StarTropics – Synopsis

Fifteen-year-old Mike Jones had no idea what a visit to C-Island to see his uncle, Dr. Steve Jones, would have in store for him. Upon his arrival, the island’s chief informed him of his uncle’s abduction by aliens! Now it’s up to Mike to save him.

In StarTropics, take control of Mike as he fights and figures his way through eight levels of diverse environments such as tropical islands, outer space, and the belly of a whale. His primary weapon is his trusty yo-yo, but Mike will pick up special weapons such as slingshots and baseballs eventually upgrading to the Shooting Star and the powerful Supernova. Occasionally, Mike will break from the Legend of Zelda-like action, exploring new towns in hopes of finding clues leading to Dr. Jones and the climactic confrontation with Zoda, the alien leader.

Never has so much ridden on the shoulders of one young teenager. Save your uncle, the world, and the galaxy in StarTropics.

IBM PC Compatible – Overview

As a group, IBM Compatible PCs are the most popular home computers on the planet. Many of the basic design concepts found in IBM’s original home computer are still seen in PCs built more than 20 years later. IBM began selling its first personal computer in 1981. Unlike other companies vying for a piece of the primitive PC market in the early ’80s, such as Apple and Commodore, IBM built its machine from non-proprietary parts. Instead of manufacturing its own CPU, IBM’s computer was built with an Intel processor. Even the machine’s operating system came from a third-party company — a Seattle upstart called Microsoft.

Through the next two decades, IBM continued to contribute to the evolution of the PC, establishing standards such as the ISA bus and the EGA video card. Perhaps the greatest aspect of the original design of the IBM PC, however, is the mix-and-match mentality it inspired. Since IBM did not have exclusive control over the various parts and software used to build its machine, there was nothing to stop competitors from copying the IBM design and selling their own compatible component systems. In 1982, the recently founded Compaq brought its first “IBM clone” to market. Many, many other computer companies would soon follow that lead.

Relying on a basic architecture but allowing the use of different components from different manufacturers, IBM Compatible PCs can be built for a remarkable variety of purposes and price ranges. Therefore, unlike consoles and other dedicated gaming machines, there is great variation in the system specifications of IBM Compatible Personal Computers. Because of this, the particular system requirements for a PC game are usually listed on the side of its box. These listings typically include the required operating system (OS), central processing unit (CPU) type and speed, amount of random-access memory (RAM), and hard drive space, among other factors. When a PC game supports the use of additional equipment or services, such as a steering wheel controller for a racing game or an Internet connection for a game with online multiplayer features, these are usually listed in the system requirements as well.

While there is no official standard for the display of this information, essentially all published PC games list system requirements someplace on their packaging. Because most PC games will run on a range of computers that meet basic specifications, sometimes two sets of system configurations are listed: the “Minimum” and the “Recommended” specs. Minimum specifications represent the slowest, least powerful computer on which the game will run and be playable, while a machine that meets all the “Recommended” specifications should be able to run the game with graphics, sounds, speeds, and other elements set at their standard or higher levels.

Dragon’s Lair (1983) Arcade Review

Dragon’s Lair was poised to be the game which would revolutionize the videogame industry when it was released in 1983. Gamers were ready to break away from poor graphics and ready to grasp the concept of playing a game that looked like a cartoon with controllable characters. What they got, however, was a big disappointment.

Visually, Dragon’s Lair was breathtaking. Top animators were brought in to make Dirk the Daring look great. New audio and video technology was being used to put the images on the video screen. But, was it a game? A lot of people will tell you that Dragon’s Lair is not a game, that it’s simply a cartoon on a screen in a coin-op console.

Dragon’s Lair offers the video gamer very little control. It is a series of predetermined animation sequences. All the player does is move to the left or right or hit the sword button. Sometimes, the player manages to move or slash at just the right time and goes on to the next scene. Other times, the player misses and Dirk gets killed. Basically, the player waits for a flash of light and then reacts. The rest of the time, he/she might as well be watching television. That’s how little control Dragon’s Lair offers.

Some people will tell you that Dragon’s Lair is a great game simply because of what it tried to do. They’re right, in a sense. Dragon’s Lair did pave the way for more realistic games years after its release, but the Arcade is usually not the best place to try experiments. Games like Pong and Space Invaders, games that were released nearly a decade before Dragon’s Lair, were more engaging and gave players a better game. One can appreciate Dragon’s Lair for what it wanted to be, but it cannot be praised for what it was.


The best part of this game are the graphics.


Good, but sometimes annoying, sound.



Replay Value

Also poor.