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Success - For TG16-CD
Cotton
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Shooter | CD | June 1993
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A redheaded witch on a broomstick launching magical attacks on mutants, zombies, and dragons? No, you're not lost somewhere in Oz, you've made to the world of Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams available now on Turbo Duo. This is a console version of a Japanese-only arcade title, and the two versions seem to differ very little. Players take the role of Cotton, a young witch set out on a mission to defeat monsters and recollect her favored Willow candy. It's you versus the world in Cotton, since everything is trying to kill you! Her flight may be charming and colorful, but it sure ain't easy. Practice hard, it's addictive!


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TTI - For TG16
Bonk 3
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 8 MB | June 1993
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From TTI comes the newest in the trilogy of games based on the supercharged caveman. On the positive side, Bonk 3 keeps the charm and fun of the original two titles on the Turbo, and TTI now includes 2-player support for some double trouble. Yet, this side-scrolling platformer ultimately does not take advantage of its 8-meg catridge - sporting stale backgrounds and 8-bit chip music. Its lack of stand-out features and unchanged cartoonish style leaves us wanting more. One wonders why Bonk was not awarded the same CD privileges of certain "Thunderous" wonders on the Duo.


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TTI - For TG16-CD
Lords of Thunder
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Shooter | CD | March 1993
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Air combat doesn't get much better than this! We're glad to say Lords of Thunder meets and exceeds the tower-high expectations set by its predecessor on the Turbo. Take on swarms of robotic aliens in this lightning quick shooter, using your skills to eliminate the enemies before they knock you out! This is a brutal shooter that will require a bit of power-up experimentation and re-playing, but there is plenty here to grab you along that journey.


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WD - For TG16-CD
Exile
Game Type | Game Size | Release
RPG | CD | Dec 1992
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In the latest role-playing export from Japan, you'll play as Sadler, a Crusades-era veteran fighter called forth to rid the lands from the Masters of Evil. This CD title is a splendid RPG on the Turbo, matching or surpassing prior hits like Ys and Neutopia. It has great tunes and fair graphics for the aging console. If you love RPGs, try it!


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WD - For TG16-CD
Cosmic Fantasy 2
Game Type | Game Size | Release
RPG | CD | Oct 1992
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Rescue the damsel in distress and defeat the treacherous Galam as the Cosmic Hunters in this vibrant, new adventure from the folks over at Working Designs. Everything you'd expect a shiny CD-ROM RPG to have, this game has it in strides: High-quality music, spine-tingling battles, and more. The quest is worth your while, even if the plot may seem a touch drab at times. If you have the Turbo CD, this is a certain purchase for you.


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Hudson/TTI - For TG16
Air Zonk
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Shooter | 4 MB | Nov 1992
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Imagine Bonk, but in the future as a side-scrolling shooter! This is a fun and somewhat light-hearted adventure featuring the cartoonish bad-boy Zonk (See the resemblance?) The player has a plethora of power-ups and companion characters at his disposal that are eye-catching to say the least. We're glad the Turbo is keeping a steady stream despite a rather slow year, and we expect much more coming your way!


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Hudson - For TG16-CD
Gate of Thunder
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Shooter | CD | Oct 1992
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If there ever was a game to entice a Turbo CD/TurboDuo purchase, this is it. Hudson's Gate of Thunder may just be the best shooter on the system. Plow through a tirade of enemy ships in your mission to stop a dastardly general's nefarious plan, and enjoy some rockin' tunes on the way! CD-quality cinematic cutscenes and music make this a stellar trip in space. Phenomenal and recommended by all of our reviewers.


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Turbo Tech - For TG16
Neutopia II
Game Type | Game Size | Release
RPG | 4 MB | Oct 1992
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Explore a fantastical terrain in this new role-playing game exclusive to TG16 consoles. Neutopia II maintains the gameplay mechanics of its predecessor whilst adding new items and hidden chests, giving it a Zelda-like feel. There is no shortage of things to do in this title, but if you were not stirred by the original, this will not change your mind.


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Hudson Soft - For TG16
Soldier Blade
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Shooter | 4 MB | Sept 1992
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The Turbografx-16 lives up to its reputation as the home for stellar shooter games with the arrival of the arcade-like Soldier Blade. The gameplay is fast, exciting, and splendidly colorful. Some have cited its easy difficulty as a reason to grant it a demerit, but it remains a solid addition for any TG16 player to add to their catalog.


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