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Little Big Adventure

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Adeline 1994
Genre: Adventure, Action
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

'Little Big Adventure' is probably a typical game of the widely spread 'action-adventure' genre. First a story which carries the game to satisfy the adventure part: The inhabitants of the fictional planet Twinsun suffer from the terror regime of the tyrant FunFrock. He has the power to produce clones which control and suppress the people with Big-Brother-like methods. One of the victims is Twinsen, who is in search for a magical legend of the planet to overthrow FunFrock and liberate the poor people. This rebel rolemodel is up to the player so he can fully live up to his insurgence phantasies. For complete disaster Twinsens wife gets kidnapped which brings up even more urge for revenge and activates protective instincts.


NBA Jam

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Acclaim 1993
Genre: Sport, Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: SNES

Many sports games are usually followed by at least yearly but unimproved sequels (like FIFA or NHL). NBA Jam is the first part of such a series, so I chose this one for the sake of originality.

NBA Jam simulates (you guessed it, did you?) ghetto sport #1: basketball. To make things clearer the teams are reduced to 2 players, so it's more like streetball than basketball. You can choose from the original NBA-teams, represented by their best (= best known) 2 men. Up to 4 human players can compete simultaneously. In solo games the computer takes control of your partner, but you can still request him passing or throwing. You can also select to always control the player who has the ball or to team up with a friend. Difficulty level and length of a game can be set as well.


Panzer General

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SSI 1994
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 6/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

A classic of turn-based strategy games which became the basis for a long series of similar games. But none of them could match the quality of the original.

You can surely question to take World War II as the background for a game but that´s not going to be discussed in this review. Instead let´s move on o the game itself: The player, a high-ranking general, takes control either of the Allied or Axis forces. There are single scenarios and whole campaigns which mostly are based on historical battles.


Prospector Pete

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British Software 1986
Genre: Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Plus/4

At dusk, somewhere in a dusty desert village, the work of Prospector Pete begins. As always, he descents to the dark tunnel, and as always, a colleague takes the ladder away after him to corral him. He knows the feeling of being jailed.


Return of Double Dragon

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Technos 1992
Genre: Action
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: SNES

That's a game which doesn't require much talking about. The programmers intentionally left out an intro or a story as the subtitle says it all: 'The Sleeping Dragon has awoke.' Ah yes. In other words: 'The 1st part was quite successful so let's make more money.'


Rock 'n' Roll Racing

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Interplay 1993
Genre: Action, Sport
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: SNES

I just want to mention this: This game has absolutely nothing to do with Rock 'n' Roll. Why the game is called this way I don't know - it can't be alone due to the fact that 'Born to be wild' is constantly coming out of the boxes.


Super Mario Land

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Nintendo 1989
Genre: Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Game Boy

Besides Tetris, Super Mario Land likely belonged to the basic repertoire of most Game Boy players. The main character is the trade mark of the Nintendo corporation, distinctively the "plumber" Mario, who is on a quest for the kidnapped princess Daisy in order to free her. Obviously, the designers rather concentrated on tradition than on innovation when they constructed this background story.


Super Offroad

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Tradewest 1992
Genre: Action
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: SNES

Super Offroad is a very simple racing game. With a jeep you drive against three opponents (alternatively another human player amongst them) on tracks each sized exactly one screen. Appropriate to the name the terrain is covered with mud, hills and rocks.


Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers

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Capcom 1994
Genre: Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: SNES, Amiga (AGA)

Definitely a true classic - it's the one and only fighting game. I decided to review this part of the series because somehow it brought the 2D-fighting game to perfection. Some years after the quite amateurish slot-machine game 'Streetfighter' the second part appeared for every existing computer system, even for the then already aged C64. After a short time the 'Turbo'-version came out and also the 'SuperStreetfighter II'-version, which I'm going to review here.


Sword of Destiny

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Gremlin Graphics 1985
Genre: Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Plus/4

Back in the Eighties, Sword Of Destiny was one of the first computer games I played. After putting the cassette into the slightly damaged drive, you had to push down the play button and the cap all the time to avoid a crash during the process of loading. The longer the screen glimmered like a rainbow gone mad, the more the excitement grew. Finally it began: Down into the catacombs!



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