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Aspic is a 1988 game published by Bothtec.  It’s a FDS game, and feels a lot like a lot of early games.  Unfortunately, there’s so little words in the game, and the game is so abstract that it’s hard to play without any understanding of the language.  If I can find more detail, I should do another post.  I do find the game to be interesting, but it’s very hard to play with my present knowledge.

The hero meets a Farmer while exploring.

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Fairytale is an early FDS strategy game.  It was published by Soft Pro International in 1989.  Unfortunately, the early nature of the game makes it feel very clunky to play.

The cover of the game is incredibly cute.

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Deep Dungeon was developed by Hummingbird Soft and published through DOG.  DOG, as best I understand it, was a group of Famicom Disk System programmers that banded together to publish Disk System games as a group.  Square (of the Final Fantasy fame) was involved with DOG.  Deep Dungeon is  a Wizardry clone that came out in 1986, and it never came out in the US.  However, King Mike translated it into English.

The maze in Deep Dungeon is pretty typical for a NES era 3D maze.

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Adian no Tsue came out in 1986 from Sunsoft and Ask Kodansha.  It’s basically an educational game. One side of the Famicom Disk System disk is a racing game involving various quiz questions.  The other side is a sort of Zelda like RPG.

The hero, at the bottom, swings his sword at the monsters.

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Dandy: Zeuon no Fukkatsu is a FDS game.  It’s got surprisingly catchy music and came out in 1988.  It’s a pretty basic action RPG.  One button shoots arrows, the other uses your tiny sword.

Fighting on the world map looks a lot like Zelda's combat.

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Lutter is a Famicom Disk System game published by Athena in 1989.  These games tend to be NES games with the ability to save.  It’s translated into English by a translator named Mute.

Lutter, Athena 1989

The stars are animated and zip back and forth.

To get an idea of the gameplay, I played through the first level of the game and took some screenshots.  Your hero’s goal is to rescue some young women, culminating in a fight against the ultimate evil.  The main part of the game takes place in a Lode Runner like room.  You fight enemies via bumping them, and take more damage from behind, or while fighting on anything other than solid ground.

Here, the hero found gold.

Gold enables you to bribe an enemy if you are killed.

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