Category Archives: Capcom

Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, Arcade

Capcom‘s Cadillacs and Dinosaurs is a side-scrolling beat ’em up, based on a series of comics (and an animated TV series), and first released into arcades in 1993.

The game bears all the hallmarks of classic Capcom arcade games of the time: vivid, colourful graphics, relentless action, and violent, cartoon humour.

Up to three players can play simultaneously, choosing from four available characters, each with their own individual fighting specialities. You can pick up barrels, sticks, guns and knives as you go along, to help bring down the enemies. There are also some cool driving sections, although these are little more than window dressing.

Cadillacs and Dinosaurs is brilliant multiplayer retro-gaming fun for a few hours. It doesn’t take a great deal of skill to play. Just lots of coins.


Shantae, Game Boy Color

Shantae is a great little platform adventure game, made for the Nintendo Game Boy Color and released by Capcom in 2002.

The main character is a female, half-genie swashbuckler, called Shantae, and is up against the pirate Risky and his band of cack-handed shipmates.

Shantae is a characterful platform adventure with light RPG elements. You can collect money to buy stuff, and train your abilities to become more effective. Shantae‘s main weapon is her hair, which you can flick at enemies. Shantae can also dance. And new dances can be earned by defeating dungeon bosses. Actually, it’s not a bad as it sounds… The dancing element is a cool, mini rhythm game.

Overall: Shantae is quite an original take on the “Metroidvania” idea.

This game spawned a number of sequels. So plenty of people out there like Shantae. Myself included!


Killer7, PlayStation 2

Killer7 – it has to be said – is possibly THE weirdest game of all time.

Part first-person shooter; part on-rails shooter. A full-on nightmare of strange characters, both playable and not. Bizarre monsters, called “Smiles”, that approach you invisibly, before revealing themselves in a screech of laughter. A power-up system that collects the blood of your fallen foes. Unconventional boss battles…

Killer7 is relentless in its determination to weird you out. Hell, even the tutorial guy is dressed in a gimp suit and hanging from the ceiling…

Definitely an acquired taste, Killer7 is, although the game’s creators – Grasshopper Manufacture – must be applauded for trying something different to the norm.

Killer7 was released for both the PS2 and the Nintendo GameCube in 2005. It was developed by Grasshopper Manufacture and published by Capcom. These grabs are from the PS2 version.


Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts, Super Nintendo

This suped-up version of Capcom‘s classic Ghouls ‘N Ghosts on the Super Nintendo is a massive amount of fun to play!

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