I had Dick Tracy from when it was current and it has surprised me twice now. When I first got it I was pretty sure it would be lame. Thinking back I can’t remember why I chose to get it? A gift maybe?… But what I do remember is enjoying this game.
The game is similar to Shinobi in that you walk from left to right, jump, duck, and shoot or punch. But what brings it above mediocre and into the realm of good games is the Tommy Gun and how it works. On some levels there are basically to plains. In the foreground where you are you can punch enemies or shoot them with your pistol. Enemies appearing in the background get cleaned up with the Tommy Gun. When you’re firing the Tommy Gun you slide the bullet spray across anyone you want to take out and it really works. It’s easy to do and really feels like your firing a fully automatic weapon. Switching back and forth between enemies in different locations creates a great dynamic to the game and helps keep things interesting.
My second Dick Tracy surprise was this game still holds up. The mechanics and feel still really work. And it’s not an expensive game 🙂
This Dick Tracy of mine got the Sharpie marker treatment in a few spots along the bottom of the cover sleeve. It was very easy to clean up but because of this I’d say it’s in good condition instead of excellent condition.
ZOOM! is an ok puzzle game. It’s no Poyu Poyu but if the puzzle genre is your thing it’s worth a look. ZOOM! has a small crack in the case but it’s still in very good condition.
The Kick Boxing… maybe that should be “Kick Boxing” or “The Kick Boxer”? 🙂 Well, we know where they’re going with this one and it seems like an OK game. The graphics are actually pretty good and it feels like this game was taken pretty seriously. It’s definitely not a button masher. Although I wasn’t very good it feels like there are some real solid game mechanics at here. Even though I didn’t notice right away once I did I found it weird that there was no music during game play. But the sound effects are really good for a 16-bit game. This one is in excellent condition.
Minato No Trazia is yet another RPG that I wont be able to play but I still enjoy getting RPG’s into the collection. The video clip below isn’t going to show much… I thought youtube had everything? I might have to get into recording my own stuff. Minato No Trazia has a very small crack in the case but it’s still in very good condition.
Super Daisenryaku. The best thing I can say is it was cheap and in excellent shape. It’s a tactical combat game that’s here to be a back drop for the games I actually like. Maybe it’s a good game but I’ll never know. Only those gifted with the Japanese language could say.
It is in excellent condition and has two unique manuals.
So again, nothing super exciting but some good with some filler.
Dick Tracy – $12.00
ZOOM! – $5.00
The Kick Boxing – $5.00
Minato No Trazia – $10.00
Super Daisenryaku – $3.00
Plus $15.00 for shipping. Which is less than $10 per game.
Man, this is looking more and more like my collection! Minato No Trasia is known simply as Traysia here in the US. It’s definitely an acquired taste as it’s a bit hard for a while until you grasp the battle system. I hated the game the first time I played it because my party kept getting wiped out, but I finally say down and gave it a chance over a few weekends and it became a favorite.
Super Daisenryaku is like Advanced Daisenryaku in that unless you like that type of strategy game it’s easy to dislike it, lol. Then again, SystemSoft is one of the best strategy game makers for this sort of game on consoles and has a VERY large catalog of titles for many platforms. They also did Master of Monsters, one of the best fantasy strategy games on the Genesis (you can play with up to three other players).
Zoom! I can take or leave – it’s cool because it’s funny, but it also gets hard (well, for me) after a while. I don’t have The Kick Boxing, but I think I’ve played it here (it looks like Best of the Best). Dick Tracy I actually didn;t like at first because it’s so darn day-glo it game me a headache. But I’ve come to appreciate it a bit more over time.
A quick note on touch-ups – I’d use something like a pigment-based marker over a Sharpie, as those don’t bleed usually don’t change color over time and are as permanent as a Sharpie. There are a few manufacturers (Sakura and Copic are two), so try one out and see if you like them.
Minato No Trasia is Traysia?! I had no idea. I don’t know why I didn’t recognize the screen shots… But this is good news. I have Traysia so I will be able to play this RPG after all 🙂
I’m glad to hear you opinion on Traysia. A friend of mine told me he didn’t like it at all. Similar to your first impressions. Maybe he didn’t give it enough time to learn it’s ways.
I do like strategy games but being all in Japanese will cripple any chance I might have had. But the case does look good, so I love Super Daisenryaku anyways.
I’ve noticed that Sharpies do bleed. I’ll check out Sakura and Copic. Thanks for the tip!
I love that box art of Dick Tracy! 😀 I WANT IT 😀 *running to Ebay*
I just bought it! 😀 For £1.49 but with shipping it got to £5.99 😦
But still! It’s on it’s way 😀
LOL! I read your first comment before I left work and I was going to say I believe you when you say you’re going to get Dick Tracy… because you always follow through!
…but you got it even before I could say it! 😛
£5.99 with shipping seems pretty good for one game. Let me know what you think of it when you try it out.
I’m looking forward to your Dick Tracy blog post!
I’ve always found the movie so darn weird to watch, but it’s worth a look if you have two hours to kill and don’t mind being blinded by the art direction and its use of so much color.
I know I’ve seen the movie but it’s been so long I can barely remember anything about it. Except that it was very much over the top. For the time the costumes and makeup were pretty bold and unique that is couldn’t help but catch your attention!
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