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

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

Felix the Cat

Overview / Review of Hudson’s 1992 NES game, Felix the Cat.

Originally appearing in 1919, Felix rose to fame during the reign of silent films, though Hudson’s Felix the Cat concentrates on the particulars of the franchise’s 1953 reboot, which, amongst several other changes, introduced Felix’s famous bag of tricks. In his NES outing, Felix must save… Continue reading

Mendel Palace

Overview / Review of Hudson’s 1990 NES game, Mendel’s Palace.

Mendel Palace was the first game ever produced by Game Freak, headed up by Satoshi Tajiri, who would become a superstar of the videogame world with the release of Pokémon (Gameboy, 1995). In Tajiri’s premier work, Bon-Bon has to save his best friend, Candy, from a dream. Falling asleep… 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