Saturday, 30 June 2012

Game Review – Angle Ball (1987)

Ever wanted to play a computer simulation of pool on a hexagonal table? If so then this is definitely the game for you...

Friday, 29 June 2012

Game Review – Tetris (1989)

What can you say about the classic Russian puzzle game that hasn’t already been said? Based on my review, not a lot!

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Collection Update – Filling the Gaps

Yet more games have arrived for the collection, gradually building towards the 200 mark...

It’s now a case of waiting patiently for the rarer titles whilst still filling the odd gaps with the missing common titles. All the games in this update came from Ebay, with the cost ranging from £1.90 to £2.95 per game. Inevitably now I’m having to be more choosy with what I bid on, the average cost per game is increasing a little.

First up we have three ‘grid style’ Mastertronic offerings - Mind Control and Sub Hunt are both relatively hard to come by, while Spectipede is a lot more common.

Next there are four games in later Mastertronic packaging, three of which are not too hard to find. They are Bosconian '87, The Curse of Sherwood and Molecule Man. The last one is less frequently seen – The Quest for the Golden Eggcup.

Finally we have a variety of titles, some of which I would class as uncommon based on my experience thus far - Impossible Mission (Ricochet), Rad Ramp Racer (Mastertronic Plus), plus Vectorball and Lazer Wheel (both M.A.D.)

So that’s another 11 games crossed off the list, which leaves just a handful of common ones before the inevitable long search for the really rare stuff.

Total games: 191
Average cost: £1.10

Monday, 25 June 2012

Game Review – Invade-A-Load (1987)

Bringing my first quarter of game reviews to an end with a quick look at Richard Aplin’s loader game...

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Game Review – Con-Quest (1987)

Next up we have this M.A.D. release, a flick-screen adventure that is quite blatantly ported direct from the Spectrum.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Game Review – Brian Jacks Superstar Challenge (1987)

Witness a joystick-waggling frenzy and some noises that sound like I’m enjoying myself a bit too much in this next review...

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Game Review – Munch Mania (1984)

There were many Pac-Man clones for home computers in the early 80’s, some of which were really good. This isn’t one of them!

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Friday, 15 June 2012

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Collection Update – 180!

Yes, it’s 180 in more ways than one with my latest update…

Firstly, and most significantly, my latest batch of games brings my total to 180 Mastertronic titles, meaning there are less than 40 left to complete my collection.

Secondly, one of the games in this batch is the darts simulation 180 in the M.A.D. packaging, donated by my good friend and Retro Gamer forum stalwart SirClive. This is an extra special version of the game as the packaging has been signed by one of the developers, Ste Pickford!

The remainder of this batch consists of more Ebay purchases. First up are three of the rarer offerings – Rugby Manager (Mastertronic Plus), Geoff Capes Strongman (Ricochet) and Pulsoids (Mastertronic) – I’ve only seen these once or twice on Ebay so they are certainly welcome additions!

The rest of this batch are far more common and all cost less than a quid each. From the M.A.D. range comes Strike, and in second-wave Mastertronic packaging I have Master Chess, S.O.S. and Rasterscan.

That’s it for this update but more games have been purchased so expect another one very soon...

Total games: 180
Average cost: £1.03

Friday, 1 June 2012

Game Review – Zub (1986)

Platforming action from the Pickford Brothers and some shameless Star Wars plagiarism on the cover art!