Category Archives: retro

Retro Gamer issue 77

Issue 77 of Retro Gamer have been out for a while now and this is some of the things you can read about:

  • Back to the Eightes – June 1988
  • Back to the Nineties – December 1992
  • The Making of… Zork
  • Retroinspection: Sega 32x
  • Prince of Persia
  • Why You Must Play… Hyper Sports
  • From the Archives – Hewson Consultants
  • The Unconverted
  • The Making of… A Boy and his Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia
  • Coin-up Capers: Super Hang-On
  • The Making of… Beatle Quest

Retro Gamer #76

 I’m very late with this, since the next issue if Retro Gamer is allready out. But this is some of the things you can read in issue 76 of Retro Gamer:

  • Back to the Eighties – May 1988
  • Back to the Nineties – November 1992
  • Digital Dreams: How Microsoft plans to bring back the arcades of old
  • Axes to Grind: The Legend of Golden Axe
  • The Making of… Strider
  • The Classic Game: Chrono Trigger
  • From the Archives: Traveller’s Tale
  • The Making of… Vib-Ribbon
  • The 25 Best 8-bit Arcade Conversions of All Time
  • The Making of… Rogue
  • Retroinspection: Apple II
  • The Making of… Trailblazer and Cosmic Causeway

The latest issue (and backissues) can be bought at Imagineshop.co.uk.

Pac-Man 30th anniversary

 

On May 22, 1980 Namco released Pac-Man to the Japanese arcades. The game was a great success, and after 30 years, we still play Pac-Man. The game have been converted and ported to every videogame format under the sun. Everybody knows about Pac-Man and it was an icon of the 1980s popular culture. I have found memories about the game, and still fancy it today.

To celebrate Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary, Google made their logo a playable Pac-Man game. You can watch a YouTube-video I made playing the game.

Retro Gamer #75

I like old videogames, that’s why I like to read Retro Gamer. This is what you can read in the latest issue of Retro Gamer #75:

  • Back to the Eighties – April 1988
  • Back to the Nineties – October 1992
  • The Making of… The Addams Family
  • The Classig Game – REZ
  • Retro Shamer: The Scout Steps Out
  • From the Archives – Tynesoft
  • The Making of… Road Blasters
  • Dizzy’s Eggshellent Adventures
  • The Unconverted
  • Retroinspection: Famicom Disk System
  • Why You Must Play… Wonderboy In Monster Land
  • In the Chair with John Romero

Retro Gamer can be bought from ImagineShop.co.uk.

3D Dot Game Heroes Walkthrough

The 3D Dot Game Heroes for Playstation 3 coming this May, looks real cool. It’s like Zelda in dot matrix, very retro, very 8-bit, but still new and fresh.

I really like the style of this game, and think it will have a great apeal on the older audience of videogaming, the gamers that had their youth in the 80′s and though that there never could anything better than 8-bit.

Bellow is a trailer from the European PlayStation blog and a walkthrough from the US PlayStation blog.

Retro Gamer #74

A new issue of Retro Gamer is available. This is some of the things you can read in issue 74 of Retro Gamer:

  • Back to the Eighties – March 1983
  • Back to the Ninteties – September 1992
  • The Definitive Ghosts ‘n Goblins
  • The Making of… Xor
  • Retroinspection: Sam Coupe
  • The making of… Spy vs Spy triology
  • Controlling History
  • Import Only: Aquales
  • The Making of… Tapper
  • The Classic Game: The Newzealand Story
  • Coin-op Capers: Double Dragon
  • The Making of Puggsy

Retro Gamer can be bought from ImagineShop.co.uk. You could also check out RetroGamer.net.

Winter Games review

There is one gaming company that I do remember from the 80′ies, Epyx. They made a lot of good games. One, which I’m very fond of, is Winter Games on Commodore 64. The games was released on ‘all’ formats under the sun. And since it’s time for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, I thought it was time to digg the game up and make a small review of it.

This is the emulated Commodore 64 version on Nintendo Wii’s Virtual Console (only available in Europe I think).

Winter Games have 7 eventens, detailed bellow. The games was released in 1985 and is 25 years old this year. Is the game still good? Yes, I think so. The graphics is quite blocky by todays standards. But all those 8-bit games have some sort of soul that many new games don’t have. Remember that these games ran on a 64 Kb computer. It’s amazing what they achieved with so little memory.

The characteristic C64 sound brings back good memories. The game emulates very well, it only lack a Tac 2 joystiq.

Under my YouTube-video, you will see a small description of each event.

Hot Dog

This is a freestyle event. Make your twist and turns and try to land stright.

Biathlon

Find a nice pace with the left button to get a good rythm of your skier. Watch your heart rythm since you will get tired and slow down uphills. It will also be harder to hit your target while shooting. This is one of my favourite events.

Speed Skating

This event is pretty easy. Find a good rythm with the left and right buttons, and you will win easy.

Figure Skating

You have 1 minute to do your jump and spins. Sounds easy, but you have to land stright to get good score from the judges.

Ski Jump

The key in Ski Jump is to time your jump right, have a nice flight down the hill and try to land standing. As you see in my video, this is something I’m not good at.

Free Skating

My only criticism to this game is that this event is the same as Figure Skating, except that you now have 2 minutes to do your athletic movements.

Bobsled

This is my other favourite event. Learn the curves and when to press the button, and you will do great.

In other words: Play some Winter Games. It’s still a great game after 25 years.