Gaming History 101

Know Your Roots

Podcast: Taito Legends

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This week Fred is joined by James (@Jamalais) to discuss the arcade classics released by Taito in the 1980s.  They cover the company’s history and many of the staple titles like Space Invaders, Jungle Hunt, Zoo Keeper, Bubble Bobble, Darius, Rainbow Islands, and Rastan.  Return to one of the arcade pioneers of gaming’s golden years.

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Please note: In the show Jam refers to a review for Rainbow Islands that was very close to him.  That review can be read, unedited, here.  (It is in an open document type, so I recommend using Google Docs to view.)

Written by Fred Rojas

February 5, 2014 at 12:24 pm

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  1. Another great episode and super fun topic. Taito games have always been some of my favorites. Thoroughly enjoyed reminiscing along with you guys.

    albirhiza (@albirhiza)

    February 6, 2014 at 12:41 pm

  2. Just a quick comment on a couple of games, first of all Elevator Action, which I was hooked from the first time I saw it and still play it to this day. Must have been just the simplicity of the game that drew me in, but the difficulty does ramp up somewhat in higher levels, requiring lightning fast reflexes.

    Another one was Bubble Bobble, which was one of the first games I played when I got a Commodore 64, and have so many great memories playing this as a kid with my mates… I also remember the first time I played the arcade version, after playing the C64 version for so long the game actually felt too fast to me, it was like the C64 version on steroids!

    I never cared for Rainbow Islands though, I just could never get into it, I far preferred Bubble Bobble, which must have been the general concensus, since further Bubble Bobble games after Parasol Stars returned Bub & Bob to dinosaur form, with games like Bubble Bobble II, Bubble Symphony, Bubble Memories and of course the Puzzle Bobble series.

    And something that’s always puzzled me, is what the ***k was with the name change to “Bust-A-Move”? The name is awful and just makes no sense whatsoever.

    Sparky Kestrel

    November 3, 2018 at 8:48 pm

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