What happens when a mediocre PC game from the 1980s outlives its lifespan thanks not to the quality of its gameplay, but the strength of its design work? That’s Cruise Chaser Blassty, a collaboration between game developer Square and animation studio Sunrise.
Beginning with Mobile Suit Gundam: Classic Operation in 1990, FamilySoft would release seven core Gundam simulation titles plus expansions. Of these, only three would feature original stories and a pedigree brought by artists that had previously worked on Gundam anime and manga.
There’s no shortage of retrospectives about tabletop wargaming in the 1980s, but most of them are focused on the U.S. or U.K. markets and rarely, if ever, touch on Japan’s wargaming scene.