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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


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


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

Pinball Dreams & Fantasises

There as been many pinball games and simulators written for many retro systems over the years but the pinball simulators that were released on the Commodore Amiga by Digital Illusions in 1992 have got to be some of the best.  The first instalment was Pinball Dreams, and what a result. What brought these versions of

Rescue on Fractalus

This is fantastic game and out of all the systems it was made for, it is best played on the Atari 800.  Rescue on Fractalus was released in 1984 by Activision for Lucasfilm Games which later became Lucasarts.  The game is based around a rescue mission where you have to

The Ultimate Retro Gaming Organ

OMG check out this guys organ… 1.6 million views!! I was sat in a friends house showing him this video and he said all of a sudden he was back in the local arcade (Lucky Strike in St Helens, UK) that isn’t there anymore playing Pac Land 🙂 I thought

The Atari 400, 800, XL & XE Range

I must confess that i am a great admirer of  Atari and what they have achieved over the years.  With the era of cartridge gaming, consoles starting to slowly fade i.e. the 2600, 5200 and the 7800.  Atari along with other major companies introduced a completely new platform of gaming

The History of Tanagerine and Oric 48K

  The Oric 1 was an 8-bit computer system that was developed by Oric International Ltd and was released in 1983.  Apparently the name ORIC came about by juggling the letters of the word ‘micro’ and the best they came up with was the word ‘oric’ (somewhere the letter ‘M’