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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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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COSMIC WARTOAD

 Published by Ocean Software Ltd. Developed by Denton Designs Released 1985 Platform ZX Spectrum THE SETTING The Queen of the Cosmic Wartoads has been abducted and imprisoned by THE RYGELLIAN SLIME BEASTS, their deadliest foe. Chained beneath the murderous Sludge Saw in the King’s chamber and transformed into an apparition of horror to the Wartoads (namely a human female), her fate is measured by the descent of the blade, which unless stopped will slice her in two! The task of rescue has fallen to you, the most heroic Cosmic Wartoad, to traverse the…

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Rainbow Islands

Bub and Bob, the heroes from Bubble Bobble, are back! This time negotiating the hazards of the Rainbow Islands. Myriad creatures conspire to impede your progress at every fun-filled level until you face the “Guardian”, the ultimate test of advancement….Good Luck The seven “Rainbow Islands” and their inhabitants. • Insect Island – caterpillars, spiders, crows • Combat Island – tanks, planes, helicopters • Monster Island – bats, werewolves, ghosts • Toy Island – water-pistols, deadly disks, teddy bears • Doh’s Island – balls, spheres, capsules • Robot Island – spanners,…

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North and South

Overview With the famous comic strip heroes from ‘LES TUNIQUES BLEUES’ (The Blue Jackets), imagined by LAMBIL, designed by CAUVIN and published by EDITIONS DUPUIS, re-live the American Civil War with a little bit of historical realism and a lot of humour! Your objective is ensure victory for your side (North or South) by eliminating all the enemy armies. You will be controlling armies across all the combat zones of the Civil War. You may respect history or not, as you like. 1. SELECTING 1 OR 2 PLAYERS =========================== Click…

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Chips Challenge

CHIP’S CHALLENGE PUBLISHER US Gold AUTHOR Epyx YEAR 1990 DESCRIPTION Chips Challenge is a puzzle game, originally from the Atari Lynx.   Plot: GO BIT BUSTER! Chip would do anything for Melinda the Mental Marvel. More than anything because he wanted to join Melinda’s exclusive computer club – the Bit Busters. So you can imagine how Chip felt when Melinda sat down next to him in the school cafeteria and offered him membership… on one condition. Take control of Chip as he does some heavy interfacing with a few interesting…

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DOUBLE DRAGON 2 : THE REVENGE

Published by Virgin Mastertronic Ltd. Developed by Technos Japan Corp. Released 1989 Also For Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy, Genesis, MSX, NES, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 4, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii U WEAPONS – HANDY OPPORTUNITIES TO FIGHT HARDER Fighting through the hostile terrain, Billy and Jimmy will encounter thugs and villains (see the Cast List for details). Some of them will be armed, and it may be possible to force them to drop their weapons to the floor. Every now and again you’ll find…

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TURBO OUT RUN

Published by U.S. Gold Ltd. Developed by SEGA-AM2 Co., LTD. Released 1989 Also For Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, Genesis ROUTE INFORMATION New York ——– A fairly easy trip through this stage to prepare you for the many hazards you face in future stages and a chance to get used to the Turbo. Washington D.C. ————— Travel through a storm avoiding a police car and various other cars you may encounter. Watch out for the trees. Pittsburgh ———- Snow storms hinder your path on…

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GHOSTBUSTERS

Published by Activision, Inc. Developed by Activision, Inc. Released 1984 Also For Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 2600, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, MSX, NES, PC Booter, SEGA Master System           HEY! ANYBODY SEEN A GHOST? Matter of fact, yes. Many, many ghosts are right now winging their way to the infamous spook central. And only you can avert a disaster of biblical proportions. To save the city you must make it to the top of the Temple of Zuul. This can only be accomplished after you’ve…

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Barry McGuigan World Championship Boxing

Published by Activision, Inc. Developed by Gamestar Released 1985 Also For Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Thomson MO, Thomson TO Overview You have been invited to participate in the challenge of BOXING. Raw, iron- twisting strength is definately an asset. But for a shot at the title you’ll need more than that… like strategy, finesse, lightning fast reflexes and a mental toughness that most games are afraid to require. Increadibly realistic animation, including a full arsenal of purchases, defensive moves and footworks. So grab your gloves and come out fighting!  …

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