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Some cool games from the arcade classic days are on the way

December 26, 2014

The PS4 has been graced with a nice gift this holiday season. Make that three gifts, and that being in the form of 3 cool games you may remember from your younger gaming days. First off on the list is ever so classic Scramble, which for those of you who need a refresher, is a side scrolling shoot 'em up game that seems to have some Gradius style mixed in with it.

Nice looking cabinet isn't it? While some of you simply don't have the money or the room to house such a large machine, you can still relive those long gone days of old. A day when gaming didn't need the latest expensive hardware in order to be enjoyable. Read on.

A chip off the Vic Viper block indeed. After its initial release back in 1981, it was considered one of the best addicting games of its time, and was given a 9 out of 10 from its reviews. Along with making use of "forced scrolling" techniques, it also made use of the Namco Galaxian video hardware. It was later ported to formats such as Commodore Vic-20, Vectrex, and even on more modern platforms such as Xbox 360 and mobile.

Next up on the list is a name you've probably heard on more than one occasion. That being Mr. Goemon. The Goemon part should ring a bell for the western crowd, as it was known as one of the later releases in another game was titled "Legend of the Mystical Ninja". This particular arcade release which took place in 1986 was about a 16th century outlaw in Japan, which was also known as Ishikawa Goemon.

Quit a number of spin off titles took place afterwards, with formats including MSX, Super Famicom, Nintendo 64, and even mobile. You as the player must defeat your enemies by either throwing objects at them or hitting them with your pipe weapon. You can also jump on their heads and push them off of the screen if you choose. Getting caught by enemies requires that you move the controller in such a way to wiggle  yourself lose from their grip. This is certainly a side scrolling platform game worth checking out and adding to your list of classic cool games.

Last but certainly not least, is A-Jax. No, not the Web based Javascript programming language, and no not the cleaner and detergent you use to wash dishes and scrub your bathtub. This is one of my personal favorite overhead shooter games, which actually switches from 2D to 3D, making use of both a Tom Tiger helicopter and Jerry Mouse fighter jet.

Released back in 1987, A-Jax features a story line that takes place in the year 2007, where earth has been conquered by alien invaders. During its eight stages, your helicopter can be equipped with multiple types of weapons ranging from Vulcan, Laser - Triple, 3-Way, and Bomb attacks. There some scenes where you descend from the sky to a lower altitude and can witness the scaling effects as you zoom in closer to the surface. 

The game was released on formats including Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, and Sharp X68000. Ports on the Tandy 1000 and IBM PC were made by Banana Development Inc, and to enable the MS-DOS version to work properly and avoid the flicker free scrolling needed, double buffering was used in the process. I highly recommend this one if you are a fan of shooter games, as this is one of the cool arcade games to have in your arsenal. While the first two are now available, A-Jax will be added this coming February.

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