This Week in Gaming – 11th April 20218 minute read

This Week in Gaming is a mixed bag of games today. There are anniversaries for near-pornographic titles, large franchises as well as the all-time classic Minesweeper. Within this article there are also several games that have anniversaries over the 30-year mark! Read more to see which games have birthdays This Week.

5th April

Tropico (image credit: PopTop Software)

Tropico allows the player to take the role of “El Presidente” and rule a fictional island within the Caribbean. The game is a humorous take on banana republics and acts as a construction and management simulation game. The game is comedic but still touches on subjects like totalitarianism, electoral fraud and Cold War superpowers. The game won the Original Music Composition award in the 2002 Interactive Achievement Awards, crediting Daniel Indart for his Latin-styled Caribbean music. The game has since seen several re-releases, expansions and sequels into the franchise.

  • 30 Years
    • Cosmic Fantasy 2 – Turbo CD (Japan)
    • Rockin’ Kats – NES (Japan)
    • Solomon’s Club – Game Boy (Japan)
  • 25 Years
    • Rudra no Hihou – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • Gitaroo Man – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Tropico – PC
  • 17 Years
    • Fight Night 2004 – PlayStation 2, Xbox
    • NBA Ballers – PlayStation 2
  • 16 Years
    • LEGO Star Wars – Xbox
    • SWAT 4 – PC
    • Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga – PlayStation 2
  • 15 Years
    • NBA Ballers: Phenom
  • 14 Years
    • Kidou Senshi Gundam SEED: Rengou vs. Z.A.F.T. – PSP (Japan)
    • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja 4 – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 12 Years
    • Rhythm Heaven – Nintendo DS

6th April

Erotica Island (image credit: Redfire Software)

Erotica Island was marketted as “the ultimate experience in adult games.” Developed by Redfire Software and published by Flare Media Limited it tried to convey a similar tone to the Leisure Suit Larry franchise (which also celebrate an anniversary in this edition of This Week in Gaming). However, regardless of the offerings within the anarak-wearer’s dream title the game offered little to the average player. The game got off to a bad start when they didn’t even manage to get a copy of the game to Bonusweb.cz to review. Bonusweb finally managed to review the game after a copy was sent my a community member.

The player gets to play as a billionaire Reggie Rich who crashes on an island. The owner of a boat, and the only possible escape, offers use of the boat for $100 if Reggie seduces all the girls on the island. The game received some strong reviews, with Four Fat Chicks calling the game “crap” with “no redeeming value” and German PC Games magazine calling it “shit”. The highest score the game received was 25% from Absolute Games while PC Games gave it a whopping 1%.

  • 31 Years
    • Digitla Devil Monogatari: Megami Tensei II – NES (Japan)
    • Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos – NES (Japan)
    • Serpent – Game Boy (Japan)
  • 29 Years
    • Minesweeper – PC
  • 25 Years
    • X-Men: Children of the Aton – Saturn
  • 21 Years
    • Turnabout – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • Erotica Island – PC
    • Snoopy Tennis – Game Boy Color
  • 17 Years
    • Silent Hill 3 – PC
    • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$! – GameCube
  • 16 Years
    • Archer Maclean’s Mercury – PSP
    • Call of Duty Deluxe Edition Box Set – PC
    • Obscure – PC, PlayStation 2
  • 15 Years
    • Beta Bloc – PSP (Japan)
    • Emergency 3 – PC
    • Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects – PC
  • 11 Years
    • Mass Effect 2: Kasumi – Stolen Memory – PC
  • 10 Years
    • The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile – Xbox 360

7th April

John Romero’s Daikatana (image credit: Ion Storm)

John Romero, one of the developers responsible for the DOOM franchise, called his game the next “big thing” in first person shooters. Unfortunately, due to masses of overspending and some serious delays it is now known as one of the most infamous failures in PC video games, selling only 40,351 copies during its lifespan. To highlight how much of a failure this was, 2.5 million sales were needed to make a profit.

  • 21 Years
    • John Romero’s Daikatana – Nintendo 64 (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • Saint Seiya: The Sanctuary – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 12 Years
    • Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor – PC
    • Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus – PlayStation 2, PSP
    • The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
    • The Godfather II – PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • 10 Years
    • Hack RUN – iOS

8th April

Double Dragon (image credit: Technōs Japan)

Double Dragon (双截龍ダブルドラゴンDaburu Doragon – Sō Setsu Ryū) was developed by Technōs Japan. It was published by Taito for the arcades originally in 1987 and NES saw a release the following year. The game is a spiritual successor to Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun which was released outside of Japan as Renegade by Taito. The game is a beat ’em up game which is considered to be one of the first successful examples within the genre. it has since seen several sequels and spin-offs and has acted as an inspiration to other companies who have since developed games similar to Double Dragon.

  • 33 Years
    • Double Dragon – NES (Japan)
    • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – NES (Japan)
  • 27 Years
    • WindJammers – Neo Geo (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • All-Star Baseball 2000 – Nintendo 64
    • Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Game & Watch Gallery 3 – Game Boy Color (Japan)
    • Zen-Nippon Pro Wrestling: Ouja no Tamashii – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • Dr. Mario 64 – Nintendo 64
  • 18 Years
    • Final Fantasy Origins – PlayStation
    • Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak – Game Boy Advance
    • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell – PlayStation 2
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! Worldwide Edition: Stairway to the Destined Duel – Game Boy Advance
  • 17 Years
    • Shaman King: Funbari Spirits – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 13 Years
    • Assassin’s Creed: Directors Cut Edition – PC
    • Baroque – PlayStation 2, Nintendo Wii
  • 12 Years
    • Dragon Ball: Evolution – PSP

9th April

Super Paper Mario (image credit: Intelligent Systems, Nintendo)

The third installment of the Paper Mario games came in the form of Super Paper Mario on the Nintendo Wii. It followed the games Paper Mario from 2000 on the Nintendo 64 and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door which released in 2004 on the Nintendo GameCube. The game’s main ability and selling point is the ability to “flip” the game between 2D and 3D views, changing the perspective of what is on each level. The game was one of the best reviewed of the year on the Nintendo Wii and sold more than 4.23 million copies worldwide.

  • 32 Years
    • Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals – PC
  • 28 Years
    • Action Pachia – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Suchi-Pai Adventure: Doki Doki Nightmare – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • Burnout 2: Point of Impact – GameCube
    • Crazy Taxi: Catch a Ride – Game Boy Advance
    • Midnight Club II – PlayStation 2
    • RLH: Run Like Hell – Xbox
  • 14 Years
    • Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer – PlayStation 2
    • Super Paper Mario – Nintendo Wii
  • 13 Years
    • Ikaruga – Xbox 360
  • 12 Years
    • Muramasa: The Demon Blade – Nintendo Wii (Japan)
    • Sengoku Basara: Battle Heroes – PSP (Japan)

10th April

Inuyasha: A Fuedal Fairy Tale (image credit: )

Inuyasha: A Fuedal Fairy Tale was released by Bandai in 2002 in Japan and the following year in North America. The game received average scores of 7/10 but is a little-known game from the Sony PlayStation generation of games. InuYasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale (犬夜叉 戦国お伽合戦, Inuyasha: Sengoku Otogi Kassen) is a two-dimensional fighting game that is based on the manga and anime series Inuyasha. The player must compete in battles in order to retrieve shards of the Jewel of Four Souls. The plot of the manga and anime series’ are also following the same plot.

  • 34 Years
    • Green Beret – Famicom Disk System (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Warzone 2100 – PC
  • 21 Years
    • Imperium Galactica II – Alliances – PC
    • Pokemon Trading Card Game – Game Boy Color
  • 18 Years
    • .hack//Quarantine Part 4 – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Inuyasha: A Fuedal Fairy Tale – PlayStation
    • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell – GameCube
  • 13 Years
    • Arcana Heart – PlayStation 2
    • Mario Kart Wii – Nintendo Wii (Japan)
  • 12 Years
    • Braid – PC
    • The King of Fighters XII – Arcade (Japan)
  • 10 Years
    • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D – 3DS

11th April

Alundra (image credit: Matrix Software)

Alundra (アランドラ, Arandora), released in Europe as The Adventures of Alundra was released in 1997 for the Sony PlayStation. The game is a mixed bag of genres, with puzzle-solving, real-time action combat and platforming elements. The game is based around Alundra who has the ability to enter peoples dreams, where different levels and environments will be shown depending on the dreamers character. The locals in the game suffer from recurring nightmares and Alundra offers to dream-walk to help them. As the game progresses the narrative becomes darker and more twisted. The game reached critical acclaim, scoring an average of 86/100. It saw a sequel to the franchise in 1999 but it had little to do with the story of the original title.

  • 24 Years
    • Alundra – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • Naruto: Clash of Ninja – GameCube (Japan)
    • Postal 2 – PC (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition – PlayStation 2
  • 15 Years
    • Condemned: Criminal Origins – PC
    • Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked – PlayStation 2
    • Tomb Raider: Legend – PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360