Maniac Mansion

Overview / Review of Jaleco’s 1990 NES game, Maniac Mansion.

Tapping the bizarrely violent and perverse tone of 70s and 80s B-movies, Maniac Mansion features the twisted exploits of Dr. Fred Edison, a peculiarly green hued man who has been conducting experiments in his basement for the past twenty years. When a local high school cheerleader goes missing, her boyfriend Dave takes his friends to check out the Edison Mansion, believing that she fell victim to foul play at the hands of the mad scientist… 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

King’s Quest V

Overview / Review of Konami’s 1992 NES game, King’s Quest V.

Originally developed and released in 1990 by Sierra On-line for the PC, Roberta Williams’ King’s Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! marked a turning point in computer game development, benefitting from a massive million dollar budget, hand-painted VGA graphics produced under the direction of Emmy award winner Bill Davis, digital sound… Continue reading

Nightshade Part 1 – The Claws of Sutekh

Review / Overview of Ultra’s 1992 NES game, Nightshade Part 1 – The Claws of Sutekh.

Metro City, after decades of prosperity and growth, has fallen into a state of decline. Crime rates and corruption are at an all time high, and a mysterious figure, Sutekh, unifies all of the local crime lords under his banner in a push to gain control of the city. With the people terrified and the police ineffective, it’s clear that extreme measures are necessary… Continue reading