Watch Out for Snakes… or Alligators!

February 1995

X-Force #43

It’s amazing how much a video game can evolve in 12 years – the original Pitfall was released in 1982 on the Atari 2600. At the time, it was considered a huge breakthrough in terms of graphics and gameplay. This newer, updated version of Pitfall was released in 1994 – and these graphics are quite a bit more advanced than the original! However, many thought the gameplay was a bit lacking (or lagging) on this one.

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But there is a fun marriage of the classic with the new on this one: If you find a secret doorway, it takes you to the original game – pretty cool, huh?

 

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CBA IRL – QuickShot

Lookie what I found in a local thrift shop last week – a QuickShot controller, featured in this ad from 1989 that I posted a while back!

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I’m guessing that the $3.99 that Savers was asking for this is considerably less than it cost back in the day.

One thing I like about actually finding this is that I can see details not discernible in the ad, like “FOR PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS” printed just under the logo. Well, I’ve never been paid to play video games, so I guess I’m not qualified to use this controller. 😦

Did He Say “Strap In” or “Strap On”?

December 1989

Wonder Woman #37

Sorry, but I couldn’t resist the Family Guy joke. Anyway, here we’ve got Sky Shark, a game full of action-packed aviation adventure!

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With the exception of one holiday-themed ad that I’m saving for Christmas, this closes out Wonder Woman #37! I promise that the next ’80s comic I post from will have a lot more toys!

Get Set For Radical Action!

December 1989

Wonder Woman #37

Radical action, indeed! It looks like both these games are positively packed with action!

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I find it interesting that it says “Capcom introduces two new thrilling games to its Nintendo series” – was Capcom making games for other systems at the time? Because it seems like Nintendo was by far the biggest player at the time.

Oh well, something for me to look up sometime, I guess.

Hungry Like The Operation Wolf

December 1989

Wonder Woman #37

It’s the world’s #1 arcade game! And now you can play it at home! It’s… Operation Wolf!

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Yep, “take no prisoners” and “teach the terrorists what terror is all about” in this action-packed game!

But personally, I’m much more interested in Bubble Bobble. 😉

QuickShot – Taking Aim at Your Cash!

December 1989

Wonder Woman #37

Video games were hot in 1989, so people tried to cash in by making better, faster, more powerful controllers. From what I’m told, QuickShot’s performance doesn’t even remotely fit this description or live up to the amount of excitement that they promise.

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I’m no video game expert (unlike some people I know), but I’ve never even heard of the MSX or Amstrad systems – anyone out there remember those?