Monthly Archives: July 2015

#22: Ghosts ‘n Goblins

Ghosts 'n Goblins

March 1989 – Ghosts ‘n Goblins

So here we are again, confronting an actively hostile world. Ghosts ‘n Goblins is an incredibly difficult game. Indeed, it is rather renowned for its difficulty. One where death doesn’t just lurk around every corner, waiting to strike, but in fact actively seeks you out and kills you before you even see it coming. From every possible direction. Which is actually more than you’d think, given that we’re still firmly within the era of 2D games. The density of enemy spawn points on display here is really quite staggering. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 29, 2015 in 1989, NES


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#21: Microprose Soccer

Microprose Soccer

February 1989 – Microprose Soccer

In the US, I am given to understand, there are jocks and there are nerds, and the jocks play sports and the nerds play video games, and both sides hate the other with a burning passion. I can only assume, therefore, that the concept of a video game about sports would be utterly alien to an American audience. In the UK, however, the lines are rather more blurred, so despite the incredible degree of nerdistry that is required to write a blog about 25-year old video games, I am still able to possess a degree of interest in sports without being shunned by all sides of society. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 16, 2015 in 1989, Amiga


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#20: Battle Chess

Battle Chess

January 1989 – Battle Chess

We have briefly touched on the pre-history of AAA before in the course of this project; those games that existed before Super Mario Bros. came along and changed the world forever. And of course, there are an awful lot of them, but only a few of any real significance. I would say roughly ten, although my handy 1000 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die guidebook takes the count all the way to 95. Either way, we’re looking at less than a century. But obviously, video games as a medium didn’t spring up out of nowhere. In much the same way as plays were performed well before the invention of film, board games were played well before the invention of the computer. And of course video game creators took inspiration from these games, or indeed, just straight up copied them into computerised format. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 10, 2015 in 1989, Amiga


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