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  • Time Crisis (PlayStation)


    Source: Next Generation – Issue Number 27 – March 1997

    Time Crisis is a light gun based arcade game that was released in 1995. It was similar to other popular light gun games of the time, including games like Virtua Cop and The House of The Dead. However, Time Crisis did have a couple of unique features that made it stand out.

    The most unique part of Time Crisis was its emphasis on taking cover. The arcade version of this game had a foot pedal that was used to duck behind various objects. Being hit with a bullet while not taking cover cost you a life so this was an important part of the game. However, your time was limited so you couldn’t exactly spend as long as you want hiding. Another unique feature of the arcade version of the game was that the gun simulated recoil adding a bit of realism. The plot is somewhat convoluted but the important part is that you have to run around and shoot stuff.

    The PlayStation version of the game was released in 1997 and included the Guncon light gun controller. While not quite as graphically impressive as its arcade counterpart, it was still a good port. The PlayStation port retained the importance of taking cover but the foot pedal was replaced by a button on the controller. Unfortunately, the recoil feature was left out but it isn’t really that big of a deal.

    Original hardware is still the best way to play this game, and that includes a CRT based TV if you are going to play the PlayStation version as the original Guncon controller won’t work with LCD based TVs. This is one limitation that makes playing older light gun based games via emulation less than perfect.

    The image up top is from the March 1997 issue of Next Generation and features a preview of the unfinished game on the PlayStation. Screenshots above are from the PlayStation version of the game.

  • Mappy

    Advertisement for the arcade game Mappy by Namco and Bally/Midway from the Fall 1983 issue Creative Computing’s Video and Arcade Games.


    Source: Video & Arcade Games – Volume 1, Number 2 – Fall 1983

    Mappy is a 1983 arcade game released by Namco in Japan and distributed by Bally/Midway in the U.S. It is a static screen platform style came common to the era (Popeye and the original Mario Bros. are other examples of the genre). You play the role of a police mouse trying to recover stolen goods from a mansion. You must use trampolines to get to the various floors of the mansion and must avoid cats and other obstacles.

    While there was a Japanese home release for the Famicom in 1984, there were no contemporary home releases in North America. The first U.S. home release came for the Sega Game Gear in 1991. Those in the U.S. would probably be more familiar with the console only sequel Mappy-Land that was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

    Despite not having any contemporary releases in the U.S., the original Mappy has been featured on a number of compilations and standalone units. The first experience with Mappy that I can recall was with the Ms. Pac-Man collection by Jaks Pacific. This was a Joystik that plugged directly into the TV and included a number of emulated arcade classics. It was also included in Microsoft Revenge of Arcade for the PC in 1998, Namco Gallery Vol. 1 for the Game Boy, Namco Museum 50th Anniversary Collection released in 2005 for the Xbox, GameCube, PC and PlayStation 2 and Namco Museum DS among other collections. It’s not one of my favorite examples of the genre but it’s worth checking out. Try it via one of the later collections (e.g. Namco Museum 50th Anniversary Collection) or via MAME for the best results.

    The ad above is from the Fall 1983 issue of Video & Arcade Games.