April 21st, 2014 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Crystal Quest, Game Boy, Nintendo, Apple, Macintosh, Data East, VGCE, advertisement, 1991
Game Boy: The Final Frontier
Fans of early Mac games will no doubt remember Crystal Quest, which (I believe) was the first Mac game to use color graphics just after the Mac II came out in 1987.
Crystal Quest on the Mac played like a space-based Robotron: 2084 controlled with the mouse, albeit with a loose trackball feel because your ship kept moving in the direction you nudged the mouse until you corrected its course. So I'm not sure how it played in this obscure Game Boy port from 1991. Perhaps I'll fire up an emulator right now and find out.
[ From Video Games & Computer Entertainment, August 1991, rear cover]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Can you think of any other game that started on the Macintosh then received a port to a Nintendo console?
May 13th, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Side Pocket, Game Boy, Nintendo, pool, billiards, advertisement, Data East, VGCE, 1991
The balls are moving and the cue ball hasn't even hit them yet. Spooky.
[ From Video Games and Computer Entertainment, January 1991, back cover ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: In your opinion, what's the best pool/billiards video game of all time?
December 3rd, 2012 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Quickshot, Bondwell, joysticks, controllers, NES, Genesis, Super NES, Atari, VGCE, 1991
INSIST ON QUICKSHOT! THE GENUINE PIECE!!!
I own a few QuickShot joysticks, but I don't believe I've used any of these particular models. Third-party console controllers weren't all that popular in the age of the NES (relative to the 2600 days, at least), likely because the NES's own pads (and the NES Advantage and Max) were so good to begin with. Same with the Genesis and Super NES. That fact alone probably killed a few third party video game peripheral companies that were hanging on from the Atari 2600 era, although the QuickShot brand lived on until the late 1990s.
[ From Video Games and Computer Entertainment, August 1991, p.21 ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Did/do you commonly use third-party controllers for your classic video game systems? Which one is your favorite?
October 29th, 2012 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Nintendo, NES, Retro Scan, Dr. Chaos, FCI, Halloween, scary, VGCE, 1991
That purple monster skipped out mid-treatment and he's angry!
Happy Halloween from VC&G
[ From Video Games and Computer Entertainment, Jan 1991, p.163 ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: What's the scariest video or computer game you've ever played?