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Notes to Self, Pg. 8

On 11/26/2014 at 05:24 PM by KnightDriver

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Greeting again video gamers! More notes as I read Brett Weiss' The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987.

Pepper II for Colecovision. Gameplay please.


Another variation on the Pac-Man maze game. Looks like a good one though.

Mr. Brett Alan Weiss, who wrote the description for Pepper II on, enlightened me about Retrocade Magazine's scoreboard where they've collected high scores for all sorts of old games. You can apparently submit your own score, but I couldn't tell exactly where on their website. Still. . . Mark Robichek got 1,214,600 with 7 cars in Moon Patrol?! HOLY GIANT FLYING PIGS!!!

How about Pick Axe Pete for the Odyssey 2? Let's watch a commercial. It's about all you need to see of this game anyway.


The Wizard of Odyssey. He must be hiding in Superman's Fortress of Solitude playing video games whose gameplay controls the lives of sentient beings in an alternate universe. I mean, why else would he be so keen to play Pick Axe Pete.

How about Rambo: First Blood Part 2 for the Sega Master System? It's only fitting I watch the two-player mode, my favorite way to play video games.


This game is totally like Front Line or Ikari Warriors, which is fine by me, I love those games. Darn, I want a Sega Master System now.

Anyone remember Rambo: First Blood Part 2, the movie? I don't, so let's watch a trailer. I would suggest just watching the teaser trailer at the end of this, starting at minute 2:30. It summarizes the movie much better than the longer one.


Boy does America want to try and feel strong about that debacle in Vietnam. Well, it makes for a stupidly fun movie and a pretty good video game, politics be damned.

I think I almost squealed with delight when I came across Shark! Shark! for Intellivision in this book, a game I discovered not too long ago, and really liked. What I didn't know was that this game was updated for the PS Vita. Wha?! I need that! This is the only video I could find of it for Vita. Start at minute 1 because this guy just talks in Russian for the first minute.


This guy gets really excited when his fish gets eaten. Some even better translations of this old Intellivision game are the Feeding Frenzy games made by Popcap: better graphics, additional gameplay, and fast, accurate controls. They are the best updates of Intelivision's Shark! Shark!.


I played the heck out of Feeding Frenzy 1 and 2 on PC and then on Xbox Live when they were ported there.

One of my favorite arcade games is Spy Hunter. I've played the arcade perfect port on various systems, but without good steering controls, it just isn't the same. The Colecovision version is shown in this book which I've never tried. So let's watch some gameplay.


Holy freeholy this looks and sounds really good. It can be played with the Colecovision's driving module accessory too.


According to Brett Weiss, it works really well with Spy Hunter. Looks like that is the version to get. This game is all about the feel of the controls. I've yet to get that special experience of the arcade machine on any console so far. Brett Weiss' book also mentioned the developers were thinking of a helicopter stage. How cool would that have been! Someone needs to add it and release it as a homebrew. I was also enlightened about a Spy Hunter game on Vita. It's got upgraded graphics and new weapons, but basically very similar to the original. Let's take a look.


Seems ok, just not worth the $40 asking price. I'm sure it's cheaper now, 2 years later, though.

And that's more than enough for this page of notes. I'm getting near the end, so maybe only one or two more blogs on this book.



Super Step Contributing Writer

11/26/2014 at 06:55 PM

I liked the PS2 Spy Hunter. Never knew about the Vita game. 

I like the part of that Rambo II gameplay video where the dude stays behind just to blast a wall he can already walk through fine. It's like he wanted to make the wall his abstract art piece and thought it needed a bit more blasted off. "Hold on Jim, this broken wall isn't speaking to me yet *gun shots* there we go!"


11/26/2014 at 07:15 PM

There's no reason not to shoot in such games. hiccup. Shoot, shoot, shoot. hiccup. Stuff blows up. hiccup. It's all good! Yeeehaaa! hiccup. zzzzzzzzz

Cary Woodham

11/26/2014 at 07:30 PM

My brother Jeff LOVED Spy Hunter when he was little.  And when I was a kid, the Spy Hunter arcade game was the big hit at the local Pizza Inn.  Did you know that at one point, a Spy Hunter movie was being planned?


11/26/2014 at 10:13 PM

Well, they made one with The Rock. . . wait. Oh man, I thought Spyhunter: Nowhere to Run actually came out, but no, only the game made it. Huh. Learn something new everyday.


11/27/2014 at 11:55 AM

Rambo was pretty fun. One has to keep in mind that The SMS didn't have games that could compete with similar games on the NES. So if you wanted a run and gun game, Rambo was the closest you could get to the quality of Contra.


11/27/2014 at 12:57 PM

I like the look of Rambo on SMS. Plus I like the vertically scrolling type games. Also, it's a system I never had. I'd like to have one sometime.


12/02/2014 at 01:28 PM

I have the Spy Hunter game on the Vita and it is more like the PS2 version than the arcade top down version. It's not a bad game and I think it can be picked up for around 10 bucks. 


12/03/2014 at 01:40 AM

I'll try it sometime for sure.


12/05/2014 at 01:19 PM

despite what people said I enjoyed the spyhunter game on the PS2. I even thought the second game looked good.

Rambo? Rambo! HA! Rambo has nothing when compared to....




...Bad Ass.....


12/06/2014 at 04:21 AM

OMG! That was awesome! Love the Spoony One!

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