Solomon’s Key: Sinclair ZX Spectrum February Review

Posted by  on February 2, 2021

Solomon’s Key: February featured game

Solomon’s Key is a single player arcade/strategy platformer conversion from the arcade game of the same name.

Solomon's Key Loading ScreenLoading Screen

The aim of the game is to escape each level by collecting a key to unlock the exit. You are equipped with a magic wand which can be used to create or destroy blocks to help you do this. To reach the key you will need to arrange blocks so you can move yourself around enemies. To stop you reaching your goal there are various enemies roaming around each level. There are fairies to save while attempting to collect your key and reach the exit. You can rescue fairies by collecting the bells. If you think that sounds a little too easy then you should know there is also a time limit for each level so, while you’re working out the best path in your head the timer is ticking down.

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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: 1-2 (alternating) 1-2 (alternating)
Genre: Sports Sports
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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: 1-2 (alternating)  1-2 (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: 1-2 (simultaneous) 1
Genre: Arcade: Gang beat-em-up Arcade: Gang beat-em-up

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COVID 19 and my top 5 isolation games

Posted by  on May 2, 2020

COVID 19: Slowest. Apocolypse. Ever.

I hope this finds you safe and well during these unusual circumstances.

COVID 19 isolation has given me some much treasured time with the family (minus my eldest who is isolating with my Mum). We played board games. We played Wii games. Family time is great but being together 24/7 isn’t particularly healthy either.

I was starting to look a bit Catweazle so I had the Missus perform the “Quarantine Cut” on me by shaving my head all over with a Number 3. Boredom levels haven’t quite yet risen to taking a razor to it but they’re getting there.

There’s been some working from home, some sleeping, a lot of eating (proven in my blood sugar results). There’s also been some retro gaming.JoystickThese days a variety of tasks and responsibilities keep me from putting any substantial amount of time into retro gaming so this COVID 19 isolation presents me with a rare opportunity. Please don’t expect a review or a playthrough, there are countless of those already out there. This is just me talking about some old favourites and how I found out about them.

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