|Posted by Private Joker on February 15, 2012 at 7:15 AM|
Time flies as we're at episode 3 already! I got the comment (to which I can't reply anymore :() that I had a lot of platformers when I was a kid so I tried to come up with a couple of games from different genres. Two shmups and a beat'm up/whatever you call it.
R.E.B.B. Robotic Evil Blue Bunny
I hear a lot of you saying bad things about this game and I honestly can't understand it. This is one of the games with the most nostalgic value for me. I won't say the best game ever personally because I say that about Halo, AKIMW,... but it certainly does rank high in my top 5. It's a very simplistic game where you side scroll through the futuristic desert/robotic lands and you try to shoot anything that comes your way. Easy? I guess it is if you get into it for a while. It's quite repetitive and the power ups are quite easy to decide yourself. There is only one that does it for me and that's the extended laser bar. Upgrade C I think it is from memory and I always aim to get that one. You don't have as many shots then, but it goes through enemies like a knife through butter.
Cuts like a laser through UFO's
The fact that the game loops hasn't really bothered me in the past but that's most likely because I never get further than the first loop. Again, here comes the "I'm a bad gamer"-excuse. Somehow, it has been in my benefit that I think the difficulty level of games seems higher to me than others. I enjoy them longer that way.:)
Anyways, Transbot, it's a beauty and the music just gets me emotional every time.
- Scramble Spirits
We want four player action!
From a horizontal shmup to a vertical one. You've probably seen Ninjabearhug's play through of Bomber Raid and almeu's game play video. This game is quite similar to Bomber Raid, but since I never played BR, I can't really say which one is better. Scramble Spirits has very cutesy graphics and a nice difficulty level for me. You can play it co-op and I don't know why exactly, but there seems to be 4 docking platforms for planes when you lift off. Was it originally intended for 4 player action? That would've been epic back then.
Check out the cover of this game and tell me which family game this reminds you of. Found it? Doesn't look exactly like the little airplanes you fly to hunt down your opponents chickens? Can't remember the name of that game and google is no help either. The game has room for 4 players and you tap the lever every time the plane comes down on your side to propel it towards your opponents. When you can't hit it, it will fly past and push one of your coins down. The last man (chicken) standing wins.
Back to the game. Having played this game a lot and thoroughly enjoying it shows that I didn't just like platformers back then. Transbot was a good transition into the genre and Scramble Spirits was more a full out shmup.
Lizzie the Lizzard, Georgie of the Jungle and Ralph...
Not sure what to call this genre. You beat up cars/busses/buildings and you eat people. beat'm up/eat 'm up? Let's make that a new genre. There should be more of those out there today. A lot of possibilities for remakes if you ask me
Cool looking sprites!
Rampage was one of my favorite two-player games of that period. I don't remember too much of the game in detail, but it sure was fun. Smashing houses and making sure you got off them before they collapsed. Acting all Godzilla- and KingKong-like up on the buildings. There was no hot, scarcely dressed blonde in the game, but what did I care back then?
Another three childhood games down which makes it 9 in total. Halfway there and a couple of interesting games to come! Stay tuned and sorry that I can't reply on comments. I'm looking into the problem.