December 18th, 2009

The Revenge of 1989 gets serious (not really) this week with the main 1989 article. The article is only the beginning and leads to a feature about three important beat-em-ups of 1989 (and a bonus 4th) that changed the face of the genre forever. For real. There is also an incomplete list of 1989 platformers, beat-em-ups and other genres that ScrollBoss covers. Beat-em-up fans may guess the main three games but the bonus game may take you by surprise. Trust me, it earns it’s spot. But wait… there’s more!

Game Index – The basic engine was updated with the genre display. It me a while to decide on how to make it work but it now has support for games with multiple genres. Why? Because you’ll eventually be able to list games by genre and it’s easier to give every game multiple genres instead making a bunch of merged genre categories to search through. The funky-looking genre entries you saw before were from planning for this in advance. Now that the system is in place, the genres look like regular words now. The games Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, Crime Fighters and Ikari III (arcade) were added to the Game Index.

Company – IREM and SNK added.

Sprites – Alex Kidd gets his own sprite page with additions from Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle game including Ashra’s hypnotic animation and that damn Wizard that disappears right before you can punch him.

Now that I look at it, that’s a decently sized update. Not as big as next week’s update is going to be, though.

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