Paradroid: The Rise of the Machines

Paradroid: The Rise of the Machines

Anyone who has spent any amount of time reading or watching science fiction knows that the machines are bound to rise against us. It’s just a matter of time. From Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey to James Cameron’s The Terminator, the idea of killer machines...
Project Firestart: A Forgotten Masterpiece

Project Firestart: A Forgotten Masterpiece

Not every masterpiece gets recognized. Sometimes the greatest creations linger in obscurity. Such is the case with the 1989 survival horror game Project Firestart, a game that Penny Arcade once described as “the survival horror template in its entirety.” Designed by...
The Explosive Fun of Bazooka Bill

The Explosive Fun of Bazooka Bill

What can you possibly say about Bazooka Bill? It wasn’t a particularly brilliant game. It didn’t contain any major firsts in video game history. It was a fairly standard side scroller action game. So, why bother writing about it?  Well, Bazooka Bill was one of the...
The Wonderful Weirdness of IK+

The Wonderful Weirdness of IK+

If you created a Venn diagram with circles for the Commodore 64, Jackie Chan, John Travolta, and the ancient art of karate, the overlap would be International Karate +. The game, typically referred to as IK+ (released in the United States as Chop N’ Drop), was not the...