Devil Fish - Christopher Tupa

Retro Arcade Art By CTupa: Devil Fish (1982)

Devil Fish - Marquee
Devil Fish is a game that I can certainly say I’ve not heard of before. It was however an arcade title released back in June of 1982 by Artic Electronics. A bit of Lock ‘N’ Chase with maybe a little Mouse Trap thrown in. Devil Fish is another prime example of how the Golden Age of arcade games were pretty imaginative. As well of course as being this weeks Retro Arcade Art offering from Christopher Tupa!

Devil Fish is one of many popular maze related titles from the early 80s. I would say that Pac-Man is of course the greatest example of the maze genre. Obviously. With Devil Fish though you have the added bonus of playing a well meaning dog. Sea Dog as a matter of fact who has been tasked by the King of the Sea to get rid of the rampaging Devil Fish.

Devil Fish - Arcade Flyer Archive

Image courtesy of the Arcade Flyer Archive.

Those titular villains have escaped from their underwater prison and are making a mess of the King’s sea garden. They look very much like multicolored Octopi. So Sea Dog must attempt to lure the beasts with bait, in this case fish. The player drops the bait in an attempt to fatten the Devil Fish where they get stuck in the narrower passages of the maze.
Devil Fish - Stage 1

Once an enemy is trapped, Sea Dog can scoop them up and deposit them in a cabin. Why? Because each Devil Fish that he drops off reveals the image of the beastie hiding in the garden. Once it is fully revealed Sea Dog heads to the next stage.
Devil Fish - Stage 3

Now that you know a little about Devil Fish, check out the gameplay!

[Via] Old Classic Retro Gaming


Remember that with CTupa’s Retro Arcade Art project, you can purchase the artwork featured in this post. The originals are ink and watercolor and are 5″x7″ on 8.5″x11″ size paper. You can hop on over to Christopher’s official site to contact him as well as check out more artwork and even listen to his podcasts!

Now make sure to enjoy the earlier entries for the Retro Arcade Art By CTupa!


Retro Arcade Art 1 (Beezer)
Retro Arcade Art 2 (Bomb Jack)

Mayfair Candy Corn

Mayfair Candy Corn is delightfully retro

Halloween shopping keeps starting earlier each year. Despite my love for the holiday, I do try to limit my browsing until the month of October. I violated that rule (again) today at the supermarket today after spotting the retro packaging of Mayfair Candy Corn.

It was not even in the main Halloween candy spot, just in some random shelf that happened to have some Halloween candy. I was immediately smitten. The graphics, the colors and the price made for an irresistible combination. I scooped up two bags and immediately ran over to the main Halloween section of the store to find more pseudo retro offerings.

Sadly nothing matched the retro fun of Mayfair Candy Corn. Still, it did get me in the mood for the holiday season.

While I drove home I tore open one of the bags and ate my first candy corn of the year. How is Mayfair Candy Corn? It is average. Not as good as Brachs or Jelly Belly, but completely edible.

While not high praise, I would still tell everyone who see it to buy a bag. The remarkable retro label more than makes up for the quality of the candy. And at one dollar a bag, you really can’t go wrong.

Gameplay – “Captain America and The Avengers”

That’s right – a gameplay video!

After over a year of telling myself “I’ll make another gameplay video,” I finally did.

Avengers…Assemble!

Last year, right before seeing Captain America: Civil War, I combed through the emulator archives for an Avengers/Captain America video game. My only requirement was that it came out while I was growing up. That’s it – nothing else.

What I found was Captain America and the Avengers.

Captain America and the Avengers was released by Data East in 1991 as  an arcade side-scrolling/beat ’em up game. In the arcade port, players choose from four playable characters:

This part surprised me. When I think Avengers, I think Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, and Black Widow. Well, this is almost accurate. Vision is a playable character. And he doesn’t look like the Vision I know. I see Vision, I think Paul Bettany’s depiction, not a man-size solid white chocolate being.

Leaving out Thor was a bit disappointing for me, but Hawkeye and Cap more than make up for it.

And so do these descriptions! Vision the Adventurer!

Gameplay

The game has one player, two player, and training modes.

Training mode is designated for two players, but when you’re flying solo, you improvise. And yes, I reenacted Civil War.

Don’t feel bad for Tony Stark here. But by all means, feel bad for him here!

Reception (Both Mine and the Critics)

The original arcade cabinet ranks 5th in Watch Mojo’s Top 10 Marvel Video Games, with the Genesis version receiving favorable reviews. This is the Super Nintendo port. I wouldn’t complain that it is difficult, but the controls aren’t the greatest either. I’ve played many beat ’em ups, but this one felt overwhelming when you are playing alone and ganged up on by. If you are going to play it, play it with someone, as it is intended to be a co-op.

As you watch my gameplay video, you’ll notice I didn’t get very far. Not because I lack patience, but this video would have been five hours of me hitting “continue.” And the commentary would have devolved into me not being so kind toward the game. And really, I couldn’t allow that. I like this game! Quite possibly my only complaint – the use of the same voice for all four characters, and the obnoxious “NO!!!!” as the characters take hits from enemies. Good lord, it was obnoxious to hear it every five seconds!

That, and no Thor. But Hawkeye was there.

Goofy original outfit and all.

Go on and click play below, and if you don’t mind off-the-cuff commentary and watching me inevitably die constantly, then you’ve made the right choice. Let me know what you think – I’d love to do more gameplay videos!

Enjoy!

Captain America and The Avengers

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Monster Squad

Learn all about the “Monster Squad” on the Retroist Video Podcast

Welcome to the Retroist “Monster Squad” VIDEO Podcast. On today’s show we talk all about the eighties horror classic, The Monster Squad. This film is a cult classic that sometimes gets overlooked in the crowded field of eighties cult films. I start off by talking about how having missed seeing the film when it came out gave my friends the opportunity to pull a long running joke on me. Then I cover the movie’s plot, production, cast, and much more.

This video podcast was done by Justin M. Salvato of boxing4free.com and is a video-ized version of the original Monster Squad podcast I did.

Enjoy!

[Via] Retroist Video Podcast

Not a video fan? Listen to the original audio episode.

Check out the Retroist Video Podcast Archive!

Bomb Jack - Christopher Tupa

Retro Arcade Art By CTupa: Bomb Jack (1984)

Bomb Jack - Marquee
Friends, how many of you recall Bomb Jack? It was an arcade title that was developed as well as manufactured by Tehkan in 1984. It is also as a matter of fact, the subject of this week’s Retro Arcade Art by Christopher Tupa.

Bomb Jack - Flyer

Flyer courtesy of the Arcade Flyer Archive.

While Tehkan might not sound familiar. I am certainly positive you know them by their current company name. Which is Tecmo! Bomb Jack proved popular enough by the way that it received three sequels. Bomb Jack Twin was another arcade game with Mighty Bomb Jack and Bomb Jack II for home consoles and computers.
Bomb Jack - Mighty Bomb Jack - NES

Just before I jump into the mechanics of Bomb Jack I will remind you of CTupa’s new art project. The artist will be sharing one new illustration a week for the foreseeable future. Furthermore they are all based off the Golden Age of video games.

As an added bonus you can pick up each of the Retro Arcade Art offerings. The originals are ink and watercolor and are 5″x7″ on 8.5″x11″ size paper. You can hop on over to Christopher’s official site to contact him as well as check out more artwork and even listen to his podcasts!

Bomb Jack tasks players with controlling Jack. Obviously. A superhero who must travel throughout time and pick up the red bombs scattered across the stages. While avoiding contact with the numerous enemies that populate the level. Fortunately for our hero he can jump super high and even float.

There is a bonus when players pick up the bombs after the fuse has been lit. Doing so will cause the meter at the top of the screen to expand. Once it is totally full it will release a circular and bouncing letter P. If Jack nabs that he becomes invincible as well as the enemies transforming into bonus coins to be picked up.
Bomb Jack - Power Up

In addition the player can pick up other bonuses. Such as the letter B, which will increase your score multiplier by 5. On the other hand there is also E that gives Players and extra Bomb Jack. Last but not least we have S which is the rarer bonus and it will give you an entirely free game.

Now why not take a few minutes and check out the game play for Bomb Jack

[Via] Classic Game Videos

Make sure to enjoy the earlier entry for the Retro Arcade Art By CTupa!


Retro Arcade Art 1 (Beezer)