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  • Mega Man 2 (NES)

    Mega Man 2 (Capcom – NES – 1988)


  • Time Lord (NES)

    Time Lord (NES)


    No, Time Lord doesn’t have anything to do with Doctor Who even though that’s exactly what it sounds like. Time Lord is a completely unrelated game for the NES that involves traveling to various time periods in Earth’s history in order to defeat an alien force that is attacking in those time periods in order to change history and make Earth easier to conquer in the present. You get to use various weapons found in the time period you are in from swords to lasers and everything in between. Despite not being Doctor Who related, it still sounds pretty cool. Another plus is that this game was developed by Rare. Rare is known today for having developed some pretty incredible games.


    Unfortunately, as this game proves, not everything Rare touched was gold, especially in the early days (Time Lord was released in 1990). This game just doesn’t really live up to its cool sounding story. The game plays like a fairly typical sides scrolling platform adventure game. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with that and the graphics are fairly decent as well. The problem comes with the difficulty and the repetitive nature of the game. While the different levels / time periods look different enough, they all really play very much the same. The lack of variety combined with the difficulty make this a hard game to finish. It doesn’t help that the game is timed. If you don’t defeat the enemy by January 1st, 3000 then you will self destruct along with your time machine. The game starts in the year 2999 and a day bases every 6 seconds in real-time so if you do the math you have a little over 36 minutes to beat the game. The difficulty would be more bearable if not for the repetitive nature of the game.


    As far as I know, this game has never been re-released or had a sequel. The good news is that if you really want to give it a try, original cartridges are fairly cheap and easy to come by. If you are a Rare completist or maybe just enjoy especially difficult and frustrating games then this may just be the game for you.

  • Terminator 2 Judgement Day (NES, Game Boy)

    1991 Terminator 2 Judgement Day for NES & Gameboy


    There have been a lot of Terminator movies over the years. Probably the best, with the exception of the original, was the first sequel, Terminator 2: Judgement Day. In many ways, it was even better than the first. I think every Terminator movie has had at least one game associated with it and T2 was no exception.

    There was a confusing series of games based on T2. This particular ad is for the Game Boy and NES versions of Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Each of these was different from each other and both were different from the 16-bit versions. In addition, there was an arcade version of the game that was also different (a shooter on rails) that was later ported to various systems and called T2: The Arcade Game.

    Anyway, back to the games in this ad. The NES version consists of five levels and was primarily a side-scroling adventure/beat-em-up with the exception of level 2. Level 2 was an isometric racing game. There is also a Game Gear and Master System version of this game that is similar to the NES version except that it does not include level 2.

    The Game Boy version is somewhat similar in that it is also a 2D side-scrolling type game for the most part. However, the levels are different and instead of a racing level, the Game Boy version has a puzzle level. In addition to the 8-bit and 16-bit console versions of this game, there were also numerous home computer ports.

    Unfortunately, like the vast majority of movie licenses, these games really aren’t that great. Certainly not as good as they should have been. I guess the good news is that they are a bit above average for movie licenses and if you are a big fan of the movie and 8-bit games then they are worth a shot. Just don’t expect them to be as cool as they sound. As far as this type of game goes, there are many far better ones on both the NES and the Game Boy. Ones that aren’t movie licenses for the most part.