Sunday, May 05, 2024

Game Covers - Laser War (Philips G7000)

It's a rough situation you're in when you find yourself on a space patrol, accompanied by a colleague in his fighter craft. You are stranded in a field of asteroids, whirling all around you. You have both hands full to try and avoid a collision.

To make matters even worse, two mysterious but obviously belligerent flying saucers make their appearance. It's up to you and your friend now to defend the galaxy against the invaders by trying to shoot them down with your laser guns. It may appear to be a desperate battle at first because every time you succeed in shooting down an enemy saucer, another one will automatically appear at the scene of the battle. You will soon find that those saucer pilots are excellent shots too!

The asteroids change colour constantly. If your craft crashes, is hit by an enemy laser or one from your colleague, you can only restore the damage and take part in the battle again when you move the joystick of your handset, pressing the action button, simultaneously, when one of the asteroids assumes the original colour of your craft!

The sporting side of the event is to try and outperform your friend in shooting down invading saucers. The one who scores ten hits first is the winner. Needless to say, you don't score when shooting down your colleague (accidentally?).

There's no time to rest.. immediately after, you are called back into action again! Watch out and good hunting!

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Monday, April 01, 2024

Now That's What I Call Stuart's Favourite Music 85 - The Adventures - Broken Land

Broken Land by The Adventure is a song that really should have done much better when it was released on the 14th March 1988.  Despite being such an incredible song, it only managed to peak at 20 in the UK charts, back at the same time when that crap Harry Enfield song Loadsamoney (Doin' Up The House) managed to reach number 4.  Criminal!

An interesting fact according to Wikipedia is that the song was actually the most played song on BBC Radio 1.

I've always loved this song which is why I am including it in my list of favourite music. 


Saturday, March 09, 2024

Virtual Lands End to John o'Groats - Part 7

I finish the week having just crossed Hollins Cross on the Great Ridge (that would have killed me in real life).  10.4 miles completed tonight.  I've managed 53.08 miles this week, over 3 hours and 41 minutes.   I have now completed 468.13 miles of my virtual bike ride to John o'Groats.  Only another 710.87 miles to go.

Saturday, March 02, 2024

Virtual Lands End to John o'Groats - Part 6

I managed a gruelling 16.4 miles on my virtual bike ride tonight.  I passed through Penkridge, and Bednall, skimmed the outskirts of Little Hayward, Colwich and Rugeley, and have now reached Stockwell Heath.  This week I've managed 62.63 miles bringing the total distance completed to 415.05 miles.  Only another 763.95 to go.


Now That's What I Call Stuart's Favourite Music 84 - Depeche Mode - Everything Counts

This is a great song by Depeche Mode, released back in July 1983 from their third studio album "Construction Time Again".  

It entered the UK charts at number 41 before peaking at number 6 just four weeks later.  It's one of my favourite DM tunes after Vince Clarke left the band a few years earlier, with this song being written by Martin Gore.  

Personally, I will always prefer the more upbeat, pop/disco songs from their first album Speak and Spell, but then I'm a sucker for anything written by Vince Clarke and his electronic wizardry with analogue synthesizers.  Still, this song along with a few others (People are People, See You, and Enjoy the Silence) proved that Depeche Mode could still pump out some memorable and catchy tunes without VC.