Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Miss reading Atari ST magazines?

Then check out The Atari ST Magazine Archive!  The database of magazine images is currently small but due to grow as time goes on.  Currently only two sets of magazines have been uploaded, but since one of them is ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment), I'm sure it'll be worth looking at!  Now when ST Format and ST User get added, the nostalgia factor is going to be immense... 


Associated Blogs:

CaptainD's PC Gaming Blog
Jonathon Wisnoski - Game Reviewer and Commentator

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

8-Bit Commando Review

Made with the 2D Engine and brought to us by the same programmer brothers who created the excellent puzzle game Chains comes a real blast from the past. Well, maybe a blast from the present. I don't remember playing the original Commando back in my Speccy days so I'm not sure if this is a straight remake or not, but 8-Bit Commando has you running, jumping and shooting your way through 6 increasingly challenging levels. While that doesn't sound like much and ether are only 2 difficulty levels, the levels themselves are satisfyingly long and are each very different. You start off with a grumpy colonel (or something) debriefing you and then its off to save the world again.


The game plays very smoothly and is extremely true to the old 8-bit platform shooter style games, with the controls gratifyingly responsive and simple - just 4 directions, jump and shoot (which can be customised, or a joystick / joypad can be used). There are many different types of obstacle, some stationary and others moving; the levels themselves are sometimes on moving objects (for example the train level), and your enemies come in all shapes and sizes, speed of movement, attack and defensive capabilities - the game offers plenty of variety, despite being very simple in nature.

The retro graphics are often gorgeous, as you can see in the screenshots. Scrolling is smooth and animation fitting for an 8-bit style game. The music too is awesome - I'd forgotten how good chip music could actually sound in the right hands (the hands in this instance belong to a chiptune artist known as "Ozzed") - it sounds great and suits the game perfectily.


There's not an awful lot more to say about 8-Bit Commando - it sets out to be an enjoyable and challenging platform game with an authentic retro feel, and it manages all of that in style.  It costs $9.25 and is available for PC and Mac (playable demo available - obviously I'd strongly recommend playing the demo first if you're thinking of buying it).

http://2dengine.com/commando/


Associated Blogs:

CaptainD's PC Gaming Blog
Jonathon Wisnoski - Game Reviewer and Commentator

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Interview with Mark Jones

Our blogging friend Gnome has posted an awesome interview with Mark Jones, who worked on Wizball, Arkanoid 2 and other Ocean Software titles for the Speccy.  Also his new project for iOS is mentioned...


Associated Blogs:

CaptainD's PC Gaming Blog
Jonathon Wisnoski - Game Reviewer and Commentator