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  • 3-D WorldRunner (NES)


    The 3-D Battles of WorldRunner (NES)

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    The 3-D Battles of WorldRunner or 3-D WorldRunner for short was a fairly early game for the NES. It was developed by Square and published in North America by Acclaim in 1987. It was pretty advanced for its time. 3-D WorldRunner was essentially an early 3D 3rd person platform shooter.

    While 3-D WorldRunner was a 3D platform game of sorts, it wasn’t in a completely open world. It was a shooter on rails and is somewhat similar to games like Space Harrier. As you would expect, there are items to collect and enemies to avoid or destroy. Jumping plays a large role in the game but you can only move in a forward direction. One other unique aspect of this game was that it really was in 3D. It came with a pair of Red/Blue (Cyan) glasses and had a 3D mode that you could switch to with the appropriate colors to make it work.

    3-D WorldRunner generally got positive reviews. The 3D mode is a novelty more than anything but it was pretty neat for the time. While it borrows heavily from Space Harrier, it’s still a pretty fun game. Finding a copy complete in the box is fairly difficult mainly because of the glasses. You don’t necessarily need the original glasses to use the 3D mode as these kind of glasses have been used for various 3D things for a long time. However, I don’t know how well the effect works on modern monitors or via emulation. At any rate, if you are an NES fan, this is one worth having though perhaps not at the complete in box cost.


  • TrickStyle (Sega Dreamcast)

    TrickStyle (Sega Dreamcast, PC)

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    Not only was TrickStyle a sports game, it was an extreme sports game. And not only was it an extreme sports game, it was a futuristic extreme sports game. It’s 2017 an you’re wondering where your hoverboard is. It turns out it was in this 1999 game published by Acclaim for the Sega Dreamcast and PC.

    While this may technically be classified is a sports game of sorts, it plays more like a racer. In fact, it was probably compared more to games like Wipeout than anything else. The game is set in the future and the player can race their hoverboard or do stunts through the cities of London, Tokyo and New York (and there is also a practice area). In general, this game got pretty good reviews with the Dreamcast version being a little better than the PC version.

    TrickStyle was released on GOG.com in 2015 and on Steam in early 2017. I wouldn’t call it a must play game but if you have a Dreamcast you can probably track it down pretty cheap, or alternatively you can get it on GOG.com for only about $7. If you like this kind of game it’s well worth the cheap price.

    TrickStyle had no official sequel but there was a similar game created by the same development studio in 2002 for the PlayStation 2 called AirBlade that could have just as easily been called TrickStyle 2.





  • Chef’s Luv Shack

    Magazine ad for Chef’s Luv Shack, by Acclaim for the PlayStation, Sega Dreamcast, Nintendo 64 and PC (DOS).

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    South Park: Chef’s Luv Shack is South Park’s version of a party game. It consists of nearly two dozen mini-games interspersed with triva. Unfortunately, the game is exclusively multi-player and there is no AI to play against. Of course, these types of games are better vs. other people but it’s nice to have the option to play against the computer.

    One neat aspect is that many of the minigames are based on classic arcade games. For example, Asses in Space is based on Asteroids, Pizza Boy is based on Paperboy, etc.

    However, at the end of the day the game just wasn’t all that good. The mini-games quickly grow boring and while many may be based on classic arcade games, they aren’t nearly as good. To make matters worse, the trivia portion of the game is generally too easy and doesn’t play well making the mini-games the best part.