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Adventures of Lolo 3

Adventures of Lolo 3

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - 1991

This time, Lolo has a red friend who will do for him some of the work. Unlike the two previous Lolo games, here you can wander around a world map and enter different locations in a non-linear fashion. However, some of the locations remain blocked until you find a key after completing another level. The gameplay is very similar to the one of the two previous games. You have to collect all the hearts in each room. Enemies will prevent you from doing that, and others will appear once you have eaten all the hearts and are hurrying towards the exit. The puzzles involve mostly pushing things to...

Alcahest

Alcahest

Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - December 17, 1993

Alcahest is an action role-playing game with a top-down perspective that plays similar to The Legend of Zelda. It is divided into 8 stages that are progressed by finding items that aid the protagonist Alen on his quest, and end with a boss battle. After specific boss fights, the player will gain the abilities of one of the four elemental Guardians. Alen will also find five allies that will join him at predetermined points of some levels. They are the young wizard Garstein, the princess Elikshil, the knight Sirius, the android Magna and the shape-shifter dragon goddess Nevis. Though they cannot...

Arcana

Arcana

Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - March 27, 1992

Arcana - 1. Mysterious knowledge known only to initiates. 2. Ancient rites and spiritual powers understood by only a few. 3. The secrets held by the Card Masters now fast disappearing. The art of the Card Masters has gradually died out. None of the young people want to learn the ancient system of casting spells and calling up spirits using the cards. But an evil conspiracy has taken hold of the kingdom. Rooks, descended from the last of the true Card Masters, is recruited to overthrow the sinister regime. Relying on what little he knows of the ancient art, learning along the way, trusting...

BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL!

BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL!

Nintendo Switch - Released - April 26, 2019

Two brainboxes are better than one Think outside the box to save a world in peril! As Qbby or Qucy, you’ll create boxes and use them to surmount more than 270 puzzling stages—the most in the series to date! The box planet is plagued with obstacles, so jump, climb, drift, ride, and warp your way past them in three modes, complete with their own stories, stages, challenges, and techniques. You can even team up for a 2-player adventure starring both star-crossed boxes! A Tale for Two is a new mode in which—for the first time in the series—two players can work together to solve puzzles… Or...

EarthBound

EarthBound

Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - August 27, 1994

In the year 199X, in the village of Onett, on the continent of Eagleland... Young Ness was asleep one night when a loud crashing noise awoke him suddenly. As he rushes out of bed and up to a nearby hill, he encounters a strange meteor, carrying a single passenger: a mysterious insect-like being named Buzz Buzz. Buzz Buzz tells him that in the future, an evil alien being known as Giygas has conquered the world, and the only one who can stop him are four young kids: three boys and a girl. Ness, of course, is one of the chosen ones, and he must find the other three children: Paula, a young...

Hole in One

Hole in One

Sharp X1 - Released - 1985

HAL's Hole in One is a standard 18-hole golf game, played from a top-down perspective. You can compete in stroke play with up to four players, or match play against a friend or the computer. When playing against the computer, you will play against an opponent that uses metal clubs, which hit farther than the standard wooden clubs. In addition to stroke and match play, you can obtain passwords that allow you to replay any spectacular shots that you make (eagles, holes-in-one, and double-eagles).

Hole in One

Hole in One

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1985

HAL's Hole in One is a standard 18-hole golf game, played from a top-down perspective. You can compete in stroke play with up to four players, or match play against a friend or the computer. When playing against the computer, you will play against an opponent that uses metal clubs, which hit farther than the standard wooden clubs. In addition to stroke and match play, you can obtain passwords that allow you to replay any spectacular shots that you make (eagles, holes-in-one, and double-eagles).

Jupiter Lander

Jupiter Lander

Commodore VIC-20 - Released - 1981

Use thruster control to land the spaceship on the surface of Jupiter. Fuel consumption and speed readings are important for the player to determine how to land the craft. Choose from three landing pads of varying difficulty. Easiest landing pad multiplies the player's score by 2, hardest by 10.

Le Mans

Le Mans

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1982

"Le Mans" is a car racing game where you need to drive as far as possible in a certain time. By overtaking other racers (which partially have a bit of an unconventional driving style, which does not make it easier) without causing a crash, points are added to your account (1000 points per 10 cars). If you reach more than 20.000 points before the time has run out, you receive further time units and you can go on driving. Next to the normal track you need to master driving on ice, in curves, at night and on motorways. If you crash you need to drive into the mobile garage (PIT), which is at the...

Lemans

Lemans

Commodore 64 - Released - 1982

Lemans is a driving game where you must try to overtake as many cars as you can to get to 20,000 points within 60 seconds to drive for another 60 seconds when the clock reaches zero. The game is viewed from above as you drive horizontally up the screen which scrolls when you drive and you press the fire button to accelerate and let go to slow down. You can move left or right but can't move forwards or backwards. As you drive, various cars will move down the screen (drive too slow and they come up the screen) either in a straight line or will move left or right across the road. If you touch a...

Mole Attack

Mole Attack

Commodore VIC-20 - Released - 1981

Mole Attack is one of the earliest computerized Whac-a-Mole variants. Gameplay should be clear: Moles randomly pop out of several holes (arranged in a 3x3 grid), and you can hit them using the right keyboard key (one for each hole). The sooner you hit the mole's head, the more points you get -- but if you hit the mole's buttocks (yes, them buggers sometimes pop up that way), you lose points. After 60 seconds, the game ends and your score is shown.

Mole Attack

Mole Attack

Commodore 64 - Released - 1982

This was a Japanese MAX cartridge release. These could be played on the C64 and were occasionally repackaged with a "slap-on" sticker and sold in Europe. Mole Attack is one of the earliest computerized Whac-a-Mole variants. Gameplay should be clear: Moles randomly pop out of several holes (arranged in a 3x3 grid), and you can hit them using the right keyboard key (one for each hole). The sooner you hit the mole's head, the more points you get -- but if you hit the mole's buttocks (yes, them buggers sometimes pop up that way), you lose points. After 60 seconds, the game ends and your score is...

Money Wars

Money Wars

Commodore VIC-20 - Released - 1982

In Money Wars the player takes the role of a robber that has to retrieve and deliver bags of money without getting shot. The game is viewed from a side perspective. The player starts at the left side and has to move across the screen to the money bag that lies on the right side and then return to his starting position. From the top deadly arrows are shot towards him and these he has to dodge or he will lose a life. To his help he has three brick barricades that he can hide behind. He can't hide too long though as the barricades take damage from the arrows and will after a while be gone. The...

Money Wars

Money Wars

Commodore 64 - Released - 1982

In Money Wars the player takes the role of a robber that has to retrieve and deliver bags of money without getting shot. The game is viewed from a side perspective. The player starts at the left side and has to move across the screen to the money bag that lies on the right side and then return to his starting position. From the top deadly arrows are shot towards him and these he has to dodge or he will lose a life. To his help he has three brick barricades that he can hide behind. He can't hide too long though as the barricades take damage from the arrows and will after a while be gone. The...

Mother 3

Mother 3

Nintendo Wii U - Released - December 17, 2015

The Nowhere Islands are an idyllic place; the residents of Tazmily Village live peacefully and in harmony with nature and with each other. But this changes when the mysterious Pigmask Army arrives and proceeds to destroy and corrupt, with force and sly persuasion alike. The main character is Lucas, a young boy who must find out who wants to destroy the tranquility of Nowhere Islands and turn them into a high-tech nightmare. Mother 3 is a top-down role-playing game. The player character (the characters controlled by the player change often) travels around the Nowhere Islands with his party,...

Pinball Spectacular

Pinball Spectacular

Commodore 64 - Released - 1983

Pinball Spectacular is a single-screen top-view game which is a cross between pinball and Breakout where you control two bats on the bottom and middle of the screen to hit various objects to score as many points as you can. On screen there are blocks to remove, bumpers to hit and letters to hit to light up the word COMMODORE. If the ball goes past the bottom bat then you lose one of three lives. Two players are able to play with each player taking it in turns to play when the other player loses a ball. This game was originally made for the VIC-20 in 1982.

Pinball Spectacular

Pinball Spectacular

Commodore VIC-20 - Released - 1982

Pinball Spectacular is a single-screen top-view game which is a cross between pinball and Breakout where you control two bats on the bottom and middle of the screen to hit various objects to score as many points as you can. On screen there are blocks to remove, bumpers to hit and letters to hit to light up the word COMMODORE. If the ball goes past the bottom bat then you lose one of three lives. Two players are able to play with each player taking it in turns to play when the other player loses a ball. The game was ported to the Commodore 64 in 1983.

Pinball Spectacular

Pinball Spectacular

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1982

"Pinball Spectacular" is one of the first flipper simulations for the Commodore home computers. The game was delivered on cartridge. A speciality is the controls by paddle. The flipper simulation is a mixture of pinball and breakout. The square-cut ball is rolled over the pinball table with the help of a double board similar to Breakout. As pinball elements, there are -next to walls- also two bumpers (upper right and left), the Commodore logo (in the middle of the screen), the light C O M M O D O R E with the corresponding targets, two spinners, four sideways ball traps (middle and bottom)...

Roller Ball

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1985

Rollerball is a pinball simulation for one to four players. There are two different game variations included. The first is Skyscraper, which is a four screen tall pinball table where each player competes individually for the highest score. The second is called Matchplay. In this game two players compete against each other to see who can reduce his opponents score to zero first. Each player has a set of flippers and a ball in play, and points are awarded or taken away by hitting the various targets in the playfield.

Slalom

Slalom

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1983

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