Monthly Archives: October 2016

End of an Era: Commodore 64

71161commodore-64-systemWe’ve finished our coverage of another system, so it’s time for another one of these. Just like last time, Iain and I each ranked all of the 18 C64 games we’ve covered in the project and our combined opinions form the list below.

  1. Head Over Heels
  2. Impossible Mission II
  3. Stunt Car Racer
  4. Arkanoid: Revenge of Doh
  5. Bubble Bobble
  6. IK+
  7. Treasure Island Dizzy
  8. Creatures 2: Torture Trouble
  9. The Great Giana Sisters
  10. Fantasy World Dizzy
  11. Out Run
  12. …TRAZ
  13. Wizball
  14. Rick Dangerous
  15. Dizzy: The Ultimate Cartoon Adventure
  16. Bombuzal
  17. Cybernoid: The Fighting Machine
  18. Predator

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Posted by on October 22, 2016 in Commodore 64, End of an Era


#58: Creatures 2: Torture Trouble


March 1992 – Creatures 2: Torture Trouble

It’s been quite a while since we last played a game on the Commodore 64, but we’re back for one last trip before we lay the old machine to rest for good. In 1992, it is, of course, a long way past its prime; it struggled to compete with the 8-bit consoles, let alone the 16-bit ones that will be taking centre stage over the course of this year. But just because newer and shinier machines come along, that doesn’t mean that everyone immediately throws away their old devices as the worthless heaps of junk that advertisers try to insist that they are. It’s considerably more of a gradual process. In 1992, I turned five. I surely can’t have been playing computer games at all much earlier than that. And yet I have fond memories of many of the C64 games we have covered here. We must have persisted with the C64 not just into its twilight years, but perhaps a little beyond before moving on up to the next generation, and we were perfectly happy with our obsolescence. And this is a practice that, for me at least, has continued to this day; today in 2016, I still do most of my gaming on an Xbox 360, though its successor has been around for three years now. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 18, 2016 in 1992, Commodore 64


#57: Another World

Iain wrote this one.


February 1992: Another World

Right back at #0, Super Mario Bros. opened with ‘World 1-1’ on the screen and we were presented with the idea of moving between worlds, by warp pipe or another means unseen. We’ve had no end of games set in other worlds and various games set in versions of our own world, from Sim City to The Secret of Monkey Island to Microprose Soccer. What would happen, though, if you took another approach? What if you moved from our world to another? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 12, 2016 in 1992, Amiga


#56: Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods

Iain wrote this one.


January 1992 – Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods

Populous barely had an ending, even after 500 levels, and its narrative was more one of the principles of being a god than anything else. That offered potential for a sequel, perhaps, but Populous II is very much about the same things again. Amongst other things, that means questions of interactions and gradations of power. What’s a mob to a knight? What’s a knight to a god? (target practice for lightning bolts?) And, at the centre of its mechanisms, what’s a god to an non-believer? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 4, 2016 in 1992, Amiga, Populous


End of an Era: NES

NES-Console-Set.jpgSo, as we’ve passed the last game we’ll be covering on the NES, I thought we ought to run a quick retrospective on the system, in the form of a ranked list. Iain and I both ranked the thirteen games we covered, and by averaging our scores, we can conclude that the official AAA opinion on these particular NES games is as follows:

1. Super Mario Bros. 3

2. Super Mario Bros.

3. Tetris

4. The Legend of Zelda

5. Super Mario Bros. 2

6. Metroid

7. Dr. Mario

8. Chip ‘N Dale Rescue Rangers

9. Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!!!

10= Ghosts ‘N Goblins

10= Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

12. Snake Rattle ‘N Roll

13. Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles

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Posted by on October 1, 2016 in End of an Era, NES