Hong Kong

August 11, 1990

Another game of matching mahjong tiles. It has a twist, but the only interesting thing about it is its backstory.

Heavyweight Championship Boxing

May 18, 1990

Game Boy’s first boxing title takes a lot of inspiration from Punch-Out!!… and then just keeps adding stuff and adding stuff, until it collapses into a heap of overcomplicated design. There’s merit here, sadly spoiled by a lack of restraint.

Heiankyo Alien

January 14, 1990

The oldest game ever to appear on the original Game Boy, Heiankyo Alien faithfully adapts the classic PC trap-’em-up by the same name as well as introducing a visually overhauled remake with new features and aliens to contend with. Though simple and oddly named, it’s nevertheless a legitimate classic.

Hero Shuugou! Pinball Party

January 12, 1990

An uninspiring Japan-only pinball game whose main claim to fame is that it features some obscure Jaleco characters in extremely minor cameo roles.

Hyper Lode Runner: The Labyrinth of Doom

September 21, 1989

How circular gaming has become. Over the past couple of decades, portable and PC gaming have essentially existed on opposite ends of the medium’s total spectrum; handheld systems lend themselves to low-power, efficient game design, whereas PC developers typically revel in the format’s raw power, sometimes designing games that demand so much processing muscle that […]