Sunday, 9 August 2015

Obscure Systems Showcase PC88

The world of 80's Japanese home computers can be pretty confusing, there were a lot of systems released in a short period of time, often with zero compatibility between product lines. The NEC PC88 series was one of the most popular and perhaps the biggest selling 8-bit computers in Japan. There was a lot of games released for it, many of them which require a good knowledge of Japanese, but more than a few that are very accessible to non speakers, including some interesting action RPG type games.

I played a lot of games whilst making this video, but the ones that really stand out were Door Door, a puzzle platformer and The Scheme, a Metroidvania type game with heavy RPG elements.

The always excellent Hardcore Gaming 101 has an in depth review of The Scheme here.

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