Saturday, 31 December 2011

Super AiG Screenshots of the Year: 2011

No new game today, instead I thought I'd use New Year's Eve as an excuse to be lazy and post a few old screenshots from some of the games I've played this year. I've chosen the ones that caught my attention or stuck in my mind; the good, the bad and the ugly. Mostly the bad and the ugly. It's like a Super Adventures in Gaming clip show!

By the way every time you see a highlighted game title, it's a link to the original post. It's not going to take you off to mobygames or something. Not that there's anything wrong with mobygames.

Friday, 30 December 2011

Elite Forces: Navy SEALs (PC) - Guest Post

Ray gave me this ropey looking budget first person shooter as a present for 'being so awesome'.

Thanks, Ray.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Bio-Hazard Battle (Genesis/Mega Drive)

A purple outline for the text, that's... an interesting choice. I guess the thing in the background is one of those bio-hazards that I'll be battling then.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Metroid II: Return of Samus (GB)

For some reason I always assumed Metroid 2 was a NES game like Zelda 2 or Castlevania 2. But no, the franchise jumped to the Game Boy for one game, so I'm stuck showing black and white screenshots again. Sorry.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

The Oregon Trail (MS-DOS)

This game's quite famous, but I don't recall ever playing it myself. To be honest I've somehow managed to avoid knowing anything about the game, so I'll be going in totally clueless.

Monday, 26 December 2011

Radix: Beyond the Void (MS-DOS) - Guest Post


3D rendered space ship? Check. 3D rendered text? Check. Yep, it's the nineties alright.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Santa Claus Jr. Advance (GBA)

Super Adventures at Christmas - Game 5:

Oh damn... is it too late to choose a different game?

They've forgotten to put the name on the title screen, but this is definitely Santa Claus Jr. Advance (sequel to Santa Claus Jr. on the Game Boy Color), apparently released only in Europe, and presumably starring Santa's actual son. And it's the last Christmas game on my list.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Terraria (PC)

Super Adventures at Christmas - Game 4:

I have played this one before, and I know it isn't exactly technically a Christmas game. But I've heard that the new v1.1.1 update adds something Christmassy, and I'm determined to find it.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Christmas Carnage (MS-DOS) - Guest Post


There's not a lot of choice when it comes to Christmas themed first person shooters or first person shooters set at Christmas. I've already played Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza (in April). And that's all I can think of.

There's that Duke Nukem expansion pack, and I recall the main guy from Rise of the Triad has a Christmas hat on if you play it on Christmas Day.

What I need is something completely unique and unheard of. Something wholesome and wonderful that'll entertain the audience and fill the room with festive cheer.

An obscure German FPS called Christmas Carnage!

(Also known as Xmas Carnage by folks who go by the CD sleeve and ignore the title screen, documentation, etc.)

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Cannon Soccer (Amiga)

Super Adventures at Christmas - Game 3:

It's Cannon Soccer, aka Cannon Fodder Amiga Format Christmas Special (1993)! Okay maybe it's technically more of a two level demo given away on a magazine coverdisk (issue 54 if you're wondering) than a proper game, but it's Christmas related so I'm playing it anyway.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Die Hard (MS-DOS)

Super Adventures at Christmas - Game 2:

Long before Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza there was another attempt to bring the action of the original Die Hard movie to home computers. And it seems they couldn't get the right to use Bruce Willis's likeness for this one either.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Santa's Xmas Caper (Amiga)

It's a Super Adventures in Christmas Gaming special!

For the rest of the week I'll be playing Christmas related games, one a day until Christmas Day. Assuming I can actually find enough games to play.

Hmm, there's Daze Before Christmas, but I've played that. Plus there's Robocod, but I've played that too. Home Alone, The Firemen, and Parasite Eve all take place at Christmas but I've played them. Damn, I've already used up a ton of Christmas games.

Well, there's always this:
That's better art than I was expecting. It's already started playing annoying Christmassy music, but I kind of knew what I was getting into just from the title.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Harlequin (Amiga) - Guest Post

Here's an Amiga platformer called Harlequin! Folks say it's pretty cool!

"The harlequin is my friend. The harlequin will not bite me and throw me in the basement."

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Virtua Fighter (32X)

It's Virtua Fighter, the first 3d fighting game to ever hit arcades! Though I'll be playing the 32X port that came out two years later. Not really as impressive.

I'm sure I've played this one before, I just don't remember... well, anything about it. It's really my not my genre but I'll give it shot. I already like the music. "Get get down, get down, get get down, get down."

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Bravoman (TurboGrafx-16)

It's based on an arcade game apparently, so it's probably not going to be an epic rpg adventure.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Call of Duty (PC) - Guest Post


An epic tale of one cat's war against everything.

(Especially your bandwidth. There's a lot of pictures today... and you can click them to view them at 1280x1024!)

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Superman Returns: Fortress of Solitude (GBA)

I never liked the Superman Returns logo much. Sure the S shield looks nice with some depth to it, but I don't get how he can hide that under a shirt. It ruins my suspension of disbelief!

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Space Ace (MS-DOS)

Great, Space Ace again. I'm not going to make it past the first screen am I?

Monday, 12 December 2011

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Crossroads of Time (Genesis/Mega Drive)

Star Trek Deep Space Nine Crossroads of Time title screen
When I found out that this was actually released for real I had to check it out. A Star Trek platformer? Seriously?

Apparently the lead designer wrote a Star Trek fan film, so I expect this is going to be fairly faithful to the franchise. The music sounds like the actual Deep Space Nine theme, and that looks like the right space station, so it's doing well so far.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Getsu Fūma Den (NES)

Wikipedia assures me that text says 'Getsu Fūma Den', meaning 'Legend of Getsu Fūma', and I'm willing to believe them.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Golden Eagle (Amiga)

Another requested game! Golden Eagle, also known as L' Aigle D'Or - Le Retour (Golden Eagle: The Return). This is actually the sequel to another game also called Golden Eagle, released way back in 1985 on the Oric-1. Oh, and the box art is amazing: Golden Eagle box art (exotica.org.uk)

The game came out for a few other systems like Atari ST and DOS but as far as I can tell they're all virtually identical, so there's no point comparing them. So I won't.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Hybrid (PSX) - Guest Post


So here we are. The very first PlayStation first person shooter I ever played. The game that put me off playing first person shooters on consoles for almost a decade.

Say 'Hi!' to Hybrid!

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Litil Divil (Amiga CD32)

That is actually a reasonably nice looking title screen. The cartoon guy in the background looks really well drawn, and the text obscuring his face is about as classy as you could hope for. I probably shouldn't expect much from it, but maybe it'd be okay to get my hopes up just a little bit, just this once.

This was also released for PC and the Phillips CD-i, but I'll be playing the Amiga CD32 version.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Gordo 106 (Lynx)

Why do video game animal heroes always have to be 'the' something? Sonic the Hedgehog, Ecco the Dolphin, Spyro the Dragon, Aero the Acrobat, Quik the Thunder Rabbit...

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Offensive (MS-DOS)

I'm guessing it's got something to do with war.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Blackhawk (SNES)

Okay, today I'm playing Blackhawk by Blizzard, better known as Blackthorne. I've no idea why they decided to change the name for the European release. The logo even still has the triangle in the middle where the T used to sit. It doesn't look right without it.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Flashback (Amiga)

Flashback Amiga title screen
Today's game is classic multiplatform platformer Flashback. This is one I've definitely played a few times before, but it's been a long while since I last loaded up. Plus I never could get anywhere in the game, so maybe this time I'll see something new.

I'll mostly be looking at the Amiga version as I believe it was the first one released and I'm an obsessed Amiga fan. Plus it's got the best title screen! I don't exactly know what I'm looking at here (an ice sculpture of a concerned owl observing the devastation from an orbital laser strike perhaps), but it certainly looks exciting.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame (MS-DOS)

It might seem like a strange choice for me to go straight into playing Prince of Persia 2 right after getting sick of the first game, but I am suddenly filled with an irresistible and inexplicable curiosity that defies all logic.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Prince of Persia (MS-DOS)

This one's such an influential game I figured it'd be better to get around to it sooner rather than later.

I have actually played this one before, but it was years ago and I mostly just ran through the first level for a bit watching the Prince skid around, then I fell onto some spikes and turned it off.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Karateka (Apple II)

Today's game is... Karateka, by legendary Prince of Persia developer Jordan Mechner. I've seen the game mentioned a lot, but I know next to nothing about it. So I thought I should probably check it out.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Contraption Zack (MS-DOS) - Guest Post

Ontraption Zack!

Not to be confused with Contract J.A.C.K.

Hell: A Cyberpunk Thriller (3DO)

Another game request! It's got 'Hell' written on the box, and it's for the 3DO so I can believe it, but I'm going to try to keep an open mind.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

China Warrior (Turbografx-16)

Hey it's Liu Kang from Mortal Kombat! Uh, I mean Fei Long from Street Fighter! Or maybe that guy from Enter the Dragon...

Hudson Soft gave their PC Engine games volume numbers in Japan, and this is Vol 1 making it one of the very first games ever released for the console.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Corridor 7: Alien Invasion (MS-DOS) - Guest Post


From the makers of William Shatner's Tekwar: The Game of The Series of The Book:

With "Technology Licensed from ID SOFTWARE, creators of WOLFENSTEIN™ 3D".

I can't wait.

Contains a single GIF with fast slightly-flashing animation.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Banshee (Amiga CD32)

Low polygon 3d rendered text with a lens flare, how classy. And they haven't even bothered to fix those black pixels on the E. But I don't like to judge a game on its title screen... well actually I do, but I'll keep playing anyway.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Bubble Trouble (Lynx)

You don't tend to see many old guys with grey hair wearing a bathrobe as the protagonist in games these days.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Gender Wars (MS-DOS)

That's a weird title. Is this going to be some kind of arena combat game?

Monday, 21 November 2011

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Cheese Cat-astrophe starring Speedy Gonzales (Master System)

It looks like it's mostly a cat-astrophe for poor Sylvester the Cat, who seems to become a victim of hit and run cheese theft.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

The Wizard of Oz (SNES)

That's a fair attempt at reproducing the title card from the 1939 movie, though it doesn't look particularly amazing.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Thursday, 17 November 2011

The Misadventures of Flink (Sega Mega CD)

They didn't even need to write 'Psygnosis' on screen, I can tell it's one of their games just from the logo.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Superman: Countdown to Apokolips (GBA)

It's Sooperman versus the minions of Darkseid in Kowntdown tu Apokolips!

It's hard to take a villain seriously when he deliberately misspells names to sound cool. Maybe if he had an album out he could get away with it.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Touring Car Champions (MS-DOS)

Released the same year as Need for Speed 2, Gran Turismo, TOCA, Diddy Kong Racing, Wipeout 2097 etc... but can it compete?

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Airwolf (NES)

I've never seen the tv series so I've got no idea what to expect from this. Except a helicopter obviously.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Shining Force (Genesis/Mega Drive)

Okay today I'm on the Sega Mega Drive and I'm playing Shining Force... the legacy of great intention? Sounds a bit ominous, maybe. I heard somewhere that roads paved with good intentions can lead to bad places.

Semi-Random Game Box