This update’s title begs the essential question: are we punching clones, or being punched by them? Such are the ambiguities of the English language. This damnable tongue! I think, however, you will find nothing to curse in these articles — unless, of course, you are disgusted by ethnic stereotypes and a brazen lack of creative integrity. Which isn’t to say the authors in question are guilty of those things! No, the fault lies within the games they’ve dissected. For shame, 8-bit video gaming. For shame.
Golden Axe Warrior
Here we have the “clone” mentioned above — I’ve never actually played Golden Axe Warrior, but I’m happy to know that Sega released interesting (if admittedly derivative) Master System games after the Genesis became thoroughly entrenched; those late NES games like Kirby’s Adventure need be lonely no longer.
And here we have the “punching.” Heck, it’s in the title. I’m not a fan of boxing and this game has never really done much for me. Still and nevertheless, I can’t help but respect a family-friendly game that nakedly announces its emphasis on pure, visceral violence right in the title.
Coming next week: That Thumbnail Theatre I owe you guys. I was gonna do it for today, but I haven’t exactly been wallowing in free time of late.