Monthly Archives: January 2011

Well, bop me on the head and call me Bonk

While doing a bit of research for a post on my other gaming blog (yes, I have more than one), I discovered that the folks at Atlus–responsible for the Etrian Odyssey, Persona and Shin Megami Tensei series–developed, along with the able crew at Red Company, the original PC Genjin (aka Bonk’s Adventure).

I knew they were responsible for Dungeon Explorer and Mesopotamia (aka Somer Assault), but I had no clue until today that they had a hand in developing PC Genjin too. (They had nothing to do with the game’s arguably superior sequel, though; that was all Red Company.)

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The wait is over

Issue three of PC Engine Gamer magazine is now on line. (Actually, it’s been on line since Dec. 2, but that’s neither here nor there.)

As you can probably tell by looking at its cover (below), this issue features an in-depth review of NEC Avenue’s port of Sega’s popular quarter-muncher, Out Run.

It also includes, among other articles, a review of Data East’s Override (a vertical shoot ’em up I’ve never heard of before now), an interview with homebrewer Aetherbyte and a hilarious “Final Countdown” column that discusses the 10 best shopkeepers in all of PC Engine-dom.

If all or even some of that sounds interesting to you, check out–at your leisure, of course–the latest issue of PC Engine Gamer here.

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And the award for ‘Worst Box Art Ever’ goes to …

… the PC Engine port of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego.

OK, so it’s probably not the worst piece of box art ever, but it’s still pretty bad.

That said, I think I’m going to pick up a copy of the game soon (along with a copy of the Japanese version of J.B. Harold Murder Club). I have fond memories of playing through Where in the World… (on a Mac, I think) as a teen, and I’d kind of like to give it another go as an old man.

See also: ‘Calling all J.B. Harold Murder Club fans


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Calling all J.B. Harold Murder Club fans

I know this will sound funny to some of you, but J.B. Harold Murder Club is one of the titles–along with Monster Lair and Ys Book I & II–that prompted me to buy the TurboGrafx-CD attachment years ago.

The thing is, although I bought Monster Lair and Ys Book I & II alongside NEC’s pricey peripheral, I never bought J.B. Harold Murder Club.

Well, I’d like to rectify that error by picking up a copy soon. I don’t want to buy a copy of the North American version, though; I want to buy a copy of the Japanese version.

Why am I mentioning that here? Well, I can’t tell if the Japanese version of J.B. Harold Murder Club includes an English text option or not. If any of you would be able to give me a “yay” or “nay” in regards to that situation I’d greatly appreciate it.


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