Shinobi (1987)

American Ninja, Ninja Terminator, The Ultimate Ninja, Full Metal Ninja, Ninja Strike Force, Teenage Mutant Ninja… Turtles? That’s right it’s the 1980s and the world has ninja fever and I’m afraid the symptoms are bad, there is no known cure. Everything from lunch boxes to motorbikes has the word ninja slapped on it as droves […]

Rolling Thunder (1986)

  Introduction Let’s dig around our dump and look for something a little different. Past the discarded NES consoles, past the buried 2600s, to the section marked Coin-Op. It is here that we find the discarded cabinets of yesteryear. Once these machines would have brought joy to those who played them with a simple coin […]

Ecco the Dolphin (1992)

  Introduction It’s 1992 and a bottlenose dolphin has just become one of the world’s best-known protagonists of a video game. Not one that has been anthropomorphised like a particular blue hedgehog, but one that lives happily in the ocean with the rest of his pod quietly going about their dolphin business. One that will […]

Beneath a Steel Sky (1994)

Introduction For many people in the early nineties, the console was king. It was the only way to game… the only way for the masses to enjoy playing video games in the comfort of their own homes. But there was a fringe contender that was slowly creeping in on the console market’s turf – the […]

Pilotwings (1990)

Introduction If you were told that a launch title for a brand new console was going to be a flight simulator, you’d probably laugh. Flight simulators have always had that niche placement in the gaming world. Sure, you could class them as a game, but their drive for accuracy separates them above and apart from […]