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Dragon Breed

Dragon Breed

Commodore 64 - Released - 1990

Zambaquous has done everything to make life hell for the people of Agamen, and as their King Kayus, the time has come to head out to destroy him. This leads to six levels of horizontally-scrolling shoot ‘em up action, although with some vertical movement as well. The thing which sets the game apart from every other horizontally-scrolling shoot ‘em up (except Saint Dragon) is that you are riding on the back of a dragon, called Bahamoot. Both you and the dragon have firepower, and holding down the fire button increases Bahamoot’s energy bolt’s ferocity. The dragon’s tail can be controlled...

Dragon Breed

Dragon Breed

Commodore Amiga - Released - 1990

Zambaquous has done everything to make life hell for the people of Agamen, and as their King Kayus, the time has come to head out to destroy him. This leads to six levels of horizontally-scrolling shoot ‘em up action, although with some vertical movement as well. The thing which sets the game apart from every other horizontally-scrolling shoot ‘em up (except Saint Dragon) is that you are riding on the back of a dragon, called Bahamoot. Both you and the dragon have firepower, and holding down the fire button increases Bahamoot’s energy bolt’s ferocity. The dragon’s tail can be controlled...

Image Fight

Image Fight

Sharp X68000 - Released - December 14, 1990

A mysterious alien life form is spreading across the galaxy, trying to conquer the world. It took control of the moon base and is threatening to descend on the Earth. The humans have sent the most advanced fighter jet to oppose the aliens: the OF-1. The OF-1 has the ability to change speed at any time and equip different weapons and pods. OF-1 is humanity's last hope! ImageFight is a top-down vertically scrolling space shooter. On every level there will be enemy ships, turrets, robots, and other machines shooting projectiles or trying to ram you. But there are also power-ups scattered...

Kaiketsu Yancha Maru 2: Karakuri Land

Kaiketsu Yancha Maru 2: Karakuri Land

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - August 30, 1991

Kaiketsu Yanchamaru 2: Karakuri Land ("The Wonderful Yanchamaru 2: Karakuri Land", where karakuri is a traditional Japanese wind-up doll) is a Japanese action side-scrolling game set as a sequel to Kaiketsu Yanchamaru (Kid Niki: Radical Ninja in the US) released for the Nintendo Entertainment System on August 30th, 1991, published and developed by Irem Corp. Taking place in a fantasy theme park named Karakuri Land, lead character Yanchamaru battles his way through various themed levels to rescue the princess who has since been missing after visiting the theme park upon its arrival. Combat...

Kung-Fu Master

Kung-Fu Master

Commodore 64 - Released - 1985

Loosely based on a movie, Kung-Fu Master is a side scrolling action game for one or two players, who alternate turns. Mr. X has captured the pickpocket Sylvia and it is up to Thomas, a kung-fu master who owns a restaurant, to get her back. She is located on the top floor of Mr. X's castle and Thomas will need to fight his way to the top. Of course, this won't be easy as each floor has many opponents to get past and a floor boss at the end of each level. Thomas is able to move left and right, jump, duck, and punch and kick. Enemy projectiles such as knives can be kicked in the air to rebound...

Lot Lot

Lot Lot

Arcade - 1985

Lot Lot is a puzzle game. The goal of the game is of extreme simplicity. Manipulate the balls in such a way till they fall into the pits and generate points. The game has five pits: Out, 0 points, 10 points, 30 points and 50 points. Each level starts by giving the player a target score that has to be reached before the player can continue on to the next level. The screen is divided into sixteen sections. The walls of those sections randomly disappear and the balls will then drop or roll into the other section or a pit at the bottom of the screen. On the screen, there will be two...

Moon Patrol

Moon Patrol

Commodore VIC-20 - Released - 1983

Moon Patrol is a side-scrolling game where the player must drive a moon buggy from one station on the Moon to another, all while avoiding crashing or getting destroyed by alien ships. The vehicle is constantly moving right and the player can speed up or slow down, jump, and shoot (simultaneously firing upwards and forwards.) There are 25 checkpoints along the way, each symbolized with a letter from A to Z, and serving as a respawn point. Every five checkpoints mark a separate "stage" within the entire course; reaching the end of a stage under the par time grants a large score bonus. Dangers...

Moon Patrol

Moon Patrol

Commodore 64 - 1983

The game Moon Patrol is about a patrol drive on the moon with the help of a corresponding vehicle that can jump and shoot. On the way to the checkpoints (A to Z) there are not only holes and stones disturbing the patrol path, but also UFOs and spaceships, that in addition drop missiles and bombs. If the drive to the next checkpoint (E, J, O, T, Z) is done within a certain time, you get awarded bonus points.

Moon Patrol

Moon Patrol

Atari ST - 1987

Moon Patrol is a side-scrolling game where the player must drive a moon buggy from one station on the Moon to another, all while avoiding crashing or getting destroyed by alien ships. The vehicle is constantly moving right and the player can speed up or slow down, jump, and shoot (simultaneously firing upwards and forwards.) There are 25 checkpoints along the way, each symbolized with a letter from A to Z, and serving as a respawn point. Every five checkpoints mark a separate "stage" within the entire course; reaching the end of a stage under the par time grants a large score bonus....

Moon Patrol

Moon Patrol

MS-DOS - Released - 1983

Moon Patrol is a side-scrolling game where the player must drive a moon buggy from one station on the Moon to another, all while avoiding crashing or getting destroyed by alien ships. The vehicle is constantly moving right and the player can speed up or slow down, jump, and shoot (simultaneously firing upwards and forwards.) There are 25 checkpoints along the way, each symbolized with a letter from A to Z, and serving as a respawn point. Every five checkpoints mark a separate "stage" within the entire course; reaching the end of a stage under the par time grants a large score bonus....

Ninja Spirit

Ninja Spirit

Arcade - 1988

Gekkou, is a young ninja who lost his father to a mysterious half-man half-beast creature. The plot of Ninja Spirit is based on the quest of his revenge in an alternative feudal Japan.

R-Type

R-Type

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

R-Type is set in the 22nd century, and the player flies a futuristic fighter craft called the R-9a "Arrowhead", named for its shape, and because it is the ninth model in the 'R' series of fighter craft (but it is the first of the series to actually be used in combat; the previous models were all prototypes). The mission is to 'blast off and strike the evil Bydo Empire'.

Sol Moonarge

Sol Moonarge

NEC TurboGrafx-CD - Released - January 7, 1994

As earthquakes occurred in the kingdom of Itchy, and demons began roaming freely through the wilderness, the king realized that an ancient prophecy is about to be fulfilled, and the entire world is in danger. The valiant swordsman Soleil lives in the capital city, and the king entrusts him with the task of protecting the two Moon goddesses, and retrieving the Sun Sword, which are necessarily to prevent a magician known as Silver to use the Gears of Fate for his evil purposes... Sol Moonarge is a traditional Japanese-style RPG. As in most games of this genre, the player navigates the main...

Vigilante

Vigilante

Commodore 64 - Released - 1989

Vigilante is a side-scrolling beat-em-up. It features an anonymous tough hero that roams the streets to beat up The Rogues gang that kidnapped his girlfriend Maria. The game offers five distinct locations, such as city streets and a junkyard, with many different thugs with different strengths. You fight with your fists, feet and a chain, with a regular stance, crouched and jumping attacks. Each level features an end boss which requires a specific tactic in order to progress. Enemies keep spawning continuously from the left and the right side of the screen until the boss is reached, so a steady...

Youjyuden

Youjyuden

Arcade - Released - 1986

Youjyuden is a 2D top-down fantasy shooter, similar to Commando or Ninja Princess in an ancient land. The player controls a small, bearded man who wears a horned helmet, goes straight forward and shoots various enemies and bosses. He has unlimited bullets, but the weapon has a very limited range.

Zippy Race

Zippy Race

Sega SC-3000 - Released - 1983

In a game reminiscent of both Road Fighter and Rally Bike, the player takes control of a motorcyclist who's in a race to be the first to traverse the United States from the west to the east coast, starting in Los Angeles and ending up in New York City. Gameplay consists of the player dodging cars and other roadway hazards on their way to the next checkpoint. Players can either accelerate or hit the brakes on their motorcycle so they can avoid getting into an accident. Accidents cause the player to lose fuel and running out of fuel can end the game. So players must keep an eye out on the...

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