Microsoft MSX2 - Released - 1986
1942 is a vertically scrolling shooter for one or two players. The year is 1942, and you are a daring fighter pilot "Super Ace". You begin and end each of the numerous levels on an aircraft carrier and then fly your plane into battle against the enemy over both sea and land. After destroying certain plane formations you can collect several different power ups to increase your fire power and chances of survival.
Microsoft MSX - Released - 1983
3D Tennis is a sports game, published by ASCII Entertainment, which was released in Japan in 1983.
Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - August 9, 1985
This is a shooting game with a twist. You are in control of a small character who has to go through a serious of stages. Each stage consists of one screen only and contains several energy packs hidden behind various obstacles. Your goal is to eat up all the energy packs at a given stage, or destroy them. If you manage to eat the energy packs, you'll gain more energy points, which carry over to the next stage. You'll need the energy points because every shot from your gun costs you one, and each collision with the various enemies flying around can deplete a large bulk of them. The twist of...
Sony Playstation - Released - November 30, 1998
Backstreet Billiards is one of the most unique and full fledged pool simulations for Playstation. This game offers a wide variety of pool and carom games: 8-Ball, 9-Ball, Rotation, Basic Pool, 141 Continuous, Bowlliards, Cutthroat, 5-9 and One Pocket. Carom games include: 3-Ball, 4-Ball, Free, One Cushion, and Three Cushion. Adding to that are timed, trick shot and practice modes. The most unique aspect of the game though is a story-mode. This mode consists of a adventure game where you play as a character on the search for his father's famous pool cue. The story mode allows you to...
Microsoft MSX - 1983
Below your fighter, you have spotted a fleet of enemy warships. Your airfleet has only three fighters. You find yourself preparing for a life or death battle that can only begin right now. The enemy battleship has already begun to attack with full power. How much success will you have in defeating the enemy fleet?
Sega Saturn - Released - March 25, 1999
A horse racing simulation game, which seems to be a popular genre in Japan. Indeed, the game only was released in that country. A horse breeding, training, and racing simulation, Derby Stallion surpassed 4,000,000 units sold across the Nintendo, Super Nintendo and Playstation consoles. No other horse racing game has performed in such a manner.
Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - August 29, 1992
The second game in ASCII's Derby Stallion series.
NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1984
Emmy is a curious artificial software girl. Have an intelligent conversation with her to improve its quality.
Sony Playstation - Released - August 31, 1997
Hit and run, baby! Thrash beach-front property, police cars, glass fronted mini-malls and billboards -- essentially, any and everything goes for the greatest joyride of your life! The mission is grab the goods, destroy what you can and get the heck outta town...fast!
Microsoft MSX2 - Released - 1990
Fleet Commander II: Koukon no Kaiiki is a Strategy game, developed and published by ASCII, which was released in Japan in 1990.
Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - August 28, 1985
Geimos is an arcade style space shooter where players take control of a spaceship that flies over several different planets' surfaces destroying the incoming enemy units. The game contains two different game modes. "Mode A" keeps the games camera perspective in the same position. Players have control over their spaceships altitude while flying around the screen and can fire two different weapons. One weapon is meant for ground enemies while the other weapon is meant for aerial enemies. While the majority of the enemies are gun towers, ships and tanks that can be defeated in one shot, at...
NEC PC-9801 - Released - April 4, 1997
In 199X, Tokyo was destroyed by ICBMs, resulting in a nuclear holocaust. Some people with foresight had built underground shelters and survived the Great Cataclysm, while demons began to rampage on the ground. People in the underground shelters still need to defend against demon invasion, and thus an organization called Devil Busters have formed. Around 20 years passed, and a new generation has grown up in the shelters...
Sega Saturn - Released - July 26, 1996
Jikuu Tantei DD is a detective noir adventure game with a futuristic setting. The game is one big cinematic drama which plays as an interactive movie (think Cyberia). The story takes place aboard a zeppelin ship Lorelei. In 2238 human race got the freedom to use the ability to travel back in time, which eventually led to the emergence of crime. You are a Raizou Narukami, a detective who runs an agency that specializes in space-time crimes. Womanizer at first glance, you are very skilled at what you do, namely in power of observation, reasoning and deduction. You are known as DD (short for...
Sony Playstation - Released - December 31, 1995
Prepare yourself for an epic action-adventure never before imaginable. Only now, with the gaming power made possible by the PlayStation™ is a world as vast and detailed as King's Field a reality. This first-person game is completely rendered in beautiful 3D polygon graphics, with texture mapping and fully controllable 360° viewing. Imagine a universe where you can travel freely - being able to look up and down, climb ancient ruins, traverse across oceans, jump off ridges, and duel enemies - all in real time, non-linear play. This visual world will not only astound you, but will pull you right...
Sega Saturn - Released - June 16, 1998
Linda³ Kanzenban started it’s life as a PC Engine game developed by MARS. It was later ported by Alfa System to the Playstation and then to the Saturn, both of which featured updated graphics and anime cutscenes. The Saturn version includes content that was censored in the Playstation version of the game due to explicit violence and gore. The Saturn version also featured a 24-track soundtrack CD with three karaoke tracks. Linda is a really weird game. It’s the juxtaposition of cuteness and gore that’s so bizarre… and cool! The game is set in Neo Kenya, a doomed world waiting on an...
Sega Saturn - Released - March 10, 1995
Mahjong Ganryuujima (麻雀巌流島) is an mahjong game for the Sega Saturn.
3DO Interactive Multiplayer - Released - June 25, 1994
Mahjong Gokuu Tenjiku is a mahjong game developed by Chat Noir originally for the 3DO in June 1994. It was eventually ported to the Super Famicom (August '94), Sega Saturn (November '94), PlayStation (December '94) and the PC-FX (March '95). The game is centered around the ancient Chinese novel Journey to the West, and features the protagonists and villains from that book as the various mahjong players. The title refers to the Monkey King Goku (Sun Wukong) and the ancient Chinese name for India, Tenjiku. Tenjiku was the ultimate destination of Sun Wukong and the monk Xuanzang/Tripitaka in...
Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - March 25, 1994
Melfand Stories is a Japan-exclusive Scrolling beat 'em up video game, developed by Sting Entertainment and published by ASCII, which was released in 1994. The game is sort of a rudimentary beat 'em up, with magic and mini-games.
Microsoft MSX - Released - 1983
In Midnight Building you control a man who is running around in a dark labyrinth. You'll start at floor eight and work all the way down to floor one. At the beginning of each round the labyrinth floor is shortly visible, giving you the opportunity to locate the keys and the vault in the labyrinth. After a few seconds the labyrinth turns black. Only your direct surroundings of the labyrinth lightened. Now it becomes your goal to collect all the keys, open the vault with the collected keys and then return to the middle of the labyrinth to enter the door and go to the next floor. There...
Super Nintendo Entertainment System - January 31, 1997
A strange Rogue-Style type of RPG that allows you to control multiple characters. The characters can be given specific A.I. orders or you can manually control them one by one, which comes in handy whenever large groups of enemies are around. The game features character designs by the popular Noriko Nagano and is fairly rare as far as Super Famicom titles go.
Microsoft MSX - Released - 1983
Mole is a whack-a-mole type of game where the objective is to hit on the head of colored moles as they emerge from 8 holes situated in cardinal and ordinal directions from the center of the field. However, the color of the mallet changes frequently and the player has to respond to it because hitting a mole of the same color as the mallet will result in decrease of the score bar. If the player is unable to fill the score in time (indicated by a timer bar), the game is lost. There are 9 difficulty levels, with higher difficulty featuring more frequent appearance of moles of the same color as the...
Nintendo Famicom Disk System - Released - July 30, 1986
Namida no Soukoban Special (which roughly translates into Warehouse Keeper's Tears Special) is a game that was released for the Famicom Disk System in 1986 by ASCII Entertainment. By 1986, many of Japan's game players were familiar with Soukoban in one form or another since its introduction in 1982. Rather than publish yet another version of the same old game, ASCII attempted to enhance the Soukoban experience for its debut on the Famicom by providing players with a unique set of tools that let players "cheat" in some fashion in comparison to the original rules. Objects like Magnets and...
Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - April 12, 1996
Ongaku Tsukuru Kanaderu ("Playing Music Maker") is music creation software for the Super Famicom and features a number of tools to help users create their own tracks with lyrics. It was released for the Super Famicom late in the console's lifespan and is considered a companion game to ASCII's "RPG Maker" (RPG Tsukuru) series along with Sound Novel Tsukuru, which was released the following month. The game has a number of synthesizer options along with being able to write sheet music and adding lyrics underneath. The player can enter music notes either by clicking on the appropriate row on...
Microsoft MSX - Released - 1983
A version of the classic game "Memory". From a deck of 20 face-down cards, players flip two cards at a time and if a match is found, those cards are removed. A level is complete when no more cards remain. The game uses a 20-card deck that contains one wild card (a dog). There are monsters that pursuit you.
Microsoft MSX2 - Released - 1988
Penguin-Kun and his friend Penpi-chan are playing a game, when suddenly Penpi-chani is kidnapped. Penguin-kun must challenge the world's finest in order to save her, but a greater evil lurks in the unknown.
Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - January 31, 1997
A block-stacking game with the goal to stack 2x2 blocks of penguins, ice cubes, or penguins in ice cubes within a grid, each of which has a different set of criteria to remove them. The game comes with single-player and two-player modes, as well as a tutorial mode to help players understand the rules of the game.
NEC PC-9801 - Released - 1994
Rare Japanese fairy tale style adventure game with excellent graphics and really worth a play.
Nintendo Famicom Disk System - Released - December 25, 1986
Professional Mahjong Gokuu is the third game for the Famicom to be based on Mahjong, the competitive tile game popular in China and Japan. It is a four-person version of the game, which is generally how the game is played in real life, though uncommon in simulations during this era due to the additional computing power needed for three AI opponents. As a "professional" Mahjong game, there is an opportunity to play a mode where the player can gamble on outcomes beforehand. The amount of cash gained or lost is usually based on the quality of the winning hand, but occasionally the player can...
Microsoft MSX2 - Released - 1988
Professional Mahjong Gokuu features several variations of the game of four-player mahjong. The main idea behind mahjong games is that players receive and discard tiles until they complete hands by forming groups and pairs. The game also features a plethora of options to customize the rules of the game to their liking.
Sony Playstation - Released - February 28, 1999
R-Types is a compilation of R-Type and R-Type II ported pixel-for-pixel from the coin-op to the PlayStation. A couple of handy features have been added to lower the original difficulty level. First, your progress through the game is saved at the start of each level, so you don't have to start from scratch every time. Second, you now have unlimited continues. R-Types also contains a small library section which describes some of the story behind the R-Type universe, and lets you browse some of the in-game graphics. Other bonuses include an FMV intro movie and ending movies.
Sega Saturn - Released - April 4, 1997
Shin Kaitei Gunkan: Koutetsu no Kodoku (新海底軍艦 ～鋼鉄の孤独～) is a game for the Sega Saturn based on the anime, Shin Kaitei Gunkan.
Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - March 28, 1997
The game takes place in a town known as Solid City, which despite being technologically advanced, is overrun with crime. Very few people dare to challenge the control of the underground mafias and street gangs that threaten the city. While the game has a continuous plot, players are urged to complete individual missions.
Sega Saturn - Released - December 18, 1997
The sequel to Sound Novel Tsukuru for the Super Famicom. The engine for making interactive fiction is identical to its prequel but is more complex. More choices and opportunities for interaction are possible along with superior graphics and sound quality.
Microsoft MSX - Released - 1984
Kid Tawara has discovered the wreck of a ship carrying diamonds. His goal is to find one diamond hidden in a grain bag on each of four floors of the ship, before the wreck completely submerges beneath the waves. Of course, the ship is haunted. Spirit fires drift around the ship, and sometimes manifest as ghosts that will kill Tawara on contact. While the ghosts move slowly, Tawara's movement can be blocked by grain bags and larger spice barrels, which he needs to move before he can get anywhere. On the plus side, Tawara can throw grain bags at the ghosts to subdue them. Each throw costs energy...
Microsoft MSX - February 1, 1983
Warrior is a top-down dungeon crawler, where the goal is to defeat a dragon in its lair located in the south-east area of the maze. To become strong enough to defeat the dragon, you need to pick-up various power-ups (denoted by question marks) scattered throughout the dungeon. These provide random increases (or sometimes decreases) to various statistics such as Strength, Hit Points, Attack Points, Armour Class and Money. At certain fixed squares of the maze, monsters will appear and slowly chase you. If you are caught, you are taken to a combat screen where the battle is automatically...
Microsoft MSX - Released - 1985
Warroid is a game that pits two players (or one player and the AI) against each other in a robot versus robot fight. The objective: shoot the enemy warroid until it has no energy left. Destroying the enemy warroid will give the player one point on the six-point scale (the player starts out with three points each). When all points are lit in the player's color, the player wins the game. Controlling the warroid is easy, since it will always point its gun towards the enemy droids. Just push the space key to shoot a lot and jump away from the line of fire. There are multiple platform-like levels...
Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - September 22, 1994
Wizap!: Ankoku no Ou ("Wizap!: King of Darkness") is a Super Famicom JRPG that was never released outside of Japan. It is the second game in ASCII's Dark Lord trilogy, which are all linked by the same world. The game features top-down turn-based strategic combat. The game sits between the 1991 Famicom RPG Dark Lord and the late-era SFC RPG Dark Law from 1997 in the Dark Lord series.
Microsoft MSX2 - Released - 1987
The Mad Overlord Trebor was once only power-mad, but went off the deep end after he acquired a magical amulet of immense power, only to have it stolen from him by his nemesis, the evil archmage Werdna. Werdna, not quite sure how to use the amulet properly, accidentally causes an earthquake which creates a ten-level dungeon beneath Trebor's castle. To avoid looking silly, Werdna declares the dungeon to be the new lair for him and his monster hordes. Trebor, not to be outdone, declares the labyrinth his new Proving Grounds where adventurers must prove themselves for membership in his elite honor...