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The Arcade Experience on Turbo-Grafx 16?

Posted by satan165, 09 August 2010 · 1,065 views

This weekend did some serious gaming. A friend came over and laid to tape the current world record for Bonk's Revenge in both the points and fastest completion variations.

The records were uncontested - he provided the initial recorded performance. I was blown back to see that of the 6 "Bonk's" related records on the TG-16, only one (Bonk's Adventure, points) has tallied scores. That game is in his sights now...he achieved 13 extra lives at one point in this weekend's performance. I have no talent at platformer games, so it truly was a treasure to watch in my own living room as the VCR rolled.

When that was done we looked through all of our combined TG-16 games; he doesn't have a console but has a Turbo Express. Such a beauty - its a shame that the TV tuner add-on has been rendered useless by recent radiological events.

Anyways, we have plenty of duplicates between our two collections but as I dug through I came across one that struck me as interesting -- Aero Blasters.

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This game is espically well suited to my (not one but...) two Turbo Stick arcade style joysticks.

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The damn shame is the other accessory pictured above - the Turbo Tap.

I got this dead on arrival years ago on ebay as part of some kind of bundle. I took it up with the seller at the time and he either ended up giving me some money back or a full refund, I don't remember. Anyways, the interesting this is that while the regular points variation for this game is currently unmarked, there is actually a two player variation as well!

So I'm looking into getting another Turbo Tap - and some more arcade-friendly TG-16 games. Got any recommendations? I have about 12 games, my friend more then that. Between us this was the best candidate for some dual-player fun. The interesting this is that both the single and two player variations make specific note regarding no continues being allowed. This game is quite difficult, I doubt even the best player on this obscure title could do well on only 3 lives. My friend set the virgin record at around 7 million (the game is quite generous, his credit lasted about 7 minutes) and I followed at around 3.5mil. I'm going to make a few more attempts, he left the hu-card here so I can continue to try and follow up on his benchmark. But as difficult the game is, its fun to play a mindless shoot fest with the Turbo Stick once in a while. My latest extended performances, both golf games (Power Golf and Jack Nicklaus Turbo Golf), were better suited to the standard Turbo Pad and I wondered as I saw the Orange headed 'sticks' in my heap of controllers if I would ever find a use for one, much less two.

Couldn't have been any luckier.

If you really want to make use of the Turbotap with friends (and you have 5 that will play with you, and you have 5 turbopads) then you MUST pick up Battle Royale. It may seem like a simple-ish game. But with multiple people, it is a blast. Even playing 2 player with my brother, and having 3 computer players it was fun. We would play over and over and over...fun stuff.
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that is exactly why i asked the AA community for ideas, that sounds excellent and i am going to investigate right away! thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment!
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