ASCII

1942

1942

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.

3D Tennis

3D Tennis

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1983

3D Tennis is a sports game, published by ASCII Entertainment, which was released in Japan in 1983.

AI Igo

AI Igo

Sega Saturn - Released - July 11, 1997

AI Igo (AI囲碁) is a table game for the Sega Saturn.

AI Shougi 2

AI Shougi 2

Sega Saturn - Released - June 11, 1998

Astro Robo SASA

Astro Robo SASA

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...

Backstreet Billiards

Backstreet Billiards

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...

The Brain

The Brain

Microsoft MSX - 1983

Color Midway

Color Midway

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?

Comet Tail

Comet Tail

Microsoft MSX

Crazy Bullet

Crazy Bullet

Microsoft MSX - February 1, 1983

Danger X4

Danger X4

Microsoft MSX - March 2, 1984

David II

David II

Microsoft MSX - Released - February 2, 1984

Derby Stallion

Derby Stallion

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.

Derby Stallion: Zenkoku Ban

Derby Stallion: Zenkoku Ban

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - August 29, 1992

The second game in ASCII's Derby Stallion series.

Emmy

Emmy

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1984

Emmy is a curious artificial software girl. Have an intelligent conversation with her to improve its quality.

Emmy II

Emmy II

NEC PC-8801 - Released - November 9, 1984

Exchanger

Exchanger

Microsoft MSX

Felony 11-79

Felony 11-79

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!

Fleet Commander II: Koukon no Kaiiki

Fleet Commander II: Koukon no Kaiiki

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.

Geimos

Geimos

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...

Giant Gorg

Giant Gorg

Fujitsu FM-7 - Released - 1985

Giant Gorg

Giant Gorg

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1985

Giten Megami Tensei: Tokyo Mokushiroku

Giten Megami Tensei: Tokyo Mokushiroku

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...

Golf Game

Golf Game

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1983

Jikuu Tantei DD: Maboroshi no Lorelei

Jikuu Tantei DD: Maboroshi no Lorelei

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...

Jump

Jump

Microsoft MSX - 1985

King's Field (US)

King's Field (US)

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...

Linda³ Kanzenban

Linda³ Kanzenban

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...

Mahjong Ganryuujima

Mahjong Ganryuujima

Sega Saturn - Released - March 10, 1995

Mahjong Ganryuujima (麻雀巌流島) is an mahjong game for the Sega Saturn.

Mahjong Gokuu Tenjiku

Mahjong Gokuu Tenjiku

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...

Marine Battle

Marine Battle

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1983

Melfand Stories

Melfand Stories

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.

Midnight Building

Midnight Building

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...

Milandra

Milandra

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.

Minami Aoyama Adventure

Minami Aoyama Adventure

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1983

Mole

Mole

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...

Moon Landing

Moon Landing

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1983

MSX 21

MSX 21

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1983

A casino gambling card game.

MSX Derby

MSX Derby

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1983

Namida no Soukoban Special

Namida no Soukoban Special

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...

Nijiiro Twinkle: Guru Guru Daisakusen

Nijiiro Twinkle: Guru Guru Daisakusen

Sony Playstation - Released - August 27, 1998

O'Mac Farmer

O'Mac Farmer

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1984

Ongaku Tkool: Kanadeeru 2

Ongaku Tkool: Kanadeeru 2

Sony Playstation - Released - March 12, 1998

Ongaku Tsukuru Kanadeeru

Ongaku Tsukuru Kanadeeru

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...

Pai Panic

Pai Panic

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1983

Pairs

Pairs

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.

Pass Ball

Pass Ball

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1983

PC-88 Game Book

PC-88 Game Book

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1985

Penguin-kun Wars 2

Penguin-kun Wars 2

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.

Pikiinya!

Pikiinya!

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.

Pikiinya! Excellent

Pikiinya! Excellent

Sony Playstation - Released - July 16, 1998

Planets of Dragon

Planets of Dragon

NEC PC-9801 - Released - 1994

Rare Japanese fairy tale style adventure game with excellent graphics and really worth a play.

Poppaq the Fish

Poppaq the Fish

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1984

Professional Mahjong Gokuu

Professional Mahjong Gokuu

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...

Professional Mahjong Gokuu

Professional Mahjong Gokuu

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.

Red Zone

Red Zone

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1985

R-Types

R-Types

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.

Shin Kaitei Gunkan: Koutetsu no Kodoku

Shin Kaitei Gunkan: Koutetsu no Kodoku

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.

Solid Runner

Solid Runner

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.

Sound Novel Tsukuru 2

Sound Novel Tsukuru 2

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.

Taisen Renai Simulation: Trifers Mahou Gakuen

Taisen Renai Simulation: Trifers Mahou Gakuen

Sony Playstation - Released - April 20, 2000

Tawara

Tawara

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...

Triangle Jungle

Triangle Jungle

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1984

Tsuriiko!!

Tsuriiko!!

Nintendo Game Boy Color - Released - July 19, 2001

Warrior

Warrior

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...

Warroid

Warroid

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...

Water Worker

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1984

Wizap! Ankoku no Ou

Wizap! Ankoku no Ou

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.

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord

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...

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