Q-Bert

Q-bert was well received in the arcades and by the critics due to its isometric platform game and puzzle elements making it a breath of fresh air from the shoot em-up and racing games in the arcades at that time.  The game was conceived by Warren Davis and Jeff Lee and developed and published by Gottlieb

Di’s Baby & other Bad Taste Software titles

This is a bit of an awkward one to review.  It all started in one of the largest towns in Cornwall, St. Austell in 1984.  The guys at Software Projects had a bit of a pop at Arthur Scargill with the Miners Strikes in Manic Miner so the guys from Bad Taste Software wanted

Spy Hunter

Spy Hunter . . . What a Game !  This was a huge game in the arcades when it was released back in 1983 by Bally Midway and became even more popular when it was ported to a large number of home computer systems by SEGA/ U. S. Gold. On it’s

Monty on the Run

Looks like Monty’s be up to no good!  Desperate for his freedom and making a daring escape from Scudmore Prison, Monty’s on the Run.  Being the successor of Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy, Monty on the Run was written by Peter Harrap and released by Gremlin Graphic in 1985.  

The Evil Dead

I remember watching Sam Raimi’s classic film ‘The Evil Dead’ starring Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, and Betsy Baker when it was released in 1981. It was in 1984 when this American horror film was then turned into a computer classic survival horror and adventure game.  Written by Richard Leinfellner, Palace Software released this game

Forbidden Forest

I really liked this early game when it was released in 1983.  Although the Graphics and the sprites in the game are quite blocky, the atmosphere from the opening scene tied together with the music and the sky darkening to night with the moon slowly passing by really brings that sinister feel to it.

Siren City

Siren City was written by Ian Gray for Interceptor Software and was released in 1983.  Once you play this game it is easy to understand how it became the benchmark for future games to come like Grand Theft Auto (GTA) and Driver, it also somehow reminds me a little of the game Rally X.

Manic Miner

    This is one of my all time classic games that I regularly played on the Commodore 64 and to be honest from time to time I still do.  Inspired by the Atari 800 game Miner 2049er, Manic Miner was released in 1983 and was followed up a year later by Jet Set

Zaxxon

At the time of its release in 1982, Zaxxon was a very unique 3D shooter, becoming very popular worldwide with some ground breaking results. I always think of this game as an up-dated version of the arcade game Scramble that was a two dimensional horizontally scrolling shoot-em up game released by Konami in 1981. In the game you fly a heavily armed

PSSST

Here’s a really unique game that was written by Chris and Tim Stamper for the great  software    house ‘Ultimate Play The Game’, PSSST was released in 1983 and became a huge hit for Sinclair’s ZX Spectrum as did many of Ultimate’s titles. In the game you control a Robot called Robbie and the aim of the game is