Dungeon Explorer is exactly what it says on the tin: You explore dungeons. This game succeeds in taking Gauntlet, a top-down arcade dungeon crawler, and rounding it out for home systems. Gone are the brutal timers that sap your energy just for playing (one might argue a good choice for the arcade), and that changes the game from a quarter-munching frenetic dash, to something more refined and thoughtful. It allows the addition of simple puzzles, and bolts on an RPG-lite element, where you can choose different characters with different stats, and talk to villagers between quests.
Graphically, I feel it looks kind of dingy (apt for the theme?) and it's hardly the most impressive sprite work. But sonically, the game is widely held to have among the best chip tunes on the system.
Gate of Thunder is one of the most famous shooters on the system. They pull off a lot of fantastic tricks with the hardware that Chris Covell himself would be proud of, but underlying that, is the years of experience the Technosoft staff and Red/Hudson have put into this exemplary shooter. Everything about it is precise, jaw dropping, and explosive. I can't imagine how it must have been to experience this in the 90's, but even years later, it's enough to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. And let's not forget a banging soundtrack. This is one of the reasons to own the system, and it's rightly regarded as one of the best shooters of the era - on any system.
This is a way harder choice than I thought it would be. At first I thought, "Gate of Thunder. Easy." But Dungeon Explorer is one of my top five games for Turbo. It's an awesome, epic quest with tons of great locations, bosses, and enemies. And that freaking soundtrack...incredible. And when you add four more players to the mix?
Shit...I may have just talked myself into it.
Games I need: Soldier Blade, Legend of Hero Tonma, Bonk III (Chip), Magical Chase, Super Air Zonk.
_jash: SLG= Silly Lunatic Games/
Feb 2, 2023 19:04:13 GMT
tron: I hate strictlylimitedgames jash even more so when they get the rights for physical release of anything by taito.
Feb 5, 2023 11:22:34 GMT
spenoza: It occurs to me that this same limited physical release approach has hit other hobbies as well, like tabletop role playing games. Companies in that space that aren't Hasbro are all small and so they tend to do limited prints of books and then lean on pdfs.
Mar 8, 2023 20:23:43 GMT
spenoza: Yeah, get some Richter up in that house.
Aug 9, 2023 14:06:01 GMT
audreyhepburn: I for one, enjoyed Castlevania Nocturne
Nov 8, 2023 23:15:11 GMT
tron: Lately hasbro is in bad shape spenoza.Beside there price increased for there toys and they still have distributing problems and recently they had a massive layoff and now there licensing out there ips. www.cnbc.com/2023/12/11/hasbro-layoffs-weak-to
Jan 4, 2024 9:12:15 GMT
spenoza: Yeah, but Wizards of the Coast is the one division that's actually profitable and making good ROI.
Jan 8, 2024 15:31:11 GMT