Posts Tagged ‘Retro Gamer’

Engage smug mode

Monday, June 8th, 2015

So this blog is fairly smug to begin with, but I’ve got slightly more reason than usual at the moment; the latest issue of the excellent disk-based magazine Vandalism News was released at the Flashback party and it includes an article about the history of RGCD written by James “Heavy Stylus” Monkman which (and here comes the self-satisfied grin) name checks me quite a lot.

But putting my almost painfully over-inflated ego aside for a moment, the piece is very interesting and should probably be required reading for anyone considering the whole retro or indeed indie publishing gig. And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s a new tune from Rock of Finnish Gold in there and that is just several different shades of awesome.

And since I’m doing a particularly “look at me” kind of update today, a photo with me in it at Play Blackpool will apparently be appearing in Retro Gamer’s event report soon (presumably issue 143). So yeah, fame at last and all that – where do I sign up for a couple of groupies…?

Retro Gamer 89

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Hokey cokey, another issue of Retro Gamer is here so I’ll remember to post to this ‘ee blog; for the classic platforms, the games are the Amstrad CPC conversion of Sub Hunter, platforming action from Gimme Bright on the Spectrum, a C64 clone of Lady Bug called Lady Kakerlak and The Wicked Father for the Atari 2600 is a platformer with an unusual twist to the storyline.

On the current generation platforms there’s a NES-themed online role playing game called Nestalgia, Snake Man is representing for serpents on XBLIG and Attack of the Mutant Camels from Mars is a scrolling shoot ’em up with a ridiculously long name. Finally, Grand Mystic Quest of Discovery is a nice little exploring Flash platformer using the C64 palette and the Homebrew Heroes interview is with Abraham Morales, one of the developers behind the excellent Vorpal.

There’s also the collector’s guide to the Commodore 64 and at the bottom of page 29 is a photograph I was asked to take of a TIB DD-001 disk drive; I’ve actually got two of ’em and they’re 3.5″ DS/DD drives that connect through the cartridge port and transfer data in parallel like it’s going out of fashion! The disks are MSDOS format and the primary use for my two was transferring data from the Amiga to the C64 via CrossDOS.

Retro Gamer 88

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

For once I’m not late posting… this time it’s more a case of being late picking the magazine up! So for the Spectrum there’s typing-powered minigames galore in Jonathan Cauldwell’s Utter Tripe, the C64 has some scrolling platform action courtesy of Space Trip, Uwol 2 appears first on the Amstrad CPC (before the first game is released for it in fact) and Boulder Logic is a snazzy Boulder Dash-style game for a 16K ZX81 by Bob Smith.

The indie section is all XBLIG releases, Alien Super Mega Blaster (which is cheap and cheerful, with the proceeds going to charity), the superb bullet hell shoot ’em up Vorpal and the thoroughly frustrating Aban Hawkins and the 1,000 Spikes, which is akin to Rick Dangerous but designed by a homicidal maniac. The flash game is Cat Astro Phi, a top down maze-based shooter, and the interview is with Dave Hughes, author of Stamp Quest on the Spectrum.

As a random aside, does a group of berries catapulting one of their own into a cart of berries heading to the Ribena factory count as an assisted suicide? They seem rather happy about heading to their own deaths…!