Bounder Review

HISTORY Bounder popularity spans decades and has continued to be featured in many retro magazines, videos and on social media to this day. This little tennis ball of fun continues to be highly regarded and fondly remembered. Originally created by Christian Shrigley, Andrew Green, Robert Toone and Published by Gremlin Graphics Software Ltd in 1985, Bounder featured many ground-breaking features such as Parallax Scrolling first seen in Bounder. The game featured 12 levels, all as challenging as the first and at times is unforgiving but that’s what kept drawing people…

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Socks

Socks the Cat is the most anticipated unreleased video game of all-time. Ever. For any platform. Don’t believe me? Grab some popcorn and “Google” it. The premise was wacky yet simple. You play as Socks the Cat, or Socks as we affectionately call him.  The ultimate pet of the 90’s. The White House cat. The “First Pet” of the Clinton administration.  Your mission? To fight your way through the White House battling all sorts of enemies, including spies, Dobermans, protestors and satirical versions of famous political figures as end bosses.…

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Richard Scarry’s Busy Town. 

  Published by SEGA of America, Inc. Developed by Novotrade Software Kft. Released 1994 Platform Genesis Richard Scarry’s Busytown is a Mega Drive game that released in North America in 1994. Richard Scarry’s Busy Town is a game I picked up not knowing what to expect at all! With a tagline of ‘The Most Fun Game Ever’ I had to give it a try! What I found was generally one of the worst video games I have ever played. (YES! Even worse than Barney). It was a really colourful Interactive Story Book game and was…

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Turrican 3

Published by Renegade Software Developed by Factor 5 GmbH Released 1993 Review by James Whelan Overview Turrican’s final outing on the Amiga in Turrican 3 (making Turrican 2’s sub-title, The Final Fight, less than accurate) is something of a mixed bag. Judged on its own merits it’s a perfectly serviceable and entertaining shoot-‘em-up, once again showcasing the Amiga’s strengths as the premier games platform of its time. But coming after the near flawless Turrican 2 and the ground-breaking original Turrican, the swansong of the trilogy always had a lot to live up to,…

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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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Turrican II

Review by James Whelan Published by Rainbow Arts Software GmbH Developed by Factor 5 GmbH Released 1991   In 1990, German developers Rainbow Arts turned the Amiga gaming world on its head with the release of Turrican, a sprawling run-and-gun shoot-‘em-up which not only pushed the Amiga’s hardware to the limit but proved that beautiful looking games could actually be playable too. Critics heaped superlatives on Turrican which received numerous honors at various award shows. The bar had been set pretty high and it would take Rainbow Arts themselves, along…

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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

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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Thimbleweed Park

Click here to purchase Team Thimbleweed Ron Gilbert was the 11th employee at Lucasfilm Games and is the creator of Monkey Island, the co-creator of Maniac Mansion and the creator of Pajama Sam. His love of adventure games can be described as “I don’t know what else to do”, and drives him forward each day. You can follow him on Twitter at @grumpygamer and on Grumpy Gamer. Ron is designing, writing and programming on Thimbleweed Park. Gary Winnick was the 6th employee at Lucasfilm Games. He co-designed Maniac Mansion and…

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Clock Tower

Published by Human Entertainment, Inc. Developed by Human Entertainment, Inc. Released Sep 14, 1995 Also For PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, Wii, Wii U, Windows, WonderSwan   Clocktower was released on the 14th September 1995 and was developed by Human Entertainment. It is a point and click survival horror game and was the first installment in the Clock Tower series. I had actually never heard of Clocktower until a couple years ago when I was searching for more survival horror games to play, and i’m glad I did. I…

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