Tag Archives: Horror

Makai Mura

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Makai Mura (Arcade) - Title Screen
Arcade
09/1985 (Japan and US)
魔界村
Demon World Village
Ghosts 'n Goblins
"Youkoso irasshai..." (Or "Welcome, come in...") was the slogan for Makai Mura, a fairly early arcade title by (at the time) young development company Capcom that positively dripped with atmosphere for its time. It drew players in with its dark atmosphere full of monsters and demons, and dirge-y but attractive synthesized organ and keyboard sounds. But these things were all hiding what would become known as one of the most difficult games of that time. Continue Reading

Corpse Party BloodCovered: …Repeated Fear

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PSP
08/12/2010 (Japan), 11/22/2011 (US), 12/14/2011 (PAL)
コープスパーティー ブラッドカバー リピーティッドフィアー
Both the horror and visual novel genres have rich histories within the world of Japanese games. And given the emphasis that they both place on story telling as a key component, it makes complete sense that there would be games that mix in elements of both. The Corpse Party series was certainly not the first to take this step, though it's one of the more recent success stories. And since it took awhile for a non-computer version to be developed, it's not even as recent as most might think. Continue Reading

Makai Mura

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Famicom/NES
06/13/1986 (Japan), 11/1986 (US), 03/23/89 (PAL)
魔界村
Demon World Village
Ghosts 'n Goblins
Despite its high level of difficulty, Makai Mura was an arcade success. And in these days of console gaming, that meant a port to home consoles would be highly sought after. It was generally accepted that (for the most part) because console hardware was still very young it probably wasn't advanced enough to look, sound and feel like it was an arcade game. As long as it captured the essence of the original though, that was usually good enough. The Famicom was no longer a young system in June 1986, at least not in Japan. It had seen its share of arcade ports by this time, and quality had been all over the board. Capcom (who was at this point still a fairly young company) had only had two of its arcade titles ported to the Famicom at this point though: 1942 and Son Son. Unfortunately, neither of them were very good ports at all. Continue Reading