The 1988 Atari ST conversion of Cinemaware‘s Sinbad and the Throne of the Falcon has considerably better graphics than the Amiga original, even though the ST can’t quite display as many colours on-screen as the Amiga can.
I don’t know why, but the Amiga version of Cinemaware‘s classic Sinbad and the Throne of the Falcon looks absolutely terrible. The graphics are appalling and the presentation overall is very rough around the edges. Compare it to the Commodore 64 version and it’s easy to see the disparity.
Rod Land is a one or simultaneous two-player platform game created by Jaleco and first distributed into arcades in 1990. In it you control one of two fairies – Tam or Rit – each armed with a magic wand (or a ‘rod’, as the game’s title implies) which can immobilise monsters that chase you on each stage. The aim of the game is to rescue your ‘mom’ (and later, your dad) who has been kidnapped and taken to the top of a large tower.
Venture is an early fantasy maze shooter developed and distributed into arcades by Exidy in 1981. In some respects it is similar to Stern Electronics‘ Berzerk (and its sequel, Frenzy), with simple bitmap graphics, an overhead viewpoint, and extremely challenging gameplay.
Energy Breaker is an isometric, tactical, turn-based RPG, developed by Neverland and published exclusively for the Super Nintendo by Taito in 1996. It was only ever released in Japan but does have an English fan translation patch available for it, which makes it playable to Western audiences.
The ZX Spectrum version of Palace Software‘s The Evil Dead video game was never released as a stand-alone title, although it was given away as a freebie on the b-side of the cassette for the ZX Spectrum version of Cauldron. Probably because Palace realised that no person in their right mind would pay money for a game this bad.
Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon was once again developed by Westwood Studios (aka Westwood Associates) and first published by Strategic Simulations, Inc. in 1992. It is the sequel to the classic Eye of the Beholder, which came out the previous year.
The Game Boy Advance version of the classic RPG, Eye of the Beholder, was developed by Pronto Games and first published by Infogrames in 2002. While it does follow the basics of the original, is it considerably different in many respects. It’s also a relatively poor conversion overall.
The Sega CD conversion of Westwood Studios‘ classic Eye of the Beholder was developed by Sega of Japan and published by FCI/Pony Canyon in 1994, and it is a surprisingly excellent port of this great game, with unique enhancements that even improve the game over the Amiga and PC originals.
The Super Nintendo port of the classic RPG, Eye of the Beholder, was developed by Westwood Studios and published by Capcom in 1994. And it’s a bit of a messy conversion, the truth be told.