Ms. Pac-Man

Often times, ports of classic arcade titles either include nothing that updates the game or change the game so much that the fun of the original is lost. Ms. Pac-Man for the Genesis does an excellent job of recreating the arcade experience at home while adding several new options that make the game an upgrade … Read more

Altered Beast

Altered Beast is a side-scrolling action game in which the hero, a shape-shifting resurrected Roman centurion, must rescue Zeus’ daughter from an evil demon god. Through the collection of power-ups the protagonist grows incrementally stronger before finally turning into a non-human creature with special powers. Once the final shape shift has taken place, a boss … Read more

Zap! The Rise and Fall of Atari

Written during the video game crash of 1983, Zap! has an interesting perspective on the world of home interactive entertainment. Common among analysts from that period, Scott Cohen spends considerable time questioning the viability of the home video game market, theorizing that the home computer and its ability to play games, along with the saturation of the … Read more