I’ve always found something quite odd about arcade puzzle games. While I’m a fan of puzzle games in general, the genre just feels somewhat quaint alongside fighters, beat ‘em ups and shooters in the arcade environment. They’re not cool, badass or exhilarating and, at the time, were very much possible on the home systems of the time. Nevertheless, Japan seems to love the idea nearly as they do fighters. There are a few good examples of famous arcade puzzle games such as Tetris and Puzzle Bobble. The Neo Geo was blessed with another similar game in Magical Drop II, a sequel to a non-Neo Geo arcade game from Data East.
Category: Retro Reviews
Of the countless fighting games that graced the Neo Geo there are only a handful the get mentioned time after time as being the greatest. King of Fighters ’98 is often mentioned, as are Samurai Shodown 2 and 4. Another is Garou: Mark of the Wolves, often considered to be Fatal Fury 4.
While the Neo Geo wasn’t blessed with many genres outside of fighting games, the next popular genre would probably be shooters, and following on from the release of Alpha Mission 2, HAMSTER have given us another in the form of Blazing Star. Unlike Alpha Mission 2 however, Blazing Star is a horizontal shooter as opposed to vertical.
Over Top is possibly one of the more obscure Neo Geo titles, often out-remembered by the other title of the genre, Neo Drift Out. Developed by ADK, this isometric racing game is quite a unique experience for the system.