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Lasafrog

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Lasafrog

#1

Lasafrog commented on Review: Military Madness (TG-16):

I could write volumes. This is an AAA Hu-Card game if there ever was one. Well crafted, highly polished, and completely timeless despite the "advances" that came later (great games in thier own right).

If you can afford only 1 game on the TurboGrafx VC, make it Ys Book 1 & 2. But if your cyber-wallet can bear a 2nd, make it Military Madness and don't think twice about it.

This is one of few titles on the VC that you will not be buying only to fulfill a curiousity or gain a little piece of gaming history. This game, my friends, is absolutely terrific. Completely original and as close to perfect as the era allowed.

10/10

Lasafrog

#2

Lasafrog commented on Military Madness:

I could write volumes. This is an AAA Hu-Card game if there ever was one. Well crafted, highly polished, and completely timeless despite the "advances" that came later (great games in thier own right).

If you can afford only 1 game on the TurboGrafx VC, make it Ys Book 1 & 2. But if your cyber-wallet can bear a 2nd, make it Military Madness and don't think twice about it.

This is one of few titles on the VC that you will not be buying only to fulfill a curiousity or gain a little piece of gaming history. This game, my friends, is absolutely terrific. Completely original and as close to perfect as the era allowed.

10/10

Lasafrog

#3

Lasafrog commented on Review: Dungeon Explorer (TG-16):

I think it's important to note: this is not a Gauntlet clone or wannabe, this is a completely original game. It has more in common with the PS2 Baldur's Gate games than the arcadey mess that is Gauntlet.

It really helps I suppose to have some historical context with this game, being as how the music far exceeded most everything out at the time, and it was the first console game in the US to have a 5 player simultaneous option. Being an RPG in part, you could wisely choose how to power up your character, and in doing so, prepare for the upcoming battles. All of these things were so new and important when this game arrived, I give it a lot of credit.

My recommendation for anybody wanting to try this out, choose the Fighter character. Stockpile the black magic whenever possible, and you'll have a breeze with most of the games tougher moments.

As for me, I have beaten the game countless times in 1 player mode using the Elf. With focus on speed and then health, combined with his healing white magic, he is an ideal character for somebody like myself that likes to go it at a pretty methodical pace.

And for heavens sake, you can be a GNOME! Whats not to love?

All in all, I think this is a great review. I might even rate this an 8.

Lasafrog

#4

Lasafrog commented on Dungeon Explorer:

I think it's important to note: this is not a Gauntlet clone or wannabe, this is a compeltely original game. It has more in common with the PS2 Baldur's Gate games than the arcady mess that is Gauntlet.

It really helps I suppose to have some historical context with this game, being as how the music far exceeded most everything out at the time, and it was the first console game in the US to have a 5 player simultaneous option. Being an RPG in part, you could wisely choose how to power up your character, and in doing so, prepare for the upcoming battles. All of these things were so new and important when this game arrived, I give it a lot of credit.

My recommendation for anybody wanting to try this out, choose the Fighter character. Stockpile the black magic whenever possible, and you'll have a breeze with most of the games tougher moments.

As for me, I have beaten the game countless times in 1 player mode using the Elf. With focus on speed and then health, combined with his healing white magic, he is an ideal character for somebody like myself that likes to go it at a pretty methodical pace.

And for heavens sake, you can be a GNOME! Whats not to love?

All in all, I think this is a great review. I might even rate this an 8.

Lasafrog

#5

Lasafrog commented on Review: China Warrior (Virtual Console / Turbo...:

It seemed like a game designed around screen shots. Some great shots ended up on the box, and sold the game. In the end, there weren'y many more dull or repetitive games on the system.

Still, it had a lot of stages and the backgrounds changed colors to emulate different times of day quite nicely. Certainly a nice looking game at times, but has a tech-demo feel to it for sure.

Lasafrog

#6

Lasafrog commented on China Warrior:

It's no Deep Blue, but certainly down the list :)

Few games existed when the Turbo came out, and my friend bought this for lack of options. ... and because the screen shots looked amazing. But even in 1989, it took but a few moments to know he'd made a big mistake.
This one is worth a look mainly because it's bad, but I wouldn't urge you to spend $6 on it.

Lasafrog

#7

Lasafrog commented on Review: Blazing Lazers (Virtual Console / Turb...:

I pulled out Blazing Lazers last night in bed on my old TurboExpress just to see how it held up (it being the TurboExpress as much as this game). It all came back to me and I beat the game on normal difficulty without any continues. The game has a lot of things going for it, and I'm thrilled to report it holds up wonderfully. Its got a great difficulty ramp up, beautiful use of color, many memorable bosses (often more than 1 per stage) and a much more customizable weapon set than I had remembered. Also avoiding/destroying certain power ups will cause them to become instant-revives. This along with the method of bomb collection with involves changing/improving your secondary weapon, causes you to both switch things up and adds some strategy to your game. Or more to the point, you learn to stockpile both lives and instant-revives for the brutal final level.

I can say this certainly holds up better than both Star Soldier and Super Star Soldier in terms of presentation, though you wouldn't go wrong with any of the three.

A solid 9/10.

Lasafrog

#8

Lasafrog commented on Blazing Lazers:

As a quick addition - I was reading that many of you had a favorite weapon you recommended.

I'd have to say that while I tend to favor the Ring Blaster (IV) and shield in many cases, there are great uses for all. For instance, stage 4 is a breeze with Power Wave (II) and Full Fire. Level 7 is similarly easy with Filed Thunder (III) and Full Fire. In Stage 2, Phonton Blaster (I) and powered up Homing Missiles will completely destroy almost everything, and quickly. Playing around with the weapons is a lot of the fun, and in many cases, you cant go wrong.

Lasafrog

#9

Lasafrog commented on Blazing Lazers:

I pulled out Blazing Lazers last night in bed on my old TurboExpress just to see how it held up (it being the TurboExpress as much as this game). It all came back to me and I beat the game on normal difficulty without any continues. The game has a lot of things going for it, and Im thrilled to report it holds up wonderfully. Its got a great difficulty ramp up, beautiful use of color, many memorible bosses (often more than 1 per stage) and a much more customizable weapon set than I had remembered. Also avoiding/destroying certain power ups will cause them to become instant-revives. This along with the method of bomb collection with involves changing/imrpoving your secondary weapon, causes you to both switch things up and adds some strategy to your game. Or more to the point, you learn to stockpile both lives and instant-revives for the brutal final level.

I can say this certainly holds up better than both Star Soldier and Super Star Soldier in terms of presentation, though you wouldn't go wrong with any of the three.

Id give this one a 9/10.