The Simple Series

A broad and extremely diverse range of low-budget, affordable games put out by D3 Publisher throughout the early PlayStation era. Includes both simple takes on popular concepts such as mahjong, tennis and driving, as well as highly experimental, unusual games such as Demolition Girl.


Developer: Various
Publisher: D3 Publisher
Available on: Various


Articles about the Simple Series

PS2 Essentials: Party Girls - Party Girls is an interesting anomaly in D3 Publisher’s Simple Series in that its Japanese title is much more interesting than its somewhat generic sounding localisation, rather than the other way around. Party Girls? Eh, pass, sounds like shovelware. Mogitate Mizugi! Onna Mamire no THE Suiei Taikai (Fresh-Picked Swimsuits! The Swim Meet of Covered Woman), on the other hand? … Continue reading PS2 Essentials: Party Girls
Shmup Essentials: Steel Dragon EX - The shoot ’em up genre is one in which it is quite difficult to innovate. This has, of course, led to a number of games over the years that can quite reasonably called knock-offs of other, popular titles that became well-established, though that doesn’t mean that said knock-offs aren’t interesting in their own right. One … Continue reading Shmup Essentials: Steel Dragon EX
PS2 Essentials: Bust-a-Bloc - In many cases the games that are part of D3 Publisher’s sprawling budget-price Simple Series are enjoyably experimental, while in others they simply represent traditional gaming genres brought up to date with modern (for the time) visuals and sound. Bust-a-Bloc, or The Block Kuzushi Hyper as it was known in Japan, occupies a space somewhere between these … Continue reading PS2 Essentials: Bust-a-Bloc
PS2 Essentials: Radio Helicopter - One of the most charming things about D3 Publisher’s Simple Series is its straightforward naming convention, which brings to mind the good old days of Atari 2600 games called imaginative things like “Combat”, “Golf” and “Dodge ‘Em”. As such, with a game called The Helicopter — or the even more literal Radio Helicopter, as it was known in Europe … Continue reading PS2 Essentials: Radio Helicopter
PS2 Essentials: Demolition Girl/The Daibijin - One of the most interesting phenomena of the early PlayStation eras was D3 Publisher’s “Simple Series”, a range of low-budget — and budget-priced — titles produced by a wide variety of external developers. The series began on PS1 with some pretty straightforward interpretations of concepts such as mahjong, tennis or racing, but over time gradually … Continue reading PS2 Essentials: Demolition Girl/The Daibijin

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