Turbo Esprit: Amstrad CPC464 September Review

Posted by  on September 1, 2021

Turbo Esprit: September featured game

Turbo Esprit is a 3D, free roaming, race ‘n’ chase from way back in 1986. Yep, 35 years ago.

Turbo Esprit Amstrad CPC 464Turbo Esprit: All that’s msissing is a radio

I first played Turbo Esprit on my cousin’s 48K ‘Jelly Key’ Spectrum back in 1986 and promptly bought it for my Speccy 128K soon after. I was pleased to see there was an Amstrad version available so I had to give it a shot. I’ll try not to make too many comparisons with the Speccy version, nor attempt to judge it on my previous experience of that version.

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Street Gang Football: Sinclair ZX Spectrum July Review

Posted by  on July 1, 2021

Street Gang Football: July featured game

Street Gang Football is not your usual computer footy game. There’s no pitch, just cold, hard brick and tarmac, with plenty of virtually grazed kneecaps.

Street Gang Football SpectrumStreet Gang Football

Well, it’s certainly no Sensible Soccer or FIFA but I have to say I took an immediate liking to this game. The idea behind this game is nothing short of brilliant on Code Masters part. It reminds me of playing football with my friends during the school holidays when I was young.

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Dark Chambers: Atari 7800 June Review

Posted by  on June 1, 2021

Dark Chambers: June featured game

It’s June and it’s #AtariMonth so this month’s review is a game described as the spiritual successor to Gauntlet, Dark Chambers, a remake of the 1983 game, Dandy.

Dark Chambers Atari 7800Loading screen

There’s no mistaking this is a form of Gauntlet. The game starts and instantly you recognise the playing field. My first instinct was to brace myself for hordes of enemies… that, apparently, didn’t get an invite. Taking a quick walk around I got the feeling I’d entered this dungeon during a bank holiday, or maybe everyone was Social Distancing? I encountered approximately 10 enemies in the first area, most seemed disinterested in the fact I was roaming their dungeons.

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Atari Month: June is the month Atari was founded.

Posted by  on June 1, 2021

It’s June and that means it’s Atari month

Why Atari month? #AtariMonth is to celebrate the founding of the video games company. Founded on 27th June 1972 Atari is the creation of Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney. The name Atari (当たり, あたり, or アタリ) supposedly originates from the Japanese for hit/strike or impact and is “used in Go for a situation where a stone or chain of stones has only one liberty, and may be captured on the next move if not given one or more additional liberties”*
*[source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Go_terms#Atari]

Atari was a pioneer in arcade, video games consoles and home computers, releasing games such as Pong, Pac-man and Space Invaders into the home market. During the late ’70s/early ’80s Atari was everywhere. People you wouldn’t imagine playing video games had the Atari VCS or one of their 8bit computers. It was a video game revolution.

Atari Carts

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Vectrex Overlay Config File Creation Tedium

Posted by  on April 18, 2021

A less time consuming way of creating Vectrex Overlay config files for RetroArch

It turns out Vectrex overlay Config creation pisses me off. I’ve been setting up IAGL (Internet Archive Games Launcher) on my computer (see previous post) and decided I’d like it set up on my Windows installation also.

I installed KODI, installed and configured the RetroArch basics then added IAGL into the mix all without much fuss. Painstakingly, I went through all of the emulators making sure everything worked and, for the most part, everything worked great. I have a couple of issues with the Atari 800/5200 emulator still to work out but otherwise it’s all good. Then eventually I got to the Vectrex.

KODI Windows 10 Vectrex Overlay config

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