Posts Tagged ‘1983’

#61 Lode Runner

Posted: 22nd July 2017 by Jeroen in Games
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619th played so far Genre: Platform Platform: Various Year of Release: 1983 Developer: Doug Smith Publisher: Broderbund/Ariolasoft I’m not going to claim any great affinity with Lode Runner, but I remember playing a version of this at some point and becoming obsessed for a bit with its large number of levels and built-in level designer. […]

#56 Planetfall

Posted: 12th June 2017 by Jeroen in Games
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609th played so far Genre: Interactive Fiction Platform: Various Year of Release: 1983 Developer: Infocom Publisher: Infocom It feels like the arcades dominate these early years of gaming, and my mind, when seeing a title like Planetfall, automatically assumes it’s some action gamer or shooter once again with a space theme. The space theme is […]

#53 Gyruss

Posted: 17th April 2017 by Jeroen in Games
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595th played so far Genre: Shoot ‘Em Up Platform: Arcade Year of Release: 1983 Developer: Konami Publisher: Konami Time for another early game – I have some room for them. Time for another shooter – I need more of them. Just playing more gmae. Yeah! Our Thoughts So we’ve played Tempest and its many, many […]

#50 Star Wars

Posted: 12th March 2017 by Jeroen in Games
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586th played so far Genre: Shoot ‘Em Up Platform: Arcade Year of Release: 1983 Developer: Atari Publisher: Atari There are many different games called Star Wars. The one I’m familiar with was the NES iteration that mixed platforming and top down planet exploration sections with space battles. That one was released in 1991, while the […]

#48 I, Robot

Posted: 7th January 2017 by Jeroen in Games
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570th played so far Genre: Shoot ‘Em Up Platform: Arcade Year of Release: 1983 Developer: Dave Theurer Publisher: Atari Isaac Asimov is an amazing speculative fiction writer (I know that sounds pretentious, but it works best to describe his work). I, Robot is one of his collections of short stories, an amazing read that I […]

#57 Spy Hunter

Posted: 2nd December 2016 by Jeroen in Games
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561th played so far Genre: Action Platform: Arcade Year of Release: 1983 Developer: Bally Midway Publisher: Bally Midway After Klax and Marble Madness, here’s our third game from the Midway collection… or extravaganza. Not to be confused with Spy vs Spy, a cartoon that was turned into a game (that I actually remember), this is […]

#55 M.U.L.E.

Posted: 9th February 2016 by Jeroen in Games
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487th played so far Genre: Strategy Platform: Various Year of Release: 1983 Developer: Ozark Softscape Publisher: Electronic Arts After going on about how Exile (and other games) unnecessarily apply arcade-level coin gobbling difficulty to home games, it’s nice to shift gears to a game that won’t. While the arcade route is probably the biggest for […]

#64 Track & Field

Posted: 24th January 2016 by Jeroen in Games
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483rd played so far Genre: Sports Platform: Arcade Year of Release: 1983 Developer: Konami Publisher: Konami Sports games have been around for a while, and today we’re going to play an early one. Many newer ones don’t necessarily grip us, but it feels like a large part of it is because they become impenetrable if […]

#58 Crystal Castles

Posted: 24th September 2015 by Jeroen in Games
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458th played so far Genre: Action Platform: Arcade Year of Release: 1983 Developer: Atari Publisher: Atari These isometric games don’t work well for me. I’m not sure why, but there’s a series of games like Crystal Castles (several of which are yet to come) that I just dread. The controls are awkward, the action simple […]

#63 Tapper

Posted: 16th March 2015 by Jeroen in Games
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410th played so far Genre: Action Platform: Arcade Year of Release: 1983 Developer: Marvin Glass and Associates Publisher: Bally Midway Commercial tie-in games always seem a bit weird. They often seem bad – existing games with the identifying marks filed off and a logo plastered in. There are probably plenty of them around (mostly as […]