One day, my dad decided we were going to get a new computer. At this point we had a Commodore VIC-20, but it was getting a bit long in the tooth, and for some reason half the games weren’t working any more.
So off we go to the shops. Would we be getting a Commodore 64 or ZX Spectrum like my friends had? Nope. We were talked into getting a Commodore Plus/4. It had ten games with it, so seemed very good value.
Depsite none of my friends owning one, and scant little coverage in the Commodore...
Evercade have announced a new cart for their system, which will be launched in early 2022. The new cartridge brings together a selection of games from Japanese publisher Telenet and its US subsidiary Renovation.
These titles included were never released in Europe during their original run and so this is a first for the UK and EU to have non-imported physical versions of these 16-bit titles.
Telenet was originally founded in 1983 and went on to produce incredible titles for the 8 and...
Nixy the Glade Sprite is a new C64 arcade-adventure platform game, which has been ported from the ZX Spectrum version launched in 2018.
Nixy is a glade sprite charged with looking after the Gaia stone. The Gaia stone is the heart of the Glade and gives life to the plants and flowers. But something is wrong with the stone, its been corrupted and now once beautiful flowers are turning dangerous and the once friendly Mushroom people are attacking!
The Old Ones talk of a pool of water which in...
Arlasoft has been busy creating more Channel F games! Three new games have been launched for the system: 2048, Threes and Centipede
2048 for Fairchild Channel F
A game for the Fairchild Channel F, written in F8 assembly language over the course of around 24 hours.
This is the classic modern-day mobile puzzle game 2048. The aim is to create a block containing the number 2048. When you move the controls in a direction, the blocks will move in that direction until they hit another block or...
Hamster are adding Hacha Mecha Fighter to its Arcade Archives range for Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4. The shoot em-up game was launched in the arcades in 1991 by NMK.
Control KAWAUSO and TSUCHIBUTA as they fly forward on airplanes and defeat enemies along the way.
It's a great, easy game to get into, even for players who don't often play shooting games, but still poses enough of a challenge to keep fans of the genre interested!
Hacha Mecha Fighter is released today and...
Soul of the Beast is an Atari 2600 game inspired by the classic Amiga game, Shadow of the Beast.
The game was previously under working title of Legacy of the Beast and was coded by Michael Christophersson (@aeriflame on Twitter.) and runs on NTSC Atari systems, as well as Stella, Gopher2600, OpenEMU or other Atari 2600/VCS compatible emulators. A PAL version is apparently in the works.
Stolen as an infant child, moulded and twisted into a creature of violent servitude; You have at last...
Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service for players with Windows, Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
Once subscribed you have access to over 100 games, but which ones might be of interested to the retro-gamer?
Here is a list of all the Xbox Game Pass games we think fit the bill. (We've included the EA Play games which are available in the Windows and Ultimate subscriptions)
Age of Empires I,II & III Definitive Edition
Remake of the 1997 original...
Intellivision's upcoming Amico will launch with six games pre-installed on the system and two controllers as standard. In addition, up to six smartphones can be used as controllers with a free downloadable app.
As previously announced, the included games are “Intellivision Skiing”, “Cornhole”, the dice game “Farkle”, “Astrosmash”, “Shark! Shark!” and yet to be announced party game.
In the “Amico Game Shop”, over 20 additional titles from all genres are expected to be available for download...
Evercade have partnered with Funstock to launch the Founders Edition of the Evercade VS console. The Founders Edition is limited to 5,000 units, and will be black instead of white.
With the package, you will receive:
Evercade VS Founder Edition Console (Black)
Evercade VS Founder Edition Controller (2x Black)
Evercade VS Founder Edition Exclusive Packaging
Evercade Handheld Black Link Cable
Founder Edition Certificate of Authenticity
Two Evercade VS Exclusive Art Cards
Sega are launching their mini-arcade, the Sega Astro City Mini, in Europe on 22 June.
The Astro City Mini console is a 1/6 scale true reproduction of the original arcade cabinet. The Astro City Mini has 37 classic arcade Sega games pre-installed, including the 720P-HD version of Virtua Fighter. The company is also releasing an Astro City themed controller and arcade stick, which can be used with the mini console.
Sega Astro City Mini console specifications:
Here’s something you don’t see that often - a new Channel F game! The game is a puzzle game called Tents and Trees.
The aim of the game is to place a tent adjacent to each tree in such a way that the correct number are in each row and column, as shown by the numbers alongside. When you have the correct number in a particular row or column, the number will turn green. Tents cannot be placed if there is no tree to the left, right, above or below.
You can move the blue selection box around...
The Evercade, which launched last year, is a handheld system that takes physical carts, mainly based around retro games. The company have announced a tie-in with Intellivision Entertainment to release to carts based around Intellivision games.
The Intellivision was launched by Mattel in 1979, and lived on until 1990. Recently the brand has been revived by Tommy Tallarico, and the company are launching a new Intellivision console this year called Amico.
The new Evercade carts feature...
Shattered Screens have launched a playable demo of their upcoming rhythm game for the Vectrex, named VecRibbon.
The game is inspired by the PlayStation rhythm game, Vibribbon, where you guide Vibri – a rabbit (and sometimes frog or TV-headed-worm thing) across a landcape created from the rhythm of the background music.
In VecRibbon, you control Liv the Ladybird!
This playable demo features two levels; “Snowfall”, while no walk in the park, will help you find your feet and takes you on...
Evercade have announced another cart which will be due for the hand-held console in 2021: Codemasters Collection 1
Games included on the cart include:
Sensible Soccer International Edition
(Previously Unreleased) Tennis All-Stars
Big Nose Freaks Out
The Ultimate Stuntman
Big Nose The Caveman
MiG 29 – Soviet Fighter
CJ’s Elephant Antics
Our friend FOX was one of the many people who backed the Atari VCS Crowd Funding Campaign when it launched in 2018. It’s finally arrived and here is the first impressions!
So here we are, the day I thought would never happen – my Atari VCS 800 Collectors Edition finally (after originally backing it in May 2018) arrived via UPS today.
First impressions, the main console (or is it a PC?) is nicely made, feels like a quality product, build quality seems good, and the joystick seems...
The first completely new Dizzy Adventure from the Oliver Twins in 28 years was released Friday 18th December 2020 for ZX Spectrum!
The twins teamed up with the team who made the 2017 Crystal Kingdom Dizzy remake to create the game.
Wonderful Dizzy is inspired by L Frank Baum’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz released in 1900.
Designed by The Oliver Twins using traditional methods and a little help from Excel, and Google Docs. Programming has been by Evgeniy Barskiy, whilst graphics were...
Fractalus is a fan-made remake of the classic Lucasfilm game, Rescue on Fractalus!
Rescue on Fractalus! was originally launched on the Atari 8-bit in 1984. The game involves rescuing pilots while avoiding turrets and aliens.
The new game has been written for Windows, Mac OS and Linux by Luke Arnold – a software developer based in Perth Australia.As well as the chance to relive the game on modern platforms, Fractalus also supports VR on Windows for a true immersive Fractalus experience...
Overthrown is a new game for the Commdore VIC-20 where you play as the soon to be ex-President of a corrupt state. Leave your palace, grabbing as much money as you can, escape by armoured car, and then get on your private plane to reach your private island.
The game starts at the presidential palace where you have to collect cash for the journey and retirement. Meanwhile, armed vigilantes try to kill you while the roads to the airport are being blocked. It is good that you brought a hand...
Protovison, the publisher of retro homebrew games such as Soul Force and Sam’s Journey are seeking funding for a multi-button controller for Commodore 64 games, which will also work for Atari and Amiga.
The controller, named the Protopad, will have 8 buttons, and joy upon joy, one of the buttons is pre-programmed as Up, so there is a button to jump!
The Protopad will be compatible with C64 games that can already use a 2-button joystick such as Double Dragon and Robocop 2.
The Commodore Plus/4 didn’t get a great deal of love in its day. Most game publishers just made games for its 16K sister, the Commodore 16. The Plus/4 had a whopping 64K but barely anyone took advantage of it.
Times have changed and now lots of clever coders have made some awesome games that take advantage of the Plus/4. These games will also work on a Commodore 16 with a memory expansion.
There’s also a whole bunch of amazing unofficial Plus/4 ports from other platforms, but I will cover...
Soul Force – Sarah Jane Avory’s highly anticipated horizontal shooter for the Commodore 64 is now available to pre-order from Protovision.
The game – which was inspired by Thunderforce IV and a prior Avory game, Soulstar – is a horizontal scrolling shoot-em-up with twenty different levels, each with their own distinct graphical theme.
Other features include:
A dedicated bitmap screen and music for each level
Seven in-game bonus items to collect
Four individually upgradable weapon...
Evercade have announced the latest cartridge for their handheld console.
The new cartridge was teased on social media last week with the tag-line ‘The next cart is BIG”
Teaser promo for the new cart.
Worms was originally released on the Amiga in 1995 by Team17, and then ported to pretty much every single platform you can imagine.
The new cartridge features three games: Worms (1995), Worms Armageddon (1999) and Worms Blast (2002).
Worms Collection 1 will be available in May 2021...
It looks like a previously unknown Vectrex prototype may have been found! The game is called A Crush of Lucifer and appears to be a 3D shooter game.
The find was announced on the Reddit forum r/retrogaming by user keytarin. According to his post, the game was found amongst a collection purchased from an ex-employee of Milton Bradley.
Keytarin posts that “My contact told me that this prototype was among an assortment of loose materials that came over to MB’s offices during the transition...
Available later this month is Acorn – A World In Pixels, a book showcasing the games history of the BBC Micro and Electron.
The book contains 476 pages and featured a foreword by Richard Hanson of Superior Software, and cover illustration by Ste Pickford. Television and radio presenter, Iain Lee also contributes an article ‘Life of an Acorn Gamer’.
The book contains features on the magazines, publishers, and games. Plus exclusive interviews with the key figures of the Acorn world, such as...
Resident Evil was supposed to be scary. My heart skipped a beat when zombie dogs crashed through a window. Likewise, when playing the original Tomb Raider, that T-Rex scared the absolute crap out of me. But I’d had games scare me senseless for a lot longer than that… We present, in chronological order – my scariest moments in 8-bit Micro gaming!
“Everything spins around and suddenly I’m elsewhere”
Pirates Cove, 1978 – Adventure International
You’re in a flat in London, you’ve said...