Thursday, 22 July 2010

Robotz DX - Remake of an Atari ST Game

Strangely enough one of the ST games that I remember most vividly was a little game that came on an ST Format cover disc that according to the blurb was made in just a few hours (I can't remember how many).  It was a brilliantly simple but challenging affair that was also insanely addictive.  You simply had to blow up the generator on each level to progress to the next - but different obstacles and enemies faced you.  Featuring devious problems to solve and merciless collision detection, to this day I remember it as being one of the best ST games there ever was.

So when I found out today that someone has done a remake / update for the PC, I was over the moon!  Here's the trailer showcasing some of the new features, though the graphics look almost identical to the original:

Visit the official site for more information and to download!

Friday, 16 July 2010

Retro Shooters

Just wanted to give two indie games a mention - they both have a real retro feel to them, even though obviously the graphics and sound are much more modern!

Invader Attack - Space Invaders made more shiny, with a strong strategic element to it.
Gravity Core - Oids with randomised missions, a huge campaign and fiendish areas to navigate your ship through.

Both games are challenging but very enjoyable, and both have playable demos available.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Blue Lightning - Atari Lynx

This is a video of one of the earliest games released for the Atari Lynx, and widely regarded as one of the all-time best games for that system.  Pity I never owned one really...

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Knight Lore Remake

Peter Hanratty has finished his Knight Lore remake of the old Ultimate game, it's available for download over at Retrospec.  From the screenshots it looks like you might have to do some serious gamma correction to see what's going on!   (the screenshot below is actually one of the lighter screens from the selection of screenshots available!)

Knight Lore is a much loved game so I'm sure there will be a lot of interest in this remake.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Kickstart - C16

Back in my early school days, I fondly remember both the TV show and computer game Kickstart - the show features young people riding motorbikes through obstacle courses, and the game was no different - though the real-life show didn't expect you to leap over a row of buses, of course!

Playing Kickstart on the C16 is one of my earliest gaming memories.  It was always great fun and, if I remember rightly, quite challenging.  It captured the spirit of the TV show perfectly.  I played Kickstart 2 on the dear old Speccy, which had a split-screen 2-player mode - however it wasn't nearly as good at the first came on the C16.

Found a cool video of this game on Youtube - brought back a lot of memories!

Friday, 2 July 2010

Ammotrack - Atari ST

Created by legendary Nebulus and Eliminator programmer John M Phillips (apparently with The Bitmap Brothers these days), Ammotrack was, as far as I'm aware, only ever released as a freebie on an ST Format disc and later (I think) on public domain discs.  Similar to Eliminator in concept, Ammotrack had you racing round a track in a vehicle that could house some pretty fearsome weaponry.

You fly around the course at high speed avoiding or shooting down the competition.  I remember this as being a tough but very fun game, and getting to the end with a respectable score always left you with a good feeling.