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GK 3.0 Preview #3 – Mystery Game 03 – Revealed!

Welcome to the third in a series of sneak peeks into what will eventually become Ground Kontrol 3.0: bigger, better and featuring even more classic games! Throughout this series, we’ll be taking quick looks at various things like equipment, construction, design, and most importantly:  games! But we won’t be pulling up the curtain completely – rather, we’ll just give you a brief glance. To see the rest, you’ll just have to wait!

This shooting game series saw its debut in the mid-90s. Players picked up a piece and shot their way through dozens of challenging levels that tested their speed, accuracy and, well… ability to distinguish colors! Though the education of the loftily-titled main characters could be questioned, their game was billed as a better choice for younger arcade players, since it lacked digital corpses (unless you count a piece of American engineering that was parked in the wrong place!)

Can you name the series (or a single installment in the series)? Email us your answer by Wednesday 9/8 with the subject “Mystery Game 02”! Out of the correct responses, one random person will get free admission to our next Free Play Party (9/16).

Congratulations to Bean Bandit, whose randomly selected correct answer of Point Blank was chosen as the winner! (The art featured was from the side art for Point Blank 2.)

Whoever has the most correct answers by the end of our GK 3.0 Preview series will get a very special prize at our grand re-opening!


GK 3.0 Preview #2 – Mystery Game #2 – Revealed!

Welcome to the second in a series of sneak peeks into what will eventually become Ground Kontrol 3.0: bigger, better and featuring even more classic games! Throughout this series, we’ll be taking quick looks at various things like equipment, construction, design, and most importantly:  games! But we won’t be pulling up the curtain completely – rather, we’ll just give you a brief glance. To see the rest, you’ll just have to wait!

Next in our GK 3.0 line-up is a multi-cabinet featuring a classic action series. Spanning the latter half of the ’80s, this series featured a couple of angry guys facing off against wave after wave of enemies. The player arsenal and enemy line-up changed slightly from game to game, with the heroes wielding various weapons and bombs against everything from your average foot soldiers to tanks and… ninjas?!? Unique joysticks allowed you to avoid enemy fire and return the favor in 360 degrees. And although the toughest soldier might scoff, vehicles occasionally offered the chance to rest your weary combat boots… but not your trigger finger!

Can you name the series (or a single installment in the series)? Email us your answer by Wednesday 8/25 with the subject “Mystery Game 02”! Out of the correct responses, one random person will get free admission to our next Free Play Party (8/25).

Update 8/25: Congratulations to Isaac Walker, who submitted our randomly selected correct answer for Ikari Warriors! (The art in question was from the 2nd installment, Victory Road.) Thanks to everyone who participated – stay tuned for more previews and challenges!

Whoever has the most correct answers by the end of our GK 3.0 Preview series will get a very special prize at our grand re-opening!


GK 3.0 Preview: Mystery Game #1 – Revealed!

Welcome to the first in a series of sneak peeks into what will eventually become Ground Kontrol 3.0: bigger, better and featuring even more classic games! Throughout this series, we’ll be taking quick looks at various things like equipment, construction, design, and most importantly:  games! But we won’t be pulling up the curtain completely – rather, we’ll just give you a brief glance. To see the rest, you’ll just have to wait!

To kick this off, let’s take a look at a classic arcade cabinet that will be joining our line-up. Introduced in the mid-80s, this arcade cabinet nearly perfected a synthesis between the arcade entertainment industry and the quickly-advancing console entertainment industry in one neat system. Various configurations were produced to meet the needs of different types of arcades and game rooms, and the game selection grew steadily while it was being produced.  The cabinet even helped you learn how to play your selected game, but you were better off studying up before dropping a quarter, because time was money!

Think you know it? Email us your answer by Wednesday 8/11 with the subject “Mystery Game 01”! Out of the correct responses, one random person will get free admission to our next Free Play Party (8/19). Whoever has the most correct answers by the end of our GK 3.0 Preview series will get a very special prize at our grand re-opening! (Sorry, this installment of the contest is over! Stay tuned for the next mystery game!)


So, what was the game? Nintendo’s PlayChoice-10! It features up to 10 Nintendo Entertainment System games (and in some cases, import-only games) reworked for the special arcade system.

Update, Wednesday 8/11: Congratulations to Mike J., who was chosen randomly from the many correct answers we received! Thanks to everyone who participated – stay tuned for the next preview of GK 3.0!