Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Vasteel for Tubo-CD (1993)

Original ad published in the May 1993 of Electronic Gaming Monthly (no. 46)

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The obscure fusion between Advance War's, Military Madness and Front Mission you never knew

One of the stranger Turbo-CD games out there, Vasteel (1993) is a valiant effort by Working Designs that combines some strategic turn-based combat with mech fighting. You would never know this by looking at the ad above.

There's little information about Vasteel today. And while that may seem like a boon for avid retro game hunters, the reality is that the game is so obscure that most gamers in America never realised the game ever existed. For a game to be collectible, it must be popular enough to be sought after. If you combine that factor with a low number of physical copies of a game, then you get a collectible item. This applies to every product or service known to man.

Vasteel looks very promising. If you like the Front Mission series it might be exactly what you're looking for. Again, you would never that it's a tactical turn-based fighter just by looking at the print ad.  It's the vaguest copy and group of images I've ever encountered.

The typography does look quite elegant with the black background, but that's about it. Maybe too elegant. No internet back then meant that worth of mouth was your best bet trying to sell your game. But how can gamers get to know said game if they never knew it even existed?

Vasteel for Tubo-CD print ad copy

Two powerful brothers,
two deadly armies
one survivor.


1 or 2 player!
Arcade action!
Intense strategy!

A gaming experience only possible on CD. Turbo -CD, that is.

Working Designs.

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