Showing posts with label nostalgia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nostalgia. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Game Covers - 5th Quadrant (Commodore 64)

The ship has been taken over by the Zimen, can you free the robot crew and recapture the ship before the time runs out and the ship's energy runs out?

A desperate race against time in a stunning arcade adventure featuring 230 locations, replenishment points, an alien language to decode, controllable sub systems, intelligent aliens and many other incredible features too numerous to mention.

5th Quadrant Cover 

5th Quadrant Inlay

5th Quadrant Tape


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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Game Covers - Amaurote (Commodore 64)

All alone in a city infested with killer insects - not a particularly enviable position to be in, but you have been selected to sort out the 2500 hi-res screens of the capital city of Paradise.

So get on with it...

JOYSTICK OR KEYBOARD
DESIGN BY JOHN PICKFORD OF BINARY DESIGN

Amaurote - The Cover

Amaurote - The Inlay

Amaurote - The Tape


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Game Covers - Kromazone (Commodore 64)

Pilot a MantaRay class space fighter, through the testing challenges of the "Kromazone".  Only the best pilots can master this fearsome test.  Will you be the "Kromazone Hot Shot"? 

Featuring:  Fast moving action
Stunning three dimensional graphics
Excellent interactive animation

One or two player
Joystick only.

Kromazone - The Cover

Kromazone - The Inlay

Kromazone - The Tape

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Game Covers - Back To Reality (Commodore 64)

Not so much an arcade adventure, more a way of destroying your social life.  Set inside an alien artifact this test of your powers of logic and deduction requires you to become immortal, switch universes and solve the most fiendish problems ever to keep you up nights!

It is challenging and addictive.  Start it at your peril.  Stopping might not be so easy

JOYSTICK OR KEYBOARD
WRITTEN BY STEVE ELWARD

Back To Reality - The Cover

Back to Reality - The Inlay

Back To Reality - The Tape


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Game Covers - Con-Quest (Commodore 64)

A fully animated, 3-D icon driven, graphic adventure.  Save Oscar's soul from the torment of walking through the eternal fires of Hell.

Con-Quest - The Cover

Con-Quest - The (rather blank) Inlay

Con-Quest - The Tape


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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Game Covers - Kikstart 2 (Commodore 64)

Now this was a blinder of a game, and a real bargain for £2.99.  I would've been happy to pay full price for this.  24 courses of motorcross/trials fun, based on the BBC television series Kick Start, but what made this stand out from the previous Kikstart game (besides the better graphics) was the inclusion of a powerful, and very easy to use course editor.  I spent countless hours designing my own fiendish tracks and saving them to tape.

An amazing game, made by the same team that would like go on to make the Lotus series on the Commodore Amiga.

Ride your bike over the 24 all action courses in this new improved version of Kikstart.  Devise your own mindbendingly tortuous test with the course designer or make things really easy - the choice is yours!

JOYSTICK OR KEYBOARD
PROGRAM FROM MR CHIP SOFTWARE

Kikstart 2 - The Cover

Kikstart 2 - The Inlay

Kikstart 2 - The Tape


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Game Covers - Strike (Commodore 64)

"Superbly playable, addictive and challenging.  This game will have you hooked in minutes and playing for hours trying to achieve that elusive STRIKE".

More like...

"Completely unplayable, dull and impossible.  This will have you bored in minutes and throwing your controller at the screen within hours before switching off the computer because you cant be arsed to achieve the elusive and near impossible STRIKE"

What could have been a fantastic game, ended up being rather 'meh' with awful controls.  The graphics look great, but the king of Commodore 64 bowling simulators has to stay with the amazing '10th Frame'.  

Oh well, what did I expect for £2.99

Strike - The Cover

Strike - The Inlay

Strike - The Tape


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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Game Covers - Agent X II The Mad Prof's Back (Commodore 64)

The second encounter between super sleuth Agent X and his old adversary the Mad Professor.  There's no peace.  Even though you foiled the Mad Prof's attempts to kidnap the President, you failed to defeat him totally, and he is back with a vengeance.  No more small fry for him, this time it's total world domination, and beyond!  Only you can foil the Mad Professor!

A thrilling fight against his minions followed by a climactic confrontation for the future fate of freedom.  Long awaited sequel to the classic Agent X

A fun three stage game, featuring an amazing soundtrack, especially on level 1 by Tim Follin

 Main Cover

Inlay (Featuring handwritten codes for the levels!)

The Tape!


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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 41 - Dancing Girls (Nik Kershaw)

Another S.T.R.M.O.M.C. to make up for a lack of them over the past year.  As I've probably mentioned before in a previous post, my sister was a massive fan of Nik Kershaw, and quite often when I was a small child in the mid 80s I would be able to hear his tunes coming through the wall between our two bedrooms.  At the time, I was not a fan but over the years I've grown to really like his music.

Whenever I listen to Dancing Girls, I have a vivid memory of helping my sister write a "Nik Kershaw" lyrics program on our Commodore Plus 4 computer in BASIC, a programme I still have stored on one of hundreds of old cassettes to this day, named "Nik 16"


Coincidently released exactly 33 years ago on this day - April 2nd 1984, (gosh, 33 years ago - I feel old), Dancing Girls was a single from his excellent "Human Racing" album and peaked in the UK charts at No. 13 around the same time as classic favourites of mine such as Queen's "I Want To Break Free", Depeche Mode's "People are People" and Blancemange's "Don't Tell Me"

Enjoy this classic example of mid 80's synth-pop


 
 

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 40 - Shattered Dreams (Shattered Dreams)

Blimey, I've been neglecting my poor Blog lately, and I can't believe it's been well over a year since my last "Songs That Remind Me Of My Childhood" post.  483 days to be precise.

Anyhoo, there are a large number of songs that remind me of family walks from Leigh-on-Sea to Southend, mostly because we used to stop off at different pubs on the way, and most had the songs of the day playing over the speakers.  This was around the mid to late 1980's where we'd jump on a Class 302 from Laindon, get off at Leigh-on-Sea, and stop for a quick drink at the Peterboat, Ye Olde Smack, and then onwards towards Southend-on-Sea with a quick stop at the Cliffs Pavilion for another bevvy - or in my case, another pint of orange squash!.

Shattered Dreams by Johnny Hates Jazz is one of those songs that was played a lot in those pubs.  It was released in March 1987 and went straight to number 97 in the UK charts.  Only through lots of airtime on the radio did it finally reach a deserving number 5 two months later.

An absolute stonker of an 80s track.  Enjoy