Andy Capp

Andy Capp

Published by: Mirrorsoft Developed by: Blitter Animations Released: 1987 Also for: Amstrad CPC, Sinclair ZX Spectrum In case you didn’t know, Andy Capp is a notoriously un-PC British cartoon strip. It’s eponymous main character is an unemployed, beer-swilling, wife-beating layabout. He is strangely popular in the United States, even earning a mention in The Simpsons and an appearance in Family Guy. Andy Capp – The Game is an arcade adventure where the the player spends a week in the life of Andy. He must find his missing benefits cheque, scrape…

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Rock ‘n Wrestle

Rock ‘n Wrestle

Published by: Melbourne House Developed by: Beam Software Released: 1985 Also for: Amstrad CPC, Sinclair ZX Spectrum There has never been a shortage of wrestling-themed video games, just look at the number of WWE titles released since the PlayStation 2 era. But a fair few were made for the old 8-bit systems and Rock ‘n Wrestle (known in the U.S. as Bop ‘n Wrestle) is a fairly early example. Popular opinion would suggest that it wasn’t a great game, but it had a sophisticated grapple system, rope physics, digitised sound…

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Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker

Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker

Published by: Sega Developed by: Sega Japan Released: 1990 Also for: Sega Master System With the video games and pop music of the 80s and 90s woven together in our memories to form a nice warm blanket of nostalgia, let’s dig out this popular Megadrive game based on one of the oddest movies of our time. This game is of real significance to me personally, which I’ll explain later. Whether you were a fan of Michael Jackson or not, I defy anyone to say they have never bought, danced to…

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Street Fighter II (Commodore 64)

Street Fighter II (Commodore 64)

Published by: U.S. Gold Developed by: Creative Materials Released: 1992 Also for: Arcade, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Game Boy, Master System, Mobile, MS-DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Sega Saturn, Super NES, X-Box, ZX Spectrum Having set a new standard for scrolling beat-’em-up games with Final Fight, Capcom went and made a sequel to their rather forgettable one-on-one fighting game Street Fighter (1987); the rest is history. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior burst into the arcades in 1992, leaving crowds of gamers awestruck and noticeably short on change….

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Super Monaco GP

Super Monaco GP

Published by: Sega Developed by: Sega Japan Released: 1990 Also for: Arcade, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Game Gear, Master System, ZX Spectrum Sega’s original Monaco GP (1979) was one of the first arcade games I ever saw. I distinctly remember the headlight effect used as you went through the tunnel; only a cone-shaped area of the track directly in front of the car was visible on an otherwise black screen (headlights in an F1 race? Can you imagine). Don’t bother looking for Monaco GP in MAME because it…

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The Last Ninja

The Last Ninja

Published by: System 3 Developer: System 3 Released: 1987 Also for: Acorn Electron, Apple II, BBC Micro, MS-DOS The Last Ninja is a seminal action adventure game for the Commodore 64, released in 1987. It is set on the fictional island of Lin Fen in the Yellow Sea. The evil Shogun Kunitoki has all but destroyed the Ninjutsu and is set to acquire their knowledge and powers, the key to which is held within the ancient and sacred Koga scrolls. Believing there are no ninjas left alive to threaten him, Kunitoki is set to become…

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Impossible Mission

Impossible Mission

Published by: U.S. Gold Developer: Epyx / Dennis Caswell Released: 1984 Also for: Acorn Electron, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 7800, BBC Micro, Oric Atmos, Sega Master System, ZX Spectrum When we first got our Commodore 64 back in 1986 I knew we’d chosen well, if the size of the rack of games for the system in Boots was anything to go by. I got to know a few of the other kids at school who also had 64s, one of whom invited me to his house one afternoon and…

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Moonstone: A Hard Day’s Knight

Moonstone: A Hard Day’s Knight

Published by: Mindscape Developed by: Rob Anderson Released: 1991 Also for: MS-DOS Knights, dragons and druids you say? Sounds like a good old-fashioned medieval fantasy adventure game. Fun for all the family, right? In 1991, before the days of Mortal Kombat video games weren’t particularly bloodthirsty. This was partly due to Nintendo’s aversion to any form of violence in their games and the rise of Sonic, Mario and the many similarly cartoonish franchises that followed. Unlike consoles, games made for home computers didn’t have their content restricted by the hardware vendor…

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WWF Superstars

WWF Superstars

Published by: Technos Japan Corp. Developed by: Technos Japan Corp. Released: 1989 Also for: Nothing! Overview: As young lads in the late 80s we all loved American wrestling, especially the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) i.e. the one with Hulk Hogan in it. WWF Superstars brought the WWF licence into the arcades in 1989, much to the excitement of fans. Although there were some fairly good wrestling games on various formats (e.g. Championship Wrestling, Rock’n Wrestle), the only WWF licensed games were MicroLeague Wrestling (an obscure turn-based strategy game for the Commodore 64,…

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California Games

California Games

Published by: U.S. Gold Developer: Epyx Released: 1987 Also for: Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Apple IIGS, Atari 2600, Atari Lynx, Atari ST, MS-DOS, MSX, NES, Sega Megadrive / Genesis, Sega Master System, ZX Spectrum, Virtual Console Overview: Epyx took us to the Golden State for this instalment of the Games series, keeping the same blend of stunning visuals, immersive atmosphere and slick feedback we had come to expect as well as the slight wackiness of the events found in World Games. If you’re not familiar with the series, there are six very different sporting events and each is represented by…

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