Sunday, 22 June 2014

Indiana Jones classic Atlantis game Special Edition??

Some hints on-line are surfacing of an Indiana Jones and The Fate of Atlantis remake. While the original game is wonderful I can't help but look forward to the game getting updated!

Read more about it at the link below:

Friday, 20 June 2014

Retro Gamer Magazine issue 130 out NOW!

Issue 130 of Retro Gamer magazine is out in the shops. This month features:

The History Of Crazy Taxi
- Creator, Kenji Kanno, chats about every key game in the series and

30 Years Of Amstrad CPC
- Amstrad's CPC range is an impressive three decades old, and Lord Alan Sugar himself was keen to join in the celebration

The Making Of Theme Hospital
- We speak to the key developers who were tasked with coming up to a spiritual successor to the excellent Theme Park

Bluffer's Guide To Football Games
- Jon Ritman, Jon Hare, Jim Bagley, Dino Dini and many other weigh in on the popularity of the beautiful game

Also inside...
- The History Of Crazy Taxi
- 30 Years Of Amstrad CPC
- The Making Of Theme Hospital
- Bluffer's Guide To Football Games
- Ultimate Guide: Yie Ar Kung Fu
- Reader's Top 25 N64 Games
- A Moment With Geoff Brown
- Minority Report: Commodore Vic-20
- Retro Revival: Video Poker
- The Unconverted
- The Making Of Super Cars
- Desert Island Disks: Karl Hörnell
- Future Classics: Okami
- From The Archives: Telegames
- Retro Revival: Putt & Putter

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Top 100 Spectrum Games - Final Part

Counting down from 50 to 1 this final part of my Top 100 Spectrum games features the best ever Spectrum games in my opinion. They all offer something unique, whether it be cool graphics, incredible sound, innovative gameplay or tons to offer in terms of value for money.

You may not agree with some of the games in this list but bear in mind that this is my own personal list so no doubt my judgement will be clouded by overly sentimental reasons....

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Top 100 Spectrum Games - Part 1

Counting down from 100 to 51 this first part of my Top 100 Spectrum games features lots of classic games that you will recognise but also features a few games that you may not have played before - if so then give them a try.

You may not agree with some of the games in this list but bear in mind that this is my own personal list so no doubt my judgement will be clouded by overly sentimental reasons....

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Hampstead reaches the iPad!

Hampstead, the text adventure game released in 1984 by Melbourne House has made it to the iPad. Click the picture above to find out more!

Super Gran - the baddest of all Super Heroes

Stand back Superman, Iceman, Spiderman, Batman and Robin, too…In 1985 a superhero like no other emerged onto our television screens. A frail, elderly grandmother called Granny Smith was accidentally hit by a magic ray which was created by Inventor Black. This magic ray gave Granny Smith superpowers, including super strength and incredible athletic abilities.

Super Gran the computer game!
Set in the fictional town of Chiselton, Super Gran's main role in the television series was to protect this small town from it's variety of villains, mainly 'Scunner' Campbell (played by Iain Cuthbertson). Super Gran herself was played perfectly by Gudrun Ure who did a lot of the stunts in the series herself, having only one stunt double. Throughout the series you can see Super Gran driving a quad bike, playing football, doing a hand-stand while on a skateboard, flying a bike and stopping a helicopter from taking off by sheer muscle power!

Super Gran is out now on DVD!

The television series was broadcast on ITV from 1985 to 1987 for 27 episodes and was filmed in the North East of England, including the Beamish Museum.

Most memorable about the series was the fantastic theme tune, sung by Billy Connolly and actually released as a single which reached no.32 in the charts. The intro to the tv series featured an animated scene of how Super Gran received her super powers, and the ending credits featured clips of Super Gran performing her many stunts throughout the series. You can watch a classic episode below, I recommend skipping forward to the end credits!

Super Gran also featured on home computers like the ZX Spectrum. There were two separate games, both published by Tynesoft - one was a graphic adventure where you had to type in commands and solve the various puzzles. You can watch me complete this adventure game below:

The second computer game was more of an arcade game, where you controlled Super gran through 4 very different levels to find the invisibility ray. Once complete then the game made you invisible while you played through the same 4 levels again - finally allowing you to finish the game. Watch me complete this game below:

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Tetris turns 30 years old!

Tetris, one of the world's most well-known games is celebrating it's 30th anniversary this week! Click the picture above to view the link.

Developed in Russia by programmer Alexey Pajitnov in 1984, it only reached the UK in 1986. Tetris really took off in 1989 when the Gameboy version was released.

I bought the Mirrorsoft version for the ZX Spectrum back in 1989 and have fond memories of loading the game up time after time trying to beat my high score. 

Tetris sold extremely well on the Nintendo Gameboy, and total sales overall were over 170 million copies.