Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sinistron & Tricky Kick for TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

Original ad featured in the November 1990 issue of EGM (no. 16).
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Two for the price of a grey one

Two-game ads were the norm in the late 80s and the begging of the 90s. Unfortunately for these two games, both ads failed to capture the imagination of young readers.

This must be the ugliest publicity I have ever published in this blog. There is nothing in it to pique the interest of the average 12-year old boys, the main target of EGM during the 90s. Many Japanese companies followed this same advertising model during the heyday of the Nintendo era. They routinely advertised two games in the same page, always with at least one screenshot for each game.

Not here though, IGS decided it would be a great idea to let gamers know that two games for NECs nascent machine would be out in the coming months. Ok, great. Now where are my screenshots? Why is everything so grey and unappealing? Both of these games are colorful, even kiddy-like in the case of Tricky Kick, but that didn't seem to matter to the artists of this ad.

If you're collecting for TG16/PC Engine, both of these games will be hard to get. Sinistron has aged well, as mot side-scrolling shooters of the era. Tricky Kick is just an average puzzle game with insufferable music. Prices vary wildly, so be advised.

Sinistron & Tricky Kick for TurboGrafx-16 print ad copy

Sinistron. From the creators of Cybercore

Coming January 1991 for TurboGrafx-16
Tricky Kick

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