Every time I walk into an arcade in the mid eighty’s, the music to this game could always be heard coming from somewhere hidden in the depths along with the likes of Galaga & Rally X. Pacland was released into arcades in August 1984 by Namco, and its American distributor Bally Midway (later Midway Games). It was later ported toRead More »The Acracde classic, Pac-land
Have you ever wanted to fly an advanced plane whilst blasting an assortment of enemy aircraft through different time zones? if you have then welcome to the classic 1982 game, Time Pilot. This muti-directional scrolling shooter arcade game was designed by Yoshiki Okamoto, released by Konami and was distributed in the United States by Centuri. With the games success, it game wasRead More »Time/Space Pilot
Released by Atari back in November 1980 and created by Ed Rotberg, Battlezone was a first person shooter that put you in the driving seat of a tank where you could roam the landscape to seek out and destroy other tanks. Remembering the game as a teenager, it was awkward to play and I frequently kept getting blown up butRead More »A comprehensive guide to Battlezone.
This is a game that I was introduced to many years by a good friend on his Atari 800XL. Archer Mclean (known then as Arena Graphics) started to write a game shortly after he purchased an Atari 800 as soon as they were officially launched in the UK in 1981. Over a number of years the game ivolved into whatRead More »Dropzone review
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 in the form of home computers. The Atari 400 &Read More »The Atari 400, 800, XL & XE Range
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’ was lost) and the name stuck. When the first OricsRead More »The History of Tanagerine and Oric 48K
In 1987, Sega brought us their third generation video game console in the form of the Sega Master System. This is one of those systems that it like purely for its simplicity, the pads are small basic, simple buttons. The console has two controller ports at the front for the pads and an off/on switch. In total three version wereRead More »The Sega Master System
Well, what can i say, this is the big one. I believe the Odyssey to be the Holy Grail of retro gaming systems as I hope many of you will agree and has got to be a must for any serious collector. The Magnavox Odyssey or Magnavox Odyssey ITL200 to use its proper title was the world’s first home videoRead More »The Magnavox Odyssey ITL200- The Holy Grail
The Videosport MKII games console was an early PONG style games machine made from 1974 to 1977 by acompany called ‘Henry’s’ who was a British retailer of televisions and Hi-Fi’s. Two versions of this console was made, the first being the more rarer version that had gold lettering and later version did not, I believe this was done purely asRead More »The Videosport MKII . . . A Real Rarity
The Philips CD-i (Compact Disc Interactive) player was a 16-bit CD ROM based system that was released to us in 1991 priced $699.00. In March 1986, the first public announcement was made of a new product – Compact Disc Interactive in the first industry conference in the US to promote CD-ROM. Because of this a provisional standard called The GreenRead More »Philips CD-i & Magnavox CD-i Interactive Players.