Rastan Saga (Taito, 1987) – REVIEW

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Rastan Saga, originally known in Japan as ‘ラスタンサーガ’, is a side-scrolling platform video game developed by Taito and released to the arcades in 1987. ‘Rastan Saga’ is based on themes of fantasy and mythology and was released simply as ‘Rastan’ outside of Japan. It was a popular arcade game and was subsequently released on many home platforms.

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Ghouls ‘n Ghosts (Capcom, 1988) – REVIEW

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‘Ghouls ‘n Ghosts’ was originally released in Japan as ‘大魔界村’or ‘Daimakaimura, the literal translation of which is “Great Demon World Village“. It is a side-scrolling platform video game developed by Capcom and released to the arcades in 1988. It is the second game released in the ‘Ghosts ‘n Goblins franchise and was arguably more successful than its predecessor both in terms of sales and revenue. As a result it was eventually ported to a number of other platforms.

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Carnival (SEGA, 1980) – REVIEW

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‘Carnival‘ is an arcade game created by SEGA in 1980, it was published by Gremlin and SEGA. It is a fixed shooter  which refreshingly moved away from the (then) conventional space themes. It also holds the distinction of being the first video game ever to feature a bonus round.

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Phoenix (Amstar Electronics, 1980) – REVIEW

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Phoenix’ is a fixed shooter video game which was developed by Amstar Electronics. It was released world-wide by Taito (licensed by Centuri in the US) in 1980. It follows a similar outer space-themed environment to ‘Galaxian‘ (released a year earlier) but adds some interesting additions such as different play fields and a boss battle.. ..indeed, ‘Phoenix’ has been credited with establishing boss endings in video games.

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Splatterhouse (Namco, 1988) – REVIEW

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Splatterhouse’ or originally ‘スプラッターハウス Supurattāhausu is a side scrolling, beat ’em up arcade game developed by Namco and published in 1988. It plays homage to the slasher film craze of the 80’s and is clearly influenced by many Western horror films including Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Evil Dead II.

As the game combines two of my favourite ‘pop culture’ phenomena – video games and horror, I was captivated when I first saw it.

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Ghosts ‘n Goblins (Capcom, 1985) – REVIEW


Ghosts ‘n Goblins‘ or originally 魔界村 Makaimura or ‘Demon World Village‘ in Japan, is an arcade side-scrolling platform game developed and released by Capcom in 1985 (mainly distributed by TAITO Corp.). The game created a number of sequels and franchises and was ported to a range of home computer systems, mainly by Elite Systems Ltd.

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R-Type (Irem, 1987) – REVIEW


Next up for review is another arcade ‘shoot ’em up’, don’t worry I will move on to other game types soon, it just happens to be that some of my favourite old arcade games belong to this genre.

Anyway, what’s not to like about ‘R-Type‘, its fantastic!

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