Vids I Dig 155: Yesterworld: The History of Adventure Thru Inner Space – Disneyland’s Abandoned Dark Ride

From Yesterworld’s YouTube description: Explore the History of Adventure Through Inner Space, the Abandoned Disneyland Tomorrowland Dark Ride that changed future Theme Park experiences forever, and the predecessor to Star Tours. It would go on to influence attractions at Epcot & The Magic Kingdom, and it’s impact continues to this day.

Video Game Review: Willow (NES)

Strangely, I never rented or even borrowed this game as a kid. I knew it existed but even though I loved the film, I guess the game didn’t appeal to my pre-middle school brain.

Having played it now, this is one of the best action RPGs on the original Nintendo. The gameplay style reminds me a lot of the stupendous Crystalis. It also has similarities to the original Zelda.

You play as Willow and work your way through the same general plot of the film, except this mostly plays like all the side quests that you maybe didn’t see on the big screen in the film itself.

This alters the movie’s plot to fit the game better but it expands on a lot of things and gives more context. Granted, none of this context is really canon within the Willow story but it works and it makes the game pretty interesting.

In fact, had they incorporated some of the ideas from the game into the film, they maybe could’ve expanded Willow into an epic fantasy trilogy, as opposed to just a one-off film that’s still never gotten a cinematic followup.

The gameplay is smooth, the graphics are damn good and I like the music and sound effects.

Willow was a much better experience than I had anticipated and if you dig the movie or just dig action RPGs, this is definitely worth your time.

Rating: 8.25/10
Pairs well with: other action RPGs from the original Nintendo, primarily Crystalis.

Video Game Review: Star Wars (Arcade)

I don’t know if this was the first arcade game I played as a kid but it is the first one I remember falling in love with.

I don’t know if my love of it was because of the great gameplay, the cool wireframe graphics or simply because it was Star Wars and Star Wars was the biggest thing in my life at the time.

Recently, I traveled to Asheville, North Carolina, a place I go to every year or two, and I found an original sit-down Star Wars arcade machine in the Pinball Museum there. It was the first time I had played this in over two decades and I found out that when it comes to mastery of this game, I’ve still f’n got it!

Bragging aside, playing through this and beating it again was a hell of an awesome experience and it made me appreciate just how good of a game this was for its time.

There are only three levels but to truly beat it, you need to start on the easiest and then work your way through them all.

The game is pretty simple in that it is a rail shooter that keeps you in the cockpit of Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Fighter. Initially, you fight TIE Fighters in space and then you reach the Death Star, where you have to hit the exhaust port and blow it up.

Each level is the same sort of thing but there are different TIE Fighter formations in the space battles, as well as different parts of the Death Star to explore.

Star Wars is still one of my favorite games of all-time. It’s simple, fun, challenging and it’s aged remarkably well for something as simple as it is.

Rating: 8.5/10
Pairs well with: other Star Wars vehicle shooters, primarily those early ’90s ones on PC.