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Alien Rain

Alien Rain

Apple II - Released - 1980

Alien Rain (also called Apple Galaxian) is a clone of the arcade game Galaxian. It is a shoot-'em-up where a formation of aliens attack your starfighter at the bottom of the screen. The alien peel off from the group, singly or in formation and attack you, the pattern depending on what type of alien it is. Once all aliens are killed, you move to a new level, indicated by a flag at the bottom. The game was released for the Apple II as Alien Rain

Alien Typhoon

Alien Typhoon

Apple II - Released - 1981

Alien Typhoon is an enhanced version of Apple Galaxian (Alien Rain),with more aliens on screen. In essence it is a variant of the arcade game Galaxian. It is a shoot-'em-up where a formation of alien ships attack your lone starship at the bottom of the screen. The aliens peel off from the formation and attack you in different patterns, depending on the color of the ship. The two ships at the top are the motherships and they bring an escort of two red aliens with them to guard them, but if you can shoot the escort and then the mothership, you'll score lots of points.

The Blade of Blackpoole

NEC PC-9801 - Released - January 1, 1984

The Blade of Blackpoole is an illustrated text adventure with a medieval fantasy setting. Starting with only a pocket full of gold coins, the player's task is to recover the magical sword Myraglym, last seen near the lake at Blackpoole. On the way to the goal, there will be large forests, tricky swamps, a dangerous maze and high cliffs. Deadly creatures also abound, including a talking carnivorous plant, an aggressive lizardman and a hungry water beast. Some helpful characters may also be in the area. The game consists of around 60 locations, each with its own picture. Many of the...

Funhouse Mystery

Funhouse Mystery

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1985

Funhouse Mystery is a text-adventure game originally written and coded by Scott Adams and published by Adventure International in 1979. The NEC PC-88 version was released in 1985 by StarCraft for the Japanese audiences, though the game still supports English commands. You are a secret agent tasked to retrieve some secret plans that have been stolen and hidden somewhere inside a fun house. Once inside it, you have to solve several puzzles, such as navigate through a maze, a shooting gallery, a merry-go-round, and charm a friendly mermaid. Main differences from the original western...

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Sharp X1 - Released - 1987

Las Vegas is a Japan-exclusive graphical variant of Softporn Adventure, and hence can be seen as an earlier version of Leisure Suit Larry, which was released a few months later. The gameplay is, by and large, identical to the original text-only version, with the exception of a few adjustments made to the monetary system and a few commands handled slightly differently. Like before, the player types text commands consisting of combinations of verbs and objects. The game recognizes both Japanese and English inputs. The major difference is the inclusion of graphics. Each location is represented...

Might and Magic II

Might and Magic II

Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - January 22, 1993

In 1993 Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World was published for Super Nintendo in two different versions, Might and Magic II, the western version that was developed by Iguana Entertainment and distributed by Elite in Europe (its launch in America was canceled), and Might and Magic: Book II, this exclusive version for Japan developed by Starcraft and distributed by LOZC G. Amusements that had many differences: different graphic section, changes in the appearance of the NPCs and enemies, new musical themes, less difficulty.

Might and Magic: Book II

Might and Magic: Book II

Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - January 22, 1993

In 1993 Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World was published for Super Nintendo in two different versions, Might and Magic II, the western version that was developed by Iguana Entertainment and distributed by Elite in Europe (its launch in America was canceled), and Might and Magic: Book II, this exclusive version for Japan developed by Starcraft and distributed by LOZC G. Amusements that had many differences: different graphic section, changes in the appearance of the NPCs and enemies, new musical themes, less difficulty.

Mission Asteroid

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1983

In this game, you play an astronaut who is asked by Mission Control to send a rocket up to an asteroid and blow it up before it reaches Earth. The trouble is: you will be unable to find the asteroid without a flight plan. This early adventure game is very short, and, in order to accomplish the task, the game requires you to enter one- or two-word commands to perform various actions. The game may be saved to a floppy disk at any point in the game.

Phantasie III: The Wrath of Nikademus

Phantasie III: The Wrath of Nikademus

Sharp X68000 - Released - 1989

Phantasie III: The Wrath of Nikademus is the third chapter of the Phantasie trilogy. This time, the Dark Lord Nikademus has set his evil sights on conquering - not only an island - but the entire world. He must be stopped, and you've chosen to undertake this difficult and dangerous quest. The basic gameplay in this game is quite similar to the system implemented in part one and part two, with several additions and enhancements. Some weapons and spells have been added. During combat, you can move each character to the front, middle, or back of the party. It's also possible to aim your spells...

Phantasie IV: The Birth of Heroes

Phantasie IV: The Birth of Heroes

Sharp X68000 - Released - March 28, 1991

After the evil Nikademus was defeated, the land of Scandor enjoyed a time period of peace, which lasted twenty years. However, when a ship sent to the Skull Island disappeared without trace, Scandor's inhabitants realized a new threat was rising... Phantasie IV: The Birth of Heroes is the fourth entry in the RPG series Phantasie, and the only one that was released exclusively for Japanese computers. Gameplay-wise and visually, the game is very similar to the previous installments. The player creates a party of adventurers (up to six active combatants, including the series' trademark "random...

Phantasie IV: The Birth of Heroes

Phantasie IV: The Birth of Heroes

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1990

After the evil Nikademus was defeated, the land of Scandor enjoyed a time period of peace, which lasted twenty years. However, when a ship sent to the Skull Island disappeared without trace, Scandor's inhabitants realized a new threat was rising... Phantasie IV: The Birth of Heroes is the fourth entry in the RPG series Phantasie, and the only one that was released exclusively for Japanese computers. Gameplay-wise and visually, the game is very similar to the previous installments. The player creates a party of adventurers (up to six active combatants, including the series' trademark "random...

Phantasie IV: The Birth of Heroes

Phantasie IV: The Birth of Heroes

NEC PC-9801 - Released - September 14, 1990

After the evil Nikademus was defeated, the land of Scandor enjoyed a time period of peace, which lasted twenty years. However, when a ship sent to the Skull Island disappeared without trace, Scandor's inhabitants realized a new threat was rising... Phantasie IV: The Birth of Heroes is the fourth entry in the RPG series Phantasie, and the only one that was released exclusively for Japanese computers. Gameplay-wise and visually, the game is very similar to the previous installments. The player creates a party of adventurers (up to six active combatants, including the series' trademark "random...

Rogue Alliance

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1989

Rogue Alliance (called Realms of Darkness outside Japan) combines traditional RPG gameplay (party, stats, and combat system) with some elements borrowed from text adventures. Assemble a party of one to eight characters and go on quests to gain power and riches and magical items by defeating monsters. The game consists of many scenarios, each requiring several hours of playing to be completed. Move around in the realms using your keyboard or joystick or both. Travel and explore cities, dungeons, caverns and other types of dwellings. and talk to city inhabitants. Creating characters...

Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest

NEC PC-9801 - Released - June 1, 1984

Sherwood Forest is an graphic adventure game with a text parser. You play Robin Hood and your goal is to marry Maid Marion. The regular Robin Hood cast makes an appearance: Little John, Friar Tuck, the Merry Men, and Sheriff of Nottingham. Your travels take you through forests, up mountains, into caves, and you even get to fly in an albeit unconventional way.

Shoumakyou no Densetsu

Shoumakyou no Densetsu

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1986

Main character is caught by the enemy and starts in prison. He needs to break free and explore Japanese castle to find five pieces of the mystery mirror within time limit.

Sky Blazer

Sky Blazer

Commodore VIC-20 - Released - 1983

Star Blazer (Sky Blazer on the VIC-20) is a side-scrolling shooter similar in style to Konami's Super Cobra. You are a fighter pilot on several hazardous missions. In each level you have to fulfill one mission like bomb the radar, destroy the tank etc. The scenery as buildings and warehouses and airborne objects as jets and rockets can all destroy your jet. Your fighter jet is armed with a limited supply of bullets for a on board machine gun and with bombs, also with limited supply. Bombs can only be dropped from very low altitude. Furthermore, your jet has a limited amount of fuel which can...

Star Blazer

Star Blazer

Atari 800 - Released - 1983

Star Blazer is a side-scrolling shooter similar in style to Konami's Super Cobra. You are a fighter pilot on several hazardous missions. In each level you have to fulfill one mission like bomb the radar, destroy the tank etc. The scenery as buildings and warehouses and airborne objects as jets and rockets can all destroy your jet. Your fighter jet is armed with a limited supply of bullets for a on board machine gun and with bombs, also with limited supply. Bombs can only be dropped from very low altitude. Furthermore, your jet has a limited amount of fuel which can be refueled by picking up a...

Star Blazer

Star Blazer

Apple II - Released - February 2, 1982

Star Blazer is a side-scrolling shooter similar in style to Konami's Super Cobra. You are a fighter pilot on several hazardous missions. In each level you have to fulfill one mission like bomb the radar, destroy the tank etc. The scenery as buildings and warehouses and airborne objects as jets and rockets can all destroy your jet. Your fighter jet is armed with a limited supply of bullets for a on board machine gun and with bombs, also with limited supply. Bombs can only be dropped from very low altitude. Furthermore, your jet has a limited amount of fuel which can be refueled by picking up a...

Starfire

Starfire

NEC PC-9801 - Released - October 14, 1994

You start the game as a member of a mercenary squad piloting Motor Shells, infantry mechs deployed from space. The squad is under contract by the government and stationed onboard the battleship Dragonet, tasked with various dirty jobs like subduing colonial uprisings and cleaning up orbital bio factories that have gone out of control. Inevitably events unfold that leave you as the only one who can prevent a mysterious invader from taking control of the galaxy. Starcraft Inc. is mainly known for porting numerous popular western games from DOS to Japanese home computer systems like PC-98 and...

Transylvania II

Transylvania II

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1986

In Transylvania we rescued Princess Sabrina, and met Crown Prince Erik. They return upon news of the King John the Good’s death, and learn the crown has vanished. The Vampire Lord Drakul tries to uncover its secrets to become King, and threatens its land. As their guide, they accompany you on their journey to reclaim the crown an amulet of immense power and rid the land of the Vampire. Certain tasks require their unique abilities, Princess Sabrina understands magic and Crown Prince Erik can use items that rightfully belongs to the heir of the throne, among other roles. Some places seem...

Tunnels & Trolls: Crusaders of Khazan

Tunnels & Trolls: Crusaders of Khazan

Fujitsu FM Towns Marty - Released - 1990

This game is based on the pen & paper RPG Tunnels & Trolls. After a four hundred year long war, humans and monsters finally signed a peace treaty, and harmony returned to the Dragon Land - but not for long. The leader of the monsters, the mysterious Lerotra'hh, declared the peace contract was invalid. Monsters began to attack human settlements once again. The only one who can save the humans is the mighty wizard Khazan. Unfortunately, Khazan was imprisoned in his exile. This is where a group of brave adventurers enters the picture, determined to rescue Khazan and defeat the evil. The...

Tunnels & Trolls: Crusaders of Khazan

Tunnels & Trolls: Crusaders of Khazan

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1990

This game is based on the pen & paper RPG Tunnels & Trolls. After a four hundred year long war, humans and monsters finally signed a peace treaty, and harmony returned to the Dragon Land - but not for long. The leader of the monsters, the mysterious Lerotra'hh, declared the peace contract was invalid. Monsters began to attack human settlements once again. The only one who can save the humans is the mighty wizard Khazan. Unfortunately, Khazan was imprisoned in his exile. This is where a group of brave adventurers enters the picture, determined to rescue Khazan and defeat the evil. The...

Tunnels & Trolls: Crusaders of Khazan

Tunnels & Trolls: Crusaders of Khazan

NEC PC-9801 - Released - March 9, 1990

This game is based on the pen & paper RPG Tunnels & Trolls. After a four hundred year long war, humans and monsters finally signed a peace treaty, and harmony returned to the Dragon Land - but not for long. The leader of the monsters, the mysterious Lerotra'hh, declared the peace contract was invalid. Monsters began to attack human settlements once again. The only one who can save the humans is the mighty wizard Khazan. Unfortunately, Khazan was imprisoned in his exile. This is where a group of brave adventurers enters the picture, determined to rescue Khazan and defeat the evil. The...

Tunnels & Trolls: Crusaders of Khazan

Tunnels & Trolls: Crusaders of Khazan

MS-DOS - Released - 1990

This game is based on the pen & paper RPG Tunnels & Trolls. After a four hundred year long war, humans and monsters finally signed a peace treaty, and harmony returned to the Dragon Land - but not for long. The leader of the monsters, the mysterious Lerotra'hh, declared the peace contract was invalid. Monsters began to attack human settlements once again. The only one who can save the humans is the mighty wizard Khazan. Unfortunately, Khazan was imprisoned in his exile. This is where a group of brave adventurers enters the picture, determined to rescue Khazan and defeat the evil. The...

Tunnels & Trolls: Crusaders of Khazan

Tunnels & Trolls: Crusaders of Khazan

Sharp X68000 - Released - June 16, 1990

This game is based on the pen & paper RPG Tunnels & Trolls. After a four hundred year long war, humans and monsters finally signed a peace treaty, and harmony returned to the Dragon Land - but not for long. The leader of the monsters, the mysterious Lerotra'hh, declared the peace contract was invalid. Monsters began to attack human settlements once again. The only one who can save the humans is the mighty wizard Khazan. Unfortunately, Khazan was imprisoned in his exile. This is where a group of brave adventurers enters the picture, determined to rescue Khazan and defeat the evil. The...

Ulysses and the Golden Fleece

Ulysses and the Golden Fleece

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1983

Ulysses and the Golden Fleece is an adventure game where you play the part of Ulysses in ancient Greece. The king has given you the task of finding the golden fleece, a legendary treasure which is protected by the gods. You begin your quest in a small town, and will need to travel to several far away lands to find the fleece. Many characters from ancient mythology will be encountered along the way, including King Neptune, the Sirens, Cyclops, and others. You need to find a way past them as well as the many obstacles on sea and land if you are to be successful. Along the bottom of the screen...

Voodoo Castle

NEC PC-9801 - Released - 1984

This is the enhanced version of the original all-text Scott Adams Adventure, Voodoo Castle. Additions to the original game include illustrations for each location, and support for the VOTRAX voice synthesizer. Otherwise the game remains essentially the same as the original.

Voodoo Castle

NEC PC-9801 - Released - 1984

This is the enhanced version of the original all-text Scott Adams Adventure, Voodoo Castle. Additions to the original game include illustrations for each location, and support for the VOTRAX voice synthesizer. Otherwise the game remains essentially the same as the original.

Wizard and Princess

Wizard and Princess

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1983

King George's daughter Priscilla has been kidnapped by an evil wizard named Harlin, who holds her in his castle. The King offers half of his kingdom to anyone who would venture into the faraway mountain land, enter the castle, defeat Harlin, and bring back the princess. Only one adventurer is brave enough to accept this challenge. Wizard and Princess is a text adventure with graphics. The game's environments are composed of still shots viewed from first-person perspective. The player types combinations of verbs and objects to interact with the game world, move between locations, solve...

Yubiwa Monogatari Dai-1-kan: Tabi no Nakama

Yubiwa Monogatari Dai-1-kan: Tabi no Nakama

NEC PC-9801 - Released - October 30, 1991

Many years ago, the dark lord Sauron forged the One Ring to control the races of the Middle Earth. He was defeated by the human prince Isildur, who took the ring to himself. But such was the evil power of the ring that it brought misfortune to whoever dared to bear it, corrupting their souls. Eventually, the ring ended up by Frodo Baggins, a peaceful hobbit who was unaware of his possession's true nature. Realizing that the only way to be free of the ring's power would be to destroy it, the wizard Gandalf tells Frodo to carry it to Sauron's land, Mordor, and throw it into the lava rivers of...

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