Twin Cobra

Overview / Review of American Sammy’s 1990 NES game, Twin Cobra.

Originally released in the arcades in 1987 as the sequel to Tiger Heli, Twin Cobra bolstered Toaplan’s already notable reputation as a top-tier developer of coin-op shooters. Significantly improving on its predecessor in nearly all respects, Twin Cobra featured state of the art 16-bit graphics, a raucously infectious FM-soundtrack, and an intense difficulty level… Continue reading

Amagon

Overview / Review of American Sammy’s 1989 NES game, Amagon.

Amagon, developer Aicom’s first American released title, strands its titular hero on a mysterious island in the South Pacific. Several men have been sent to explore this isle that is rumored to harbor all sorts of horrible monsters, but none have returned alive. The celebrated Marine war hero, Amagon, is assigned to check things out. The situation quickly deteriorates… Continue reading

Arkista’s Ring

Overview / Review of American Sammy’s 1990 NES game, Arkista’s Ring.

The idyllic elven city of Arkista has long been the keeper of three legendary magical artifacts. The city’s ever-lasting peace is attributed to the power of Arkista’s Ring, its prosperity to the Wealth Amulet,  and its immunity to influences from the outside world to the Elf Mirror. The halcyon days provided by these items could not last forever, though. The Forbidden Castle, lying at the fringes of the realm, was ruled by… Continue reading