Reg Hardware Retro Week Logo I live with geeks, and when they aren't at hackfest they are in the front room playing Vindicators and Spyhunter on a Friday night. I think they only tolerate my presence because my dad works at CERN and I used to be able to program Turbo Pascal before all that PCP melted my frontal lobe. One …
Oh the joys of misspent youth!!
How about BC's Quest for Tyres and Pittfall on the C64. School Daze, Ghostbusters and Airwolf on the Speccy. My favorite was Manic Miner....I can feel an emulator session coming on.
BTW: You could play HHGTTG on the Spectrum +3 - if you used the PCW 3" disk version, and Locomotive's Spectrum CP/M :)
Hang on a mo..
No Green Beret? Saboteur? No Starquake??!! You must be malfunnythinkin.
Come on Reg!
Ant Attack and Phantom Slayer over 3D Monster Maze?
So many more reasons why this game should have been featured above these two:
I opened the article expecting to find an array of 80s devices. But it's just about boring games for kiddies. I had hoped to see a mention of the NewBrain, the most ambitious of those devices. Unfortunately it used, as I recall it, standard TTL and use to overheat as a result.
The classic 80's game for me.
these games stand the test of time!
Sure, when you fire them up in an emulator today, they can seem almost laughably simple, but they did their job of dropping you into an imagined world and taking you on an adventure, and that's no less at the heart of a good game today than it was back then.
I still remember the first time I saw Jetpac on the speccy and thought 'ooh this is almost like a proper arcade game!'
It's nice to think that an entire world can be constructed in the same amount of memory that today would be used to make Commander Shepard say 'We're all done here'.
boring games for kiddies...?
maybe so, but they spawned an industry which today is larger than the film industry.
There was no such thing as the internet back then. Games is what drove the computer revoluton, and there's no need to be snotty about it.
My career in the visual effects industry started when I tried programming games on the ZX81, and I suspect that a great percentage of the IT industry's engineers 'wasted' many an hour playing games when younger.
Atari 16 Bit
I had an Atari 800XL... The Lucasfilm games were awesome, Ball Blazer, Rescue On Fractulus, et al fantastic machine
Forget Jetpac Refuelled, what about Solar Jetman on the NES? That was a proper sequel to Jetpac. Great gameplay and properly hard.
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