Ocean Archive

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Jurassic Park (Ocean)

Jurassic Park SNES
The Ocean published Jurassic Park games are completely different to the Sega games, with the focus on exploration and objective based isometric gameplay. There are even some first person sections in the SNES and PC versions for the indoor segments.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Shadow Warriors


Shadow Warriors was the European name for Ninja Gaiden, used due to negative connotations with the word ninja in European media (see Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles). This ad is for the home computer version of the game, which was based on the arcade version rather than the more famous NES version.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Lemmings (GB)


Lemmings was ported to just about every format under the sun, including the Game Boy. While the game would be great for those long train trips, one can’t help but think how the restrictive resolution of the Game Boy might hinder the experience.

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Elite Systems bringing Head Over Heels to iOS


In celebration of last week’s 30th Anniversary of the release of the ZX Spectrum, Elite Systems has announced that they will be releasing a port of one of the system’s most popular games, Head Over Heels, on iOS devices next week.

Elite Systems claims that it will be a pixel perfect port, and that it will support the iCade peripheral and portrait and landscape orientation. A new auto-save feature has also been added.

Head Over Heels was originally released in 1987 on just about every micro available at the time. The isometric platformer has you guiding two characters, Head and Heels, through a myriad of puzzles and dangerous environments. It was a critical darling on release, earning a 97% and 98% from leading UK rags Crash and Zzap! 64 respectively.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: RoboCop

One of the best-selling games on the micros, apparently.

Data East held the license for the RoboCop series when the film’s popularity was at its peak. They produced a somewhat decent arcade game, which Ocean ported to every micro under the sun. Data East USA published those versions in the US, which is where this ad originates.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Lethal Weapon

I’m too old for this shit!

Lethal Weapon is another in a long line of bad games based on decent action movies (well, the first two, anyway). The game is based on the rather crappy third entry in the series, and is just a straightforward run & gun platformer with little redeeming value – standard fare for Ocean.