe A Real American Hero - 1/1

I was never big into G.I. Joe. Not the comic, or the cartoon and I haven’t even seen the movie. But I appreciate a team of military badasses with long history. The concept seems custom built for a badass run and gun game and looks like Taxan felt the same. I have never played or heard of this game as a child, but I wish I had. it plays like Contra but with a bunch of different characters. This game goes for about $25-35 on eBay, which … might be a reasonable price from a collector perspective, I am not sure. If you see it at a garage sale, get it!

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Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

 

$5 Gamer: ESP Ra De

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I have fallen in love with these SHMUPS lately. Look out for more of them in this series. I feel like there is something so zen and relaxing about just dodge bullets. It’s nothing but me, the bullets and my finger movements. But can I handle this hardball game with only 20 credits!?

This game actually has more of a story than most shooters. Something about telekinetic children that have to fend off some kind of military invasion by an equally powerful telekinetic overlord. It takes place in a futuristic version of Japan I think… The setting and concept are all very much like the anime classic Akira.

There is a selection of three child prodigies and they all have slightly different firing patterns. One of the buttons fires some sort of special spray which recharge relatively quickly and the three characters aim this in different ways as well. Like many of these bullet hell games, you have a special attack which makes you invulnerable and fires a massive beam for a limited time.

If you hold down the primary fire button for a little over a second your character slows down, which might sound like it’s bad, but it’s actually great. Moving very slowly and precisely is exactly what you need much of the time. If you simply let up off the fire button you regain your max speed. It’s actually a very awesome mechanic and surprisingly easy to get used to compared to something like an actually speed change button.

I will admit I had lots of practice playing this game, although usually when I play these I only put in 1 credit because all of the top score are always called 1-Credit-Clear. Although I am not EVEN CLOSE to a 1CC, it seems like the way to play it, so I am good at the first couple of levels and then I sort of lose it. That being said, I had a pretty easy time beating this game on 20 credits.

Enjoy my run and let me know what you think about this game! If you want to see me try another game, leave me a comment.

NES AtoZ 61: Fun House

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Fun House - 1/1

Apparently this game is based on a late-eighties gameshow of the same name. Because of that, I am assuming more gameplay modes exist in this game beyond the top-down perspective objective gathering mode. Even though the controls were slightly annoying to get used to, once I got the hang of it, this game mode felt totally acceptable. If at least 3 other modes exist with similar enjoyment factor I think this is a pretty killer game!

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Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

 

NES AtoZ 60: Friday the 13th

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Friday the 13th - 0/1

LJN games get a bad rap, and this is one of them. But is it really that terrible? I will go out on a limb and say not really. The game controls fine, the graphics are fine. The problem is I didn’t find it very fun. To be fair, I have seen people play this online and the game actually has some depth, and the climactic confrontations with Jason are pretty awesome. Problem is, who is going to invest that much time into a game that doesn’t grab you right away in todays world? I have to give it a 0.

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Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

 

NES AtoZ 59: Freedom Force

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Freedom Force - 1/1

Freedom Force is the first light gun game I have reviews since the wonderful developers over at OpenEmu got mouse support in here. The gameplay is pretty typical, you shoot bad guys that pop up in windows and doors. But you must try not to shoot the hostages. Even though it couldn’t be more simple, I still had a good time.

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Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

 

NES AtoZ 58: Frankenstein

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Frankenstein - 1/1

I was pleasantly surprised by Frankenstein. The biggest stand out are the controls. It’s very responsive and crisp, reminds me of Ninja Giaden. I don’t really remember the story, but it looks like you are NOT the monster but just a man, and you are trying to stop the monster. Killing enemies rewards you with better weapons and life pickups which actually makes killing enemies a pleasure. From the short time I played it I saw a nice variety of enemies and all of them look a little strategy to defeat. Excellent game.

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Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

 

NES AtoZ 57: Formula One Built to Win

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Formula One Built to Win - 1/1

I usually don’t dig realistic racing games much, but this one felt pretty great. It actually controlled well and I am a sucker for building up my car. I found out later that every city in the race is actually based on a real location of the formula one race, which is neat.

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Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.