Sunday, December 10, 2023

Game Covers - Treasure Island (Commodore 64)

An exciting game based upon the classic adventure by Robert Louis Stevenson, using the memorable scenes from the original story as a backdrop for arcade-style action.

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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Game Covers - Pac-Mania (Commodore 64)


Armed with unique BOUNCE power, Pac-Man faces new challenges as he enters the 3-D worlds of Block Town, Pac-Man's Park, Sandbox Land, and Jungly Steps.  With the help of 4 power pills, Pac-Man is ready to outwit and avoid those persistent pesky ghosts Inky, Blinky, Clyde, Sue and Funky.  Special features include a snappy upbeat tune, cartoons to add an amusing break, 22 game levels of increasing difficulty together with a replay action, two new ghosts . . . . . and plenty more.


As seen in the Arcades


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Sunday, November 26, 2023

Game Covers - Biggles (Commodore 64)


Biggles is a two-game program following the adventures of the famous World War I hero created by W E Johns.  But there's a difference - our hero now has a time twin living in the 1980's, and there's a mysterious link between their lives.

The first game, TIMEWARP, is in three parts.  You (Biggles) mist locate the deadly new German weapon and photograph it, find its test site, then escape from the police in modern-day London with the secret code.

The second game, THE SOUND WEAPON, finds you at the controls of a police helicopter - on the Western Front in 1917!  You must make strategic use of your friends and equipment to make the final assault on the weapon.

With Biggles, you CAN be a hero!

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Saturday, November 11, 2023

Game Covers - Test Drive (Commodore 64)


The Lamborghini Countach looks fast standing still. But before you attempt to break the land speed record, it might be wise to get a handle on what you're in for. Test Drive provides you with a detailed "spec chart" on each of the five cars, listing their vital statistics. Please note that this road shark has a top speed of 173 mph. (Gulp) Maybe you'd like to start off a bit slower.

Watch the road signs zip past your windshield. Test Drive's fluid animation fills you with a thrilling rush of speed. Feast your eyes on the 911's dashboard. Test Drive's graphics are so true-to-life you'll swear you can smell the leather interior. Push the 911 into the turn. Feel it suck the road like a vacuum. Your radar detector is clean... but check the speedometer. The fuzz ain't friendly in these parts.

How about the Porsche 911 Turbo? Sure, it's quick (zero to 60 in five seconds flat) but it forged its reputation with precise response and handling. After reviewing the specs, it's time to get down to business. Fire up the 911 and push it to the limit on any of Test Drive's challenging road scenarios. For example, if you'd like to find out if the 911's handling is all that it's cracked up to be, select a winding mountain road.

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Now That's What I Call Stuart's Favourite Music 82 - Erasure - Oh L' Amour

Considering Erasure are one of my all-time favourite bands, they haven't been featured much in my list of favourite songs so far.

Oh L'Amour was Erasure's third single from their debut album Wonderland, and it was released on the 21st April 1986 to a very luke-warm reception where it only managed to reach 85 in the UK Singles Charts.  Fortunately, time has been kind to the track, and when it was re-released in 2003, it managed to peak at a much more respectable (and well-deserved) 13th position.

I've been meaning to include this one in my list for quite some time but with the song being featured in Renaults' television advertisement for their Clio model car, I thought now would be a good time.

Sit back and enjoy the incredible synths of Vince Clarke, along with the ever-flamboyant Andy Bell and his amazing voice.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Now That's What I Call Stuart's Favourite Music 81 - Kim Wilde - Kids in America

There are a few songs that instantly take me way back to my very young childhood, and Kim Wilde's Kids in America is one of them.  Specifically, this one reminds me of a local club my parents were members of and frequented often as a family (The Bluehouse Club, in Laindon). I guess they must have played it during one of our visits and that moment has been stuck in my head ever since.

Released way back on the 26th of January 1981, it was the debut single from Kim Wilde, taken from her self-titled first album, and peaked at number 2 in the UK Charts for two weeks

A great track, and another reminder of how great the music was in the 1980s.