Cyborgs, castles, and crooks — that’s what most video games are made of. But in a few, players can also glimpse some bizarre snippets of school life.
The Adventures of Willy Beamish (Sierra On-Line, for Sega CD, $59.95)
Willy’s pet frog makes off with the principal’s toupee; later, Willy cracks wise with his teacher, Mrs. Glass.
The Simpsons: Bart’s Nightmare (Acclaim, for Super NES, $59.95)
Dozing over his homework, Bart dreams of heroic exploits; between scrapes, he has to avoid careening school buses.
Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose! (Konami, for Super NES, price varies)
Buster’s ACME Looniversity — in a possible comment on U.S. education — has been overrun by frogs, crabs, and cartoony-looking rats.