Thursday, 15 October 2009

Browser-based Atari 2600 Emulator

Do you have a hankering to play really old games? Then you might like the Atari2600Online emulator. It gives you over 50 "classic" 2600 games to play. Good stuff if you like it... personally the 2600 was never a console I was particularly fond of (though I still have a strange yearning sometimes to use one of those horrible old box-shaped Atari joysticks!) , but if you want to...

Check out this link.

Space Invaders, Defender etc await...

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17 NES classics, one browser window

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Exolon -- Commodore 64

I have to admit that I never really understood the appeal of this game (or programmer Raffaele Cecco's equally famous Cybernoid for that matter), but I guess that's just me as the game has a veritable army of fans. I remember it being an absolutely huge hit back in 1987 when Hewson published it (not only that but Hewson went from being virtually unknown to being one of the most famous software houses around, I seem to remember).

Anyway you're this guy with a rocket back and a laser, and you go round the flip-screen envinment blowing things up and trying not to get killed. It has a certain charm I guess but somehow Exolon just never grabbed me, either back on the Speccy, later on the Atari ST or here on the C64 (using the C64 Forever emulator). If you liked the game back in the day of the 8-bit machines, I'm sure you'll still enjoy it today!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

17 NES classics, one browser window

My wife had a NES years ago but I've never owned that machine; however we did get this thingy that plugged into the TV called "Superjoy" or something when was basically a stripped-down NES console with 100 pre-loaded ROMs. Some of the games were still quite fun - in particular ExciteBike was good (and tough!), but I think we gave that particular toy away in the end.

Anyway, this is all a preamble to me telling you about the launch of a new browser-based NES emulator that's just come out. Written in JavaScript by Ben Firshman, it's happiest running in Chrome (doesn't seem to like FireFox too much at the moment, which is a pity because that's my browser of choice), it ran very slowly for me (rarely more than 10FPS) on a fast PC. If I liked Chrome more I'd reinstall that and try it... Anyway, "JSNES" has 17 fully functioning games at the moment, with (I suppose) more on the way.

The games supported so far are:

  • Bubble Bobble
  • Contra
  • Donkey Kong
  • Dr Mario
  • Golf
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Lemmings
  • Lifeforce
  • Mario Bros
  • Mega Man
  • Pacman
  • Super Mario Bros
  • Tennis
  • Tetris
  • Tetris 2
  • Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link
  • Super Mario Bros 3 (Beta)
So, Nintendo fans, here's the site you'll be wanting to visit:

JSNES Website

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Arkanoid 2: Revenge of Doh for C64

I've always liked breakout games, and I have fond memories of the first Arkanoid game on the Atari ST. Once I'd installed the C64 Forever Emulator (free edition), Arkanoid 2 was one of the first games I tried out.

For the screenshot I've deliberately included the advert below the program window so you can see what the free edition of C64 Forever actually looks like - of course that's only there in the free version. The game itself runs smoothly, sounds weird (but in a kind of cool way!) and plays great, apart from the small problem of me not having figured out how to get the mouse working with C64 Forever yet. This sort of game always plays so much better with the mouse than the keyboard.

Still this is the first of many C64 games I'll be testing, and it all looks good so far. Almost makes me wish that I'd once owned that machine, but I still have fond memories of my C16 anyway...

C64 Forever Emulator

I've been trying out another Commodore emulator, "C64 Forever". It comes with a large set of preinstalled games and comes in two flavours - the free edition and the Premium Edition which is $19.95. Though I haven't tried the paid for edition, I think it would probably be worth it if you're serious about wanting to play C64 games.

The free edition has a few limitations, most of which may be rather superficial for the average gamer, but there are two important things to take into account; there is a permanent advertisement (animated) below the emulator window) and you can't run the emulator in full-screen. The emulation itself seems to work fine, but those limitations are a bit annoying. Still, just under twenty bucks isn't a huge amount to pay if you want access to hundreds of Commodore 64 games.

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