Bomb Jack: The Board Game (a COVID Lockdown project)

Posted by  on January 17, 2021

With COVID Lockdown still in full effect I decided to make “Bomb Jack: The Board Game”

During this lockdown we’ve played our board games A LOT. It’s no secret that I’ve always liked Bomb Jack, specifically the Spectrum and Arcade versions. Three things have driven me to make Bomb Jack: The Board Game: –

  1. I needed something fresh and nothing in the shops really took my interest.
  2. I’ve always wanted to make my own board game.
  3. I like the idea of classic video games turned into board games, if done properly.

So I set out to create Bomb Jack: The Board Game. I wanted to try and stick to the basic premise of the video game so ultimately the goal is to collect “Fire Bombs”. Now, 23 fire bombs seem a little excessive for each player to collect in a board game so I opted for 5 (this may change depending on how the beta testing goes). The game is for 2-4 players, each playing a variation of Bomb Jack or Bomb Jill (Bomb Jack Twin).

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COVID Lockdown: 180 (Mastertronic Added Dimension)

Posted by  on January 11, 2021

The last on my COVID Lockdown retro gaming list is another Spectrum favourite, 180 by Mastertronic.

While we’re in our third lockdown I decided to revisit some old favourites, but with a twist. The plan is to take a look at some of my all time favourite retro games but on a different system. Tonight I played 180 on the Atari XE.

Spectrum 180 cassette

Spectrum version information is taken from the World of Spectrum archive.

180
Usual Version Played Current Version Played
System: Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128K Atari XE
Publisher: M.A.D M.A.D
Release Year: 1986 1986
No. Players: 2 (alternating) 2 (alternating)
Genre: Sports Sports
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COVID Lockdown: Resident Evil

Posted by  on January 10, 2021

My COVID Lockdown game for today is Resident Evil.

While we’re in our third lockdown I decided to revisit some old favourites, but with a twist. The plan is to take a look at some of my all time favourite retro games but on a different system. Today I’m playing Resident Evil on the Sega Saturn.

Resident Evil
Usual Version Played Current Version Played
System: Sony Playstation Sega Saturn
Publisher: Capcom Capcom
Release Year: 1996 1997
No. Players: 1  1
Genre: Survival Horror Survival Horror

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COVID Lockdown: Donkey Kong

Posted by  on January 9, 2021

Some Golden Age arcade retro gaming for this COVID Lockdown, Donkey Kong.Donkey Kong

While we’re in our third lockdown I decided to revisit some old favourites, but with a twist. The plan is to take a look at some of my all time favourite retro games but on a different system. Today I’m playing Donkey Kong on the Atari 7800.

Donkey Kong
Usual Version Played Current Version Played
System: Arcade Atari 7800
Publisher: Nintendo Nintendo
Release Year: 1981 1988
No. Players: 1  1
Genre: Arcade: Platform Arcade: Platform

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COVID Lockdown: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

Posted by  on January 8, 2021

COVID lockdown retro gaming for today consists of Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse.

While we’re in our third lockdown I decided to revisit some old favourites, but with a twist. The plan is to take a look at some of my all time favourite retro games but on a different system. Today I played Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse on the Sega Master System.

Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse
Usual Version Played Current Version Played
System: Sega Mega Drive Sega Master System
Publisher: Sega Sega/Tec Toy (Brazil)
Release Year: 1990 1991
No. Players: 1  1
Genre: Arcade: Platform Arcade: Platform

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COVID Lockdown: Alien³

Posted by  on January 7, 2021

More COVID lockdown retro gaming, today a Sega Master System favourite, Alien³

While we’re in our third lockdown I decided to revisit some old favourites, but with a twist. The plan is to take a look at some of my all time favourite retro games but on a different system. Today I played Alien³ on the NES.

Alien³
Usual Version Played Current Version Played
System: Sega Master System Nintendo Entertainment System
Publisher: Arena Entertainment LJN
Release Year: 1992 1993
No. Players: 1  1
Genre: Arcade: Platform/Run and Gun Arcade: Platform/Run and Gun

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COVID Lockdown: Bomb Jack

Posted by  on January 6, 2021

Continuing with the COVID lockdown retro gaming, today it’s the turn of another Spectrum favourite, Bomb Jack.

While we’re in our third lockdown I decided to revisit some old favourites, but with a twist. The plan is to take a look at some of my all time favourite retro games but on a different system. Today I played Bomb Jack on the Amstrad CPC464.

Spectrum version information is taken from the World of Spectrum archive.

Bomb Jack
Usual Version Played Current Version Played
System: Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K Amstrad CPC464
Publisher: Elite Systems Ltd. Elite Systems Ltd.
Release Year: 1986 1986
No. Players: 2 (alternating)  2 (alternating)
Genre: Arcade: Platform Arcade: Platform

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COVID Lockdown: Target: Renegade

Posted by  on January 6, 2021

More retro gaming for our third COVID lockdown. Tonight it’s Target: Renegade.

While we’re in our third lockdown I decided to revisit some old favourites, but with a twist. The plan is to take a look at some of my all time favourite retro games but on a different system. Tonight I played Target Renegade on the Commodore 64. I have mixed feelings about it.

Spectrum version information is taken from the World of Spectrum archive.

Target Renegade AKA Renegade 2
Usual Version Played Current Version Played
System: Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128K Commodore 64
Publisher: Imagine Software Ltd. Imagine Software Ltd.
Release Year: 1988 1988
No. Players: 2 (simultaneous) 1
Genre: Arcade: Gang beat-em-up Arcade: Gang beat-em-up

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Whirly Wheelers needing a little fixing.

Posted by  on November 10, 2020

A little something special for me in this post in the shape of Whirly Wheelers.

But before that I wanted to say that since my last post I’ve become a Grandfather. My first Grandchild, a boy, was born on the 30th June and he’s amazing. Now 19 weeks old, he’s teething and this morning he sat up on his own for the first time. He’s the happiest baby I’ve ever known and I’m really proud to be his Grandad.

A blue baby's rattle.

Back to the post.

Whirly Wheelers was released by Palitoy Parker in the 1970s. The ‘game’ consists of four cyclists racing around a track with a different winner each time. Powered by two ‘C’ cell batteries the game is something of a collectors’ item these days.

Connected to the track via magnets placed on a large cog inside the unit are four cyclists. To move the large cog (and cyclists) is a long, plastic chain, moved via series of smaller cogs which connect to the motor. In the centre of the track is a dial which allows you to choose the number of laps to take place, or even an infinite position so the cyclists will keep going until the batteries run down. The best part? The cyclists legs actually pedal.

Whirly Wheelers wasn’t something I had ever owned but I was aware of the type of game having seen similar using a horse racing theme.

a 1970s Whirly Wheelers game showing toy cyclists on a yellow track preparing to race.

 

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