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Road Fighter Quick Review

Road Fighter Game Room LogoThis 1984 top-down road racing game from Konami provides a surprisingly intense experience thanks to smooth performance and tight controls. Players attempt to navigate six levels at breakneck speeds while managing fuel levels and passing other cars in order to climb the rankings.

Road Fighter uses a rather unique gear and boost system. One button is used to accelerate and when you reach top speed, you can hold another to shift gears and eventually double your speed. Pressing the gear/boost button too early will act as a brake and slow you down significantly. Read More…

Finalizer: Super Transformation Quick Review

Finalizer: Super Transformation Game Room LogoFor the time it was originally released in arcades, Finalizer: Super Transformation is an advanced vertical-scrolling shoot 'em up that features a wide variety of enemy types and a fun power-up system. It is a good game that fans of the genre should appreciate, though technical limitations of the original hardware keep it from being truly great. 

Players begin Finalizer: Super Transformation as a jet, but as the title suggests you can transform into a robot by collecting power-up items. Once in robot form, you are given a shield that can withstand several hits and can collect even more powerful weapons. Read More…

Gravitar Quick Review

Gravitar Game Room LogoGravitar can still be a fun and rewarding game, however it can be difficult to see the vector graphics and the controls suffer in the transition to the Xbox 360 controller. This title tasks you with ridding planets of enemy bunkers and picking up fuel reserves while compensating for extreme gravity effects using pitch and thrust control.

There are three solar systems in Gravitar, each containing a death star, an alien planet and four regular planets. While in solar system view, your ship will gravitate towards the death star and can be destroyed by enemy fire. Once you enter planetary view, you will be pulled towards the ground and have to contend with fire from both ships and bunkers. As you approach the ground the game view will zoom in, which was quite an advanced feature in 1982. Read More…

Astrosmash Quick Review

Astrosmah Game Room LogoThis standout game pushed the Intellivision to the limit and almost 30 years after its release, Astrosmash delivers an addictive and oddly relaxing shooting experience. You control a ship tasked with destroying incoming meteors, homing missiles, flying saucers and bombs armed with a single cannon and the ability to warp around the screen using a hyperspace command.

The action in Astrosmash takes place on a single screen on which you can move your ship left and right. You can set the game to auto-fire mode or control your cannon manually to fire off rapid bursts. Points are scored by destroying falling objects and detracted if objects hit the ground. Read More…