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Putt-Putt and Fatty Bear’s Activity Pack

Retro Platforms: Mac, PC

Platform Reviewed: PC

Humongous Entertainment is arguably one of the strongest developers when it comes to edutainment, having many popular gaming franchises that typically involve the adventure genre, all while also teaching themes with stories that can even appeal to some older audiences too. Pajama Sam’s first gaming entry presented a dream-like story that culminated in conquering one’s fears about darkness, Spy Fox had tension with trying to solve detective-like mysteries, Freddi Fish was a mystery series that explored aquatic settings, and Fatty Bear… well, actually, that series never really took off. One series that I used to play a lot was Putt-Putt, which involved the zany adventures of an anthropomorphic car and his overly energetic puppy: these journeys included setting up a parade, getting launched to the moon, saving animals at a zoo, and even joining a race! But I wanted to play something that was new to me, so for today’s review, I’m analyzing Putt-Putt and Fatty Bear’s Activity Pack.
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Overall, issue 8 feels like it spends a lot of time looking forward and not as much on what’s current. But given that this issue would have been produced during the summer of 1989, there wouldn’t have been too many games coming out around that time.  Still, in this issue we get a great look at the NES classic Ducktales and more information on the RPG that Nintendo hoped would storm America, Dragon Warrior.  We also get a feature on the NES Satellite which allowed 4 player gameplay on games that supported it.  The games listed that support it are mostly sports game but I was a bit surprised to see that Nightmare on Elm Street supports 4 players. Read More

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Sometimes the timing of things is funny. As you know by now (hopefully) we just had an amazing Review a Great Game Day. As you may also know, or else are about to hear about, we have a second game review holiday here at 1 More Castle called Review a Bad Game Day. You’ll hear more about that one in the coming weeks. I mention it, though, because the next game in my project to unite my original eight Nintendo 64 reviews with the rest of the project is a review that happened to fall on Review a Bad Game Day. As a fun side note, this was also the day I started a really bad job. From August 8, 2013, my review of Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue. Read More

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Monsters are cool.

Video games are also cool so you can imagine how cool Rampage is.

Unless you’ve played it, in which case you already know.
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I first played Faxanadu as a kid, likely during the first year it was released, so in 1989 or 1990. One of my aunts had rented it when I came over to visit. I immediately loved the game, despite the fact that it is impossible to kill the first enemy in the game. That might not sound like a big deal, but I probably died twice trying to kill that slow-moving spike-covered bastard, figuring there’s no way a video game would throw you in front of an enemy you can’t kill as soon as it starts. Right? RIGHT?! I’m starting to think I might have a thing for games that are a dick to the player: (e.g., Zelda II, Simon Quest).
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Tentacles and meteors and hamsters, oh my!

For Review A Great Game Day I looked at one of the original classic graphic adventures – Maniac Mansion. This Lucasfilm game is smart, funny, irreverent, and influenced a generation of point-and-click adventure games. As the first adventure game I ever played, this one will always hold a special place in my heart and be something I consider one of the greats.

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Many classic video games have a certain level of charm to them; a particular sort of whimsy, or an extravagant splurge on emotive flourishes. When developers go the extra mile to put these heart-plucking extra bits of details into their releases, gamers notice. Players care. It is no coincidence that such distinctive, unique, zany, rich, full-of-character games like Earthbound and Maniac Mansion have attained a legendary status.

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Review A Great Game Day is back!

Which is why today I’ll be looking at one of my favourite games: the original Tomb Raider.

No bows and arrows, no crisp, cinematic graphics, no fancy movie-length cut-scenes, just handguns, good old pixels and pointy-looking people with rectangular hands.

The way it should be.

Tomb Raider: Anniversary? That’s for suckers.
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The Odyssey, Icelandic sagas, the Epic of Gilgamesh, Beowulf, and Tetris. The Faerie Queene, Animal Farm, Gulliver’s Travels, and Tetris. No, this isn’t a Sesame Street’s “one of these things is not like the other.” I shall describe to you how Tetris, especially for the NES, is the contemporary world’s greatest epic and allegory, a multilayered work of art with more meaning packed into it than anything that has come before it or after.
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