Friday, 30 March 2012

Mickey Mouse - Magic Wands! (GB)

Today, by request, I'm playing Mickey Mouse - Magic Wands! Or Magic Wand, if you're going to believe the title screen.

I've gotta admit I haven't got my hopes up. But someone asked me to play it, and they seem to like it, so I might as well give it a shot. Can't be any worse than Fantasia at least. I hope.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

CyberMage: Darklight Awakening (MS-DOS)

Wow, that's... an unusual title screen. A guy that looks like Robocop crossed with Judge Dredd grimacing as he squats over broken glass with a smoking hole in his forehead.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Sneak King (Xbox) - Guest Post

Old Man Hardgrit thinks he's got Shameless Fast Food Advertising Week all sewn up. He's wrong.

Bam!

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Ronald in The Magical World (Game Gear)

Super Adventures in McDonaldland the Magical World - Game 6

Okay this is the last McDonald's game that I'm aware of. It's definitely going to be the last one I'm playing.

Hey I recognise this music... this is from McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure. Don't tell me this is just a Game Gear port.

Friday, 23 March 2012

McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure (Genesis/Mega Drive)

Super Adventures in McDonaldland Treasure Land - Game 5

McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure... aka McDonald's Treasureland Adventure on the US version's title screen. Apparently that one space offended someone enough for them to make an artist redraw the logo and remove it.

Like Global Gladiators, it's Sega Genesis/Mega Drive exclusive, and this time even the poor Amiga was left out. I'm beginning to wonder if Nintendo did something to piss McDonald's off.

The game's actually made by Treasure, the same people who brought you Gunstar Heroes and Dynamite Headdy. Oh, and Light Crusader. You know, I never did figure that game out.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Global Gladiators (Genesis/Mega Drive)

Super Adventures in McDonaldland - Game 4

No Nintendo release for this one. For some reason the game only came out on Sega consoles and Amiga computers. There's no hint of McDonald's in the name, but still somehow I get the feeling that they weren't entirely going for subtlety with the advertising this time.

The Genesis/Mega Drive title screen music (called Story Line in the music test) is made up of sound effects from the game and sounds fucking terrible. The Amiga version uses a track called Dance Tune instead which has some nice piano and sounds much better. So score one for the Amiga version.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

McDonaldland (GB)

Super Adventures in McDonaldland - Game 3

Yeah, this is called McDonaldland again, like some versions of M.C. Kids., but it's actually a different game.

In fact it's two different games, because in the US this is known as...

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

M.C. Kids (NES)

Super Adventures in McDonaldland - Game 2

McDonald's week continues!

This time I'm checking out the different versions of M.C. Kids (aka McDonaldland in Europe). It's pronounced 'Em Cee kids' according the programmer, just in case there was any doubt.

It seemed to take forever to get this text off the screen so I could start the game.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Donald Land (NES)

Super Adventures in McDonaldland Donald Land - Game 1

This week I'm going to play through the McDonald's games. I suppose.

This looks like it's going to be a wild west quick-draw shooter starring a cowboy hero called Donald Land, but I promise you it really is a McDonald's game. This was only ever released in Japan, where the McDonald's sinister mascot clown is known as 'Donald McDonald'. So this is named after his first name.

I left the title screen on for a bit to see if anything happened, and eventually Donald himself dived out of the door at me. Like an alien bursting out of some poor spaceman's chest.

Bloody clowns.

Friday, 16 March 2012

The Sniper 2 (PS2) - Guest Post

A good friend of mine warned me to never, ever buy a game published by Midas Interactive Entertainment. That's how we got into the whole Hybrid mess.

This is what happens when you don't listen to your friends.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

The Adventures of Dr. Franken (SNES)

Is that a remix of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata playing in the background?

My first instinct was this is probably a platformer, but the spinning cogs are starting to make me think it could be a puzzle game.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Blaster Master (NES)

I played one of the sequels to this a while back on the Mega Drive, and it didn't really win me over. I hear this is better though.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Semi-Random Game Box