Milon’s Secret Castle

Overview / Review of Hudson’s 1988 NES game, Milon’s Secret Castle.

After offering players points as a hidden bonus in Star Force, Milon formally introduces himself to the public in his first headlining role, Milon’s Secret Castle for the NES. Despite three of the Japanese developer’s games having already shown up on US shores courtesy Brøderbund (Lode Runner, Raid on… Continue reading

Faxanadu

Overview / Review of Nintendo’s 1989 NES game, Faxanadu.

Published in America by Nintendo in 1990, Faxanadu is a spin-off title splintering from 1985’s Dragon Slayer II: Xanadu, the second game in the Japanese Dragon Slayer PC RPG series. Produced by Hudson Soft under license from Nihon Falcom (the original series’ developer and publisher that, while extremely popular in Japan, has languished in obscurity in the USA), Faxanadu is not a canonical entry in the Dragon Slayer series… Continue reading

Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom

Review / Overview of Hudson’s 1991 NES game, Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom.

Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom hails the tradition of one of gaming’s oldest established genres – the text adventure. Being amongst the earliest games developed for computers, text adventures created worlds out of prose, with the player’s options limited only by their imaginations and the limitations of a “verb-noun” text parser. Well-known early entries such as Adventure (1975) and… Continue reading

Hudson’s Adventure Island

Overview / Review of Hudson’s 1988 NES game, Hudson’s Adventure Island.

Hudson’s Adventure Island, the first game of the long running Adventure Island series, is a conversion of Sega’s 1986 arcade game, Wonder Boy. Hudson sought the rights to develop a Nintendo port of Wonder Boy from the original arcade developer, Escape… Continue reading