If I was to ask you to name at least one side-scrolling beat’em up from the arcades that you can recall off the top of your head from the late 80’s to early 90’s, the more well-known titles would include Double Dragon and Golden Axe, and then there’s Final Fight.
I’ll never forget the first time I got my copy of this game.. From a friend in high school back in 1996, in the form of 10 floppy disks with .rar files on each one. Very exciting times, even though it was a shareware version..
The SEGA Master System 2 was the first home console I’ve had. It was a new experience in gaming for me as I was used to the arcades and Game & Watch games prior. I still don’t remember why we went for the Master System over the NES at the time. Might be the cost factor, as I did enjoy the games on the NES at the department stores when trying out which home console to go for. Although one thing about the Master System, was even though it had a large library of games, a lot of them were quite bad. This is one of the worst. Enter Running Battle.
The good old arcades, the first mainstream exposure to video games for me. Back in 1984, of course at 3-4 years of age anything that is loud and noisy in a confined space would excite me. This is the period, that home consoles would come and go, but arcades always stuck around, but not for long. Sadly the home console invaded the arcade market and the video arcades that we know and love (where the games aren’t just controlled with steering wheels dance mats and plastic rifles), are dead.
Oh yes, A lot of people that know me, tend to forget that I was once deeply involved in what I consider to be the dark ages of my gaming journey. The PC-gaming era.. It wasn’t all bad, it started great with the DOS/Windows 3.1 era where I didn’t have to worry about performance of games or anything, as I was still getting used to the simple factor of console gaming (I sold my SNES to put towards a 486 DX4 100Mhz with 8MB RAM, a 1MB video card and 540MB storage 1995), all I had to worry about was fuffing around with autoexec.bat and config.sys.
One Sunday morning back in 1995 on the way to my local Blockbuster Video store.. I went to hire a game for the SNES, had to be something different, something quirky, something to make me laugh. Lo and behold I snagged Earthworm Jim. YOINK! This is one of those games which made you feel proud to have a SNES at the time, during the 16-bit Console Wars.
Wonder Boy…another title that brings back fond memories from my childhood. Like many other 2D platformers of its time, Wonder Boy revolves around a male superhero off to rescue his girl who has been kidnapped by some evil tyrant.
So time has evolved, moved interstate, more consoles and games have come and gone in my life over the years. I luckily went down the path of the SNES during the 16bit console wars, and that was the greatest era of gaming for me. This was the era of gaming where it was still cool to go to the video arcades and play games there frequently and then coming home to play them more.
I must admit that when I first came to review this game, I failed to see why I had such fonds memories of it in the first place. That was until I hit stage 2 and enter Skull Land! From here the game picks up its pace a bit.
Alex Kidd In Miracle World was one of our first game purchases … with Version 1 this was not built-in. To this day it remains one of my old time favourites. The elements that attracted me as a child have stood the test of time.